With the Venice Film Festival been and gone and awards buzz already circulating, thus begins the slow Louboutin-heeled climb to Oscar season.

We're still a long way away from tulle ball gowns and embroidered bibs, however, as the stars attend smaller festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival. Here, the style is cooler, more relaxed and far more wearable than a flowing chiffon gown. 

Leading the way in the fashion stakes were some familiar faces, as a host of Irish talents swept the festival promoting new work.  

An understated take on red carpet elegance in The Row. Photo: Getty

Outlander star Caitriona Balfe, looking polished and elegant in a tailored blazer and pleated skirt combo by The Row, the luxury label owned and run by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. 

Promoting her new film Ford v Ferrari, the Dublin native looked classic yet modern in a white button-up shirt, layered under a deep maroon tailored blazer and paired with an oatmeal-coloured pleated skirt. Finished with a pair of shimmering copper Gianvito Rossi heels and minimal makeup, former model Balfe looked like she could have walked in New York Fashion Week. 

Looking chic and contemporary in head-to-toe Chanel. Photo: Getty

The star also turned heads in another flawlessly tailored outfit at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Hollywood Reporter Party, this time looking stunning in a Chanel zip-up navy utility-inspired jacket, black trousers and black stilettos. 

Barry Keoghan is never shy with his red carpet looks. Photo: Getty

Dunkirk star Barry Keoghan also made an appearance, promoting his newest film Calm with Horses, a gritty crime drama already garnering attention. Walking the red carpet with his girlfriend, Shona Guerin, Keoghan looked every inch the Hollywood star.

Barry Keoghan (R) attends the "Calm With Horses" photo call during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin attends the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival 

Elsewhere, A-listers let their quirkier side out on the red carpet. With stripper-con movie Hustlers premiering at the festival, there was a decidedly more playful feeling to the affair, with icons like Jennifer Lopez turning up and turning out in a golden ruffled Maison Yeya gown, accessorised with a purse that resembled a literal wad of $100 bills

Co-star and Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu dazzled in a pink sequined Georges Hobeika dress featuring a dramatic bow on the side. 

Lili Reinhart, meanwhile, combined elegance and drama in her white lace ensemble by Rodarte, featuring exaggerated puffy sleeves, a cinched-in waist and plunging neckline.