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The Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 is Marsala

Pantone has spoken: the colour of the year for 2015 is…Marsala! The rich, reddish-brown hue will succeed Radiant Orchid to take over the fashion world’s collective palette over the next year.

“It has an organic and a sophisticated air,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the colour specialists who forecast the most popular colours every December. It feels like yesterday that Radiant Orchid was announced as 2014′s colour of the year.

What do you think – will you be embracing Marsala in 2015?

Image Credits: Pantone, WSJ

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Beyoncé and Topshop Are Teaming Up on an Activewear Line

Beyoncé‘s been busy. In addition to touring and presiding over the Beyhive (of which we are proud, card-carrying members, thank you very much), news has broken that the singer has struck a deal with Topshop to produce an athletic streetwear brand. According to WWD, a 50-50 joint venture company, Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd., has been formed.

“This not a collaboration,” said Topshop owner Sir Philip Green. ”This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office.”

Due to launch in fall 2015 at the earliest, the brand’s line-up will feature clothing, footwear and accessories for dance, fitness and sports. For those of us who don’t perform any of the above, couch-potatoing in the collection is OK too.

The collection will be distributed to Topshop stores and, and potentially to Topshop outlets at Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom stores. We can’t wait to see the Beyoncé x Topshop line when it launches – it might even inspire us to work out a little.

Image via Tom Ford

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Isabella Blow Exhibition ‘Fashion Blows’ Now Open at The Room at Hudson’s Bay

Fashion Blows, a much anticipated exhibition celebrating the life and wardrobe of the late British patron of the arts Isabella Blow, has opened at The Room at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street in Toronto.

The exhibit features pieces acquired and preserved by The Honourable Daphne Guinness, a style icon in her own right, after her friend’s death in 2007. “The clothes are an embodiment of Isabella’s life’s work,” said Guinness. “The collection is iconic in that it embodies an extraordinary time in fashion. The various outfits are life chapters in her memoirs. Issie collected by intuition. She couldn’t have cared less about trends.”

Curated by Abigail Slone of Hudson’s Bay with the assistance of exhibition consultants Jeremy Laing and Nolan Bryant, Fashion Blows showcases 55 pieces from Blow’s collection by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Dior and Galliano, as well as a collection of pieces from Guinness’s personal collection.

“It was a pleasure to be able to work with The Isabella Blow Foundation,” said Slone in a press release. “Our goal was to bring pieces that would help us tell her story — from how much she loved and lived in her clothes, to her life as a visionary and muse.”

A must-visit for fashion fans, Fashion Blows is on until November 1, and admission is free of charge.

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Vaughan Mills Set to Unveil New Expansion + Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

As bona fide shopaholics that are perpetually in search of a good deal, we’re big fans of outlet malls. Naturally, our interest was piqued when we heard about the $87-million, 200,000 square foot expansion of Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, ON. New outlet stores where we can get our shop on? Yes please!

The new expansion wing launches this upcoming Thursday, October 23, and adds a whopping 50 additional stores to the shopping centre’s roster. Highlights include Bench, Puma, Roots, Rudsak, and the very first Dr. Martens outlet in North America. We can’t wait to check out all these new stores, as well as the brand spanking new Sports Court, Event Court and Digital Lounge.

Sean Walters, Senior Vice-President, Ivanhoe Cambridge said, “We will continue to build on the retail mix in the centre as a whole in the coming months with the arrival of sought-after brands such as The Outlet by Harry Rosen, Cole Haan, Ben Sherman, Vince Camuto, and Brooks Brothers.” We’ll be waiting patiently for those doors to open as well, wallets at the ready!

In the meantime, we want you to be one of the first to shop the new expansion, so we’ve teamed up with Vaughan Mills to give away a $500 SHOPPING SPREE to one of our lucky readers! Want in? Check out the complete contest rules below. Good luck and happy outlet shopping!


1. Leave us a comment on this blog post telling us what about the Vaughan Mills expansion you’re most excited about (a new store? the digital lounge?) and ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Vaughan Mills’ Facebook pages here and here.

2. For a bonus entry, follow @backseatstylers and @vaughan_mills on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a $500 @VAUGHAN_MILLS SHOPPING SPREE, and I want it! #VMexpands2014 #giveaway” Then leave us a second comment on this blog post letting us know that you’ve tweeted us some love.

3. Contest closes at 11:59pm EST on November 2, 2014. The winner will be contacted via email.

4. This giveaway is open to our readers located in the GTA only.

5. There are no prize substitutions. Travel not included.

Sponsored by Vaughan Mills

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2015 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards Nominees Revealed

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards have announced the nominees for their second annual awards, which will be held January 31, 2015 in Toronto. The talented group include Backseat Stylers favourites like Christie Smythe and Andrea Lenczner of Smythe, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine, Ela and Martin Aldorsson of Ela Handbags, Cailli and Sam Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate and more.

