Fashion at TIFF 2016


SO bear with me as I give you some background and insight to my experience at TIFF 2016! HERE WE GO!

As a lot of people interested in the fashion, media and arts industry know, the Toronto International Film Festival, (TIFF) kicked off September 8th. The 11-day long film festival attracts aspiring; actors/actresses, film critics, directors and producers alike from around the GTA and globally as well, there is undeniably nothing quite like TIFF!

Our neighbouring TV and Film industry dominators, The United States, even pay their respects as Canada’s love and support of; major motion pictures, foreign films, local productions, short films, documentary, biopics etc. reaches enormous lengths. Last year in 2015 with more than 500,000 moviegoers, 399 films presented and over 70 countries contributing to the vast array of films, there was no lack of representation. Famous actors, directors, artist and personnel from around the globe gather here in Toronto to watch (with us regular folk) magic unfold onscreen, in front of thousands of people.

Now, as much as I love the art of film, lets talk about the art of fashion.

This year, 2016, was my first experience at the Toronto International Film festival. After a failed attempt to get rush tickets in 2015 with one of my best friends, we both agreed that we would wake up at 8:45 September 4th and join in the race to get the films and times we wantef for this year. After the fuss of the website crashing and a short period of panic, we were able to get a matinee world premiere screening to Garth Davis’ ‘Lion‘ on Sunday 11th and Terry George’s ‘The Promise‘ on Friday 16th.

After this, my only thought was…THE OUTFIT. My first TIFF film was going to be a matinee!??! Immediately all that came to mind was; “I need to look cute, be comfortable and find a happy median between casual and fancy”. Ultimately after throwing half my closet onto my bed, a lot of song and dance and trying on different garments, I came to an outfit choice.

TIFF Outfit: Sunday 11th for ‘Lion’

Since I was not walking the red carpet, I didn’t need a stunning gown or tux but one of the best parts of TIFF (aside from the films of course) is the fashion of the stars that attend the events, conferences and films themselves. Actors like Lupita Nyong’o, Rooney Mara, Priyanka Bose, Michael Fassbender and Brie Larson were some of the ones that caught my eye.

Both Rooney Mara and Priyanka Bose star in the first film I saw, Lion, which follows the life and journey of a 5 year old boy from India named, Saroo Brierley. He looses his family and 25 years later after being adopted into an Aussie home, attempts to find them using GoogleEarth. Both actors came to the red carpet in unique stunning dresses. Rooney Mara who has been taking to awards and red carpet events with a very well refined style, did it again with a structured, symmetrical a-line red dress by designer Yacine Aouadi. She came back for the Lion press conference rocking a blouse and pant combination that I am absolutely in love with.

This is what I enjoy about fashion, the ability to express your tastes and personality through your clothing. Fittingly, Lupita Nyong’o who is uniquely herself, walked down the red carpet wearing a blue and yellow Carolina Herrera dress with a matching blue head wrap (taking my breath away as usual). There in support of her film Queen of Katwe, which follows a young girl from Uganda who discovers her passion for chess and works towards her success, in which, Lupita plays the lead role. Our beloved Michael Fassbender, ‘Magneto’, took to the red carpet in an all blue Gucci tux and also hosted the TIFF soirée. What can I say, I love me a Michael Fassbender in a stand-out blue suit!


I cant see this dynamic-duo rocking the carpet without thinking of their stunning and powerful performances from the 2013 TIFF presented film 12 Years A Slave. TIFF works to introduce new actors such as Lupita who are unapologetically sincere to who they are in so many ways. So, I would say that they are doing a pretty good job at exposing the world to new talents and possibly even new interests.

If you haven’t yet seen one of the past TIFF films or attend one of the screenings, I suggest you do so! Join in the experience of the  Toronto International Film Festival and all it has to offer!

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– lahlah xx


TIFF stats from: TheTorontoSun (compiled by TorontoInternationalFilm Festival)

Film descriptions found at: TIFF Website

Photos from: Google Images!

* I do not own the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) logo*

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