Thom Browne Charms at The Room at Hudson’s Bay

Nicholas Mellamphy, Thom Browne and Liz Rodbell

On November 4, The Room at Hudson’s Bay’s Toronto flagship threw an unforgettable cocktail party in honour of designer Thom Browne, complete with psychedelic wallpaper, an indoor lawn and the most fabulous stilt walkers you ever saw.

Of course, the folks at The Room have been on a roll of late. Liz Rodbell, President, HBC Department Store Group and Nicholas Mellamphy, Vice President, The Room hosted the soirée mere days after Fashion Blows, the awe-inspiring exhibition celebrating the life of Isabella Blow, closed at the luxury designer department. It’s been a good month for The Room, having been graced by the presence of style icon Daphne Guinness (in support of Fashion Blows), followed by the talented (and dapper!) Mr. Browne.

The evening was attended by a who’s who of Toronto’s social set, including the likes of Suits actress Meghan Markle, model Yasmine Warsame, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, and fashion director George Antonopoulos. All were charmed by the New York-based designer, and many sported his wares to the event as evidence of their fandom. Check out the gallery below for some very chic style snaps from The Room’s Thom Browne fête.

Meghan Markle

Anita Clarke

Veronica Chu

Randi Bergman

Angela Koszuta

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Vaughan Mills Celebrates Launch of 200,000 Square Foot Expansion

Toronto shopaholics, rejoice! On October 23, Vaughan Mills finally opened the doors to its brand spanking new, 200,000-square-foot expansion and threw a spectacular bash to celebrate it. ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey was on hand for the big reveal, as was a long line of bargain hunters wanting to be the first to shop the expansion.

With a freshly unveiled Event Court, Digital Lounge (WiFi! phone-charging outlets! gaming stations!) and Sports Court (televised sports events on 12 TV screens – that’s right, 12!), the indoor outlet centre in Vaughan, ON instantly became even more of a must-visit destination.

Did we mention the 50 new retailers that have now set up shop at Vaughan Mills? For those of you who are athletically inclined, the 20,000-square foot Nike store, plus those of Reebok, PUMA and ASICS, can’t be missed. Other highlights include the first Dr. Martens outlet in North America (yes!), as well as Bench, Puma, Roots, and Rudsak.

Excited to shop the new expansion? Enter to win a $500 shopping spree in our exclusive contest! Then get yourself to Vaughan Mills to check out the new expansion in all its glory, stat.

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Look Who Got #RedkenReady With Us at WMCFW + WIN a $250 Redken Prize Pack!

The weather during World Mastercard Fashion Week was tough on our hair games. Our ‘dos were suffering the wrath of Mother Nature and her torrential downpours for most of fashion week, and we weren’t the only ones. Thank goodness we’ve got new friends in high places, namely Redken Canada, official hair sponsor of WMCFW. On Day 2 of fashion week, we teamed up with the incredibly talented Redken team to get attendees #RedkenReady – one spray of dry shampoo at a time! – outside the tents and in the rain, no less.

Industry insiders like bloggers Nelia Belkova and Hawley Dunbar, Elle Canada Associate Editor Charlotte Herrold, fashion writer Anya Georgijevic and more all happily took us up on our offers of hair touch-ups courtesy of Redken Canada. A few spritzes of Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for added shine or some strategic sprays of Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to re-lift the locks got fashion week goers #RedkenReady just before stepping in front of the lens of street style photographers or into the tents for the shows.

We had such a blast playing hair fairy godmothers! We met so many fabulous people outside the tents that day and learned lots of valuable tips and tricks from the Redken team. Missed out on the fun? Don’t fret – we’re giving away a $250 personalized Redken hair care prize pack to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers! Contest rules are below. Good luck, ladies and gents!

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Spotted from the Backseat: Operanation 2014 Edition

On October 16, the Canadian Opera Company hosted its annual fundraiser, Operanation, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Operanation: Light Up The Night was a spectacular evening of music, food and fashion in support of the opera company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

Co-chaired by Randi Bergman of Fashion MagazineAnne Maggisano of Burgundy Asset Management and Patrick Sambrook of Eggplant Entertainment, this year’s event had a modern Spanish flair, inspired by the COC’s production of The Barber of Seville. The highlight of the night was a much anticipated performance by the French band Yelle.

