If Fashion Week seems oddly C-list this year, there’s a good reason why. The best place to spot celebs right now is the Toronto International Film Festival, and this year, the very best place to rub elbows is the London-based, private members club Soho House’s festival outpost. We spent Friday night in the elegant enclave alongside cinematic luminaries Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Paul Haggis (who we hear had trouble getting in), Josh Brolin, Harvey Weinstein, and Javier Bardem. The occasion: to celebrate Bardem and Inarritu’s wrenching new film Biutiful, which will no doubt earn Bardem his third Oscar nod. While the brooding Spaniard sipped cola all night (they didn’t have his first choice, non-alcoholic beer) and defiantly smoked inside, we guzzled back TIFF-inspired cocktails aptly titled “The Torontonian,” “Canada Goose,” and “Hollywood North Martini.” Personally concocted by Ludovic Miazga and Dimitri Lezinska, Grey Goose’s resident mixologists and global ambassadors, using locally sourced products (maple syrup, blueberries, ginger beer), the titillating drinks were designed to tell Toronto’s story: The CN Tower is tall, so let’s serve our drinks in a tall glass! You get the idea.
Rumors of Blake Lively’s imminent arrival to the fete floated through the dimly lit room all night, and eventually materialized when the stunning blonde graced the room, where she and Brolin chatted until the wee hours. The bro-fest was officially off when Marion Cotillard showed up soon after, suddenly elevating the night’s status from well-attended to star-studded. The real bro-fest actually went down on night two, when Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Dominic Cooper, James McAvoy, and newly-minted Spider-Man Andrew Garfield joined forces to celebrate the premiere of Hartnett’s new film Bunraku (Apparently, he still acts). The film’s other star, Demi Moore, was noticeably absent, so we set our sights on extracting information from the future Peter Parker. Despite our attempts to find out who Spidey will be up against in Marc Webb’s highly anticipated reboot, Garfield was tight-lipped. He may be new to the fame game, but clearly the soon-to-be household name catches on quick.