The Toronto International Film Festival has officially taken over the streets of The 6ix for ten days. In addition to bringing 323 films from around the world and our celebrity crushes (looking at you, Leo and RyGos) into town, TIFF brings out some white hot red carpet fashion from Hollywood’s finest.
We caught up with Suzanne Timmins, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director of Hudson’s Bay Company, to get her insight on what to expect from this year’s TIFF red carpet. Check out the trends she’s looking out for, the best style tricks to steal and more under the cut!
WHAT RED CARPET TRENDS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE AT THIS YEAR’S TIFF?
I cannot wait to see the variety of show-stopping styles that will hit the festival this year. At TIFF, celebrities take more fashion risks than at other festivals, and I look forward to seeing super chic pantsuits, glittery metallics and statement sleeves on the red carpet. After all it’s the perfect stage to dazzle!
WHAT ARE SOME RED CARPET TRENDS WE’LL BE SEEING AT TIFF THAT WE CAN BRING INTO OUR OWN WARDROBES?
Shine will be huge on the red carpet, from the glittery, colourful paillette-covered lace dress Brie Larson wore on the first night of TIFF to all over mirror-metallic silvers (think Kim Kardashian’s recent looks). I love shine for day – take a page from Kendall’s book and pair a pleated silver skirt with a graphic tee, or wear it with a patterned sweatshirt à la Gucci.
The chic pantsuit is so on point this season. It is the perfect item for any woman’s wardrobe – celeb or otherwise! For work or play, style it with a simple cami and you’re good to go. Or take inspiration from street style and wear it with a band tee. Rihanna’s been wearing her over-sized suits with a bustier – what a perfect party look!
Off-the-shoulder has been a major summer trend and I predict that we will see some variations on the red carpet that everyone will want to incorporate into their wardrobes. I like one-shoulder and single sleeve styles as an update to the cold shoulder trend.
IT’S RIGHT AT THE END OF SUMMER—DO YOU THINK CELEBS WILL BE CLINGING TO THE LAST MOMENTS OF THE SEASON BY WEARING BRIGHTS AND PASTELS? OR WILL THEY START EMBRACING FALL WITH DEEPER REDS AND JEWEL TONES?
The September heat is still upon us, so I’m predicting a palette of pinks, purples and magentas that ranges from pale to vibrant. I love it when celebs go out on a limb with colour. Lupita Nyong’o is back at TIFF this year and I’m hoping she’ll wow us with a brightly coloured look. I’m also a strong believer in silver and gunmetal–it’s the metallic shade of the season!
WHAT’S THE MUST-HAVE RED CARPET ACCESSORY THIS YEAR?
Chokers and bold earrings will shine on the red carpet, especially with exposed shoulders and plunging necklines being such fashion must-haves.
WHICH STARS DO YOU THINK WILL BE BRINGING THE GLAMOUR TO THE TIFF RED CARPET?
Lupita Nyong’o, Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and Jennifer Connelly are all red carpet royalty – they always bring the glamour!
LASTLY, WHAT TIFF MOVIE ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?
I’m looking forward to seeing La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone–the romantic, dream-like musical has been drawing raves and Oscar-contender predictions, and it looks like an exciting addition to this year’s TIFF lineup.