Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Leslie Mann in Monique Lhuillier

Leslie Mann attended the L.A. premiere of her latest movie, ‘The Other Woman’, in a vibrant, eye-catching look this week, and we’re in love. The actress walked the red carpet in a two-toned bandeau top and ball skirt pairing from Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring 2014 runway collection and matching Oscar Tiye sandals.

The ensemble has us wanting for colour in our spring wardrobes. More! Brighter! Now! Off to go shopping. Be right back.

Image Credit: Getty / Steve Granitz

Events

The Corsage Project: Making Prom Dreams Come True at Boutique Ball 2014

Prom season has officially arrived. Though we’re a little on the old side for invitations, we were more than happy to live vicariously through the lucky ladies who attended Corsage Project‘s recent Boutique Ball in Toronto. A non-profit organization, Corsage Project is dedicated to giving young women in financial need the opportunity to celebrate prom with their peers by providing them with all the ingredients to a chic prom ensemble free of charge: the dress, matching accessories, and even a mini makeover.

As prom stylists in training, we dutifully shadowed the lovely Thurika K. as she embarked on her prom prep journey at Boutique Ball with her real life fairy godmother for the day Gail McInnes. As co-founder of Stylist Box, Gail knows a thing or two about styling celebrities for red carpets – a skill that, as it turns out, is very transferrable to the prom scene. From the before to the after shot, we followed along step by step as Thurika and Gail expertly navigated through a sea of generously donated gowns and accessories to arrive at the perfect prom look.

STEP 1: Thurika meets her Boutique Ball personal shopper fairy godmother, Gail. Also, she remembers to bring her younger sister (right) along for moral support (and some manual labour).

STEP 2: Team Thurika attacks the dress racks, gathering potential candidates (see Step 1 re: sister and manual labour). After a few rounds in the dressing room, we knock it out of the ballpark with a stunning magenta mermaid gown. It’s The One!

STEP 3: Team Thurika hits the shoe tables…

…the handbag tables…

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Retail Therapy

Sophia Webster for J.Crew Capsule Collection Unveiled

We started freaking out about J.Crew‘s collaboration with shoe designer Sophia Webster way back when it was announced in September, and we’ve been impatiently waiting for news of the collection and its launch ever since. This week the long wait finally came to an end: the 15-piece capsule has been unveiled, and it’s everything we dreamed it would be and more.

“The collection is really fun and feminine, very me but still a hybrid of the two brands,” says Webster. Meaning: scalloped edges, polka dots, tassels, stripes, and vibrant prints – all the ingredients to a delightfully whimsical lineup of stilettos.

Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew says, “Sophia Webster is one of the most exciting and talented British designers. Her shoes are like miniature sets – a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in. Each shoe tells a unique story.”

Priced from $320 to $695, the Sophia Webster for J.Crew launches on April 23 on jcrew.com. Race you there.

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – April 18, 2014 Edition


Jill Lansky of The August Diaries, Vancouver

Spring has sprung in our favourite Canadian style bloggers’ wardrobes. Flowers have begun blooming (in some parts of the country), and likewise greenery is making appearances in bloggers’ sartorial odes to the arrival of spring.

This week, Ania paired a foliage print collared shirt with white trousers for a cool, mensy vibe, Marie sported rose print cropped pants in the perfect transitional look, and Ivy donned a cute palm tree print sweatshirt for a visit to see the cherry blossoms that have already bloomed in Vancouver.


Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto


Ivy Xu of This Is What We Do, Vancouver

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Retail Therapy

Ostwald Helgason x ALDO Rise Spring 2014 Hits Stores This Month

ALDO RISE has teamed up with the London-based design duo of Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason on a colourful capsule collection for Spring 2014. Due to hit stores next week, the 13-piece lineup will feature summer-ready chunky heels and colour-blocked handbags.

“We started with the idea of taking the main ingredients of an Ostwald Helgason collection and translating those into shoes and bags: colour, strong graphic elements, contrasting textures and clean modern shapes,” explains Susanne Ostwald.

Adds Douglas Bensadoun, Creative Director – Vice President of Marketing for ALDO, “[Ostwald Helgason's] subversive use of colour and pattern, the luxe yet effortless quality of their design sensibility, and the mash-up of fine art references with modern technology translates beautifully to footwear – so beautifully in fact, that we had to do handbags as well. We’re excited to see the collection arrive in stores.”

