It's no secret that I love a red carpet.
I love seeing the one dress that makes a celebrity scream "This is the one! This makes me feel pretty/sexy/sultry/good/comfortable/perfect! It's THE dress."
Sometimes I want to stand up and clap and say YES! You made a great choice. But then, of course, it's easy for me to be the armchair fashion police—you needed straps! You needed a different color! You needed a brassiere! You need to never wear a mermaid silhouette! You needed to wear a dress that's not so tight—I can see your spanx!
Last night there were so many dresses that I loved. Some were no surprise to me—see Sofia Vergara—and some were a big surprise to me—see Emilia Clarke. What can I say? The fashion heart wants what the fashion heart wants.
Elisabeth Moss was, by far, my favorite look of the night. I love black and white in general and this vintage number was just perfect for her.
January Jones—another lovely lady from Mad Men—usually ends up on my worst-dressed lists, just missing the mark. But this one works for me. I love how delicate the dress is, and her hair looks wonderful at this length.
I liked Carrie Underwood's dress, but it borderlined on prom dress, and therefore narrowly missed my list. Allison Williams went a similar route, but this one worked for me. The color was gorgeous on her and really stood out on the red carpet, and the cut was just stunng.
I love well-placed ruffles and Malin Ackerman's dress was an excellent choice for her. The style and color suited her—and it especially helped that her fake tan didn't look fake. Personally, I would have loved to have seen her with some straps of some kind, as her chest has a case of the droppysags.
For me, Kiernan Shipka always gets it right. At 13, she's wearing what she should be wearing on the red carpet. Something fun, something sweet, something with sleeves.
Kerry Washington has a style that's all her own, but she certainly OWNS it on the red carpet. I loved this so very much.
Now Claire Danes was a bit of a tough one for me. I love that she embraces her small chest with the same confidence than some actresses embrace their ample bosoms, but seeing her breastbone was a bit excessive for me. Other than that, though, this dress was lovely. I love the silhouette and style, and the incredibly intricate detailing was so wonderful. I just would have liked to have seen a little bit more of it in the chest area. I'm digging all of the short hair we are seeing on the red carpet right now. Seems the bob might be a new fall trend?
Zooey Deschanel is a personal style favorite and she didn't disappoint last night. And her hair was flawless as usual.
What about you? What were your fashion hits last night?
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I am a summer girl really. I have the constitution of a 97-year-old woman—my extremities are always cold, and I can't go into the dairy section of a grocery store without a sweater. So, the summer and I are likethis and I go into fall kicking and screaming. But then I remember how much I love dressing for fall. The leaves change and so do our wardrobes—sweaters, boots, pants, trenches, hoodies, scarves. When you pair these with a warm and toasty pumpin-spiced tea and some gingerbread cookies, I can almost forget how much I really don't like the cold weather.
There are some great new trends I'm seeing both on runways and in stores right now and here are four of my favorite fall fashion trends.
Boots are always in style for fall and winter, especially here in Canada, and each cool season brings with it some new trends. This year we're seeing over-the-knee boots, kitten booties, and wedge booties. But each year I always seem to come back to the riding boots. They pair perfectly with skinny jeans with sweaters and long tunics with leggings. And their classic style means that they are worth the investment—they are unlikely to go out of style any time soon.
Here's the thing about tweed, houndstooth, and plaid—they aren't just for Sherlock Holmes anymore. Can anyone say elbow patches?
Turtlenecks, for me, are like a nice warm hug on a cold day. They are both comfy and universally flattering. Now, normally I'd race towards yet another black turtleneck, but this fall, I'm breaking out of my comfort zone and choosing winter whites, creams, and ecrus, and choosing fabrics that are a touch more bulky, with a little bit of cable or ruching. Tip: If your turtleneck is taking a turn to the bulky side, make sure you pair it with something fitted on the bottom to balance out your silhouette.
Scuba dresses, Ali, really? I know, I know. I was more than skeptical when I first saw these dresses showing up on runways. "These'll never make it into normal stores where normal people shop," I said. Until they did show up, and then I tried one on. And then another. And I realized that this material that is normally saved for swimwear is actually quite flattering and surprisingly comfortable. If you are too hesitant to take the full plunge (see what I did there?), opt for a small piece like a handbag or pair of booties—neoprene is everywhere right now.
TIFF is in full swing in Toronto and some of my most favourite celebrities are in town, being spotted at airports, hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, and of course, on the red carpet. They have also been spotted partying with some of our own. Every year, I try to make it to at least one or two gala premieres, but this year Rosh Hashanah and my daughter shooting her very first part in a television show is keeping me away from the heart of TIFF.
But other committments most definitely won't keep me from the fashion.
Here are my three favourite looks—so far—from this year's Toronto International Film Festival:
1. Mila Kunis, who is in town for the Third Person Premiere
2. Olivia Wilde at Roy Thompson Hall, who is in town for the Rush premiere.
3. Jennifer Garner, a personal favorite, who is in town for the Dallas Buyers Club premiere.
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