Several years ago, S went through a ruffle phase in which she amassed an impressive collection of ruffled blouses, dresses, skirts, sweaters, coats – there wasn’t a ruffled item she met that she didn’t like…and buy. She’s since moved on (it was for the better), but when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas in a gorgeous, pale pink ruffled frock in last week’s Canadian Street Style Lookbook, a bit of that obsession with all things frilly came rushing back.
Time to get our ruffle on again? We think so, but this time with a tad more…restraint. From Joe Fresh blouses to Nicholas Kirkwood pumps to Givenchy jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the loveliest ruffled pieces to shop right now. Check out the gallery below for all our picks. Will you be rocking the ruffle this season?
Yours truly with Christina Hendricks and Glen Baxter
On December 2, P&G held its 5th annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards at The Carlu in Toronto, bringing together Canada’s top talent in the beauty, grooming and fashion industries. Hosted by Mad Men star and bonafide bombshell Christina Hendricks, the evening honoured the year’s best print and online content in 20 categories.
“I’ve always loved Canada, and I feel honoured to be a part of such an important event, highlighting the incredible talent in this country,” said Hendricks. “My work regularly exposes me to the stylists, editors, photographers and artists who work diligently behind the scenes, and I know how truly deserving they are of recognition.”
A bevy of bold-faced names assisted Hendricks in the doling out of the Tiffany & Co. crystal trophies, including fashion icon Jeanne Beker, TV journalist Glen Baxter, R&B singer (and ever charming) Jully Black, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and designer Jeremy Laing. And without further ado, here’s the complete list of winners from the 2013 edition of the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards:
1. Best Art Direction: Mark Reynolds, MONTECRISTO Magazine
2. Best Next Face – Presented by Olay: Dauphine McKee – Elmer Olsen Models
3. Best Beauty Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online – Trend or Profile (English): Olivia Stren, FASHION Magazine, Shear Force
4. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine, Newspaper or Online – Trend or Profile (French): Mélanie Frappa, ELLE Québec, Tendances phares: printemps-été 2013
5. Best Beauty Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online – Scientific or Technical (English): Ellen Himelfarb, FLARE, Tug of War
6. Best Beauty Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online – Scientific or Technical (French): Émilie Villeneuve, ELLE Québec, La beauté responsable
7. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine: Vanessa Craft, ELLE Canada
8. Best Male Grooming Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online: Heidi Sopinka, FLARE, Clean Cut
9. Hair Stylist of the Year – Presented by Pantene: Nicolas Blanchet
10. Best Fashion Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online (English): Angela Murrills, NUVO, Stich by Stich
11. Best Fashion Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online (French): Andrée-Anne Léonard, ELLE Québec, Peut-on encore porter de la fourrure?
12. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine: George Antonopoulos, FASHION Magazine
13. Best Male Fashion Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online (English): Patricia Gajo, NUVO, Down to Business
14. Best Male Fashion Feature, Magazine, Newspaper or Online (French): Jessica Dostie, Journal Métro, Des jeans dans le mile end
15. Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (English): Sharon Ng Hayes, The Backseat Stylers
16. Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (French): Josiane Stratis, Ton Petit Look
17. Best Beauty or Fashion Website: Randi Bergman, Fashionmagazine.com
18. Photographer of the Year: Richard Bernardin
19. Make-up Artist of the Year – Presented by COVERGIRL: Blair Petty
20. Best Magazine Cover: Sylvain Blais, Dress to Kill (Spring 2013)
Congrats to all the winners! We’d like to briefly bring your attention to category #15, Best Beauty or Fashion Blog (English), because WOOT WOOT that’s us!!! To be named a finalist alongside our amazing fellow bloggers Janine Falcon of beautygeeks and (our blogger BFF) Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes was already an incredible honour, but to pull off the win? We’re absolutely speechless. Thank you P&G, esteemed judges, lovely readers, and supporters of this here blog – we promise to strive for an even bigger and better Backseat Stylers in 2014!
Now, back to our regularly-scheduled program: le fashion. Check out the gallery below for 29 party snaps from the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards 2013, including lots of Canadian fashion representation with Jully Black in Pink Tartan, FLARE‘s Miranda Purves in Horses Atelier, and FASHION Magazine‘s Zeina Esmail in Lucian Matis.
Christina Hendricks with P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards 2013 winners
David Dixon, Suzanne Rogers and Glenn Dixon
FASHION Magazine’s Zeina Esmail and Bernadette Morra
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Remember back in February when Oscar de la Renta teamed up with TheOutnet.com on an exclusive collection of tea party-ready dresses and separates, and the whole fashion world rejoiced? Well, it’s time to do it all over again, because Mr. de la Renta has collaborated with the online retailer on a second collection, due out next week on December 17.
