Taylor Swift is looking golden like daylight.
The 32-year-old dazzled on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) red carpet on Friday, where she wore a gold sequinned backless gown decorated with large gold spangles. On top of a slightly plunging neckline, the dress featured a halter strap decorated with gold coins, some of which draped over her chest and upper arms.
To highlight the elegant glam of the dress, the “You Need to Calm Down” and “Shake It Off” singer wore her hair in a long natural style, swept behind her shoulders with a focus on her chic bangs.
Topping off the look, the artist’s striking blue eyes were highlighted by a smoky cat-eye makeup look.
The “Lover” and “22” singer attended TIFF’s 47th year for the first-ever screening of her directorial work, “All Too Well: The Short Film,” followed by an hour-long “In Conversation” event with festival CEO Cameron Bailey .
For the discussion, Swift was joined on-stage by actress Sadie Sink, who stars in the short film, and “Teen Wolf” alum Dylan O’Brien.
Sink, who stars in “Stranger Things,” wore a rust red suit featuring diagonal stripes and a single button. The 20-year-old paired her look with black platform shoes and wore her long red hair in thick waves.
Originally, Swift released her short film last November after releasing the re-recorded edition of her 2012 album, “Red.” The nearly 15-minute video was dropped on YouTube, but screening the piece at TIFF gave Swift the chance for fans to see it in its original 35mm format.
“It’s really meaningful to get to present the short film on 35mm because that was how it was originally shot,” Swift said ahead of the screening of the film, which is eligible for an Oscar.
In the film, Sink and O’Brien co-star as a younger woman and older man in a tumultuous relationship that eventually fails but affects both individuals. Fans believe the song and film were inspired by Swift’s brief relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she dated from October 2010 to January 2011.
During the TIFF conversation, Swift told Bailey it was no surprise she ended up writing and directing a short film since there has always been a visual element in her songwriting and artistry.
“When I would write a song, I would immediately start thinking of how I want to present this on stage. If I made a music video for this, what would it look like?” she told the TIFF CEO at the event.
“And then, when I would create an album, halfway through, I would start conceptualizing, what does this album look like? What are the colors we’re dealing with here? What are the themes? Aesthetics? What do I want this to symbolize? Because from a very early point in my career, I wanted to establish each album as its own era of sorts.”
Prior to TIFF’s “In Conversation with… Taylor Swift” event on Friday, tons of fans waited to meet the superstar outside of the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Swift, who’s preparing to release her 10th studio album — “Midnights” — on Oct. 21, said at the event that a natural progression would be to create a feature film.
“I’d love to keep taking baby steps forward,” she explained. “And I think that I’m at a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step, it would be committing to making a film. And I would love for the right opportunity to arise because I absolutely adore telling stories this way .”