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25 Gorgeous Looks from the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Runways

From Chanel to Valli, we spent the last week admiring all the jaw-droppingly gorgeous designs at the Fall 2014 edition of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Now with all the shows having wrapped up, we’ve gone through the incredibly difficult (yet abundantly enjoyable) task of rounding up our 25 favourite looks. Call it our red carpet wish list for the upcoming season of awards shows, movie premieres and the like, if you will.

We’re lookin’ at you, Ms. Blanchett. You too, Ms. Kruger.

Images via Vogue.it

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25 Must-See Looks from Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014

Confession: we missed most of Toronto Fashion Week earlier this month, and we were really, really sad about it. Being out of town for the majority of the week meant that we missed seeing the LINE Knitwear show everyone raved about, the triumphant return of Backseat Stylers favourite VAWK to the WMCFW runway, the unveiling of David Dixon‘s bridal collection for Kleinfeld’s at Hudson’s Bay, and so much more.

We had to instead settle for catching up on all the Fall 2014 collections via images, but were no less impressed than if we’d been at the shows live. In fact, there are quite a few runway pieces from the likes of Joe Fresh, MackagePink Tartan and more on our fall shopping list. Check out the gallery below for our list of the 25 most covet-worthy looks for Fall 2014 from Toronto Fashion Week. And start saving up now. We know we are.

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25 Gorgeous, Red Carpet Ready Looks from Haute Couture Fashion Week Spring 2014


Elie Saab

It’s been mere days since the Spring 2014 haute couture collections were unveiled in Paris, and many of the stunning looks have already made red carpet appearances. Rihanna rocked an uber-sexy gown by Alexandre Vauthier to Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party, Lady Gaga chose a beautiful Alexis Mabille design for the 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year event, Rita Ora donned an embellished shirt dress also by Vauthier to the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch, and Katy Perry sported not one but two exquisite Valentinos to the Grammy awards show.

Next stop? The BAFTAs, the Oscars, and an endless stream of entertainment industry events with ‘haute couture’ as the dress code scheduled for the coming months. We can’t say for sure what other designs from couture week will be hitting the red carpets, but we’ve rounded up 25 of the most gorgeous gowns from the Spring 2014 collections for your previewing pleasure. We can’t wait to spy the likes of Cate Blanchett, Lupita N’yongo and Jennifer Lawrence in these stunning looks.


Ulyana Sergeenko


Giambattista Valli


Atelier Versace


Armani Privé

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013-2014 – 80 Photos Straight from the Runway!

It’s that time of year again! The 2013-2014 edition of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show taped this week at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York to a celebrity-packed audience that included the likes of Adam Levine and Valentino Garavani. The highly-anticipated show saw all of our favourite VS Angels and an army of other top models strut their stuff in over 70 over-the-top lingerie looks, custom-made Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and, for the chosen few, elaborate Angel wings.

Model Candice Swanepoel opened the show with a gorgeous bang, wearing the $10-million dollar Royal Fantasy Bra, which features a 52-carat ruby set in 18-carat gold and surrounded by 4,200 other precious gems, including diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Not to be outdone, fellow Angel Lindsay Ellingson rocked a beautiful Swarovski crystal-encrusted piece specially commissioned by Victoria’s Secret and Swarovski.

It between, Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls, Doetzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss and it girl Cara Delevingne also walked the catwalk. The show was split into 6 themed segments entitled “British Invasion,” “Birds of Paradise,” “Parisian Nights,” “Shipwrecked,” “Snow Angels” and “PINK Network”, and also featured musical performances by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Neon Jungle and A Great Big World.

Take a peek at 80 photos from the fabulous show in the gallery below. We may not be able to cross “attend VS Fashion Show” off our bucket list this year, but we’ll happily settle for watching the broadcast from the comfort of our couch in our less-than-fabulous PJs with a bucket or two of ice cream in our laps. The show airs on December 10 on CBS – mark your calendars!


Angel Candice Swanepoel in the $10-million Royal Fantasy Bra


Taylor Swift


Angel Lindsay Ellingson in Victoria’s Secret x Swarovski

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Toronto Fashion Week: Caitlin Power Spring 2014

Calgary native Caitlin Power graduated to a solo presentation on the main runway at World Mastercard Fashion Week this season, and she definitely rose to the occasion with her Spring 2014 collection. If there was any doubt as to whether the TFI New Labels and Mercedes Benz Start-Up alumna belonged on the main stage, it was quelled by the army of leather-clad models who stormed the catwalk to close the show. It doesn’t get much fiercer than that.

But even prior to that finale moment, Power’s looks were making a strong impression with their bold colour palette and design details and expert tailoring. “When creating pieces, my goal is to make women feel like the ultimate power figure – exuding confidence, sophistication and poise,” says Power. Mission accomplished. We’d also add sex appeal to that list.

So where do we sign up to be a Power girl? Because we totally want in. Check out the gallery below for highlights from the 24-look runway show – we have a feeling you’ll want in too.


