Red Carpet

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – September 12, 2014 Edition

Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

With NYFW in full swing this past week, the sartorial diaries of Canadian style bloggers who’d made the trek to the Big Apple provided plenty of Lookbook fodder.

From an all-white ensemble on Alyssa (snapped by The Sartorialist himself, no less) to a matchy-matchy green getup on Lisa to high shine co-ordinated looks on the Beckerman twins, Canadian style was well represented on the fashion week street style scene. Wouldn’t you say?

Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto

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

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Venice Film Festival 2014 Edition

Emma Stone in Valentino Fall 2014 Couture

While TIFF is officially in full swing here in Toronto, over in Italy the Venice Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend. It seemed quieter than usual on the red carpets over the course of the 11-day festival, but there were still some definite sartorial highlights.

Emma Stone was red carpet perfection on opening night in a green tulle gown from Valentino’s latest couture collection, hands down our favourite look of the festival. Ashley Greene in gorgeous black Antonio Berardi gown, Constance Jablonski in a lovely floral-embroidered Alberta Ferretti number rounded out our top 3 best dressed.

Will the TIFF red carpet be able to top Venice? We’ll dutifully report back next week!

Ashley Greene in Antonio Berardi Fall 2014

Constance Jablonski in Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014

Alexandra Daddorio in Reem Acra Resort 2015

Alessandra Mastronardi in Alberta Ferretti Fall 2014

Images via Zimbio


Spotted from the Backseat: Toronto Life’s Most Stylish Party 2014 Edition

Candice Chan (middle) and Alison Slight (right)

On September 4, Toronto’s most sartorially-gifted gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel to celebrate the launch of Toronto Life‘s latest Stylebook and the select few featured in its pages. The city’s fashion set, including the likes of Joe and Kimberley Mimran, FASHION Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra, model Stacey McKenzie, and Dion and Elisha Phaneuf, spent the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival schmoozing with honourees past, present and future.

This year’s Most Stylish included the likes of Chloe Rogers (Elite model), Suzanne Cohon (principal, ASC Toronto), Elaine Lui (co-host, The Social), Lisa Corbo (co-owner, George C), Markus Anderson (consultant, Soho House Group), Ray Civello (founder of Civello Salon and Spa, and president of Aveda Canada), Lance Chung (fashion journalist), Sacha Grierson, (co-owner, Eat My Words) and her daughter, Lola FlaneryVanessa Morcom (CEO, Morcom Media) and more.

Check out the gallery below for over 30 style snaps of Toronto’s best dressed folks at the #TLMostStylish event.

Amy Burstyn-Fritz

Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf

Kimberley Newport-Mimran and Joe Mimran

Dean and Dan Caten

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – September 5, 2014 Edition

Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

This week’s edition of the Lookbook is all about matches made in sartorial heaven.

There are the matched sets we’re still obsessing over, like Alanna‘s gorgeous floral peplum ensemble and Barbara‘s perfectly transitional knitted getup. Then there are the pairings that weren’t actually made for each other, but are just so damn good together they may as well have been, like Sasha‘s fierce denim and leather outfit and Mo‘s on-point stripes and tartan look.

What duos are currently taking over your wardrobe rotation?

Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann Style Blog, Toronto

Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

Mo Handahu of Lion Hunter, Halifax

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The Room at Hudson’s Bay to Host Isabella Blow Exhibit ‘Fashion Blows’ in Toronto

Fashion fans mark your calendars: Hudson’s Bay is bringing the Isabella Blow exhibition to Canada. For those of us who weren’t able to make a trip to the other side of the pond earlier this year for the Fashion Galore! exhibit at Somerset House in London, a quick jaunt to The Room at Hudson’s Bay’s Queen Street flagship in Toronto next month will more than make up for that disappointment.

The retailer is partnering with the Isabella Blow Foundation on “Fashion Blows”, a fundraising event and exhibit celebrating the life and wardrobe of Isabella Blow, the late British patron of fashion and art. The events, overseen by a committee chaired by Suzanne Rogers, will kick off with a fundraising dinner hosted by honourary co-chairs Daphne Guinness and Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. Funds raised will sponsor a Canadian fashion student to join the MA programme at Central Saint Martins in London, England, and will also support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

“[Hudson’s Bay is] honoured to partner with The Isabella Blow Foundation to support our common objectives of fostering Canadian design talent and supporting mental health charities,” said Rodbell in a press release. “To stage this first international fundraising event and exhibition at The Room at Hudson’s Bay, an environment where fashion is celebrated every day, is a privilege.”

“The Isabella Blow Foundation is delighted to partner with Hudson’s Bay for our first international showcase and fundraiser,” said Daphne Guinness. “Our vision was to establish a global travelling exhibit of Isabella’s wardrobe and inspire budding fashion designers around the world. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people.”

Fashion Blows will open to the public at The Room at Hudson’s Bay, Queen Street on October 23 and will run for 16 days. Admission to the exhibit, which will showcase designs by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Hussein Chalayan, will be free of charge.

Image Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Olivia Palermo for Aquazzura Crystal & Chain Sandals

There was a time when Olivia Palermo could do no wrong in our eyes, sartorially speaking, and though our adoration of her style ended shortly after her turn on The City came to a close, she’s definitely got our attention once again. The red carpet regular has teamed up with Italian footwear brand Aquazzura on a capsule collection of fall shoes, and they’re simply to die for.

The line-up of 9 styles dropped over at Net-a-porter a few days ago, causing a sudden and unexpected obsession with one pair in particular: a sandal with a $1,625 price tag. Ouch. To be fair, said sandals are dripping, literally, in crystals and chains, and crafted from the softest leathers in Florence, Italy…by shoe elves, probably.

Dying over them too? They’re available in two colourways, black and beige suede, at Net-a-porter.

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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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.

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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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