Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – August 29, 2014 Edition


Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

Fall’s a-coming, and Canadian style bloggers are choosing to embrace its arrival and the sartorial possibilities it brings rather than hold on to their summery frocks and short-shorts for dear life. It’s already happening: all of our favourite things about autumn dressing emerged this week on the style blogs, and we couldn’t be happier.

Leather jackets? Check – courtesy of Anik. Brogues? Check – thanks to Ania. Tweed? Check – compliments of Jackline. And we can’t forget our current obsession, the almighty jumpsuit – a check there as well, merci Gabrielle.

The seasonal transition is happening, so time to assess and reorganize those wardrobes, ladies and gents. As Alanna says, there’s just no rest for the rad.


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver


Anik Lacasse-Richard of Montreal In Style, Montreal

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 Edition


Claire Danes in Givenchy Fall 2014

The Emmys always manage to sneak up on us, and this year was no different. It was about 3 minutes into Seth Meyers’ monologue when we happened upon the live broadcast. Needless to say, we’d missed the 7.5-hour red carpet special we assume preceded the actual awards show, but thanks to the interweb were able to catch right up on all the red carpet happenings.

Claire Danes in a drama-bringing scarlet Givenchy? Hands down our favourite of the night, followed closely by Kate Mara (we’ve missed you on House of Cards!) in a complicated J. Mendel gown that somehow all came together rather fabulously. Julianna Margulies, who always makes the best dressed lists, made the cut in a fierce Narciso Rodriguez number. So did Julia Roberts, because Elie Saab Couture, obviously.

Check out the rest of our top 10 best dressed (Oh hey, Amy Poehler! Welcome to BSS, Kiernan Shipka!) – do you agree with our picks? And yes, that is indeed a gratuitous photo of Matt Bomer in a Tom Ford tux. Because we can.


Kate Mara in J. Mendel Fall 2014


Julianna Margulies in custom Narciso Rodriguez


Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture


Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad Resort 2015

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Musings

The Backseat Stylers Do The #ALSIceBucketChallenge

So Richard of Toronto Is Fashion nominated us for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and this is what resulted, along with a donation to the very worthy cause.

Find out more about ALS and contribute to the campaign via www.als.ca!

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – August 22, 2014 Edition


Samantha and Cailli Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Nothing hails the quiet approach of fall more than the re-emergence of leather on the Canadian style blogs after a summer hiatus.

This week, the Beckerman sisters took to the streets in their classic biker jackets, Jenny donned a perforated leather top under a vibrant floral statement coat, and Ania (who we suspect wears her leather all year round) went for the sporty vibe in a moto mini skirt.

Are you ready to bring the leathers out to play again too?


Claire Liu of Von Vogue, Vancouver


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver


Jenny Jovanovic of Crazy Style Love, Toronto

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Retail Therapy

424 Fifth’s Latest Collection Has Everything You Need For Fall

424 Fifth‘s Fall 2014 lookbook landed in our inbox back in June, right when summer was finally hitting and we were in no mood to think about sweater weather. But now that summer’s end is drawing near and we’re reminded of just how much we love autumn dressing, our eyes are on the prize: pretty much every piece in 424 Fifth’s latest collection.

There’s the plaid felt sweater at the very top of our wish list, the burned-out-rose midi skirt right below it, the leather bodice jumpsuit, the rose-embellished sweater dress…the list goes on. And did we mention the shoes, the Lord & Taylor private brand’s newest venture? The footwear styles are as to-die-for as their apparel counterparts.

We can’t wait to get our shop on. Check out the gallery below for the complete 424 Fifth Fall 2014 lookbook – are you loving the collection as much as we are?

Images courtesy of 424 Fifth

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Roots ‘Moto 2.0′ Deerskin Vest

We’ve had the perfect leather vest on our ongoing shopping list for some time now, and we’re just about ready to cross it off, thanks to Roots.

The brand is currently celebrating its 41st anniversary (happy birthday!) with a #sweatstyle campaign featuring Canadian tastemakers in classically Roots styles. Our favourite? The Moto 2.0 Vest in deerskin, aka the leather vest of our dreams.

We’re in love with the clean, minimalist styling and supple leather. It’s the perfect layering piece as we – say it ain’t so! – transition into fall. The vest retails for $598 over at Roots.com.

Images courtesy of Roots

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – August 15, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

This past week was all about stark summer whites on the Canadian style blogs.

Jentine stunned in a gorgeous fringed number, Vanessa edged up a lovely eyelet frock, and Ania committed to the colour head-to-toe with a pretty tiered skirt and a pair of very hot wedges we’d love to steal borrow.

Didn’t you get the memo?


Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary


Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

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Retail Therapy

Joseph Altuzarra for Target – The Complete Lookbook

With the much-anticipated high-low collaboration between Joseph Altuzarra and Target set to drop one month from now, the cheap and cheerful retailer has released the complete lookbook for our viewing pleasure.

The capsule collection features nearly 50 pieces of apparel, shoes and accessories that stay true to the New York-based designer’s signature sexy aesthetic. ”We are really focused on a very adult and seductive way of dressing,” says Altuzarra. High on our wish list? The luxe red velvet tuxedo jacket, incredibly hot over-the-knee boots, and ultra-chic wrap dress.

Retailing from $17.99 to $89.99, Altuzarra x Target will launch on September 14 at most Target stores across Canada, as well as Target.com (which sadly doesn’t ship north of the border) and Net-a-porter (select assortment). Take a gander at the complete collection in the gallery below and check out a sneak peek video of the ad campaign starring Eva Herzigova. Which pieces do you have your eye on?

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Retail Therapy

Converse x Missoni Fall 2014 Capsule Collection

Converse has teamed up with Missoni on a capsule collection launching this fall. The two brands have partnered for a whopping 8th time on a line-up of Chuck Taylor All Stars featuring the Italian design house’s signature zig zag prints.

The collection includes 5 equally covetable colourways in the unisex All Star Missoni and the ladies-only All Star Fancy silhouettes, each pair retailing for $110. If, like us, a pair of Converse x Missoni sneakers has been on your wish list for many seasons now, now’s the time to take the leap. The latest collaboration arrives in Canada this upcoming September at  Town Shoes, Little Burgundy, Gravity Pope and Livestock.

Will you be buying?

Image courtesy of Converse

Retail Therapy

Smythe Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Must-Have ’10×10′ Collection

Fellow Smythe addicts rejoice: the Toronto-based purveyor of must-have blazers is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a reissue of 10 of its bestselling styles. We’ve been fangirls ever since S’s first purchase back in 2009 so, naturally, we’re downright delighted.

Aptly dubbed ’10×10′, the capsule collection features fresh versions of Smythe’s popular duchess blazer (named after Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, of course), schoolboy blazer, and double-breasted reefer coat. At the top of our wish list? The Dickens blazer in bronze jacquard, hands down.

Retailing from $595 to $895, 10×10 hits Holt Renfrew, TNT Woman and other select retailers in mid-September to early October. Check out the gallery below for the complete collection. Which styles are you excited to have a second chance at snagging?

Images courtesy of Smythe

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