So are we. Priced from $110 to $130 for a pair of shoes and from $65 to $85 for a handbag, Ostwald Helgason x ALDO RISE launches on April 22 at select ALDO locations worldwide as well as online at aldorise.com. Check out the complete collection in the gallery below – will you be buying?

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Fierce New Ways to Rock Animal Print

We featured Edmontonian Alyssa of Ordinary People in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook sporting a cow print jumpsuit that immediately made us wonder why we don’t own such a fun garment. After all, with animal print now officially a neutral in our books, it’s time we infused more of it into our wardrobe rotation.

A search for fierce new ways to rock animal print ensued, resulting in the discovery of 10 must-haves. Click through the gallery below for Zara‘s zebra print bucket bag ($89.90), McQ Alexander McQueen‘s neon animal print scarf ($330), Sophia Webster‘s leopard print d’orsay pumps ($675) and more. Will you be spotted in animal print this spring?

Events

Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2014 Edition


Glenn Dixon and Suzanne Rogers

On April 12, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario hosted its 13th annual fundraising gala, Odyssey, a soirée held in support of the non-profit organization’s efforts to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place for children with cancer and their families. Decked out in their black tie best, the city’s social set arrived at the Liberty Grand in Toronto to support the very worthy cause at what is always one of the most glamourous events of the year.

POGO Gala 2014 featured a cocktail reception (duck confit quesadillas for the win!), silent auction (lunch with an astronaut, anyone?), gala dinner, live auction (drums and lessons from Johnny Fay of the Tragically Hip were up for grabs – how cool is that?), and even an official after-party. Check out the gallery below for 20 style snaps from POGO Gala 2014, including a pretty-in-pink Suzanne Rogers on the arm of a dapper Glenn Dixon, the lovely Jane Hanrahan in a gorgeous black gown, and the ultra chic duo of Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski.

P.S. Find out more about POGO and how you can support the cause at pogo.ca.


Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski


Jane Hanrahan (left)

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Fashion News

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic To Team Up on Capsule Collection


Roland Mouret with Doutzen Kroes at Met Gala 2012

Another day, another freak out worthy designer collaboration announcement. This time? Roland Mouret for Banana Republic.

The French designer and celebrity red carpet favourite has created a 25-piece collection of separates and, of course, dresses that will launch this upcoming August. The dresses – the bread and butter of Mouret’s eponymous line – will retail from $165, a much more pocketbook-friendly price point than his wares usually sell for.

“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.” As big fans of both Roland Mouret and Banana Republic, we’ll take it.

And so Banana Republic continues its streak of very buzzworthy and covetable designer capsule collections. We can’t wait to see the Roland Mouret offering.

Image Credit: Getty

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: MTV Movie Awards 2014 Edition


Lupita Nyong’o in Chanel Fall 2014

We usually tune into the MTV Movie Awards for the trailers, the musical performances (Eminem and Rihanna!), and the Best Shirtless Performance award reveals (because, you know). Fashion? Not so much.

But then we heard that the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Shailene Woodley were going to be walking the red carpet, and we had a feeling we were in for the most noteworthy MTV Movie Awards red carpet to date. And with Chanel, Balmain, Emanuel Ungaro and even some Ulyana Sergeenko Couture served up last night, we’d say we were right.

Our main takeaways from the show? Lupita never fails us, Shailene continues to kill it, and we desperately need an Edie Parker clutch like Rita Ora‘s in our lives, stat. Check out our 5 best dressed from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards – do you agree with our picks?


Shailene Woodley in Balmain Pre-Fall 2014


Chrissy Teigen in Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 Couture


Zendaya Coleman in Emanuel Ungaro Fall 2014


Rita Ora in Barbara Casasola Fall 2014

Image Credits: Getty

Fashion News

OH EM GEE: Alexander Wang x H&M to Launch This Fall

H&M announced yesterday a doozy of a designer collaboration at Coachella. Following last fall’s highly successful capsule collection with Isabel Marant, the next in line to team up with the fast fashion retailer is none other than Alexander Wang, the very first American designer to do so. And we are downright freaking out over the news.

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor, in a press release. “He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year.”

The lineup will feature both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. With a high profile name like Wang, who serves as creative director of both his eponymous line and the house of Balenciaga, this latest designer collaboration promises to be the most highly anticipated to date.

Alexander Wang said, “I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

Mark your calendars, ladies and gents: Alexander Wang x H&M will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 6, 2014. We’re already counting down the days.

Image courtesy of H&M

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