TIFF has invaded Toronto, but if you’re hoping to spot a Hollywood A-lister on the streets, you had better learn to recognize their sunglasses. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and when the stars are not doing media interviews, attending press conferences, going to parties, or lounging around Soho House, they’re trying to enjoy the different sights that Toronto has to offer. Typically hidden beneath large sunglasses though, they won’t be as easy to spot as you might think.
Fortunately, we’ve rounded up seven star-worthy shades that you might see during TIFF, alongside the stars most likely to be sporting them. Think of this as your eyewear-guide to celebrity spotting. Or better yet, pick up a pair of these shades yourself and slip right into the festival buzz…and maybe even into a photo or two.
1. Reese Witherspoon in Thierry Lasry
The BARELY 201 frame by French designer Thierry Lasry is a favourite of Reese Witherspoon’s, who may be seen wearing her pair in between interviews for Atom Egoyan’s new film, Devil’s Knot. While Reese is recognized by her classic blond hair and camera-ready smile, these handcrafted shades are notable for their chunky rims, thick Italian acetate and thin, metal arms. Never one to be too outlandish, expect Reese to choose a pair in this gradient amber colour, which is a warm neutral that’s finished off with a subtle shimmer.
2. Jennifer Garner in Thierry Lasry
Thierry Lasry also makes these “SEXXXY 384” frames, which are a favourite of Jennifer Garner’s, who will be in town for the film, Dallas Buyer’s Club. Handmade in France, these transparent acetate sunglasses are ultra luxe in a bright blue jewel tone. Metal temples in gold and black complete the covet-worthy look.
3. Guy Pearce in Oliver Goldsmith
British actor Guy Pearce will be in Toronto promoting his new film Hateship, Loveship, and we can’t wait to see if he’ll be sporting his “Berwick” glasses from Oliver Goldsmith. Originally created in 1971, this aviator-inspired style works on fashion-forward men or women, with its unique flat edges and U-shaped bridge. Rumour has it the company designed a pair of these frames for Prince Charles in 1980, but it was Princess Diana who wore it and made it famous. If that isn’t the best celebrity endorsement, we don’t know what is!
4. Jude Law in Cutler and Gross
What’s better than a British gentleman in a classic pair of British specs? Jude Law can often be seen in his Cutler and Gross 0692 frames, which work perfectly with his dapper sense of style. The London-based eyewear company has been making this model for more than 20 years and the frame’s straight brow and wide temples give it a distinctively masculine and sophisticated look. Jude will be in town for Dom Hemingway.
5. Scarlett Johansson in Miu Miu
Scarlett Johansson has a busy week ahead for her with two films at the festival, Don Jon and Under the Skin. It’s likely that you’ll find the recently-engaged actress in these cat eye Miu Miu sunglasses. Made with an acetate frame and polycarbonate lenses, these glasses inject a dose of European flair to any look, and are as sexy and sultry as Scarlett herself.
6. Dakota Fanning in Prada
Dakota Fanning will likely be seen all over TIFF in her favourite Prada sunglasses. This butterfly-style model works perfectly with Dakota’s heart-shaped face, while the girly two-tone frames and gradient lenses matches her ever-evolving style. (Can’t you just picture these shades with a cute Rodarte dress?!) Not only is Dakota promoting her two films Night Moves and The Last of Robin Hood, she is also appearing in the Jason Reitman Live Read: Boogie Nights as Roller Girl (famously played by Heather Graham).
7. Sandra Bullock in Persol
Sandra Bullock will be at TIFF to promote her latest film Gravity with co-star George Clooney. Though she’ll be undoubtedly glamorous on the red carpet, these simple black Persol sunglasses will help her stay under the radar while strolling around the city with her son Louis. The oversized rectangular frames feature a slight cat-eye, with Persol’s signature metal arrow logo on the temples. These are sunglasses that are quiet enough to dodge the paparazzi, but with just enough detailing to still feel like a star.