2014 Toronto Film Festival, Part 2

Get in, losers.  

JENA MALONE
gown by Emilio Pucci

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty

This is what I like to call “dressing your way to the A list.” Jena Malone might not yet be a household name (though I’ve been obsessed with her since Saved! came out a decade ago), but you cannot look at this outfit and see anything but a mother-fucking movie star. The lace and studs work together beautifully, the hair and makeup are similarly rocker-chic, and I really just want to be this woman’s best friend.

EDDIE REDMAYNE
suit by Burberry Prorsum

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

My favorite menswear look so far this year. Eddie somehow managed to wear this suit without looking like Kermit the Frog’s gay brother, and that is the greatest achievement of them all.

EDDIE REDMAYNE
suit by Alexander McQueen

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty

I know I shouldn’t like those slipper-looking loafers, but somehow I do. Hollywood menswear just gets so conservative and redundant that I squee with delight whenever a man tries for something a little bit outside-the-box. (Except when Pharrell wears shorts to black tie events. Call me old-fashioned, but I just cannot

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY
gown by Miu Miu

Photo: Rex

Keira’s sticking to that hipster-ballerina-chic aesthetic like thighs on a hot day. Hey, if it ain’t broke, right? But she did offer something a little less ethereal and a little more funky-socialite:

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY
dress by Chanel, shoes by Mulberry

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty

I really hate the Chanel logo all over it – didn’t we all agree to stop being such obvious label whores sometime around the early 00s? – but the lines and colors are really fantastic. The collar and the shoes are just fucking adorable.

FELICITY JONES
gown and purse by Balenciaga

Photo: PA

This peachy color is a dream on her, and the dress makes her look about eleven thousand feet tall. I’m on board.

FELICITY JONES
top and skirt by Christian Dior

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty

I’m a sucker for mixing textures, so this eyelet extravaganza is right up my alley. And the touch of metallic in the sandals was a stroke of genius. Anyone else would have gone for black sandals or white pumps, but these two-tone strappy shoes are just the best.

CONNIE BRITTON
gown by Sachin & Babi

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

GO AND GET IT, TAMI TAYLOR.

ANNA KENDRICK
dress by J. Mendel, purse by Edie Parker

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Everything here is working, even the nude pumps. I thought I would never be able to enjoy nude shoes again after celebrities wore basically nothing else for like six months straight a few years back, but they’re so perfect here. They were made for that dress, and the purse tops this look off perfectly.

ANNA KENDRICK
dress by RED Valentino

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

The dress is adorable, but I definitely wouldn’t have paired it with a black pump.

REESE WITHERSPOON
dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: George Pimentel/Getty

THE BUTTONS ON THOSE SLEEVES! Is that the cutest fucking detail in the universe, or what? I don’t know why, but I find them ridiculously charming. I guess that’s kind of how I feel about Reese, too.

GRETA GERWIG
dress by Prabal Gurung, purse by Michael Kors, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Maybe if I pray really, really hard, this dress will magically appear at my door in a size six tomorrow morning, and I’ll pair it with my black tuxedo jacket and sensible shoes and wear it to work and take over the universe.

ROSAMUND PIKE
dress by Antonio Berardi, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Getty

She is quite literally putting the baby in babydoll dresses. I love a draped-but-embellished dress on a pregnant star – it always feels comfortable but chic – and she’s definitely glowing in white. But the bow-adorned shoes might be just a bit too saccharine for an already-sweet look.

BRIT MARLING
top by Proenza Schouler, skirt by Alexander McQueen, purse by Lee Savage, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Leonard Adam/Getty

This McQueen skirt is a work of art, but I’m not sure its being used to its full potential here. Proportionally, the crop top is kind of insane with it, and she could stand to lose half an inch on the bottom of that hemline.

GUGU MBATHA-RAW
gown by Delpozo

Photo: Leonard Adam/Getty

Points for choosing something interesting, but this “grandma’s window curtains” print is eating her alive.

NOOMI RAPACE
tuxedo by Vionnet

Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty

I think the bagginess of the pants is intentional, but I still hate it, particularly with the tapered ankles. It’s a shame, because I think this suit is kind of brilliant, but it needed a better fit and a different shoe entirely.

HAILEE STEINFELD
gown by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Leonard Adam/Getty

Even when her quirkiness is more weird than pretty, I’m usually buying what Hailee is selling. But this is too much dress for a seventeen-year-old girl, even if that seventeen-year-old girl is already a red carpet professional.

HAILEE STEINFELD
dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Sandro

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty

That pink fabric looks so depressing, like a Project Runway designer tacked it on in a last-minute panic. But the shoes are funky, fresh, and so perfectly Hailee.

SALMA HAYEK
dress by Christopher Kane

Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

Salma’s husband and his family own the company that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, and a zillion other high fashion brands. So someone please explain to me why everything this woman wears looks at least ten years out of style. She doesn’t ever look bad, and she rarely wears things overtly offensive, but she’s got more access to fashion than almost anyone else on earth. I just wish she’d take more advantage of her easy access to all things fabulous.

AUBREY PLAZA
dress by Marni, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty

It actually says a lot for how fabulous Toronto Film Festival fashion is, that this perfectly nice outfit ended up at the bottom of the post. Aubrey Plaza looks lovely. But now that the peplum trend has been worn in every way possible, by every human being alive, we’re starting in on split-level peplums? I just can’t. Please, designers, stylists, and stars – just let this trend die.


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2 responses to 2014 Toronto Film Festival, Part 2

  1. GET IT JENA MALONE.

    Also Saved! was the best. I watched Weeds solely because I was all, “HEY IT’S THE MOM FROM SAVED!” and then I realized that Mary-Louise Parker is an actual face/name people know for countless other things. But whatever, I think my association is the best one.

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