Sonya of Class Is Internal sported the most amazing floral bomber jacket in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and it got us thinking. There are so many fun ways to wear floral that we’ve yet to explore – unchartered sartorial territory! And so off we went to find fresh new ways to wear our favourite type of print, including tracking down the aforementioned bomber by ASOS ($158).
From Joe Fresh‘s cheerful tulip print shorts ($39) to Anna-Karin Karlsson‘s to-die-for cat eye sunglasses with carved roses (USD$840) to Mary Katrantzou‘s too-cool-for-school printed stretch denim jacket ($1,265), check out the gallery below for 30 of the freshest floral pieces calling our name (and yours!) this spring.
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We love our Charlotte Olympia here at The Backseat Stylers, and though S frequently sports her cat pumps at the day job, even she’ll admit that her designs aren’t always the most appropriate for the office. Cue the London-based accessories designer’s latest venture: two new collections of sensible (a word never before used in the same sentence as ‘Charlotte Olympia’) day bags and shoes made for the 9 to 5 gig.
The new lineup will retail from USD$635 to USD$896 for a pair of shoes and from USD$1,195 to USD$2,995 for a handbag. Each pair of boardroom-ready shoes has been designed with a clear PVC detail on the heel, and will come in a box that looks like a briefcase and with a pair of pantyhose for good measure. Because Charlotte Olympia wouldn’t be Charlotte Olympia without even just the smallest touch of whimsy.
We can’t wait to incorporate more of her styles into our office shoe rotation.
Image via WWD
Toronto Fashion Week is just around the corner, ladies and gents, and we’re already in full prep mode, RSVPing to runway show invites, planning outfits and beautifying ourselves. A fresh new beauty look is definitely in order, so we’re teaming up with our blogger BFFs, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog on Blogger Beauty Brunch, a pre-fashion week primp party at Do My Hair in Toronto – and you’re invited!
The talented team at Do My Hair is offering complimentary haircuts, blowouts and makeup application to our lovely readers. Want in? We bet you do, and here are all the details:
WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014, 10:30am-2:30pm
WHERE: Do My Hair, 583 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto
WHAT: Choice of a complimentary haircut, blowout, or makeup application! Swag bags (while supplies last)! Chance to win a $500 makeover!
WHO: The Souls of My Shoes, Style Blog, The Backseat Stylers, and you!
HOW: Call (416) 544-0505 to book your appointment. Spots are limited.
HASHTAG: #beautybrunchTO - use it on your instagrams and tweets on event day for a chance to win a $500 makeover (!) on a return visit to Do My Hair.
Excited? So are we! So book that appointment for your complimentary service, and we’ll see you on Sunday at Do My Hair. Can’t wait!
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s second annual Canadian Screen Awards were held in Toronto last night at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast live on the CBC. Hosted by Martin Short, the awards gala recognized excellence in film, television and digital media productions.
Joining the comedy legend on stage as presenters were very familiar faces like Mad Men‘s Jessica Paré, Amazing Race Canada‘s John Montgomery, and Jason Priestley (aka Brandon Walsh, forever). Viggo Mortensen made an appearance as well, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker/screenwriter David Cronenberg. For a complete list of nominees and winners, head on over to The Academy’s site.
But before you do, check out the gallery below for 30 red carpet snaps from last night’s festivities, including best dressed candidates like the stunning Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs in a vampy sheer black number, Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell in a chic black and white design with cutouts, and Maria Bello in an ethereal embellished ivory gown. Our country’s biggest screen stars certainly turned it out for the industry’s biggest night of the year.
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
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Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver
The fashion month tour continued on Canadian style blogs this week. Sonya took a stroll on the streets of London in a to-die-for floral print bomber, while Vanessa went for a bike ride in Paris in an impossibly cool forest green faux fur jacket and pinstripe suit combo.