The 20-piece evening wear collection is featured in a campaign fronted by street style star Miroslava Duma. “Oscar de la Renta’s style is very classic, very uptown – it makes you feel confident, chic and elegant,” says Mira. “I love the Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet collection; its beautiful silk dresses and feminine silhouettes are elegant and sophisticated.”
In fact, Mira has been a longtime ODLR fan. “For my graduation party I bought a piece from Oscar de la Renta. It was an Audrey Hepburn-style black dress and although it was very expensive, I still wear it now. It was worth it. Oscar really is the best brand you can invest in.” If it’s good enough for Ms. Duma’s wardrobe, it’s certainly good enough for ours, especially at prices much more friendly to the pocketbook than the designer’s main line. The collection will retail between $325 for a tank to $1,095 for a floor-length dress.
We’ll be all over The Outnet on launch day – will you? Check out the offerings from Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet, round #2, in the gallery below.
Images via Grazia
Pantone, the global authority on colour, announced last week PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple”, as the colour of the year for 2014. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” Who can turn that down?
We’re still hanging on for dear life to our beloved Emerald Green, Pantone colour of the year for 2013, but our curiosity is definitely piqued. We’ve always been fans of the colour purple, but this particular shade will be a leap for us. Do you see yourself embracing Radiant Orchid in the coming months?
We’ve gone ahead and rounded up 10 Radiantly-Orchid pieces you can rock right now, for your shopping pleasure. Because you’re just that ahead of the trend game. Now go forth and be Radiant.
When temperatures get bitterly cold, it’s so tempting to retreat into an abyss of black-on-black-on-black outfits, but Kristin of Doll Parade reminded us in a recent edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook how much more fun donning some bright pops of colour can be. The Frederictonian’s lovely canary yellow coat sent us on a search for fun coloured coats of our own, and chic options we found aplenty.
The front-runners? J.Crew‘s pale pink topcoat with black contrast collar (US$490), Wilfred‘s cranberry red tweed boyfriend coat ($225), and Nanette Lepore‘s army green fit-and-flare ‘Skyscape’ coat ($448). We’re thinking we can make a case for snagging all three. What do you think of these and our 22 other coat picks in all the colours of the rainbow – will you be embracing coloured outerwear this winter?
We weren’t expecting to get a first look at Target‘s upcoming high-low collaboration with London-based label Peter Pilotto any time soon, but the discount retailer has released a single image via Elle.com, and it’s looking rather promising. Bold prints and silhouettes are key features of design duo Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto’s aesthetic, and that’s exactly what they’re serving up for Target customers.
“Even if it’s a cheaper price point, it was mutually agreed with Target that the collection had to look very Peter Pilotto,” De Vos says, and so far it does. Floral and geometric graphics are printed on tops, bottoms and even shoes. From left: Stretch-nylon swim top, $25; cotton, nylon, and spandex skirt, $35; cotton and nylon slip-on sneakers, $30 a pair; spandex-blend romper, $50; spandex-blend racer-back tank, $25; and skirt, $35.
The collection launches in stores and online on February 9, 2014, and we can’t wait to see the rest of the line-up. Are you loving what you’re seeing so far?
Image credit: Pierre Bailly
With over $4,000 in prizes handed out to lovely readers, it’s been an absolutely epic THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY this year, if we may say so ourselves. We bet we’ve had you in a contest-entering tizzy over the past 11 days, but don’t stop now, because today’s the last day and we’re going out with a fashionable bang: up for grabs in our final giveaway is a $500 gift card for Canadian outerwear favourite Mackage!
Jaws dropping all around? We don’t blame you, because we love our Mackage as much as you do and have been longtime fans. So much so that even though we can’t get our hands on it (we’ve yet to find a loophole in the rules), we’ve gathered quite a wish list just thinking about that gift card. In fact, here’s a handy list of what we’ve been daydreaming about using that $500 towards if we were the lucky winner, to inspire you to get your entry in, stat (clockwise from top left):
1. Cynthia down parka ($1,150) – Fur-trimmed hood, contrast leather sleeves, and a cool army green colour – what more could you ask for in a parka?
2. Shanty wool biker jacket ($650) – This fierce buffalo check biker jacket was one of our favourites from the runway show. It comes in white and red, both highly covetable.
3. Samantha double-breasted coat ($675) – The peacoat is taken to the next level with contrast buttons, leather epaulets, exposed zippers on the sides, and a fiery coral colour. Hashtag want.
4. Novaki small cross-body bag ($225) – Part of Mackage’s first (and amazing) handbag collection, this small pebbled-leather cross body bag with nickel tone hardware comes in a range of to-die-for colours.
Daydream with us: what would you spend your $500 gift card on – a handbag or two, or towards one fabulous coat? Decisions, decisions. Head on over to mackage.com to do some window-shopping and come back and tell us your wish list for a chance to win! Contest rules are below. Good luck everyone!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other epic contests in THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY before time runs out!
