Who: Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jared Harris, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Felton, Felicity Jones, Ralph Fiennes, Dermot Mulroney
What: Premiere after-party for August: Osage County
Where: Soho House
Why: Harvey Weinstein’s massive star-studded bash to celebrate his Oscar bait Christmas release, August: Osage County
People had been whispering about it all week—”Oh, you got invited to that party? Jealous.” They were, of course, referring to power producer Harvey Weinstein’s premiere party for August: Osage County, the star-studded Oscar bait picture of the season. Meryl Streep was a no-show due to illness, but any Streep sadness was quickly washed away in the Grey Goose cocktails constantly gurgling out of the giant jug into your champagne flute and the parade of A-listers flitting about the Soho House. They took over the entire house—co-stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Ewan McGregor piled into the photo booth upstairs as the oh-so-skinny Taylor Swift (in a slim white Calvin Klein shift with waist cut-outs) waited her turn with her tanned boy-band-member-esque companion, while Juliette Lewis (who also donned white after Labour Day) could be heard for miles around with her ear-splitting cackles and shrieks.
Every pass of the club floor seemed to yield a new celeb sighting, from Joel Edgerton pulling up a chair to Harvey’s booth to chat with the man himself to Brits Felicity Jones, Jack Huston and Tom Felton enjoying the more chilled-out atmosphere of the rooftop. Some stars escaped outside to relax at the tables ‘round the side: Ralph Fiennes enjoyed a cocktail before heading back inside to dance to “Get Lucky” (he had pretty good moves). When Harvey grew tired of holding court with Taylor Swift, he moved downstairs with a bevy of six ladies who eventually tried to convince him to the dance floor with little success (he later had even less trying to corral them all to leave at the same time). No matter—he’d already pulled off the party of the festival already.
Who: Dakota Fanning (and model boyfriend Jamie Strachan), Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Bateman, Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain
What: Premiere party for Night Moves, September 8
Where: Soho House
Why: To celebrate the premiere of Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Night Moves
Kelly Reichardt’s much-anticipated film, Night Moves (about a trio of eco-terrorists), got a surprise bow at TIFF this year and an intimate premiere party to match the director’s indie cred. Guests packed into the long, narrow, library-like third-floor space of Soho House to fete the film with Grey Goose cocktails and an earthy-crunchy-approved menu including kale salad and mushroom risotto. Dakota Fanning’s platinum topknot bobbed through the crowd, her charcoal-gray sequined bustier and loose trousers the perfect mix of uptown glam and downtown cool (her pretty boyfriend, model Jamie Strachan, was a nice accessory). Co-star Jesse Eisenberg wandered in for a spell, as did Jason Bateman (we approve of his leather jacket and slightly longer ‘do). The newly opened Soho House rooftop was a popular spot for celebs to take a breather from the hubbub below; Jessica Chastain’s red locks made her easy to spot as she held court at a cafe table by the bar, and we passed by Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy as they used their A-list bona fides to skip the growing line to squeeze into the at-capacity rooftop post-midnight. (Other Soho House visitors through the night, we heard, included Julia Roberts, Michael Fassbender, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Chiwietel Ejifor, Joel Edgerton and Felicity Jones.)
Who: Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Felicity Jones
What: Premiere after-party for The Invisible Woman
Where: Momofuku private room
Why: To celebrate the premiere of Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, the Charles Dickens romance-biopic he directed and stars in
We arrived at Momofuku for The Invisible Woman after party, expecting the usual packed fancy boite with stars huddled over their own private snack table in the corner and everyone else madly circling the venue for a glimpse of the actors. Instead, we were instructed to head to the third floor of the Shangri-La to Momofuku’s private event space, where the elevator doors opened to reveal…the teeniest, tiniest party ever. In a good way, of course: Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes (wearing matching black suits with navy dress shirts) were among the handful of people in attendance at the intimate soiree that had the deliciously cozy feeling of a casual dinner get-together. The pair of actors laughed and joked about together, with Neeson alternately crouching behind Fiennes and hounding him for photos. The amount of older-man handsomeness was daunting, even before we noticed that Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) was in attendance in a beautiful slim-fitting gray twill suit and Gosling-style retro glasses. Star Felicity Jones was very fine-boned, like a delicate bird, the bustle on her black Dior gown ruffling out like plumage (very apropo for the Dickensian era of The Invisible Woman) and her pointed heels being removed every so often to give her small feet a rest. Those not BFFs with Liam, Ralph and Dan could console themselves with a hearty, heart-attack-inducing slab of Momofuku’s infamous Crack Pie. The nine servings of sugar girded our loins to hold the elevator for Liam Neeson so we could enjoy a ride down three floors with the obscenely tall Irishman. He emitted a shout of joy upon getting a text that Rafa had won the U.S. Open and we spied a picture of his smiling dog as the screensaver on his cellphone. As naughty as it may be to sneak peeks at his cellphone, je ne regrette rien.