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Another TIFF scene season has come and gone but it's not too late to catch up on who partied where, what they wore and whether they preferred to sip on a Fierce Film Star cocktail or a bottle of sponsored water.
Here are our #TIFF12 party and style top five:
The theme: Spring Breakers
There's something about parties for young casts like the Spring Breakers crew (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens et al.). Since they haven't been around festivals that long, young Hollywood has event enthusiasm that the older industry crowd can no longer muster and that means, not only do they stick around post-premiere events for longer than 15 minutes, they get dressed to the nines and actually enjoy them. It was next to impossible not to get into the party spirit at this Vitamin Water-hosted dinner and after-cocktailer at Brassaii where there were servers in Hawaiian shirts, trays of Jell-O shooters and even a hot tub to push the beach getaway theme.
The party: CAA
TIFF celeb spotting ops are usually a trade off between the quantity and quality of stars but we could have it all at CAA's party in Liberty Village on Sunday night. First spotted was Lily Collins in a beaded cocktail dress bravely taking the first turn in the photo booth followed by Kristen Scott Thomas lounging casually in a cardigan and ball gown in one of the banquettes. Then there was Naomi Watts, Kevin Zegers, Marisa Tomei, Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Greg Kinnear and so many more. It's amazing how flipping the ratio of celebrities to gawkers can turn a festival party into an actual party.
The spot: Soho House
To some paying member's chagrin, the first people who got access to Toronto's new private Soho House club were freeloading celebrities and studio execs. And how! The spot sparkled as after parties for premieres filled up its three floors earlier on festival evenings and the stars converged there after other after parties for its late night lounge. Spotted: Kiera Knightley, Kristen Wiig, Harvery Weinstein, Alexander Skarsgard, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and about a hundred more of the boldest face names.
The marketing coup: Target Hotel
There's TIFF product placement and then there's TIFF PRODUCT PLACEMENT. Target's takeover of the under-the-radar Templar Hotel on Adelaide for the festival's first four days to hype up its 2013 arrival on the Canadian shopping scene was the kind of over-the-top buzz building exercise we don't see too often in these parts.
While most of my TIFF screening selects were chosen for their costume design chops, the movie I actually liked most at the festival was...Argo.
Until next TIFF!