Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Charlotte Olympia ‘Shanghai Express’ Collection

Charlotte Dellal is taking us for a ride on the Shanghai Express this fall.

The London-based accessories designer’s latest collection for Charlotte Olympia is a line-up of shoes and handbags inspired by Chinese culture, and it’s full of jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces. Dubbed ‘Shanghai Express’, the 100+ item offering features everything from pandas and dragons to lanterns and, yes, the prototypical Chinese takeout boxes. Dellal has gone very literal, as usual, and we love her for it.

Admittedly, some pieces lean dangerously towards tacky, but we’re willing to overlook them in favour of the many beautiful designs in the collection. In fact, we’ve fallen head over heels in lust with the gold lattice Pandora clutch (it’s about time we nab one of those Perspex clutches!), the Fantastic Dolly pumps (a TDF new take on a CO classic), as well as every item inspired by blue and white porcelain.

Check out the gallery below for highlights from Charlotte Olympia’s Shanghai Express collection. What’s on your wish list?

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Retail Therapy

Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Capsule Collection Unveiled

Banana Republic‘s upcoming capsule by Roland Mouret has finally been revealed, and it’s every bit as covet-worthy as we thought it would be.

The French designer’s 25-piece effort for the specialty retail chain features gorgeous, figure-flattering dresses and separates made in the Banana Republic Sloan fabric, a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric that creates a “magic” fit. Shaping fabrics aside, there definitely is something very magical about Roland Mouret designs retailing from $165, a fraction of the price tags on his eponymous line.

“It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version],” says Mouret, “but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” Based on the lookbook, we’re ready for that experience, with wish lists and credit cards prepped. The collection will launch on August 7 at select stores across Canada and online at www.bananarepublic.ca.

Check out the gallery below for the complete lookbook and collection. Which pieces are you eyeing?

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Events

#BloggerBazaarTO Spring 2014: You Came, You Saw, You Shopped

Last month, yours truly and some of our favourite blogger friends teamed up on the Spring 2014 edition of #BloggerBazaarTO, opening up our closets to offer our lovely readers some fabulous finds at pocketbook-friendly prices. Many of you popped by Soho House Toronto to snag some unbelievable deals from Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Anya Georgijevic of I’m The It Girl, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, and Jessica Chiu of Ever After Lacquer, and we daresay you weren’t disappointed.

Attendees came with their game faces on, taking home enviable purchases that ranged from Hermès silks at half their retail price to vintage wares for a mere toonie. They were further rewarded for their shopping efforts with rather epic swag bags, featuring items from FLAREALDO ShoesDoveTRESemmeRoots CanadaeLUXEessence cosmeticsvitaminwaterForever 21Call It SpringArtemano Decor and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris. In fact, they were so good that we were a tad bit jealous we weren’t able to keep one for ourselves. A huge thank you to all of these amazing brands for their support!

At the end of the incredibly fun event, readers went home delighted with their purchases and swag, Corsage Project received a portion of our proceeds for their very worthy cause, and us bloggers had a blast playing shop for the day. A win-win-win situation, in our books! Check out the gallery below for a peek at highlights from the last #BloggerBazaarTO.

P.S. Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 edition The Blogger Bazaar, coming this September!




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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 18, 2014 Edition


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

It’s a print story this week on the Canadian style blogs, and we’re loving it.

From Alanna‘s gorgeous floral maxi dress in Vancouver to Krystin‘s pretty-in-pink look in Toronto to Katia‘s retro print-on-print action in Montreal, our nation’s most stylish put on a lesson in rocking bold, vibrant prints.

Will you be following their lead?


Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto


Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto


Katia Nikolajew of Bewolf, Montreal

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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Ela Handbags Calf Hair M.I.L.C.K. Clutches

It’s official, we have a new obsession: her name is Ela and she’s got gorgeous (calf) hair.

Toronto-based Ela Handbags has fast become a bag rotation staple, and the latest incarnation of the brand’s ubiquitous M.I.L.C.K. Clutch is as covet-worthy as its predecessors. For Pre-Fall 2014, it’s adorned with calf hair in 3 luxe colourways: deep red, grey, and a spotted black and white print. Each is a must-have in its own right, and all 3 have shot to the top of our Fall wish list.

The clutches, retailing at $548, are available at Holt Renfrew here in Canada and at Saks Fifth Avenue south of the border. Our fingers are also crossed that they’ll be restocked over at elabyela.com, where they’re currently showing as sold out. Which, of course, just reinforces the fact that we need to get our hands on one (or two, or three…), stat.

Images courtesy of Ela Handbags

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Crochet Pieces That Won’t Make You Look Like A Doily

Sonya of Class Is Internal sported a pretty crochet crop top to the beach last week, and it had us questioning our longstanding stance against all things crochet. She looked undeniably cute in it, especially paired with a polka dot pant, so we decided it was time that we gave crochet a fair chance.

