TIFF SPECIAL: Cheryl Hickey’s festival fashion tips

ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli. Photo courtesy of Central Image Agency.

Story by Kyra Kendall.

For the 11 days of the Toronto International Film Festival, Cheryl Hickey’s job is to make both her style and her celeb interviews look effortless. The Style Notebook caught up with Cheryl on the red carpet, and quizzed the popular TV personality on her favourite festival designers and how quickly she can get changed in a limo. (Hint: It’s impressive.)

When do you start planning your TIFF outfits?

“I start thinking about looks I might want to try about two weeks before the festival. The process is ongoing from that point—making revisions/edits right up to the last minute. The last-minute changes are not because of what I see other people wearing at the festival—they’re more reflective of what mood I’m in, what the weather is like. You know, every party girl’s considerations!”

How many outfits do you need for the festival?

“I need two or three outfits for each day. I need casual “movie screening looks” (likely sweaters and jeans because those theatres are FREEZING), smart casual outfits for interviews, and finally, party dresses for the evenings. It makes for a lot of outfit changes in a day, but that element of glamour is what the festival calls for.”

Which designers do you prefer to wear during TIFF?

“For dresses this year, we’ve been relying on a select list of designers whos pieces I find really work with my body type. Halston, White Space at The Bay, BCBG and Rachel Roy are all so great to wear. I also have a local favourite—Rodney Philpott. He is a Toronto designer that has been around for years.

Beyond dresses, myself, and the rest of the ET Canada ladies are wearing some great jewellery from eko, and MM Crystal.  Last, but by no means least, my favourites for fabulous shoes are Steve Madden, Alexander McQueen, and Aldo.”

How big is your stylist team?

“We have one style guru at ET Canada: Maggie Bill. She handles us all, and makes us look great.”

How long does it take you to get ready?

“In a perfect world, I have 30 minutes for hair and 30 minutes for makeup—but TIFF is not a perfect world. I have 5 minutes to get ready more often than I care to admit. I have also have to get dressed in some interesting places—like a car!  Which I can do in under five minutes if I have to.”

Cheryl with the rest of the ET Canada on-air team. Photo courtesy of Central Image Agency.

For daily festival coverage tune in to ET Canada at 7:30 p.m. on Global.

Want more TIFF 2010? Read Leanne Delap’s first TIFF column, and check out our picks for the fest’s hottest parties. Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.

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