The CAFA jury now have the tough and unenviable task of selecting the winners, but are well equipped with some of the biggest names in the Canadian fashion industry. The esteemed jury includes celebrity stylists Brad Goreski and Leslie Fremar; model Coco Rocha; fashion icon, Jeanne Beker; chief creative officer at ALDO, Douglas Bensadoun; FLARE Magazine editor-in-chief, Cameron Williamson; FASHION Magazine editor-in-chief, Bernadette Morra and more.

CAFA also announced yesterday the creation of The Canadian Fashion Fund, which will target under-funded, high-growth investment opportunities in the Canadian fashion industry, as well as a mentorship program for winners of the Emerging Designer category.

“Giving designers publicity and recognition is equally as important as giving them the growth capital to compete globally,” said fund founder and CAFA co-founder Brittney Kuczynski. “Our long-term goal is to help foster the next generation of Canadian, international designers”.

Check out the complete list of nominees below – congrats and good luck to all! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in January.

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Altuzarra for Target Is Coming This September

If you’ve been wearing your Peter Pilotto for Target items non-stop over the last few months and have started wondering what the discount retailer has up its sleeve next, we’ve got answers for you. Namely, Altuzarra for Target – coming to a location near you this upcoming September.

Joseph Altuzarra, creative director of his eponymous line, has created an almost 50-piece, limited-edition capsule collection of women’s apparel, accessories, shoes and even lingerie for Target.  “As a designer, I believe firmly in the transformative power of fashion. It has the ability to not only change how you look, but also how you feel,” said the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. “I’ve admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion. By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.”

Priced from $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $29.99 to $79.99 for shoes and accessories, Altuzarra for Target will launch on September 14 at most Target stores, as well as and Net-a-porter. Mark your calendars! And check out the preview video below while you count down the days.

Images courtesy of Target

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Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Just Might Inspire Us To Hit The Gym

We’re perpetually on designer collaboration watch, and this month has been unexpectedly exciting on that front: first Alexander Wang for H&M was announced, then Roland Mouret for Banana Republic. Then it seems we looked away for a minute and missed yet another that has us squealing (belatedly): Mary Katrantzou for Adidas.

[Side note: By now you've probably heard about it and are shaking your heads at our tardiness, but slow as we are, can we all pretend for a second that the news only just broke and let us have our moment?]

The first collection, due out in November, will be the start of a long-term partnership between Adidas and the London-based Greek designer. “I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear,” Katrantzou said. “I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand.”

And being the Katrantzou addicts that we are, we can’t wait to see it. The collection might even inspire us to go to the gym once in a while. Now that would be a real win.

[P.S. Thanks for indulging us.]

Image Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

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Roland Mouret and Banana Republic To Team Up on Capsule Collection

Roland Mouret with Doutzen Kroes at Met Gala 2012

Another day, another freak out worthy designer collaboration announcement. This time? Roland Mouret for Banana Republic.

The French designer and celebrity red carpet favourite has created a 25-piece collection of separates and, of course, dresses that will launch this upcoming August. The dresses – the bread and butter of Mouret’s eponymous line – will retail from $165, a much more pocketbook-friendly price point than his wares usually sell for.

“It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version],” says Mouret, “but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” As big fans of both Roland Mouret and Banana Republic, we’ll take it.

And so Banana Republic continues its streak of very buzzworthy and covetable designer capsule collections. We can’t wait to see the Roland Mouret offering.

Image Credit: Getty

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OH EM GEE: Alexander Wang x H&M to Launch This Fall

H&M announced yesterday a doozy of a designer collaboration at Coachella. Following last fall’s highly successful capsule collection with Isabel Marant, the next in line to team up with the fast fashion retailer is none other than Alexander Wang, the very first American designer to do so. And we are downright freaking out over the news.

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor, in a press release. “He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year.”

The lineup will feature both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. With a high profile name like Wang, who serves as creative director of both his eponymous line and the house of Balenciaga, this latest designer collaboration promises to be the most highly anticipated to date.

Alexander Wang said, “I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

Mark your calendars, ladies and gents: Alexander Wang x H&M will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 6, 2014. We’re already counting down the days.

Image courtesy of H&M

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Charlotte Olympia to Launch Boardroom-Ready Accessories Collection

We love our Charlotte Olympia here at The Backseat Stylers, and though S frequently sports her cat pumps at the day job, even she’ll admit that her designs aren’t always the most appropriate for the office. Cue the London-based accessories designer’s latest venture: two new collections of sensible (a word never before used in the same sentence as ‘Charlotte Olympia’) day bags and shoes made for the 9 to 5 gig.

The new lineup will retail from USD$635 to USD$896 for a pair of shoes and from USD$1,195 to USD$2,995 for a handbag. Each pair of boardroom-ready shoes has been designed with a clear PVC detail on the heel, and will come in a box that looks like a briefcase and with a pair of pantyhose for good measure. Because Charlotte Olympia wouldn’t be Charlotte Olympia without even just the smallest touch of whimsy.

We can’t wait to incorporate more of her styles into our office shoe rotation.

Image via WWD

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