This story first appeared in the Sept. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
You may not find any bargains north of the border -- clothing prices are close to par with the U.S. -- but there's no shortage of stylish designer duds. Hop into any cab and say one word: Yorkville. Bloor Street West between Avenue Road and Yonge Street in Toronto's Yorkville shopping district is the "Mink Mile," lined with such stores as Gucci, Prada and Chanel. And, if you're looking for more, check out these hotspots:
50 Bloor Street West // 416-922-2333
A perfect destination to find a showstopper for TIFF's opening gala or an emergency pair of Jimmy Choos, this upscale department store is Canada's answer to Barneys New York. It showcases such top labels as Armani, Hugo Boss and Marchesa and offers a complimentary personal-shopping service.
87 Avenue Road // 416-975-1810
This young and hip two-level boutique in Yorkville's Hazelton Lanes has attracted the likes of Robert Pattinson and Jessica Biel. It offers on-trend separates such as Balmain blazers and Helmut Lang skinny pants that transition seamlessly from daytime press conferences and photocalls to studio dinners.
62 Bathurst St. // 416-260-9696
Across from festival hotspot The Thompson Hotel, this men's boutique stocks sharply tailored suits by Ted Baker and Tiger of Sweden ($810 to $1,010 USD) plus Italian lace-ups and pocket squares. After shopping, you can unwind with a one-hour hot-towel shave ($65 USD) inside the store's barbershop, where an antique butcher table doubles as the wash counter. Another perk: Alterations are fast. Says marketing manager Charlotte Jenkins, "If you're late for an event, hems can be done on the spot."
585 Queen Street West // 416-361-6342
Recently catching the eye of Sarah Jessica Parker, this Canadian brand is synonymous with cheap and chic. Pop into Toronto's flagship store located on the trendy strip of Queen Street West for layering basics if you get chilly between screenings. -- KATE FRANK