Thursday evening was Toronto Life and FASHION’s annual Finest Dressed get together, a can’t-miss TIFF kickoff feting 25 of the town’s most daring dressers. NARS, celebrating their 25th anniversary, was again because the presenting companion. Launching the brand new formulation of their iconic lipstick, NARS stored company wanting their greatest with make-up touch-ups all through the evening. This yr, the record was stacked with a mixture of Toronto-bred family names (Shawn Mendes, Petra Collins, Lilly Singh) and inventive locals with a aptitude for the sudden or extravagant (ahem, Serge Ibaka). Primary on the record? Brooke Lynn Hytes, the primary north-of-the-border drag queen to seem on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Although she got here in second place final yr, she captivated a continent (and now, almost 1,000,000 Instagram followers) along with her excessive kicks, fierce stares and a 1960s-level dedication to glamour. Final evening, she rocked a neon quantity along with her signature platinum locks, and made a diva-worthy outfit change—right into a glittery bodysuit that will overwhelm any Kira Kira filter—midway by way of the night for a particular present, throughout which she spun and dipped her approach by way of the group to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Really feel Like A Girl.”

Throughout the remainder of the night, native notables mingled beneath the towering beams of the QRC West Atrium at Richmond and Peter whereas Aerial Dance Cirque Co. carried out, snacking on handed appetizers and sipping Elit Vodka martinis, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Don Julio and Tanqueray No. Ten cocktails, bubbles and Pasqua wine, and extra. After they weren’t being mesmerized by Hytes, there have been loads of different types of leisure to absorb: better of all was a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat twirling between two sashes hanging from the sky-high ceiling. Jo Malone arrange a sought-after hand-massage station utilizing their very own alluring fragrances, and there have been lineups all evening for attendees to attempt their luck with “The Claw” for an opportunity to win a bottle of fragrance. Anybody needing refuge from the revelry may hang around on stylish purple sofas within the Coloration Hashish lounge, inhaling cannabis-related aromatherapy blends and snapping retro Polaroid selfies. 

Type-wise, extra was positively extra: there was a fluorescent mesh bodysuit, a pair of large googly-eyed ears and various sparkly fits. Finest-dresser Lainey Lui was particularly well-styled for the event, exhibiting up in a voluminous fuchsia gown and crisp white high-tops. Naturally, the evening ended with a number of dance-floor mainstays grooving to poppy beats by the award-winning DJ Fizza.

Right here’s a peek contained in the get together and take a look at #TLBestDressed19: