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VAWK for eBay Limited Edition Collaboration to Launch in August

It’s no secret by now that we here at The Backseat Stylers are huge fans of Toronto-based designer Sunny Fong and his label VAWK. There’d be even more VAWK in our joint closet if our bank accounts allowed for it, so we’re very excited about Sunny’s latest venture: an extremely pocketbook-friendly collaboration with eBay Canada.

Sunny has designed a limited edition, 7-piece collection of clothing and accessories to be sold exclusively on eBay. Each piece is being created by hand and with fabrics and materials used in VAWK’s main line. From $59 for a lizard-embossed leather cuff with fox fur to $119 for a chic black shift dress, all items will be sold at fixed Buy It Now! prices with free shipping in Canada. In short, the collection is a STEAL and we’re dying for every single piece, especially that leather skinny tie.

Check out the gallery below for the complete VAWK for eBay line-up, and mark your calendars for the launch on August 12! The designs will be produced in very limited quantities, and you won’t want to miss out on the chance to snag some gorgeous VAWK pieces at such incredible prices.

Images courtesy of eBay

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3.1 Phillip Lim for Target to Hit Stores This Fall

It’s turning out to be a busy year for Target on the designer collaboration front. First Prabal Gurung, then Kate Young, and now? 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Yes, you read right: the popular New York-based contemporary designer (and one of our favourites!) has created a limited edition collection of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories for the discount department store chain. “Since an early age, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of design evolution,” Lim said in a press release. “One of the reasons I wanted to collaborate with Target is because I felt that together we could create a collection that would inspire – one that is modern and chic, but still very accessible.”

The travel-friendly line-up will feature over 100 items priced from $19.99 to $299.99. The collection will launch on September 15, and will be available in most Target locations in the US and Canada as well as on target.com. Check out the sneak peek video here and watch this space for more on 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target in the coming months!

Image via Style.com

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Designer Michael Kors in Toronto Today, Plus His Top 5 Red Carpet Looks This Year


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Pre-Fall 2013 at the Vogue Dinner for Michael Kors

Michael Kors has been on an epic roll of late. With a record-breaking IPO last year, a loyal fanbase that includes Michelle Obama, a spot on the Time 100, and soaring profits to boot, the American designer and former (and our favourite!) Project Runway judge is looking pretty unstoppable right about now.

In fact, Kors fever is about to hit an all-time high in Toronto with the #MKToronto bash this evening, where the designer himself will be in attendance. We can’t wait to hear some Project Runway-worthy pearls of wisdom.

Follow the #MKToronto hashtag for the scoop and stay tuned for our recap later this week. In the meantime, check out our 5 favourite Michael Kors looks on the red carpets so far this year.


Emily Blunt in Resort 2013 at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards


Solange Knowles in Spring 2013 at the United Nations World Food Programme Dinner


Olivia Munn in Spring 2013 at the Time 100 Gala


Karlie Kloss in Spring 2013 at the 2013 Grammy Awards

xx, T & S

Images via Just Jared

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Kate Young for Target Fêted by Michelle Williams and Maggie Gyllenhaal


Michelle Williams

Another week, another Target launch party attended by some very bold face names.

Last night, the likes of actresses Michelle Williams, Kate Mara and Maggie Gyllenhaal attended a bash in New York in honour of celebrity stylist Kate Young‘s design collaboration with the discount department store retailer. Each walked the red carpet in a look from the pocketbook-friendly eveningwear collection.

The offerings are looking rather cute, but that might be the Michelle Williams fan in me talking. Kate Young for Target launches online and in stores on April 14 – check out the complete lookbook here.


Kate Mara


Maggie Gyllenhaal


Debby Ryan and Kate Young

xx, S

Image Credits: Starpix/JustJared

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The Winner of ‘The Face’ Is…Devyn Abdullah!


Winner Devyn Abdullah

The inaugural season of our new favourite reality series, The Face, has sadly come to an end with the crowning of Devyn Abdullah as the the winner on last night’s finale. Hailing from the Bronx, NY, Karolina Kurkova‘s model mentee beat out fellow finalists Luo Zi Lin and Margaux Brooke Snell for the coveted title of The Face and spokesmodel contract with ULTA Beauty.

We were #TeamCoco loyalists through to the very end and were disappointed when Margaux wasn’t able to pull out a win. Who were you rooting for? And do you agree with ULTA’s selection of Devyn as the winner?


