After two years of scaled-down red carpets and virtual events, the Toronto International Film Festival is back with a maximalist boom. For twelve glorious days, celebrities graced the city in bold colors, wearable art and lots of glitter. Notable style trends included bold accessories, color-coordinated outfits, and this year’s unofficial tagline: “Go Flaunt or Go Home.” Here are the best and most daring looks of the festival.
oprah in the sydney premiere
To mark her first public appearance since before the pandemic, Oprah tapped into this season’s disco-inspired trend. Wearing a silver Brandon Maxwell gown, sparkly clutch and earrings, she made a triumphant return to the red carpet, a true Oprah moment.
Taylor Swift in it In conversation with… event
For many TIFF fans, Swift’s in-person appearance and exclusive screening of Too good: the short film was the main event this year, and her outfit gave off the necessary energy of the main character. In a custom Louis Vuitton halter dress adorned with reflective gold coins, the singer shone on the red carpet.
Lamar Johnson in the Brother premiere
With sleek tailoring and an offbeat color palette, Lamar Johnson brought Old Hollywood to the red carpet at TIFF. Wearing a gray suit with white accents, the actor channeled the static nostalgia of black-and-white movies. Adorned with chunky gold buttons, his look stood out as a callback to vintage glamour.
Viola Davis at the premiere of the woman king
Viola Davis has described the king woman as her “magnificent work”, and she came dressed accordingly. The actor’s two-tone gown designed by Canadian designer Greta Constantine was festive and vibrant, with an elegant hot pink skirt and top made from orange fabric floral arrangements.
Janelle Monae in the glass onion premiere
Janelle Monáe brought the future to the TIFF red carpet. The star appeared in a couture dress by Iris van Herpen, a Dutch designer known for her sculptural creations. With otherworldly charm, the sweeping avant-garde gown fused imagination and elegance.
kate hudson in the glass onion premiere
At the same event, Kate Hudson provided the co-star’s wardrobe chemistry with another innovative silhouette. Her Carolina Herrera dress stood out, she even stopped traffic, thanks to its striking shade of red and her stunning asymmetrical floral structure. Pairing it with bold red lipstick, the actor made a strong case for the magic of monochrome.
Jeremy Pope at the premiere of The inspection
Thanks to the pandemic, protective dressing is nothing new. But Jeremy Pope put a new spin on the trend with a low-cut bodysuit over a chainmail top. His all-blue outfit, with a cropped top and cinched waist, was further highlighted by the sparkly metallic peeking out.
harry styles in the my police premiere
Subtlety is not in Harry Styles’ vocabulary (nor should it be). Offering his own version of the red carpet color coordination, the singer wore it all in retro Gucci green. From a brooch-adorned jacket and tailored dress pants to a handbag and metallic manicure, this leafy-hued combo was both chaotic and cohesive.
Emma Corrin in the my police premiere
Also channeling the glamor of decades past, Emma Corrin proved that black is still the ultimate shade in this leggy look. Wearing a custom Miu Miu suit with billowing sleeves and mesh leggings, the actor’s ensemble was reminiscent of a 1960s Rockette uniform and deserved a standing ovation.
Joe Jonas in the Devotion premiere
No shirt, no problem. The older Jonas brother stepped out in a chest-baring velvet suit from Louis Vuitton, putting a playful twist on power attire. The star’s sparkly nail polish matched the diamond brooch on his jacket, adding a bit of sparkle to the otherwise all-black model.