I have to say that I was pretty underwhelmed with the looks that came down the red carpets at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. I had high hopes that after having some of the best red carpets ever at the Oscars, Met Gala, Tony Awards, and Venice Film Festival that it was going to be the same through TIFF, but that sadly wasn’t the case. I don’t think there has been as much black in my best dressed list since the Golden Globe Awards all black dress code. 1) Lady Gaga in Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture at the premiere of A Star Is Born: Topping this list, after also topping my Best of Venice list as well, is the always gorgeous Lady Gaga. I went MAD when I saw her step onto this red carpet wearing this Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture column gown which features a tulle veil that detaches and can be worn as a poufy cape. I had come so incredibly close to picking this gown for her to wear on this exact red carpet, but I went in a completely different direction at the last minute. Seriously only Gaga could have sold this to me especially when paired with the with the velvet pillbox hat (that the gown was paired with on the runway) and the incredible statement Chopard earrings. I don’t usually consider film festival stops for promo tour of the year, but I just might this year.2) Lady Gaga in Iris Van Herpen Couture at a press event for A Star Is Born: While this chic cornflower blue Iris Van Herpen Couture custom pleated metallic organza gown may not have been worn on a red carpet it was worn for press interviews during the festival. Again its something that not many could really sell to me on the red carpet and Gaga does it with effortless ease.
3) Margaret Qualley in Delpozo Fall 2018 RTW at the premiere of Donnybrook: Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley has been a subtle fashion force on every red carpet she has stepped onto. She love feminine glamour and bold statements, and so when she stepped onto the red carpets at the premiere of Donnybrook wearing this multi tone pink Delpozo Fall 2018 RTW strapless gown my jaw just dropped. I have been waiting to see this gown on the red carpet and while I was expecting someone with a bigger presence to make it work I definitely think that Margaret was the perfect person to make it come to life on this red carpet. She wore it as an effortless moment. That is what makes it such a chic moment.
4) Timothee Chalamet in Haider Ackermann Fall 2018 Menswear at the premiere of Beautiful Boy: This is the second time that a menswear moment has made my best of an event list this year. First we had Tommy Dorfman in Thom Browne and now we have Timothee Chalamet. I was praying that since his friend, and go to designer, has left Berluti that we would start seeing Timothee wearing Haider Acrkermann’s eponymous line on the red carpet, and that is exactly what we got from him at the premiere of Beautiful Boy. He rocked his black single button silk stripe Haider Ackermann Fall 2018 Menswear tuxedo which is embroidered in cream cherry blossoms which he paired with a black t-shirt and boots. While he hasn’t been afraid of bold menswear looks on the red carpet this is the first time we have seen Timothee embrace print and embroidery and I definitely think this is the coolest look he has worn yet. He exuded that through the confidence he radiated in every photo that I have seen of him on this red carpet. 5) Elizabeth Debicki in Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture at the premiere of Widows: The halfway point of this list is the gorgeous Elizabeth Debicki. I was praying that she was finally going to live up to the level of glamour that I know she has the potential to bring to the red carpet, and that is exactly what she did on the red carpet at the premiere of Widows wearing this black velvet Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture halter gown which features a mermaid silhouette and a gold crystal embellished structured bustier bodice. She does classic glamour so beautifully on the red carpet and this is exactly what I was needing from her.
6) Olivia Wilde in Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2018 Couture at the premiere of Life Itself: It had been a long time since we had seen Olivia Wilde rock a gown on the red carpet so I was really looking forward to seeing what she was going to bring to the red carpet in Toronto for the premiere of Life Itself, and she didn’t disappoint. She brought chic yet sultry glamour to the red carpet wearing a black Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2018 Couture gown which features a dramatic plunging neckline, long sleeves, an a-line skirt, and a a gold chainmail metallic belt. If the belt hadn’t been there I don’t think this would have ranked as high as it did, but that belt adds the the right touch of sparkle to this look to really make it. I also loved her head. Those smokey eyes and simple everything else really complimented the sleek and sensual nature of this look.
7) Denise Gough in custom Gabriela Hearst at the premiere of Collette: I really took note of Denise Gough earlier this year when she wore a very chic Oscar de la Renta crystal embellished cocktail dress for the Tony Awards, so when I saw she was in one of the films screening at TIFF this year I was very interested in seeing what she will bring to the red carpet. She didn’t disappoint wearing a custom rose pink velvet Gabriela Hearst strapless column gown. Was the gown anything groundbreaking? No. But it was beautifully executed with the chic diamonds she rocked on this red carpet. 8) Elizabeth Debicki in Prabal Gurung Resort 2019 at the press conference for Widows: Like Lady Gaga, Elizabeth Debicki makes two appearances on this list. She really did live up to her glamour potential when she stepped out during TIFF this year. I don’t usually pick photocall ensembles for film festival best dressed lists, but I really love how chic and elegant her black and white draped Prabal Gurung Resort 2019 long sleeve midi dress was. It wasn’t a bold couture moment like we typically see at photocalls during Cannes, but it was just glamorous enough to really make me fall in love.
9) Hilary Swank in custom Prada at the premiere of What They Had: It has been a while since we have seen Hilary Swank rock a red carpet so when she premiered her film What They Had at the festival I was expecting something really chic. That is what I got from her. Would I have loved to see her custom Prada gown which featured a fringed bodice to be either a metallic or bold color instead of black? Yes, but that didn’t stop me from loving it all the same. It is definitely one of the better Prada gowns out there and I think that Hilary delivered herself a really chic red carpet return in it.
10) Keira Knightley in Chanel Cruise 2019 at the press conference for Collette: Like I said I don’t usually pick photocall looks for best dressed lists, but I really loved the chic effortless elegance that Keira Knightley exuded wearing this Chanel Cruise 2019 ensemble which features a black tweed jacket, red and white striped button down, and white pleated skirt. It gives distinct Chanel vibes but doesn’t come across as boring, dated, or tired. It was actually one of the best head to toe looks that Keira has worn in a long time.