The action here at home was no less sartorially inspiring. Lookbook newcomer Gloria (it’s about time, right? our bad.) didn’t let the Polar Vortex hold her down, looking chic in a textbook fur and leather ensemble. Alanna, fast becoming a Lookbook regular, sported a brightly printed jumpsuit that was a welcome pop of colour, reminding us that spring fashion is just around the corner. Or so we hope.
Gloria Chik of Urbanebloc, Toronto/New York
Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto
Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing
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Last week, Sasha of So Sasha declared that she was embracing the wide leg pant movement with an eye-catching pair of red trousers that had us seeing green. Suddenly our skinny jeans looked a bit lacking and we found ourselves on the hunt for some wide-legged action of our own.
Feeling ready to bring the wide leg silhouette back into your wardrobe rotation too? From a powder blue pair by ASOS to a classic pleated pair by Express to a bronze lamé pair by Gucci, we tracked down 13 pairs of the chicest wide leg trousers out there right now. Will you be giving the wide leg pant a test drive this spring?
Ever since she was crowned the winner of the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels 2013 competition, we’ve been waiting patiently for the big reveal of Sarah Stevenson‘s exclusive capsule collection for New Labels sponsor Target. Well, the wait is finally over and we’re delighted to find that the Toronto-based designer has created an offering that perfectly marries her romantic aesthetic with Target’s pocketbook-friendly prices.
“When I found out that I was going to be doing a line for Target, it was important for me that the Target collection be really reflective of who I am as a brand,” said Sarah. Happily for us, that means florals, florals and more florals. “I look for inspiration everywhere, but I always end up doing florals…I’ll re-interpret florals in many different ways.” And we can’t get enough of it.
Sarah Stevenson for Target launches in select Canadian stores on March 23. Check out the lookbook below – what’s on your wish list so far?
Images courtesy of Target
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace Spring 2014
Cue shocking confession: we didn’t watch the Oscars red carpet coverage last night, not even a minute. The shock! The horror! We weren’t missing the posse of Ryan Seacrest and company in the slightest, but we weren’t feeling quite like ourselves until we’d fully caught up on all the action via the interweb and had created a 10 best dressed list like we always do. This year, though, we took some liberties: instead of limiting the list to the Academy Awards themselves, we also considered looks from Vanity Fair and Elton John’s respective Oscar parties.
The result? Kate Hudson in a dazzling caped Atelier Versace gown won the sartorial Oscar race in our books, but Diane Kruger in lace Valentino and Karolina Kurkova and Evan Rachel Wood, both stunning in Elie Saab, took home top style honours for the evening. The rest of our list is rather predictable but well deserved: Angelina Jolie in yet another gorgeous Elie Saab, Lupita Nyong’o in powder blue Prada, Anne Hathaway in sleek Gucci, and more.
Check out our complete top 10 best dressed from Oscars night below. Did we miss any of your favourites?
Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab Spring 2014
Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture
Diane Kruger in Valentino Spring 2014 Couture
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Fall 2013
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Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal
The skirt is making a comeback, and it – in all its different forms – made an appearance on Canadian style blogs across the country this week.
Nelia went ladylike with her snake-print midi skirt and polka dot top, Lookbook newcomer Alex looked ultra-cool in a plaid pencil skirt and moto jacket combo, and Jen combined the best of both worlds with a floral-print A-line skirt and biker jacket of her own.
Have you been braving the polar vortex in your favourite skirt too?
Sasha Exeter of So Sasha, Toronto
Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto
Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary
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Our newfound style crush on Naomie Harris continues – as does our longstanding obsession with jumpsuits – with this gorgeous getup from the LoveGold event at Chateau Marmont last night honouring Academy Awards nominee Lupita Nyong’o.
Though it doesn’t take much more than a basic black jumpsuit to get us excited, this Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2014 design is particularly up our alley. The delicate lace inserts and peekaboo cutouts make for a romantic yet sexy look. We’re now officially on the hunt for jumpsuit #4, because one can never have enough…or so we’re telling ourselves.
Image Credit: Getty Images via Yahoo!