Finalist Luo Zi Lin


Finalist Margaux Brooke Snell

xx, T & S

Images courtesy of The Face

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Beyoncé for H&M – Confirmed!

Who run the world? Queen Bey, obviously. As if a world tour wasn’t enough to keep her busy, news comes today that Beyoncé has teamed up with H&M for a summer collection. Everyone’s favourite hair-flipping diva is featured in the fast fashion retailer’s new campaign, modelling swimsuits and beachwear inspired by her own style and that she personally gave input on.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design, said: “There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement. And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style.”

The campaign was shot by Inez and Vinoodh in the Bahamas back in January. ”I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun affordable fashion” Beyoncé said. “I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”

In addition to the print advertisements, a TV commercial featuring a new Beyoncé song, Standing On The Sun, will also be launching. How excited are you, my fellow Beyoncé fans?

xx, S

Image courtesy of H&M

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Mackage Launching New Handbag Line for Fall 2013

Mackage outerwear has been a closet staple for us for years now, so we’re rather excited to hear that the label’s Montreal-based designers, Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, are applying their design chops to a new offering: handbags.

The inaugural collection includes 12 covetable clutches and tote bags done in snake and pebble-embossed leathers. “We strived to mirror the mixed-media elements that we have come to be known for in our coats,” Elfassy told WWD. One of the designs is the result of a collaboration with Megs Mahoney Dusil, cofounder and CEO of PurseBlog.com – someone who obviously knows a lot about handbags.

Priced from $225 to $600, the debut collection will be available by July 15 at select retailers, including mackage.com and shopbop.com. The images released so far look promising, and we can’t wait to check the bags out in person. Perhaps at Mackage’s runway show at Toronto Fashion Week next week? Here’s hoping.

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H&M’s New Label, & Other Stories, Has Launched In Europe

H&M Group‘s highly anticipated new label, & Other Stories, launched on Friday with the opening of its first bricks-and-mortar store in London and online shop in select European countries. So what’s the story on this new chain?

& Other Stories is a fashion brand offering women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear to create their personal style, or story. Their creative ateliers in Paris and Stockholm design diversified fashion collections with great attention to detail and quality at an affordable price.

We’re rather envious of our friends across the pond, because & Other Stories’ wares look right up our alley. The new brand is higher end than its sister company, H&M, and its offerings less trend-focused. The very first collection, for Spring 2013, features unique takes on classic silhouettes, and has a decidedly minimalist lean. Check out the gallery below for highlights from the inaugural lookbook.

It might take some time for & Other Stories to expand to North America, but here’s a great way to tide us over in the meantime: H&M online shopping. What say you, shopping gods?

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Joe Fresh Launches Online Shop-in-Shop at JCPenney

From Club Monaco to Zara, our favourite retailers are launching e-commerce sites left, right and centre, and our closets couldn’t be happier. The latest? Joe Fresh! That’s right folks – the cheap and cheerful brand launched online this week via a shop-in-shop over at jcpenney.com.

Unfortunately for us Canadian Joe Fresh fans, the new e-shop doesn’t ship north of the border. We’re choosing to look on the bright side though: Joe Mimran, aka Mr. Joe Fresh, already has e-commerce on the brain, so surely a Canadian site can’t be too far off…right? Fingers crossed!

xx, T & S

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Farewell to Fashion’s Night Out in the U.S.

If, like us, you’ve missed the last four years of Fashion’s Night Out in New York and had big plans to attend the one-night-only shopping extravaganza this year, it looks like we’re out of luck. The news comes today that FNO is officially going on hiatus in the U.S. this year.

FNO was originally launched back in 2009 to help give New York’s economy a boost during the recession and grew rapidly to epic proportions both in size and budget. According to WWD, “the sponsors of the event — Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Co. — made the joint decision to go on hiatus so retailers and designers can focus their budgets on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives, rather than a big event on one night in September.”

So it looks like our plans to rub elbows with Anna Wintour and sing karaoke with supermodels this September won’t be happening after all, at least not in New York. Fashion’s Night Out will continue to be held in 19 countries around the world in 2013. Having just hosted our biggest FNO festivities to date here in Toronto last September, our fingers are crossed that Canada is still one of them. We’re not quite ready to let go of our after-hours shopping party just yet.

xx, T & S

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