Guests went ultra glam for the occasion. Nelia Belkova looked red carpet-worthy in emerald green H&M, Gracie Carroll repped Canadian fashion fabulously in Greta Constantine, and Amy Burstyn-Fritz stunned in a standout orange gown. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Operanation: Light Up The Night.

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Peroni Celebrates Vogue Italia’s 50th Anniversary With Exhibition at Holt Renfrew

Vogue Italia is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, and Peroni decided that the perfect gift would be an exhibition in the magazine’s honour, right here in Toronto.

Titled ‘Peroni Nastro Azzurro Celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia’, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly talented roster of designers, models, film actors and more who have graced its pages or contributed to them, delving into the magazine’s video archives.

The story is told in moving images as never seen before. Miles Aldridge’s hypnotic shots in saturated colours; art by Vanessa Beecroft and Marina Abramović;  models such as Mariacarla Boscono and Eva Herzigova; icons of cinema including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Fassbender; cult designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy. Each gives a unique insight into what makes Vogue Italia a powerful force for Italian style.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps from the launch party, which was attended by the likes of Vogue Italia contributor Grazia D’Annuncio and designer Stella Jean. The must-see exhibition is housed at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street flagship in Toronto until October 31. It is open to the public, and is also available online at and

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Get #RedkenReady for World Mastercard Fashion Week with The Backseat Stylers!

World Mastercard Fashion Week takes over Toronto in T-minus 2 days, and we’re in serious prep mode. The runway show RSVPs have been sent, cameras are at the ready, and outfit ideas are flowing. It promises to be an incredibly hectic 6 days and, let’s be honest, it’s going to take more than just a little magic to keep us looking fresh all week.

That’s why we were very excited when our friends at Redken Canada, the official hair sponsor of WMCFW, offered to help get us #RedkenReady for the shows. And the very best part? You’re invited too!

On Tuesday, October 21 (a.k.a. Day #2 of WMCFW), yours truly will be stationed outside the fashion week tents with a Redken Canada stylist who’ll be armed with all the best tools of the hair trade. Need some spray to keep your ‘do in place? We’ve got you. Perhaps some dry shampoo to give your limp locks some lift? Done!

Want to get #RedkenReady with us? Here are all the deets you need:

WHAT: Come by to say hi, get a quick, complimentary hair touch-up by Redken, and pose for a little street style photo sesh with The Backseat Stylers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 4:30pm – 6:30pm 

WHERE: Outside the World Mastercard Fashion Week tents at David Pecaut Square in Toronto

LET’S CHAT: Follow Redken Canada on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #RedkenReady and #StyleYourStory to join the conversation

Happy World Mastercard Fashion Week! We can’t wait to get #RedkenReady with you. Can’t make it on Tuesday? Check back next week for an exclusive Redken Canada giveaway.

Sponsored by Redken Canada


Jimmy Choo Fêtes Opening of First Boutique in Canada

Jimmy Choo is on a roll of late: in August, the luxury brand opened the doors to its much anticipated first boutique in Canada, and then just this past week went through with a highly watched IPO. Busy as the footwear and accessories design house may be, they found time to celebrate their first Canadian boutique at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto recently.

Guests of honour Waris Ahluwalia and Mila Mulroney were joined by the city’s social set, including FASHION Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra, Cityline‘s Tracey Moore and Suits actress Meghan Markle, as they toasted the new boutique. The store reflects a new design concept being rolled out in expansion stores around the world, and will offer women’s and men’s shoes, handbags, sunglasses, small leather goods, and more.

Our favourite part of the new boutique, hands down, was the corner dedicated to the new made-to-order shoe service. The brand’s signature silhouettes, including the classic Anouk, Lance, Xenia and Tite styles, are available for customization for Choo fans looking for the bespoke experience. With a myriad of luxe materials and colours to choose from, we promised ourselves we’d return someday soon for a pair of personalized stilettos.