1. Leave us a comment telling us how you would spend the $500 shopping spree, including links to the specific items on mackage.com. Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Mackage’s Facebook pages here and here.
2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @Mackage on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a @Mackage $500 shopping spree and I want it! http://bit.ly/1gcwjpr #BSSholiday #giveaway” Leave us a comment telling us you’ve tweeted this contest some love.
3. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first) follow The Backseat Stylers and Mackage on Instagram and instagram the contest image above with the caption: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a @houseofmackage $500 shopping spree and I want it! http://bit.ly/1gcwjpr #BSSholiday”
3. The contest closes at 11:59 PST on December 12, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.
4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.
5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.
Dani Roche and Bianca Venerayan of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto
It’s officially December, ladies and gents, and the holiday season is in full swing. With themed shindigs on the calendar and party outfits to be styled, we look to our favourite Canadian style bloggers for some inspiration this week.
Sasha‘s “psyachadelic winter watercolours” printed dress, as she calls it, made our jaws drop, and Krystin‘s ruffled, baby pink frock is just too lovely for words. Two very different looks, but both equally stunning and perfect for two-stepping under the mistletoe.
What’s your go-to ensemble this holiday season?
Sasha Exeter of So Sasha, Toronto
Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York
Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto
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THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY continues! Today’s big prize? A $300 shopping spree courtesy of Roots Canada! Because us patriotic Canadians couldn’t possibly run 2 weeks’ worth of giveaways without featuring one of our favourite national brands. We grew up sporting Roots’ classic sweats, and we’re still living in them now (new ones, of course). Plus, the retailer’s wildly popular varsity jackets and instantly recognizable leather handbags have helped Roots maintain its Canadian cool status for 40 years.
So how would we spend that $300 gift card? We’re so glad you asked, because we’ve been daydreaming up a shopping list (clockwise from top left):
1. Western Riding Boot ($318) – We’ve never met a riding boot we didn’t like, and Roots’ take with its double-wrap belt and loop detailing is a definite favourite. Made in Canada from 100% Italian leather – need we say more?
2. Smythe Bomber Jacket ($988) – Roots collaborated with one of our other favourite Canadian labels, Smythe Les Vestes, on a to-die-for bomber jacket in celebration of its 40th anniversary. We’d put that $300 gift card towards this jacket in a heartbeat. Want. Now.
3. Venetian Village bag ($208) – Roots’ original leather flat bags never go out of style, and are a fashionable solution that go seamlessly from the work week to the weekend.
4. Heritage Kanga Hoody ($72) – Still highly covetable after all these years, Roots’ classic logo hoody is a must-have. We’ve been wearing ours non-stop all fall.
5. Lodge Fair Isle Mitt ($48) – We’ll fall head over heels in love with just about anything fair isle, and these adorable mitts are no exception.
6. Jackie Bag ($238) – We’ve always had a soft spot for Roots’ super cute cross-body bag. In magenta? We love it even more, obviously.
That’s our wish list – what’s on yours? Tell us for a chance to win that $300 shopping spree. Contest rules are below. Good luck and happy window-shopping!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other contests in THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY and check back for our final reveal tomorrow!
1. Leave us a comment telling us how you would spend the $300 shopping spree, including links to the specific items on roots.com. Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Roots Canada’s Facebook pages here and here.
2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @RootsCanada on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a @RootsCanada $300 shopping spree and I want it! http://bit.ly/18o1WUY #BSSholiday #giveaway”
3. The contest closes at 11:59 PST on December 11, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.
4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.
5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.
On November 28, The Frocktail Party returned to the Arcadian Loft for an evening of fashion and philanthropy in support of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Easily one of our favourite events of the year, Frocktail Party’s main attraction is an incredible silent auction featuring highly covetable dresses (obviously), accessories, menswear and luxury experiences from top designers, retailers and brands from across the country. It’s heaven to silent auction addicts, which we totally confess to being.
This year’s donors included Hudson’s Bay, Zac Posen, Intermix, eLuxe, Danier, Greta Constantine, LINE Knitwear, Diane von Furstenberg, and Pink Tartan, among many others. In addition, many donated gowns also came straight from the closets of bold-faced names like Rachel McAdams, Nelly Furtado, Cheryl Hickey, Tanya Kim, Cynthia Loyst, Ben Mulroney, Jessica Mulroney, Suzanna Rogers and Jenna Bitove. A chance at snagging a piece from Mrs. Rogers’ closet at a fraction of the cost, and for a very worthy cause? Definitely a win-win.
Partygoers donned their very best frocks for the occasion, and we’re disappointed some of those dresses weren’t up for grabs in the silent auction too – we’re looking at you, Ms. Bitove. There’s always next year, right? Check out the gallery below for 27 style snaps from Frocktail Party 2013. And to find out more about JDRF, click on over here.
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