Every September my big, diverse city receives an infusion of human beauty during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, of course.)
I only recognize a few of the marquee names though that was Colin Farrell at my local bakery. (He's also shooting here.) George Clooney is apparently very obliging with fans. Keanu's growing his hair.
This year, I seen some people so exceptionally formed that it reminds me of what our species is capable. Example, left, Italian actors Magreth Made and Francesco Scianna, stars of "Barria", from "Cinema Paradisio" director Guiseppe Tornatore. A guy who looked like this showed up at my yoga studio, unrolled his mat next to mine, and I kept thinking, this person is perfect.
I have no idea if many of these stunners are actually in films; the city is overrun with producers, paramours, stylists, publicists, a lot of them with stellar looks.
From the Globe and Mail, some standouts:
Carrie Mulligan: Award for Young Ingenue in LBD. Hepburnesque. Somebody always does it, and she does it very well. Look closely to see elegant drape-and-fold of her dress (designer unknown); note ruby shoes.
Jennifer Connolly: Got it, wearing it (Bottega Veneta). A larger image would melt your screen.
Drew Barrymore: That's a lace overlay on her Alexander McQueen dress, daring, downtown and eccentric, like her.
Some misguided attempts to be 'different' were bizarre, but Drew nailed an extremely elusive look.
Love her black-tips-on-blonde, a look my hairdresser GF Ingrid rocked several years ago (in her late 50s) with burgundy tips on light brown.
Oprah, svelte at the "Precious" premiere (I would say corseted within an inch of her life based on other shots of her at TIFF), and those earrings are many carats of real.
She knows the effect of the portrait neckline, and wears it often.
Julie Christie: Dig the slim animal pants; she is attending a screening of "Glorious 39", not a premiere. Glorious indeed.
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York: Not flattered by tarty push-up, awkward sleeve detail, scraggly hair. Calling Trinny and Susannah!
Among the worst-dressed: Young Vancouver actress Valerie Tian.
Those twin pillowcase things are pants, worn with leggings. Maybe OK for a gardenburger at the local café but not on the red carpet.
But what caught my eye is her pose. Compare her body language to Carrie, Jennifer and Drew. Get thee to Holt Renfrew, Valerie, you have three more days of Festival left.
Closeup of Drew's dress: see how the tattoo-pattern lace glides up the bodice? She's here to premiere her roller-derby film "Whip It", also starring Ellen Page.
Oh, almost forgot. The czar of sexycool, Tom Ford about owns the Festival.