Haven’t yet had the chance to check out the fab new Jimmy Choo boutique yourself? Check out the gallery below for snaps from the launch party.

Waris Ahluwalia and Mila Mulroney

Meghan Markle

Cailli and Sam Beckerman with ELLE Canada Editor-in-Chief Noreen Flanagan (centre)

Ben and Jessica Mulroney

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Spotted from the Backseat: Hermès Men’s Universe Masculine Spirit Party

On October 7, over 600 of Toronto’s fashion set gathered at the Fermenting Cellar to fête Hermès Men’s Universe. Hermès menswear designer Véronique Nichanian, who has been in her post for an impressive 25+ years, flew in from Paris for the festivities.

Dubbed Masculine Spirit, the event featured eight installations and a presentation (with some very handsome models, we might add) showcasing the design house’s menswear collections, including highly covetable ready-to-wear, silks, watches, leather, shoes, and more. There was also a gif-creating photo booth with the brand’s scarves and leather accessories as props, a designer cocktail bar manned by one of New York’s finest mixologists, and one very busy dance floor; Hermès sure knows how to throw a party.

Guests definitely rose to the occasion, donning their Hermès silks in creative ways and breaking out the Birkins. Check out the gallery below for 38 style snaps from what may have been the party of the year.

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Thanks for Shopping #BloggerBazaarTO Fall 2014 Edition!

On September 27, we teamed up with our best blogger and fashion industry pals for the Fall 2014 edition of #BloggerBazaarTO at Soho House in Toronto.

With the likes of Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Ela Kowalewska of Ela Handbags, Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, plus fashion lovers Jessica Chiu, Natalie Lecomte and Nada Shepherd opening up their closets, you lovely readers – and super savvy shoppers, at that! – jumped at the chance to snag some fantastic buy now, wear now deals. A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to Dress For Success.

The epic swag bags that #BloggerBazaarTO is now known for also returned, and we have some incredibly generous sponsors to thank for them. This time around, attendees took home a reusable Roots Canada tote filled with:

We also had the lovely folks from Cake Beauty on hand, doling out samples of their (life-changing!) Rush Brush dry shampoo (more on that to come!).

Thank you all for coming out to shop #BloggerBazaarTO Fall 2014 edition! We hope you had as much fun as we did. Stay tuned for news of the next Blogger Bazaar!

Image Credits: Constant Van Ruymbeke


YOU’RE INVITED: #BloggerBazaarTO Fall Edition on Saturday, Sept 27 at Soho House!

Back already? Yes siree! THE BLOGGER BAZAAR returns to Soho House in Toronto this Saturday, Sept 27 bigger than ever before. Yours truly plus our best blogger and fashion industry pals are opening our overflowing fall wardrobes at the chicest closet sale of the year, and you’re not going to want to miss it. If you thought the spring edition of #BloggerBazaarTO was epic, we’re bringing a few fresh faces and lots of fresh new goods for you to snag at killer prices.

WHAT: From cheap and cheerful fast fashion offerings to high-end designer wares, brand-spanking new items with tags attached to preloved vintage pieces, be ready to shop the closets of Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Ela Kowalewska of Ela Handbags, Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Cyrstal Gibson of Mimosas in Montauk, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, plus fashion lovers Jessica Chiu, Natalie Lecomte and Nada Shepherd. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dress For Success.

Did we mention the amazing gift bags (minimum $30 purchase, quantities limited), featuring some of our favourite brands and retailers? There’s that too. The epic swag bags will feature items from FLARE, H&MALDO Shoes, DermalogicaRoots Canadaessence cosmeticsvitaminwaterCall It Spring, Civello, LOVEFRESH, smartwater, Cake Beauty, Yorkdale Shopping Centre and more.

WHO: Open to all of our lovely readers!

WHERE: Soho House, 192 Adelaide Street West, Toronto

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 12:00-4:00pm.

HOW: Cash only. Please bring a reusable tote for your purchases.

HASHTAG: #BloggerBazaarTO

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