TIFF: InStyle/HFPA Bash Draws Festival Stars on Rainy Toronto Night

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Presented by Max Mara, the "Crystal Reflections"-themed bash is always one of the hottest tickets during TIFF.

“It’s like being at a hot party in college where all the cool kids hang out in the kitchen,” muses one attendee of always starry InStyle/HFPA bash presented by Max Mara, pointing to a packed VIP alcove where Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Dakota Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Joel Edgerton, Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson, Michael Shannon, Geoffrey Rush, producer John Lesher and manager Jason Weinberg converged like popular sardines to the beats of celeb DJ Michelle Pesce.

Elsewhere in the Windsor Arms Hotel-set party (with a theme of “Crystal Reflections”), Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Susan Sarandon (in Max Mara), Idris Elba and Elizabeth Olsen worked the room.

Other dish: Molly Ringwald was overhead giving her email to a journalist who she said looked like Ben Stiller, while Larson’s The Room co-star Jacob Tremblay, who is 8-years-old, stayed past 1 a.m. Larson could be seen escorting her co-star through the bash by holding his hand and introducing him to other actors. Many party guests didn't need introductions as they stopped the pint-sized star on their own, offering congratulations for his breakout turn. 

(Susan Sarandon wearing Max Mara. Photo by Arthur Mola/AP/Invision)

The event is always one of the hottest tickets in town during TIFF. And while some A-list attendees in town for premieres — stars like Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Chastain — missed the event (perhaps due to wet and chilly conditions outside), InStyle and HFPA still prove to be great party bedfellows as the Windsor Arms was packed with talent, Hollywood-types and film fans. Also in attendance Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Imogen Poots, Sarah Silverman (in Max Mara), Michael Peña, Ben Foster, Christian Slater, Carmen Ejogo (in Max Mara), Julianne Nicholson (in Max Mara), Freeheld director Peter Sollett and scribe Ron Nyswaner, Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll, helmers Jean-Marc Vallee and Denis Villeneuve and Stonewall star Jonny Beauchamp.