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Designer Roksanda Ilincic’s Top 5 Celebrity Red Carpet Moments


Keira Knightley at A Dangerous Method London premiere

Roksanda Ilincic is making a quick jaunt over the pond for a visit at The Room at The Bay in Toronto today, and we couldn’t be more excited to meet her. Worn by the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Obama, the London-based designer is known for red carpet-ready dresses that are feminine, colourful and whimsical.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out Roksanda Ilincic’s top 5 celebrity red carpet moments to date, including Ginnifer Goodwin in a to-die-for pink frock at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards and Keira Knightley in that unforgettable black and white number at the London premiere of A Dangerous Method in 2011.


Amy Adams at Trouble With The Curve premiere


Ginnifer Goodwin at 2012 People’s Choice Awards


Bérénice Marlohe at Skyfall Istanbul Photocall


Emma Stone at The Amazing Spider-Man Madrid Photocall

xx, S

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Admiring from the Backseat: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Edition


Bernadette Morra and Jeanne Beker

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s first annual Canadian Screen Awards were held in Toronto last night at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast live on television. The awards, which have replaced the previously separate Genie and Gemini Awards, recognize excellence in film, television and digital media productions.

Last night’s broadcast gala and industry-only soirees held earlier in the week saw Canada’s most talented actors and television personalities walk the red carpet, many in designs by local designers. Presenter Tara Spencer-Nairn donned a fierce leather number by VAWK, one of our favourite looks from the Spring 2013 collection. Kristin Kreuk and Bernadette Morra each sported Arthur Mendonça; the Beauty and the Beast actress paired an unexpected printed jumpsuit with jewelry by  Toronto-based designers Shay Lowe Jewellery and Niki & Lola, while the FASHION Magazine editor-in-chief sported a stunning magenta cocktail dress.

Morra presented fashion icon and former Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker, decked out in Chanel, with the Academy Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to Canadian television. With the national fashion industry well-represented, the first ever Canadian Screen Awards was a glamorous affair indeed.


Tanya Kim


The Bachelor Canada’s Bianca Kamber


Kim Cattrell


Wendy Crewson

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Admiring from the Backseat: Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013 Edition


Rose Byrne in Lanvin

Because we’re not yet ready to let go of awards season and we have a feeling you aren’t either, we’ve going to dwell on Oscars Sunday just a little longer. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up our favourite after-party looks from the annual post-Oscars Vanity Fair soirée, and they’re just as glamourous as those on our best dressed list from the main event itself.

Red carpet regulars like Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth knocked it out of the sartorial ballpark once again in a ruffle and lace Givenchy number and embroidered Giambattista Valli frock respectively, while Amy Adams and Elizabeth Banks stunned in fringed Oscar de la Renta and printed Alexander McQueen.

Our hands-down favourite though was Rose Byrne, who served up possibly her best red carpet appearance ever, surprising us in a gorgeous white Lanvin getup. An incredible improvement over her horrendous SAG Awards outing!


Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta


Zoe Saldana in Givenchy


Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen


Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli

xx, S

Images via Styleite

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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2013 Edition


Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

After an epic 3.5 hour Academy Awards ceremony tonight and red carpet coverage that was almost as long, the 2013 awards season has sadly come to an end. With stunning silver screen stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain stepping out in incredible gowns by the likes of Armani Privé, Dior Haute Couture  and Oscar de la Renta, however, this year’s awards season definitely went out with a sartorial bang.

Our favourite leading ladies certainly saved their best frocks for last, with most topping their looks at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. From Kerry Washington in pink Miu Miu to Stacy Keibler in metallic Naeem Khan, these are our top 10 best dressed from the 2013 Oscars. Who made your list?


Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan


Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

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Admiring from the Backseat: Mélanie Laurent in Burberry Prorsum

Mélanie Laurent, best known for her role in Inglourious Basterds, attended the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 runway show yesterday in a stunning trench coat from the brand’s spring collection. This is blogworthy on 2 fronts: (a) it’s Mélanie Laurent and we love her, and (b) I now suddenly need, want, have to have a coloured trench for spring, and a lovely shade of red just might be the colour of choice.

xx, S

Image via Vogue UK

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Admiring from the Backseat: Grammy Awards 2013 Edition


Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaia

From Adele to Jay-Z, all of our favourite musicians gathered in L.A. for the 55th Grammy Awards tonight. We dutifully watched the red carpet coverage in fast-forward and scoured the internet for our 5 best dressed of the evening. At the very top, by a long shot, was Rihanna, who completely knocked our socks off in a custom red Azzedine Alaia gown. More of this, please, Riri.

