Every September, Toronto transforms into the world of film, celebrities and red carpets. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year: the weather is fabulous, you can walk into a hotel or a bar and stumble upon one of Hollywood’s top A-listers, and the film premieres often signal what we can expect at the Oscars.
This year was no different. We can comfortably predict that a top contender for the Oscars will be A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The singer, who preferred to be called Stefani (her actual name) at TIFF, was also one of the Red Carpet favourites. She wore many statement pieces, including a burgundy velvet, single-shoulder ready-to-wear dress by Ralph and Russo for the press conference, and an Armani Prive black gown that was accessorized with oversized Chopard earrings for the Red Carpet that night. A few days later, she was photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, wearing a striking dress by Iris van Herpen (FAJO’s previous cover story). This season, Gaga is gracing the cover of our fall issue.
Another film favourite at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival was Quincy, starring the renowned music legend Quincy Jones and co-directed by Jones’ daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks.
When discussing the film, Quincy Jones told FAJO that it was a complex piece. When asked about his favourite costume, he said: “Well, you know, it’s 70 years, it’s hard to pin point. They shot 2,000 hours to get 2, so that says it all right there.”
Jones was wearing a colourful Missoni scarf on the Red Carpet, and told FAJO that he has known the designer’s [Angela Missoni’s] father for 35 years and often wears pieces from this fashion house.
Here are some of our favourite photos from one of our favourite years at TIFF, to date!