Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Pairs of Shoes With Jaw-Dropping Statement Heels

While the rest of us are unstylishly trudging around in snow boots of the fairly unattractive kind, Justine of Jetset Justine rocked a pair of incredibly cool statement heels in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Though we may be cold, our spirit isn’t (yet) broken, so we embarked on a search for shoes with eye-catching heels that will make your jaw drop.

What we found was 10 pairs of to-die-for shoes featuring everything from Swarovski crystals and bamboo to butterflies and even mermaids. Whomever coined the phrase “hate to see you go, but love to see you leave” was surely alluding to footwear with insanely gorgeous statement heels like the pairs in the gallery below. Right?


Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2014 Edition


Lupita Nyong’o in Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture

The BAFTA Film Awards were held at The Royal Opera House in London, England yesterday, and the Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett style watch continued. Neither disappointed; Lupita donned a gorgeous green couture number by Dior, while Cate chose a floral print column gown by Alexander McQueen.

This awards season’s sartorial frontrunners weren’t the only ones to impress. Naomi Harris brought a chic pop of pink Gucci to the red carpet, Angelina Jolie looked cool as a cucumber in a Saint Laurent tuxedo, and Olga Kurylenko stunned in a mermaid-inspired gown by Burberry.

The Academy Awards are just around the corner on March 2 (with Ellen DeGeneres as host!), and we can’t wait to see what these and our other favourite leading ladies have planned for the red carpet of all red carpets.


Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2014


Naomi Harris in Gucci 


Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent 


Olga Kurylenko in Burberry 

Image Credits: Mike Marsland/WireImage via

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 14, 2014 Edition


Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

New York Fashion Week has been in full swing this week, and our favourite Canadian style bloggers have been serving up a constant stream of ultra-chic outfit snaps straight from the streets of Manhattan.

From Sonya‘s to-die-for fur-on-fur look to Vanessa‘s uber-cool biker jacket + skort combo to the Beckerman sisters’ super sporty ode to DKNY, Lookbook regulars definitely brought their sartorial A games to the Big Apple.

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! <3


Jill Lansky of The August Diaries, Vancouver


Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver


Samantha and Caillianne Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Diane Kruger in Chanel

Earlier this week, Diane Kruger walked the red carpet of the premiere of her latest film, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin looking impossibly chic, as per usual.

The actress donned a star sequin-embellished getup from Chanel‘s Pre-Fall 2014 collection, proving once and for all that sequinned garments are definitely year-round attire and not just reserved for the holiday season. And that’s not just for red carpet-strutting celebs like Diane – we’re devoted paillette fans 365 days a year.

Image via Vogue UK

Fashion News

Solange Knowles Teams Up with Puma on Colourful Sneaker Capsule

Solange Knowles was recently tapped by PUMA for the role of creative consultant. Her first order of business? The ’Girls of Blaze’ Disc Collection, a capsule with three versions of the iconic Disc Blaze shoe, made for women for the very first time.

The singer collaborated with Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans, Soft Circle bandmember and artist Hisham Baroocha, and sisters Darlene and Lizzy Opko of William Opko on very colourful renditions of the first laceless running shoe ever introduced back in 1992. The shoes will be sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony for USD$150 a pop.

They’re perfect for that fitness New Year’s resolution we’re all still going hard on (right, right?). Will you be buying a pair?

Images via Opening Ceremony

Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Canada’s National Ballet School’s Casablanca Gala 2014 Edition

On February 7, Canada’s National Ballet School held Casablanca Gala, a glamourous, 1940s-inspired fundraiser at The Carlu in Toronto. Co-chaired by Juanita Montalvo and Stephen Delaney, the event aimed to raise $850,000 towards providing financial assistance to NBS’s Professional Ballet Program students. The School’s biggest supporters gathered for an evening featuring a Moroccan dinner, a casino with live entertainment, and, of course, a ballet performance by the students.

Encouraged to channel their inner Humphrey Bogarts and Ingrid Bergmans, some guests fully embraced the 1940′s theme sartorially, while others simply chose to don their black tie best. Either way, Casablanca Gala drew one very fabulous looking crowd. Check out the gallery below for 26 style snaps, including Ainsley Kerr and Kim Johnson, both in dazzling embellished gowns.

Missed the gala, but would like to donate to Canada’s National Ballet School? Click on over here.

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Contests

GIVEAWAY: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Raveheart’ Metallic Clutch from Avenue K (Valued at $300!)

It’s officially Valentine’s week, and because we love you dear readers so very much, we’re introducing you to a new friend, who happens to come bearing a very fabulous gift. Meet Avenue K, a carefully curated online fashion marketplace that connects fashion forward shoppers like us from all over the globe with independent sellers across North America who have set up their own online boutiques, providing access to the world’s most sought after and exclusive fashions.

