TIFF 2012: Emma Watson and Nina Dobrev show us the perks of wearing florals at The Perks of Being a Wallflower party
If TIFF parties were award shows, most would be like the Golden Globes—totally fun, but you’ll never really get to sit with the A-listers. However, for a film like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the night is more like the MTV VMAs: from up-and-coming stars to fully-certified teen heartthrobs, everyone’s in on the party. (Which, when you think about it, is actually what The Perks of Being a Wallflower is all about.) Despite all eyes being on Nina Dobrev and Emma Watson, they both circled the room throughout the night, stopping to mingle with guests (or Degrassi-era Toronto friends, in Nina Dobrev’s case) and pose for pictures with fans. Both were also dressed in white, frothy florals: a peplum’d Erdem dress for Emma Watson and a intricately beaded Monique Lhuillier gown for Nina Dobrev.
Mae Whitman, in a dress by Opening Ceremony, appeared to be the real ringleader of the party. She skipped around the room, bouncing between conversations with Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director Stephen Chbosky. But best of all, Mae Whitman provided partygoers with a mini Arrested Development reunion when Alia Shawkat arrived. The two stayed together all night—that’s right: Maeby Funke and Ann/Egg are BFFs in real life—and rallied the entire Perks of Being a Wallflower cast, plus Glee’s Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss into the Polaroid photo booth. Also spotted in the photo booth: Jason Reitman and DJ Brendan Canning. Outside there was more interactive fun to be had thanks to a white-washed car and many colourful markers—Paul Aguirre-Livingston almost covered the entire trunk with doodles. And, because it was just too clever not to mention, Vitaminwater also built an oversized Lite-Brite where the bottles served as colourful pegs. Even Ezra Miller couldn’t resist playing with it.