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 later this 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


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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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


#BloggerBazaarTO Spring 2014: You Came, You Saw, You Shopped

Last month, yours truly and some of our favourite blogger friends teamed up on the Spring 2014 edition of #BloggerBazaarTO, opening up our closets to offer our lovely readers some fabulous finds at pocketbook-friendly prices. Many of you popped by Soho House Toronto to snag some unbelievable deals from Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Anya Georgijevic of I’m The It Girl, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, and Jessica Chiu of Ever After Lacquer, and we daresay you weren’t disappointed.

Attendees came with their game faces on, taking home enviable purchases that ranged from Hermès silks at half their retail price to vintage wares for a mere toonie. They were further rewarded for their shopping efforts with rather epic swag bags, featuring items from FLAREALDO ShoesDoveTRESemmeRoots CanadaeLUXEessence cosmeticsvitaminwaterForever 21Call It SpringArtemano Decor and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris. In fact, they were so good that we were a tad bit jealous we weren’t able to keep one for ourselves. A huge thank you to all of these amazing brands for their support!

At the end of the incredibly fun event, readers went home delighted with their purchases and swag, Corsage Project received a portion of our proceeds for their very worthy cause, and us bloggers had a blast playing shop for the day. A win-win-win situation, in our books! Check out the gallery below for a peek at highlights from the last #BloggerBazaarTO.

P.S. Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 edition The Blogger Bazaar, coming this September!

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Fancy Fascinators and Dapper Bow Ties Abound at the 155th Queen’s Plate

On Sunday, July 6, Canada’s fashion and sporting worlds collided at the prestigious Queen’s Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and the must-attend event of the summer. Woodbine Racetrack was the place to see and be seen, as Toronto’s social set walked the red carpet in their finest race day getups. Fancy fascinators and frocks for the ladies and dapper bow ties and hats for the gentlemen were the garb of choice as the crowd cheered filley Lexie Lou and jockey Patrick Husbands to their thrilling #QP14 win.

The excitement at the Hats & Horseshoes Party, hosted by the lovely Melissa Grelo from CTV‘s ‘The Social’, matched that of the grandstands. The FLARE VIP Lounge was the prime locale for an afternoon of horse wagering and street style snapping. We were wowed by the fashion at our first Queen’s Plate experience in 2013, but this year’s incredibly chic attendees took it to the next level for #QP14. From hats to wingtips, the fashion was bigger, bolder and more fabulous than ever before.

We were in awe of Stylist Box co-founder Gail McInnes and writer Vicki Hogarth‘s impressive DIY efforts; both ingeniously fashioned their own fascinators, the former from her cherished Madonna LP and the latter from dollar store butterflies that looked way more extravagant than they cost. We oohed and aahed over the ultra-chic monochromatic ensembles we spotted, included Fashion at the Races blogger Bri Mott‘s lime green lace getup, jewelry designer Shay Lowe‘s ladylike lavender look, as well as the co-ordinated, all-white ensembles by a gaggle of girlfriends we snapped in the FLARE VIP Lounge. One colour wasn’t good enough for etalk‘s Traci Melchor though; we fell head over heels for her fierce red and black hat and dress pairing.

As for yours truly, we chose stunning fascinators by David Dunkley (official milliner for the Queen’s Plate) for the occasion, and we couldn’t have felt more fabulous as we took in the races in the grandstands and enjoyed all that the Hats & Horseshoes Party had to offer. Missed out on all the fun this year? Not to worry, because #QP15 will be here before you know it – that means you’ve got a year to find the perfect race day ensemble. In the meantime, check out the video and photo gallery below for all the sartorial highlights from the 155th Queen’s Plate.

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Queen’s Plate Race Day Style Guide: Black and White Chic Edition

With the 155th running of the Queen’s Plate just mere days away, you may be scrambling to pull together the perfect race day ensemble – like your truly. Don’t fret, because this is the 4th in a series of very fashionable #QP14 style guides, so there’s plenty of sartorial eye candy to get you inspired.

If vibrant colours and bold prints aren’t your style, classic black and white is the way to go, à la Lupita Nyong’o at the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic. To get that understated elegant look, check out the gallery below for 20 black and white dresses and matching David Dunkley headpieces. Don’t be afraid to give your neutral look a small pop of colour either, as beauty queen Megan Ducharm did at the Kentucky Derby with some very well-placed pink.

We can’t wait to see all your race day outfits at the Queen’s Plate this Sunday, July 6! Remember to follow all the action via Twitter at @WoodbineRacing@backseatstylers and the hashtag #QP14.

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