Thursday, August 28, 2014

3 Ways To Channel Red Carpet Style at TIFF

Since summer's forsaken us let's fast forward the style calendar to September shall we? It might feel early to shop fall but this year's Toronto Independent Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off in just one week with premieres, parties and plenty of opportunities for us common folk to debut on the red carpet -- even if we are shuffled off so the paparazzi can snap Clooney.

If you're taking in this year's festivities, here are 3 celeb-inspired looks by Toronto designers that you can take to TIFF: 

The Statement Suit (as seen on Solange Knowles at this year's VMAs): You don't have to rock a dress to get attention. Solange's plunging neckline, subtle sparkle and 70s hair and make-up hit more best dressed lists than Bey's "basic" black ball gown. Make the look your own with Rachel Sin's graphic print suit. While the neckline might be too much of a plunge to wear without a blouse, a crop top or bustier would allow for plenty of skin to show if you so desire. 

The Racy Red Dress (as seen on Blake Lively at The Emmys): I'm not a big fan of a red dress on a red carpet but the Emmys were filled with them so the trend is real. Showing a little extra skin like Blake does makes the look shine a little brighter and this Caitlin Power take in a jewel toned garnet also elevates the look. FYI this dress also rents via so you can strut for a fraction of the purchase price. 

The Princess Bride (as seen on Zooey Deschanel at the Golden Globes): A far more demure look, no doubt, but in a sea of thighs and d├ęcolletage, the modest neckline, nude palette and layers of tulle are so elegant you can't help turn heads. This Jordan de Ruiter frock is made to order so it also fits like a glove and you'll also be able to choose from various lengths and patterns to truly shop like the Stars. 

~ Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Image Alchemist. 

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