TIFF Parties: Yellow Orchids, Vegetable Bikinis Spotted at Festival Events

By Susan O'Neill September 16, 2009, 6:05 PM EDT

Forget Me Not Flowers filled the Courtyard Café at the Windsor Arms with yellow orchids for In Style and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 10th annual TIFF party.

Photo: BizBash

Although Tuesday marked day six of the Toronto International Film Festival, the party scene that surrounds the screenings showed no signs of slowing down, with a host of events held around town.

In Style and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association dressed the Windsor Arms Hotel in yellow orchids for their 10th annual TIFF party Tuesday. Kelly Austing, In Style's manager of creative development, worked with Spinning Top to plan the event and called on Frank Rea of Forget Me Not Flowers to create a warm look for the party, which drew more than 400 guests. “We wanted to capitalize on the colours of the room. Some years we go against the grain and this year we wanted to capitalize on what is already here,” Austing said.

Eventure draped a tent from Advanced Tent Rentals with cream fabric at the entrance to the party, which included a Sephora-sponsored makeup room where In Style guests could receive touchups throughout the event, which Austing refers to as the magazine's kickoff to award season. However, the party, which began at 10 p.m. and continued until 2 a.m., is not tied to any particular film. “We want to celebrate the entire festival and all the works that are here,” Austing said.

Over at Tryst Nightclub, models in lettuce bikinis walked the runway for a fund-raising event sponsored by Smashbox Cosmetics and held in support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The event, dubbed “Veg: A Party for PETA,” showcased cruelty-free fashions, food, and makeup.

Guests, who were asked not to wear leather or fur to the event, received touchups and makeovers in the Smashbox makeup trailer parked on the street outside the venue. Designers like Joeffer Caoc presented fashions made with vegetables and cruelty-free fabrics during a runway show. A silent auction included products from Belvedere, Ritual spa, and Rockstar Energy Drink.

Canadian costume designers also showcased their work at a cocktail reception held at Proof Vodka Bar in the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville on Tuesday night. The event marked the second annual TIFF party hosted by the Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (Caftcad). The reception honouring the accomplishments of Canadian costume designers included several displays of garments created for films showing at this year's festival.

“As with last year's successful event, we are hopeful Caftcad Celebrates Costume in Film will once again raise awareness of the alliance's membership and the skill involved in bringing these masterpieces from the sketchbook to the big screen,” president Luis Sequeira said.

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