TIFF 2013: Black & White Film Stars

There were the redheads in blue, the sunshine set and the colour chameleons, and then there was the opposite end of the spectrum.

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival brought out many a black and white film star, from all corners of the world.

Tailored two-pieces topped my list.

Felicity Jones in the Guess Portrait Studio  at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Larry Busacca photo
Felicity Jones leans on Viktor+Rolf classics for her Guess portrait.
Brad Pitt at 12 Years a Slave premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jason Merritt photo
Pitt was all poses and ponytails in Gucci at the 12 Years a Slave preem.
Louise Bourgoin in the Guess Portrait Studio  at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Larry Busacca photo
Glen plaid, this side of the ’80s, on Louise Bourgoin. Belle.
Zoe Levin at Beneath The Harvest Sky premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jerrod Harris photo
Love those who go off the beaten carpet path – Zoe Levin played with proportions in Osman trousers and sculptural blouse.

I loved that lesser-known designer names (well, I’ve known them for years) showed up on an international stage for all to covet. No one does white sculptures quite like Osman Yousefzada. As for Pankaj and Nidhi, they love to play with prints and pomp. And Lucian Matis? That is a name you must know, if you don’t already.

Parineeti Chopra at A Random Desi Romance premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Alberto E. Rodriguez photo
Wave hello to the new wave of international designers…
Parineeti Chopra in Pankaj and Nidhi at A Random Desi Romance premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jason Merritt photo
Parineeti Chopra in Pankaj and Nidhi at the premiere for A Random Desi Romance.

I think it’s safe to say that random is no longer part of the process when it comes to dressing for one of the world’s largest film festivals (and from what I’ve heard repeatedly over the past 10 days – the favourite festival amongst directors, actors and other filmi types because of the industry and fan mash-up). Toronto has always watched, my dears, but now so is the rest of the free world. Looking good isn’t an option. It’s a requirement.

That’s why so many turned to black and white – the combination defies age.

Abigail Breslin leaving the Variety Studio at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. PCN photo
Abigail Breslin, all grown up in school-girl chic.
Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney a Half of a Yellow Sun premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Jason Merritt photo
Thandie Newton in timeless Stella McCartney.
Moran Atias, Loan Chabanol and Maria Bello at Third Person premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. JAlberto E. Rodriguez photo
Diverse dressing: Moran Atias, Loan Chabanol and Maria Bello, attending the Third Person premiere, show us that we can go to any length to look great these days.

The short – and the long of it – is that there is no absence of presence when one opts for the optics of stark contrasts. I thought these three international women of mystery had three of the best looks at TIFF. It’s right there in black and white – in full colour.

2.Liane Balaban at The Grand Seduction premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Alberto E. Rodriguez photo
No need to look over your shoulder, Liane – you turned heads everywhere you went.
Liane Balaban in Lucian Matis at The Grand Seduction premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com. Alberto E. Rodriguez photo
Liane Balaban in Lucian Matis – two Canadians whose names will undoubtedly come up in conversations again soon.
Tisca Chopra in Payal Singhal at Qissa premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com.
Tisca Chopra carries her Payal Singhal lehenga sari with grace and clutches on to her Mumbai-standard-issue Bottega.
Alicia Vikander at The Fifth Estate party at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF13 on Exshoesme.com.
Alicia Vikander had a few great looks this year, but this fringed gown was my fave.

The Festival wraps up today, but I have a handful of posts still to share. Look for them today, tomorrow and Tuesday.

See all TIFF 2013 posts so far.

Photo Credits: 1, 3. Larry Busacca; 2, 6, 8. Jason Merritt; 4. Jerrod Harris; 5, 9, 10, 11.  Alberto E. Rodriguez – all Getty Images North America; 7. PacificCoastNews; 12. via Tisca Chopra Facebook; 13. Courtesy of Toronto Life mag.

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