FLARE Was There: Day 2 of TIFF's Star-Studded Parties

From Daniel Radcliffe to Nicole Kidman, Kristen Wiig to Colin Firth—FLARE partied with the stars around Toronto on the second night of TIFF.

Copy Editor Michelle Higgins poses with Kristen Wiig

Copy Editor Michelle Higgins poses with Kristen Wiig

Hateship/Loveship x Gansevoort Las Vegas

Who: Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce
What: Goodnight Gansevoort party
Where: C Lounge
Why: To celebrate the premiere of Hateship/Loveship, directed by Liza Johnson (and based on a short story by Alice Munro), as well as the spring 2014 opening of Gansevoort Las Vegas

A brunette Wiig, looking teeny and fit in a black lattice top and high-waisted patterned shorts from Vena Cava, relaxed in a poolside booth and dug into snacks like tacos and empanadas. At one point she freaked out adorably over a wasp hovering above the table (they’re just like us!). Also hovering nearby: several fans, including me, who couldn’t resist asking for a photograph (I did resist blurting out random lines from Bridesmaids). Rather than bristle at the mid-snack interruption as some stars might, the actress apologized for having food in her mouth and sweetly obliged my request (and many others throughout the evening). Later on, guests took their chances at a mock casino (up for grabs: trips to Gansevoort in New York) while showgirls entertained by the pool, Vegas-style—Wiig’s fellow bridesmaids would have approved.  —Michelle Higgins

Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka

Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka

Horns x Grey Goose Vodka

Who: Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple
What: Horns premiere after-party
Where: Soho House
Why: To celebrate the premiere of Alexandre Aja’s new film, Horns

The Soho House is tough to beat for location for a TIFF party. The cozy velvet couches and old-world lounge decor made for a glam backdrop to the freeflowing Grey Goose cocktails, whether it was a fizzy elderflower concoction served in elegant flutes or the blackberry slushie deliciousness. In addition to watermelon salad and oxtail ravioli, a giant roast was carved up to stave off wanton voddie drunkeness: Perhaps in honor of the Horns stars’ English lineage? Radcliffe and Temple mingled and chatted with the guests (the Soho’s strict no-photo policy must be a nice break from the seizure-inducing weeklong onslaught of fan iPhone pics; Radcliffe has THREE films at TIFF). Temple was easily located in the lights-turned-low murk of the House due to her constant excitable shouting (which made her seem lovably human) and lovely wavy platinum hair; she wore a long-sleeved black Miu Miu dress for the occasion. Her co-star Radcliffe elicited the usual tidal wave of whispers surging through the crowd on how tiny he is, but he looked dashing and oh-so-cute regardless in a dark suit, helping himself to some nibblies from the mahoghany table groaning under the weight of the roast. The perfect antidote to the giant, impersonal TIFF parties of yore. —Briony Smith


Nicole Kidman at The Railway Man After Party Presented by Soda Stream // Sonia Recchia, George Pimentel Photography

The Railway Man x Soda Stream

Who: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Alicia Vikander and Jeremy Irvine

What: The Railway Man after-party presented by Soda Stream

Where: Second Floor Events, Live at the Hive

Why: To celebrate the premiere of Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man

Being a candyphile, any event with a bonbon bar is my kind of party, so walking into Second Floor Events for The Railway Man fete my knees were already shaking. Then throw Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman into the mix. All in all, it was a dashing affair. Soda Stream-infused cocktails were keeping guests hydrated (the mojito was my favourite!) and the stars were mingling in the crowd—except for Kidman who remained sequestered behind a velvet rope for much of the evening. From Colin Firth hanging out on the patio to chatting The Social with Lainey Gossip, the bash was a perfect nightcap for day two of TIFF. —Andrew Lovesey

Stephane Baschiera, CEO of Moet, and Susan Sarandon

Stephane Baschiera, CEO of Moet, and Susan Sarandon

The Last of Robin Hood x Moet and Chandon

Who: Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline

What: The Last of Robin Hood pre-screening bash by Moët and Chandon

Where: Park Hyatt Sky Bar

Why: To celebrate the premiere of directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s The Last of Robin Hood

Perched atop the Park Hyatt, the pre-screening party for The Last of Robin Hood was bustling with guests all meandering through the crowd carrying golden goblets of Moët. Toward the final hour, the stars of the film (well, two of them) arrived for photos with the directors, and a quick interview with ET Canada, before moving on to mingle in the crowd. Sarandon, a frequenter of Toronto—and her famed ping pong lounge Spin—stood out in her black dress with nude geometric cutouts. It was becoming doubtful that Dakota Fanning would stop by so I doubled up with Shinan Govani for a bit, knowing he would get the down low on whether she’d arrive. After much waiting, it became apparent she was making a fashionably late entrance, rather no entrance at all, so it was off to the next event!  —Andrew Lovesey

Check out our party photo gallery of all the celebs here.