What: An embroidered Zuhair Murad Couture dress
Where: On The Road North American premiere
Why We Love Her: Stewart's red carpet arrival drew some 800 fans, but many, many more were eyeing the actress as she made her first public appearance after her tabloid brouhaha. Scandal or no, it would be difficult to take ones eyes off of Stewart and the sheer mesh and lace dress, with delicate floral embroidery playing a game of conceal and reveal--something the star is certainly beginning to master.
Also see: Best Dressed Men at TIFF 2012
Who: Penelope Cruz
What: Vintage Versace gown
Where: Twice Born premiere
Why We Love Her: If there was one example of classic va-va-voom at this year's fest, Penelope Cruz in pink Gianni-era Versace is it.
strong>Who: Jennifer Lawrence
Where: Premieres for The Place Beyond the Pines and Silver Linings Playbook
Why We Love Her: Though critics were divided on Lawrence's gothy dark hair--she went straight from TIFF to reprising her role as the brunette Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy--we think it gives her moody Dior Couture at the Silver Linings Playbook premiere a fantasy heroine quality. It was another Dior dress--this one in navy tweed--as Lawrence supported Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper at The Place Beyond the Pines, while a white dress from Antonio Berardi put a sexy-sporty cap on the week.
Also see: TIFF 2012's Best Beauty Moments
Who: Kate Hudson
What: Alexander McQueen gown
Where: Reluctant Fundamentalist premiere
Why We Love Her: Hudson's sharp-shoulder McQueen showstopper is totally covered on top--a jewelled panel hints where a lesser dress would reveal--but its sleek fit and over-the-knee slit puts to rest any charges of modesty.
Who: Diane Kruger
What: Valentino Couture
Where: Inescapable gala
Why We Love Her: Kruger is a lock for any best-dressed list. Her 11-day fashion parade during this year's Cannes Film Festival was certainly a stunning display, but she's no slouch here either. This Valentino Couture dress is stunning in its seeming simplicity, a leopard print that, on closer inspection, reveals itself to be comprised of jewels and sequins. Kruger's simple top knot and pointy-toe shoes keep the look long and lean.
Also see: Party Scorecard: Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Who: Nina Dobrev
Why We Love Her: We witnessed the Canadian actress' bubbly demeanor firsthand, at the party for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so we took special delight in the fun Dobrev seemed to be having with her wardrobe this TIFF. Dobrev had a double hit of Monique Lhuillier, an embroidered mullet dress for the movie screening--a bit of grown-up prom to suit Perks' high school setting--and a pretty, printed shorts ensemble for a visit to a gift lounge. The kicky Elie Saab peplum suit she wore to a Soho House fete was just plain red hot.
Who: Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens
Where: Spring Breakers junket
Why We Love Them: Gomez and Hudgens represent half of the well-dressed quartet of goodtime girls that stars in this college-students-gone-crimimal caper. (The other two are Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.) From the press conference to the premiere to the party, the crew seemed joined at the hip and dressed to the nines. Gomez's best look was a simple-but-dead-sexy leopard print Dolce & Gabbana number, while Hudgens looked smashing in a fuchsia Notte by Marchesa gown for the red carpet.
Also see: TIFF Film Report Cards
Who: Keira Knightley
What: Elie Saab Couture gown
Where: Anna Karenina presentation
Why We Love It: Knightley has a knack for choosing the most exquisite dresses, as evidenced by this delicate black lace gown by red carpet master Elie Saab. With a slightly undone chignon and almost no jewellery--save her engagement ring and some small earrings--the actress makes couture seem downright relaxed.
Who: Rachel McAdams
What: Emilio Pucci tux, Elie Saab gown, Lanvin dress
Where: Premieres for Passion and To The Wonder
Why We Love Her: McAdams tends toward unconventional choices on the red carpet, and her two TIFF premiere looks show this beautifully. (A black and tan Lanvin was straight-up chic.) The actress's Emilio Pucci tux look had an off-kilter cool with its bejewelled tie, while the unlikely combo of sleeveless, long-sleeve and high neck were pulled together by the rich forest green of her Elie Saab gown at the premiere of To The Wonder.
Also see: Unforgettable Red Carpet Moments at TIFF
Who: Ziyi Zhang
What: Marc Bouwer satin gown
Where: Dangerous Liaisons premiere
Why We Love Her: There's a glamorous boudoir quality to the lumious liquid folds of Ziyi's Marc Bouwer gown, an impression reinforced by the actress' marcel waves. But Ziyi is no slave to the Old Hollywood cliché. Her gown's armour-like shoulders, jewelled neckline--not to mention a set of fantastically sparkly nails--places this look squarely on the modern red carpet.
Who: Emma Watson
What: Embroidered Erdem dress
Where: The premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Why We Love Her: It's hard to describe Watson as anything but elfin in this little Erdem dress. Pixieish perhaps? Either way, it's a young, fun look that's free from red carpet pomp.
Who: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
What: Oscar de la Renta dress
Where: Smashed premiere
Why We Love Her: Though she made an impression in 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Winstead hasn't yet been on our red carpet radar, but she sure caught our attention in this gorgeous teal dress from Oscar de la Renta's fall collection. The cabochon-covered frock has a sweet, retro silhouette that Winstead plays up with cat-eye liner and a sideswept bouffant.
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