TIFF is when all of the glitterati flock to Toronto’s hottest venues to celebrate film, glamour… and of course fashion. It’s a chance to rub shoulders with tinsel town’s who’s who, and if you’re in with the right people, you’ll score all of the most coveted invites from red-carpet premieres to after-after parties in back-alley clubs where you’ll need a secret password instead of a name on a list.
Strap on your stilettos, ladies- founder of Suite Adore, a Luxury Designer Consignment online boutique in Canada -Ashley Horowitz - answers pressing questions about red-carpet shoe etiquette, and shares her top tips to get your through the TIFF party circuit.
Q: Is there a shoe that is stylish enough for TIFF’s press events, but comfortable enough for girls that are working on their feet all day? - Sara
A: Everyone that works in media during the TIFF season should own a killer pair of Louboutins, in my opinion. They are the ultimate statement shoe - and on top of that, they are actually comfortable, for all of the non-glamourous aspects of working the festival, like running around and being on your feet for 18-hour days. But, if the newest Louboutins are a little outside of your price range, shopping pre-owned designer shoes is a perfect solution. Studded styles, like these Pigalle Studded Spike Christian Louboutins, are still very in fashion, and they work equally well with a stylish blazer or a chic day dress.
#1 For the Day-Time Press Junket or TIFF Lounge:
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN 'Pigalle' Studded Spikes Pumps
Size: 38.5 | $625.00 CAD | Est Retail $1,800.00 CA
Q: I’m headed to a premiere at TIFF for the first year ever! I need a statement shoe that isn’t ‘too much’, but is glitzy enough for a red-carpet film. HELP! - Genevieve
A: Choosing a red-carpet shoe is just like choosing a wine for your dinner party… it’s all about the pairing. Let your dress drive the shoe choice, and look for a statement shoe that will enhance, yet delicately juxtapose your fashion choice. Add interest through texture and detail, but don’t go too big and bold on both the shoe and the dress. Let one shine as the star, while you look to the other as a “supporting character”.
If you’re going for a glamourous and more feminine style, we have a new shoe in that’s the perfect fit! Our Jimmy Choo Fyonn Strass caged sandals are gorgeous and incredibly elegant. They are the kind of shoe fit for a starlet, having her moment; both delicate and striking.
#2 Red-Carpet Premiere (with Celebs in Tow):
JIMMY CHOO NEW 'Fyonn Strass' Caged Sandals
Size: 41 |$750.00 CAD | Est Retail $1,595.00 CAD
Q: How does dressing for an after-party differ from a TIFF premiere? Should I be as elegant? Or more trend-driven? -Monica
A: Think of a TIFF after-party as when the fun really begins. Guests becomes more relaxed post-screening, the interviews have concluded, and now it’s time to crack open the champagne and hobnob with the IT crowd. Style is out in full-force, but statement-making glamour takes a back-seat. Here, it’s all about designer dresses with cachet. You’re letting down your hair a little bit, but not losing any of the fabulous edge.
Dress silhouettes tend to be sexier and sleeker, but still opt for designer styles. When pairing shoes with your after-party dress, I have a few tips. First, nude pumps are your best friend, especially if your outfit shows some leg. Sophisticated pointed toe pumps or sandals (in a nude hue that matches your skin tone) will have your legs looking like they go on for days AND let your show-stopping dress take the lead. My second tip is that you can never go wrong with Gucci shoes. That’s why I love these nude pointed toe Gucci shoes with gold studded accents.
#3 The Official After Party (Bring on the champagne!):
GUCCI Studded Pointed Toe Pumps
Size: 37.5 | $425.00 CAD | Est Retail $950.00 CAD
Q: What’s the right type of shoe for an after-after party, if you’re lucky enough to have an “in” at one of those super-secret spots? - Melanie
A: The after-after party invite is a bit of a mixed bag. Think cool, exclusive vibe, where only insiders are invited. Media will be off duty, and the location will likely be a lot darker and grittier. Without the glitzy flash bulbs, opt for a trendier dress and a sultry pair of strappy sandals. Right now, we have a fantastic pair of black Miu Miu sandals that would be my top pick.
# 4 The Coveted Late-Night After, After Party:
MIU MIU Asymmetrical Suede Strappy Sandals
Size: 36.5 | $395.00 CAD | Est Retail $875.00 CAD
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