Taylor Swift and Kelly Rowland also upped the glam factor on the Grammys red carpet, choosing stunning J. Mendel and Georges Chakra designs for the occasion. Janelle Monae and Beyoncé, both in pants, held their own in a sea of evening gowns, also making our best dressed list.

Who were your Grammy red carpet favourites?


Janelle Monae in Against Nature, Moschino and Ralph Lauren


Taylor Swift in J Mendel


Beyonce in Osman


Kelly Rowland in Georges Chakra

xx, T & S

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2013 Edition


Jessica Chastain in Roland Mouret 

It’s a two-awards show weekend and we red carpet-obsessed folks here at The Backseat Stylers couldn’t be more delighted! With Hollywood’s finest being fêted at the BAFTA Film Awards over on the other side of the pond and the music industry’s most talented gathering for the Grammy Awards in L.A., we knew we were in for a treat – and the BAFTAs have certainly delivered.

By now we’ve seen the same handful or so of nominated actresses trot out their sartorial best at the Golden Globes, SAGs and more, but it seems they still have plenty of gorgeous gowns up their couture sleeves. At the top of our BAFTAs best dressed are Jessica Chastain in a stunning cobalt blue Roland Mouret, Amy Adams in an ethereal Elie Saab gown, and Marion Cotillard in a bright yellow frock by Dior. Rounding out our top 5 are Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, who both took risks with embellished numbers by Dior and Burberry respectively that definitely paid off.

Next stop for these leading ladies? The Oscars on February 24! We simply cannot wait.


Amy Adams in Elie Saab


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture


Anne Hathaway in Burberry

xx, S

Images via Just Jared

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5 Winning Looks from Canada’s Erdem Moralioglu on the 2013 Awards Season Red Carpets


Jessica Chastain in Erdem Resort 2013 at 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon

With the Oscars just around the corner on February 24 and the competition to dress the leading ladies no doubt heating up, there’s one designer in particular we’re really rooting for this year: Erdem Moralioglu. The Canadian-born, London-based purveyor of ladylike, floral-print dresses has been a surprise favourite so far this awards season, and we’re absolutely delighted for him.

From the gorgeous floral print gown donned by Marion Cotillard to the 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party to the lovely embroidered shift dress with lace sleeves that Jessica Chastain wore to the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon, Erdem has been on a winning streak this month that we’re really, really hoping culminates in an Oscars red carpet appearance. Wouldn’t you agree, Rachel Zoe? Kate Young? Fingers crossed!

Which Erdem look has been your favourite so far this awards season?


Marion Cotillard in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party


Sienna Miller in custom Erdem at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards


Anne Hathaway in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 Producer’s Guild of America Awards


Nicole Kidman in Erdem Spring 2013 at 2013 AACTA Awards

xx, T & S

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Admiring from the Backseat: Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 2013 Half-Time Show

All hail Queen Bey! Beyoncé‘s half-time show at Super Bowl XLVII was everything we dreamed it would be and more. A barely-there leather and lace get-up, all of our favourite dance moves, and a Destiny’s Child reunion to boot.

All that was missing was a Jay-Z cameo, but we’ll settle for the name of the designer who created her fierce ensemble. Surely not Tina Knowles? UPDATE: The bodysuit was custom made by New York-based designer and relative unknown Rubin Singer (thanks for the tip Jess!). Will we be seeing versions of it at our local fast fashion retailer in the coming months?

Relive Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show from “Crazy In Love” to “Halo” over here.

xx, T & S

Images via JustJared, Huffington Post Canada

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Admiring from the Backseat: Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl 2013

We’ve been counting down the minutes until Beyonce’s half-time show performance ever since it was announced, but Jennifer Hudson‘s appearance minutes before the Super Bowl was definitely noteworthy. Her rendition of “America the Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary chorus was a touching and emotional moment. We also couldn’t help but notice how chic she looked.

The Grammy Award winner chose a Monika Chiang high neck leather top, L’Wren Scott pencil skirt and Saint Laurent ankle cuff pumps for her Super Bowl gig. It was sophisticated with an edge, and perfect for the occasion.

xx, T & S

Images via People, Us Weekly

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