We scoured the e-shops for crochet pieces that looked more stylish and less doily-like, and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. From maxi dresses to bikinis to baseball jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the chicest crochet pieces for you to rock this summer if you so please.

Check out the gallery below for all of our picks. Where do you stand on crochet?

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Queen’s Plate 2014

We love getting all gussied up for big events here at The Backseat Stylers, and there’s no bigger occasion for us this summer than last week’s Queen’s Plate. On a day when the dress code called for fancy fascinators and chic frocks, our philosophy was simple: go big or go home.

Literally, it seems, which explains S’s predilection for extremely oversized headpieces. She got a taste for large hats at our first Queen’s Plate last year, and would’ve had a tough time topping that sartorial outing if not for the incredibly talented David Dunkley, official milliner of the Queen’s Plate and purveyor of the gorgeous (and ginormous!) floral headpiece S sported. T, on the other hand, went for a more understated fascinator, opting instead to make a bold statement with her eye-catching metallic candy wrapper clutch and reflective sunglasses.

Both of us donned black and white with pops of metallic silver; save for the giant blue flowers atop S’s head, of course. S’s floral-on-floral getup was a nod to favourite Mary Katrantzou, while T repped Canadian in a dramatic VAWK vest. Our looks complemented each other rather nicely, though admittedly accidentally.

With yet another set of tastefully over-the-top Queen’s Plate ensembles under our belts, our #QP15 garb will have to be even bigger and bolder. Thank goodness we have a year to prepare ourselves.

On S: David Dunkley fascinator / Mary Katrantzou dress / Prada shoes / Chanel clutch

On T: David Dunkley fascinator / VAWK vest / Zara shorts / Alexander Wang shoes / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch

Image Credits: Mauricio Calero, Becca Lemire for She Does The City

Runways and Showrooms

25 Gorgeous Looks from the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Runways

From Chanel to Valli, we spent the last week admiring all the jaw-droppingly gorgeous designs at the Fall 2014 edition of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Now with all the shows having wrapped up, we’ve gone through the incredibly difficult (yet abundantly enjoyable) task of rounding up our 25 favourite looks. Call it our red carpet wish list for the upcoming season of awards shows, movie premieres and the like, if you will.

We’re lookin’ at you, Ms. Blanchett. You too, Ms. Kruger.

Images via Vogue.it

Events

Fancy Fascinators and Dapper Bow Ties Abound at the 155th Queen’s Plate

On Sunday, July 6, Canada’s fashion and sporting worlds collided at the prestigious Queen’s Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and the must-attend event of the summer. Woodbine Racetrack was the place to see and be seen, as Toronto’s social set walked the red carpet in their finest race day getups. Fancy fascinators and frocks for the ladies and dapper bow ties and hats for the gentlemen were the garb of choice as the crowd cheered filley Lexie Lou and jockey Patrick Husbands to their thrilling #QP14 win.

The excitement at the Hats & Horseshoes Party, hosted by the lovely Melissa Grelo from CTV‘s ‘The Social’, matched that of the grandstands. The FLARE VIP Lounge was the prime locale for an afternoon of horse wagering and street style snapping. We were wowed by the fashion at our first Queen’s Plate experience in 2013, but this year’s incredibly chic attendees took it to the next level for #QP14. From hats to wingtips, the fashion was bigger, bolder and more fabulous than ever before.

We were in awe of Stylist Box co-founder Gail McInnes and writer Vicki Hogarth‘s impressive DIY efforts; both ingeniously fashioned their own fascinators, the former from her cherished Madonna LP and the latter from dollar store butterflies that looked way more extravagant than they cost. We oohed and aahed over the ultra-chic monochromatic ensembles we spotted, included Fashion at the Races blogger Bri Mott‘s lime green lace getup, jewelry designer Shay Lowe‘s ladylike lavender look, as well as the co-ordinated, all-white ensembles by a gaggle of girlfriends we snapped in the FLARE VIP Lounge. One colour wasn’t good enough for etalk‘s Traci Melchor though; we fell head over heels for her fierce red and black hat and dress pairing.

As for yours truly, we chose stunning fascinators by David Dunkley (official milliner for the Queen’s Plate) for the occasion, and we couldn’t have felt more fabulous as we took in the races in the grandstands and enjoyed all that the Hats & Horseshoes Party had to offer. Missed out on all the fun this year? Not to worry, because #QP15 will be here before you know it – that means you’ve got a year to find the perfect race day ensemble. In the meantime, check out the video and photo gallery below for all the sartorial highlights from the 155th Queen’s Plate.

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 11, 2014 Edition


Assa Cisse of My Curves & Curls, Toronto

What better time to have some fun with fashion than when you’re not cocooned in a heavy parka? This week, Canadian style bloggers took advantage of the balmy weather to add some flare to their outfits.

Alanna sported a sherbet-hued matched set (with co-ordinated shoes to boot!), Assa rocked the oversized ruffle with an off-shoulder look, and Ania donned some snake print and the requisite cowgirl hat for Calgary Stampede festivities.


Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

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