This week fashion editor Bernadette Morra and stylist Derick Chetty discussed what the stars will wear at the Toronto International Film Festival. Read the archived discussion below and click on the comment bar below to add your remarks. Join us again next Thursday when we will discuss whether the no-white-after-Labour Day rule still applies. And we thank Toronto Star reader Cindy Rochussen for that Naked Lunch suggestion!
How do you think Canadian designers will fare in terms of exposure on the red carpet this year?
I am always hoping for a breakthrough year for Canadian designers. Unfortunately our local talents just don't have the world class budgets necessary to get their clothes onto the stars. Chanel and Valentino, for instance, both have publicists working overtime, wooing the stars with private cocktail receptions and luxurious clothes and shoes. Bernadette
But do Canadian designers have that "wow" factor needed to really shine on the red carpet?
Absolutely. Not all Canadian designers, of course. But Patricia Field, costume designer for The Devil Wears Prada, certainly thought that Izzy Camilleri had enough "wow" factor to put her fur coat on Meryl Streep. And Izzy's leathers and chain-fringed pieces are guaranteed head-turners. There are also Canadians who do sensational evening gowns, like Toronto's Thien Le. And Montreal designers such as Renata Morales and Denis Gagnon have striking designs in a more avant-garde vein that would be great for a celebrity to wear to a Film Festival press conference. Bernadette
What do you think Jennifer Lopez will wear?
I don't think there will be any surprises from JLo. She's come a long way from the plunging V-neck Versace gown that first got her noticed years back. She has honed a much more glamourous red carpet image of late, one that harkens back to Hollywood's golden age. Bernadette
I think JLo dresses for the occasion. At the recent MTV awards she was dressed in a short mod silver dress and matching head wrap! Perfect for that event. At this festival, she might be a bit low key. The red carpet here is not exactly the place to pull out the Oscar worthy gowns. Derick
Point taken, Derick. I just looked up what JLo was wearing at the MTV Video Awards in August. Yikes! That's more Sunset Strip than Old Hollywood. Bernadette
Where is a good place to go celeb-spotting in Yorkville?
Hopefully the celebs will not be holed up in their hotel rooms and will be out and about in the Yorkville area. Stop in for a coffee at the Starbucks on Yorkville Ave. beside the Four Seasons Hotel. The last time I was there, Clive Owen was in front of me in the line-up. Have lunch at Cafe Nervosa, also on Yorkville Avenue - Rob Lowe was there the last time I had brunch there. Of course, stroll by the Four Seasons, you'll see hordes of photographers waiting for celebs to exit. Derick
Or you could just hang-out with Derick Chetty! Sounds like he's a celeb magnet!
I am a Toronto jewelry designer. How can I get my jewelry to the stars?
While you might be eager to give away your product to celebrities for free, it actually will cost you to do so. Most swag lounges will only accept a minimum of stuff - i.e. I know one jewellery designer who was told that she had to give 200 pieces of her stuff and provide a fee of $1,500! So it's not a matter of just forwarding a few items to give away. Hence, most of these swag lounges are filled with brand names that can afford to do so. A more strategic route would be to forward your items directly to the celeb. If you know what hotel they are staying in, you can always address it to them and leave it at the conceierge desk. Derick
Any other red carpet predictions?
Christina Ricci is supposed to be attending the Burberry party at Holt Renfrew on Friday night. I assume she will be wearing Burberry. Derick
Chanel is having a party for Sarah Polley who is making her directorial debut. I assume that will involve some gentle persuasion to wear Chanel. Bernadette