Red Carpet Watch: Toronto Film Festival, Part 1

All the hottest stars got their Canada on at the Toronto Film Festival.

gown by Elie Saab, shoes by Gucci

Photo: Gregorio Binuya/Everett

Keira’s straight-up killing it lately, in case you haven’t noticed. She rocked some Chanel in London earlier this month, and her black Elie Saab is lovely. I’m actually glad she went a little bare for the hair/makeup/jewelry, because that would have been awfully fussy for a film festival premiere. I mean, I’m not going to pretend this isn’t a little on the fussy side for the event, but Keira’s got that too-cool-to-care vibe that somehow allows her to wear a ball gown to the movies and get away with it.

dress by Erdem

Photo: Gregorio Binuya/Everett

I’m very nearly tired of peplums on the red carpet, but I can’t pretend I don’t love this dress, especially on Emma. Her limbs look long and lean, and can we all just appreciate the rare starlet who doesn’t spray-tan her legs to the point of no return? Thank you, Emma, for loving your English complexion.  Your lipstick is a dream, your hair is chic, and you can never go wrong with Wonder Woman cuffs.

dress by Christian Dior

Photo: George Pimentel/Getty

I’m not sure I’m sold on the space-age updo, but holy hell, do I love this dress. It’s an everydress, just classic Dior perfection, with a truly delicious pair of statement shoes.

dress by Dolce & Gabbana, turban by Prada, shoes by Casadei

Photo: George Pimentel/Getty

I never knew it until today, but I WANT A PRADA TURBAN. I mean, there’s no way on earth I could pull it off as well as Eva does, but maybe I’ll just have to steal her perfect lace Dolce & Gabbana dress too. I mean, she’s got Ryan Gosling – she doesn’t get the clothes too.

gown and shoes by Christian Dior

Photo: Rex

It’s a lot of look, but I’m leaning on the side of loving it. It could use a good steaming, and the pin-straight, chocolate brown hair is extremely severe with the purple lip, but it’s still a pretty phenomenal gown.

dress and purse by Christian Dior

Photo: Sonia Recchia/Getty

The too-small dress and the unreasonably heavy purse and shoes are throwing this whole thing into wacky proportions. It’s not a bad dress, but Katniss is a little too cool for something this preppy.

suit, shirt, and shoes by Gucci


Buttoned-up and no tie is never a good look, not even on Ryan Gosling. But unbutton a button, and this is a fucking perfect suit.

gown by Christian Dior

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Kirsten, this Miss America Barbie aesthetic has never really your thing – and I don’t think you should start trying to make it happen now. You’re infinitely more tolerable as a high-fashion semi-hipster than a prom princess

dress by Roland Mouret, shoes by Alexandre Birman

Photo: Eric Charbonneau/WireImage

Sexy dress, delicious shoes, and bracelets to die for. But the ombre hair is a nightmare.

gown by Monique Lhuillier, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Splash News

It’s pretty, but . . . that’s it. The shoes don’t really work, and everything else is almost instantly forgettable.

dress by Elie Saab

Photo: Alexandra Wyman/Getty

We’re a sneeze away from a nip slip, but the dress is sexy as hell on her (or it would be if it weren’t quite as wrinkled). But could someone fire the moron who suggested powder-blue shoes?

dress by Zuhair Murad, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Anthony Behar/Sipa

Someone tried to go “fresh-faced” with Kristen’s makeup, presumably to make her look a little more sympathetic, and I think it failed miserably. She looks infinitely more beautiful in darker, smokier makeup, and she looks so fucking unnatural in this basic starlet floral/lace number. Maybe her stylist is going for a girly thing intentionally, but Kristen’s best-dressed moments have always been when she goes dramatic and modern. This is neither of those things.

suit, shirt, belt, and shoes by Miu Miu

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Save this one for the scrapbook, Elle. It’ll bring you a lot of laughs later in life. It brought me many this week.

jumpsuit by Alice by Temperley, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Rex

Aren’t we, collectively, as a people, just fucking OVER jumpsuits yet?!

gown by Notte by Marchesa, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Rex

Great color for her, but I’ve seen this dress six thousand times before.

dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

It’s 2012. If you’re still wearing leopard print as more than an accessory, you’re doing it wrong. You’re twenty years old, Selena, and I support your right to show off the ta-tas, but let’s do it with a nicer dress next time, mmkay?

dress by Marchesa, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

I can express nothing but sheer exhaustion at another hideous ice skater/tissue volcano nightmare of a dress. Actually, I will also express this: You look completely fucking stupid, Selena. Truly.

dress by Valentino, purse by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Mark Davis/Getty

Heidi Klum said it best: this, dear readers, is a snoozefest.

gown by Elie Saab, purse by Judith Leiber, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Aaron Harris/Getty

Anna Kendrick, you need to be a little more aware of the fact that you are very much not Angelina Jolie. In fact, the world does not really need another Angelina Jolie. She’s enough of a drag on the red carpet without pulling you down with her.

gown and purse by Alexander McQueen

Photo: George Pimentel/Getty

Too tight, too white, and the shoes are giving me nightmares. Just because it’s McQueen doesn’t mean it’s a home run, Kate.

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5 responses to Red Carpet Watch: Toronto Film Festival, Part 1

  1. Vanashree

    You know that Nina Dobrev wore that white dress to the same event where Emma Watson wore the Erdem dress….and people were like, woah! Nina Dobrev upstaged Emma Watson and I was like what the heyyy!! Emma Watson dress and Emma in it is just too gorgeous..there’s o possibility Nina can upstage it!! Thanks for proving me right

    • democracydiva – Author

      To quote Cher from Clueless: AS IF. Nina is lovely and she looked beautiful, but she looked the same she always does. Her simplistic style can’t compare to Emma Watson. Anyone saying otherwise just doesn’t know as much as we do! Thanks for reading & commenting, Vanashree! ❤

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