TIFF PARTY: Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning catch up like schoolgirls at the Ginger and Rosa after-party
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars buzzed around the Entertainment District on Friday night, promoting nine star-studded films being screened on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival. On the corner of Duncan and Pearl, a small crowd of mainly curious bar-hoppers loitered by two red carpets set up on each side of Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji’s newest venue, the AMC Storys—the location of last year’s hyped Soho House pop-up club. Still, it was after midnight before the stars started to show for the Ginger and Rosa post-premiere party.
By then, most of the crowd had moved to the carpet around the corner, where True Blood heartthrob Alexander Skarsgård was giving an interview. Leading lady Elle Fanning arrived first, looking adorable in her head-to-toe Miu Miu, followed by co-star Alice Englert and director Sally Potter. The crowd returned when it heard curvy Christina Hendricks was pulling up. She didn’t disappoint in a slinky black Ports 1961 dress that clung to her hourglass shape, complemented by a pair of dramatic Amrapali earrings.
Inside, the crowd practically had to scream to be heard over the blaring house music. We overheard someone say the space was designed to look like an abandoned Berlin apartment from the 1920s—but that may have been the vodka talking. Hendricks, Fanning and Potter hung out together at a table near the DJ, chatting excitedly like old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. While most of the crowd respected their privacy and kept their distance, the few that ventured over were greeted warmly and without pretense. Around 1:15 a.m., the crowd started to die down and Fanning and Englert made their exit. Hendricks and Potter stuck around a little longer but eventually left as the crowd dwindled to just a few stragglers who binged on cheesecake pops and kept the dance party going until last call.