Q. What are some tips on how the average person can get the red carpet look?

A. Don’t over think it! I always recommend picking an outfit that emphasizes your best feature, and that, most importantly, makes you feel beautiful, nothing is more alluring than confidence. Don’t be afraid to take a risk — colour is a great way to feel a little daring; just make sure you keep your accessories, hair and makeup simple and chic. I personally like when someone can wear an elaborate dress and keep their hair understated — like a slicked back pony or even bone straight hair ... My favourite for this season is the Brandon R Dwyer leather panelled mini dress – it’s tough and sexy without sacrificing being feminine.

— Brandon R. Dwyer, Designer


Q. What do you think would make a good film festival look? (If you were dressing a star.)

A. For men, I’d recommend a classic charcoal grey two button blazer with a pair of tailored trousers. Pairing the darker suit with different shirts means you can wear it out night after night. If the event is extra formal, we did an oversized black bowtie for fall. Adding one to the suit dresses it up and you won’t have to rent a bad fitting tux.

Q. What about hair styles?


A. My favorite trend in men’s hair is a classic 1950s barbershop haircut. Clean, close and simple.

— Philip Sparks, Designer

Q. What do you think would make a good film festival look? (If you were dressing a star.)

A. We are actually dressing Lisa Ray during TIFF for her film screening of Cooking With Stella. I personally like red carpet looks that are dramatic and fantastical. A balance should be achieved between the spectacular and the person that you are dress. It all depends on their body type, personality and which body parts they are most comfortable with ... A cocktail dress is important because it is safe and easy ... It can take you from dinner to a gala event.

— Nada Shepherd, Designer for Nada


Q. What do you think would make a good film festival look? (If you were dressing a star.)

A. Stars that aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk always end up stealing the spotlight. This (year) attendees can go a little more edgy by adding a great piece in this season’s hottest trend, leather. A great cropped Danier motorcycle jacket worn over a frilly girly dress strikes just the right balance of tough and sweet for a look that is going to own the red carpet.

Q. What about makeup?


A. This season the eyes have it! Play up your dramatic side with ultra sexy, glam smoky eyes in greys and charcoals.

— Olga Koel, Head Merchant for Danier