Case in point? The gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Raveheart’ metallic leather clutch (valued at $300!) that we’ve teamed up with Avenue K to bestow upon one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers this Valentine’s Day. Squee! Want to get your hands on that rose gold beauty? Contest rules are below, so get entering, stat. Good luck all!

In the meantime, you’ll also want to head over to Avenue K and get to know our new pal a little better: take a gander at their impressive designer list (Saint Laurent, Prada, Isabel Marant – oh my!), read all about the Avenue K Assurance guaranteeing authenticity and free global returns (yes!), and register on the site to take advantage of the personal concierge service that will search high and low for your latest must-have (Givenchy bag, anyone?). Happy shopping!

Contest Rules [CLOSED]:

1. Leave us a comment telling us how you would style the Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Raveheart’ clutch in rose gold. Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Avenue K’s Facebook pages here and here.

2. For a bonus entry, follow @backseatstylers and @ShopAvenueK on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers and @ShopAvenueK are giving away a $300 Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch and I want it! http://bit.ly/1jpR6Yh #BSSValentine”. Leave us an additional comment on this blog post letting us know that you’ve shown us some Twitter love.

3. The contest closes at 11:59 PST on February 16, 2014. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.

4. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.

UPDATE:

Congrats to our contest winner…Angela M!!! Enjoy your fabulous new clutch.

Events

YOU’RE INVITED: Exclusive Amex UNSTAGED Fashion Event With Diane von Furstenberg

New York Fashion Week is officially in full swing, ladies and gents! If, like us, you’re not anywhere near the Lincoln Center this season but have furiously been catching up on the latest and greatest collections via Style.com, we’ve got some very exciting news for you. American Express has teamed up with the queen of the wrap dress herself, Diane von Furstenberg, on an exclusive, virtual front row experience of her Fall 2014 runway presentation – and you’re invited!

Live-streaming at AmexUnstaged.com and DVF.com this Sunday, February 9 at 4:45pm, the #AmexUNSTAGED Fashion with DVF event promises pre-show, in-show and post-show features that will give us the front row view (no backseat this time!) from the comfort of our very fashionable couch. If that’s not already enough to get you marking your calendars and setting your cell phone reminders, the event will also be set against a live musical performance by indie pop musician St. Vincent, who will be debuting songs from her soon-to-be-released new album.

Excited for this latest #AmexUNSTAGED event? So are we! In fact, we’ll be live-tweeting the show along with blogger BFF Nelia of Style Blog (@styleblogca) and the lovely folks at Amex Canada (@AmexCanada), so be sure to join in on the conversation. During the live stream, us fashion fans will even have the opportunity to unlock an exclusive digital experience by tweeting with the hashtag #AmexUNSTAGED.

We can’t imagine anything that could be more important than this Amex x DVF event, but if you reeeally can’t make it to the Twitter party, don’t fret! The full length UNSTAGED event will be rebroadcast on AmexUnstaged.com for 24 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up and tweet us your thoughts on the collection and the show.

And stay tuned for more from this year-long collaboration between American Express and DVF. It’s the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, so there will be more exclusive fashion events for American Express Cardmembers and Diane von Furstenberg fans throughout 2014. In the meantime, we can’t wait to tweet with you all this Sunday starting at 4:45pm! Be there or be square.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely our own.

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 7, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing

This week, Canadian style bloggers across the country had a serious case of the blues. We’re hypothesizing that displeasure with the frigid temperatures and abundance of snow finally manifested itself in, literally, some very blue outfits. Wearing their feelings? We totally get it.

Vanessa H. rocked a beautiful baby blue coat we’re obsessing over, Vanessa C. paired an uber-chic navy coat with leather jogging pants, and Samantha donned a monochromatic getup from hat to leopard print scarf to psychedelic taffeta pants.

You know who wasn’t feeling blue though? Ania, who was sporting a pretty little printed romper while in Los Cabos, Mexico. And now we’re seeing green.


Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto


Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad, Toronto


Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

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Fashion News

Topshop x Adidas Originals Capsule Collection Coming this March

It’s now month #2 of the year, and if you’ve started to falter on that New Year’s resolution exercise regimen, here’s some news that might keep you going for a few more months: Topshop has teamed up with Adidas Originals on a 20-piece capsule collection of stylish activewear.

Due to launch in select Topshop and Adidas stores around the world as well as on topshop.com late March, the line-up will feature slim-fitting three-stripe track pants, printed tanks and sweatshirts, and, of course, sneakers in fun leather and print combos. The collection will be priced from USD$35 for a tank top to USD$135 for a pair of sneakers.

If, like T, you’ve been on a Stella Greenspan-inspired search for the perfect pair of track pants for several years now, this just might be the moment all your activewear dreams come true, so mark that calendar for March 20. And keep at that New Year’s resolution in the meantime – you can do it!

Images via WWD

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