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Sometimes I forget that TIFF is about movies. But, like, actually. In my weird little clothing-obsessed head, it feels like all these actors and directors and singers and whatever come all the way up to this barren arctic wasteland we call home so that they can strut around the big red velvet catwalks we roll out for them. Have I seen a movie or even smelled popcorn in the past week? Nope. Have you? Chances are, probably not.
Or maybe I’m just ignorant to the cinematic and cultural spectacle of the whole event and am narrow-minded to think everybody is as shallow as I am. Chances are, probably.
In any case, throughout my borderline-obsessive meta-analysis of all the fashion coverage of the festival, I have come to notice an area that’s lacking: best-dressed men. Sure, the boys have gotten their fair share of coverage (read: objectification) but it’s nothing compared to the debates over who wore Mary Kantrantzou the best (in my opinion, it was hands-down Keira Knightley) or who of the three America’s sweethearts at TIFF this year – Julia, Sandra, Reese – looked the best in her respective dress… “for her age.” Many have insinuated it, few have said it. I digress. Before I go off on another divergent train of thought, let’s have a look now at some of the lads who have brought sexy back TIFF 2013. Notably absent: George Clooney. Just sayin’.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Enemy Premiere Red Carpet
Okay, so we’re going to set the tone of this best-dressed list with a choice that looks literally like he came from off the beaten track. While I loved the fitted grey suit Jakey G wore to the premiere of Prisoners, part of me cannot resist the “WTF?” factor of the one he wore to the Enemy red carpet. First there’s the uber-scruff, the greased-back hair, the textured tie, the unruly caterpillar eyebrows, brown boots and then… he slays the competition with the three-piece black corduroy suit. He looks halfway between that questionably-related uncle who only comes into town for weddings (free alcohol, duh) and a skinny version of Hagrid from Harry Potter. And yet, somehow those big blue eyes hit you and he is still hot. Amazing.
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Premiere Red Carpet
Another look that has been debated all over the interweb (and vehemently in our office), really who could resist the heroin-chic rock star that is Jared Leto? That black suit with the sheen, the scruff, the seductively unbuttoned shirt and the luxuriously tousled ombre sex-hair. He’s definitely not the boy you take home to mum and who would want it any other way?
Adam Levine, Can a Song Save Your Life? Premiere Red Carpet
The requisite pretty-boy of TIFF 2013, Adam Levine looks super sharp and super-gorgeous with his perfectly pushed back quiff, scruff (were people not allowed to shave before entering Canada?), impeccably tailored navy suit, and a very on-trend black tie with a red stripe accent. The singer-turned-kind-of-actor is definitely giving Justin Timberlake a run for his money in terms of career transitions and for plain-old bringing sexy back.
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Red Carpet Premiere
Even with all the weight he lost (reportedly around 50 pounds, yikes!), Matthew McConaughey looks incredibly dapper and handsome in this dark grey Dolce and Gabbana suit. The blue tie adds an appropriate punch of colour to the mix and he is also sporting the TIFF 2013 men’s uniform of highly-greased, slicked-back hair and facial scruff. If People doesn’t vote him back as the sexiest man alive after this, they’ll totally lose any cred… well, they’ll just lose.
Colin Firth, Devil’s Knot Premiere Red Carpet
Maybe I am just pining for my college years or have watched a Single Man about 12 too many times, but there is something undeniably “hot professor” about Colin Firth. The actor, like Matthew McConaughey, has lost a tonne of weight for upcoming film The Railway Man, and looked very sharp and slim in this tailored dark navy suit. The key selling point of his look? The fact that he wore a wide black tie, thus bucking the never-ending trend of the skinny tie, and he was clean shaven. With a face that smooth, I am genuinely surprised they even let him into the festival. But that said, who doesn’t love a maverick?
Honourable mentions: Jude Law sporting a fedora to cover up his dangerously receding hairline at AMC Storys, Daniel Radcliffe’s plastic dollar-store devils horns on the Horns red carpet, and fake James Franco.