Designer Caitlin Power taking her finale bow

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Toronto Fashion Week: Mackage Spring 2014

Mackage has been a mainstay in our outerwear rotation for years now, so their runway presentations at Toronto Fashion Week are always can’t-miss for us, especially of late. The Montreal-based brand has been on a roll, presenting a very covetable Fall 2013 collection currently in stores now and introducing a to-die-for new handbag line. So how do creative directors Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan follow that up? With an equally strong Spring 2014 collection.

The talented design duo are very good at what they do, churning out chic coats and jackets season after season that Mackage devotees like us just can’t get enough of. We came away from the show with grand plans to overhaul our spring outerwear wardrobe with their white leather moto, trompe l’oeil layered trench, and canvas jacket with mirror leather sleeves, the pièce de résistance of the line-up. If anyone can convince us we need leather in spring, it’s definitely the Mackage folks. And we’d happily take a handbag or two as well.

Check out the gallery below for highlights from the recent Mackage runway show at World Mastercard Fashion Week. What’s on your spring wish list?

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Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh Spring 2014

Armed with an ongoing addiction to Joe Fresh‘s cheap and cheerful wares and a closet already full of the brand’s $49 silk blouses (in every colour/print combination imaginable) and perfectly-fitted skinny jeans, we attended the presentation for the Spring 2014 collection at World Mastercard Fashion Week knowing full well that it would spell danger for our pocketbooks (yes, even at those price points!). And we were right.

Inspired by the artist N. Dash’s wall pieces, Joe Mimran, Creative Director of Joe Fresh, sent an Asian-inspired and very covetable line-up down the runway. “This season, we refined the essence of the brand. Functionality as the new chic has become the Joe Fresh guideline.  The collection is sexy and cool while maintaining a classic refined look.”

Sexy? Cool? Most definitely, and particularly in the standout pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on: a jaw-dropping pagoda print dress, an on-trend baseball jacket with an oversized tassel detail, a fierce patent leather ruffle-hem skirt, a simple tiger-print tee…the list goes on. As does our Joe Fresh obsession.

The Spring 2014 “Fresh off the Runway” collection will be sold exclusively at select Joe Fresh store locations next spring. Keep an eye out, because these to-die-for, east-meets-west looks are sure to sell out in a flash.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan Spring 2014

Kimberley Newport-Mimran knows her Pink Tartan customer well. Being longtime fans ourselves, we’re in awe of the designer’s ability to deliver exactly what we and the rest of her fandom want season after season. She manages to stay true to the PT aesthetic we all know and love, and keep things fresh while doing so. Her latest collection for Spring 2014, presented at World Mastercard Fashion Week last week, had us hook, line and sinker from the very first look to the finale.

Inspired by factory girl Edie Sedgwick’s “innocent beauty, interesting style and…sad story”, the line-up featured ultra-chic looks in bright white jacquard, black and white optic prints, and washable vegan leather. There was plenty in the collection to get die-hard fans excited and lure in new ones. Standout pieces included a navy, textured tulip skirt we’d love to get our hands on right now, a summery white frock with laser cut details we can see Alexa Chung in, and the pleated, A-line skirt in vegan leather that the designer herself sported that night.

Another Pink Tartan runway show, another long wish list. Check out the gallery below for highlights from the collection, and start making your own.


Yours truly chatting with designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran post-show

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A Closer Look at J.Crew’s Spring 2014 Shoe Collab With Sophia Webster

When J.Crew announced a few days ago a collaboration with shoe designer Sophia Webster for Spring 2014, we did a happy dance or four. Two of our favourite things in life, being J.Crew and shoes (obviously), plus Nicholas Kirkwood’s very worthy protégé in the mix too? A recipe for heart-stopping footwear for sure we thought, and boy were we right. We got our first peek at J.Crew’s shoe offerings for spring via the retailer’s NYFW presentation yesterday, and it’s everything we dreamed it would be and then some.

Included in the 30-look line-up are 12 styles designed with Webster, infusing her most popular styles with that unmistakeable J.Crew aesthetic we all know and love. “The collection is really fun and feminine, very me but still a hybrid of the two brands,” says Webster. Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons added, “Sophia Webster is one of the most exciting and talented British designers. Her shoes are like miniature setsa beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in.”

Based on what we’re seeing so far, we can’t wait to dive into the Sophia Webster for J.Crew collaboration feet first next spring. Get a closer look at the J.Crew Spring 2014 shoe line-up in the gallery below, including a peek at what should be most of the insanely gorgeous Webster designs.

Images courtesy of J.Crew

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25 Gorgeous Looks from Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall 2013


Giambattista Valli

With haute couture fashion week having wrapped up for another season, we’ve been busy making wish lists for our imaginary lives as heiresses with plenty of money, impeccable taste, and a calendar full of glamourous soirees. On it are lots of Giambattista Valli pieces, a few from Christian Dior by Raf Simons, and an Elie Saab for good measure. All in all, we’ve rounded up 25 of our favourite looks from the Fall 2013 couture collections.

Check out the gallery below. Which designs would make your cut?


Elie Saab


Christian Dior


Armani Prive


Ulyana Sergeenko


Chanel

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