About 75% of the fun of Toronto International Film Festival season is the parties, honey! Here, we give you a chic peek inside the most luxe, star-studded TIFF 2017 parties.
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September 10: Eddie Izzard, Judi Dench and Ali Fazal at Focus Features’ Victoria & Abdul premiere party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka and Soho House
The movie: Victoria & Abdul
The chic locale: Soho House
The stars in attendance: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard
The scene: Right in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, this chic pub-style room was right off the buzzing Sunday sidewalk. Velvet armchairs and a large wooden bar, lined with bottles on bottles of Grey Goose, gave the room a chic yet casual vibe as outrageously beautiful people mixed and mingled during this early evening party.
The fanciest drink I sipped: I did my due diligence and tried many a beverage including a refreshing Grey Goose Le Fizz (vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime and soda) and fruity Femme Fatale (vodka, lavender, raspberry, lemon, orange blossom water and an edible flower as garnish). My fave, however, was a suggestion from the hotter-than-hot bartender: an espresso martini made of vodka, Kahlúa, espresso and happiness.
The swankiest appy I ate: App-sized kale salads, rustic-looking margarita pizzettes and salmon tartare on nacho chips made the rounds, but I was not confident I could eat any of those in a dainty enough fashion given that I was in the company of a Dame. Eventually, I did cave and scarf down a mini aged-cheddar truffle grilled cheese—and let’s just say, it put the sad, flattened grilled cheese I ate for lunch to shame.
The biggest star I shared the same air as: As I walked in, Judi Dench and her v. cute co-star Ali Fazal were easy to spot, smiling for pics under a giant mounted moose head which Fazal nearly came nose-to-nose with. Headline celebs aside, I was also super stoked to spot Adeel Akhtar, who recently played Kumail Nanjiani’s brother in The Big Sick—one of my top movie picks of this year.
The craziest thing I overheard: “When I get this sleep deprived, all I can eat is carbs.” #PREACH
—Ishani Nath, associate editor
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