Full of Grace

The Saks party for Grace Jones was where all the ex­cite­ment was

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The city has come alive for the 39th an­nual Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val with stargaz­ers, pa­parazzi and loads of A- list red car­pet ar­rivals. A fes­ti­val that never dis­ap­points, 300 films from 79 coun­tries were screened.

TIFF hon­chos Piers Han­dling and Cameron Bai­ley reigned supreme at the Bell Light­box on open­ing night where the build­ing was over­taken by pro­duc­ers, di­rec­tors and tal­ent who were all ready and will­ing to let their hair down. The real ex­cite­ment was at the pri­vate Saks party for the one and only Grace Jones (who was run­ning late and has of course, earned that right).

The avant- garde star was joined by Jean Paul Gaultier, So­phie Fi­ennes ( di­rec­tor), Katie Holly ( pro­ducer) and

Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Open­ing Night Party in red ● Saks Fifth Av­enue Presents: Grace Jones: Blood­light and Bami Pre- Screen­ing Cock­tail in gold ● World Pre­miere of I,Tonya pre­sented by Hugo Boss in blue ● GE­ORGE PI­MENTEL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

many Grace- wor­ship­pers who were too ex­cited to speak – although the con­stant flow of Veuve Cliquot may have helped.

Saks clients were treated to pri­vate meet- and- greet photo ops with the icon be­fore join­ing the big brouhaha where she mixed and min­gled with the ador­ing crowd be­fore be­ing whisked away for the screen­ing of Grace Jones: Blood­light and Bami.

Those who didn’t want the party to end joined Greta Con­stan­tine de­sign­ers along with Michael and Krys­tal Cooper who hosted quite the shaker at the Broad­view Ho­tel. There, amped up guests had the ul­ti­mate dance party with Grace un­til af­ter 3 a.m. Hugo Boss cel­e­brated in true style when they hosted the World Pre­miere of I,Tonya with a post- pre­miere soirée at Mon­tecito Restau­rant. The star- stud­ded cast hit the scene in­clud­ing an ab­so­lutely gor­geous and ta­lented Mar­got Rob­bie. Lead­ing the way along with Rob­bie was Se­bastien Stan, Al­li­son Jan­ney, Caitlin Carver and McKenna Grace. This ul­tra­ex­clu­sive party did not dis­ap­point. Hugo Boss has been a spon­sor of the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for the past 20 years.

Jes­sica Si­pos, Paul Hag­gis and Claire Rob­bins

Vin­nie Ben­nett

Paul Atkin­son and Piers Han­dling

Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Open­ing Night Party

Jennifer Tory

Jennifer Baich­wal

Al­li­son Jan­ney

Caitlin Carver

John Tory and Barbara Hack­ett

Dawn Bellini and Lanita Lay­ton

Se­bas­tian Stan

Mckenna Grace

Di­rec­tor X

Theodore Pel­lerin

Tom Ack­er­ley, Bryan Unke­less, Steven Rogers and Mar­got Rob­bie

Jus­tine Bate­man and Rob Bene­dict

Sean Michael Tur­rell, Soren Aan­dahl and Sarah Gib­son

Grace Jones

Eve Schoukroun and Maya Am­sellem

Lizzie Francke and Katie Ellen

Vic­to­ria Phan and Kelly Marshall

Shani Hin­ton and So­phie Fi­ennes

David Vuit­ton and Shayne Stephens

Kirk Pick­ers­gill

Jennifer Saun­ders

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