Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 17, 2014 Edition

Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

This week’s Lookbook is all about fashion firsts.

Lisa was the first to rock a look from the highly anticipated Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration (#NBD), Sasha was the first to sport a piece from the 424 Fifth Fall collection we’ve been obsessing about for months, and Nelia was the first to ever make us consider going grey on purpose as she debuted her new platinum ‘do.

We may be hanging out in the backseat, but our favourite Canadian style bloggers sure aren’t – they’re right at the forefront of the scene.

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

Sasha Exeter of So Sasha, Toronto

Ivy Xu of This Is What We Do, Vancouver

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Retail Therapy

Alexander Wang x H&M – The Complete Lookbook Is Here!

The wait is over: the Alexander Wang x H&M lookbook is finally out in all its sporty glory! The collaboration features both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, and we’ve got the complete women’s lookbook below for your viewing pleasure.

“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations”, said Wang. “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.”

The capsule collection will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 6. So what’s the verdict on the collection – will you be in that inevitable lineup outside the store to snag some Wang x H&M goodies?

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Fashion News

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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Take the Tide Pods x Pink Tartan #WashableFashion #OOTD Challenge!

That’s right, ladies and gents: the Tide Pods x Pink Tartan #WashableFashion #OOTD challenge is officially back, and bigger and better than ever before! If you missed the fun earlier this year, here’s a quick refresher: step #1 – you lovely readers share selfies of yourselves in your favourite washable outfits; and step #2 – we award you amazing prizes.

How amazing, you ask? We’ll be doling out a Tide gift basket and $50 Pink Tartan gift card to the winner of each daily challenge, plus a grand prize featuring a $500 PINK TARTAN GIFT CARD and 2 TICKETS TO THE PINK TARTAN SPRING 2015 RUNWAY SHOW at World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto on October 20, 2014.

Obviously you’re in, right? Then get your sartorial game face on, because we want to see your chicest, most stylish washable getups over the next 6 days. In fact, just to up the fun factor for round #2, we’ve got daily challenge themes lined up to inspire you.

Break out those oversized blazers, sweaters, tees and coats, because in this #OOTD challenge, bigger is most definitely better.

It’s sweater weather season and we want to see you in your coziest washable knits, whether it’s this season’s trendy turtleneck or a comfy staple from autumns past.

You’ve mastered the art of assembling the perfect day-to-night ensemble, now show us how it’s done in #washablefashion.

From the little red dresses that never fail you to little red capes à la Miss Riding Hood herself, we want to see how you’re rocking the colour of the season.

There’s no need to fear white when it’s washable. How will you wear it – will it be a fringed cape sweater, a crisp, button-down shirt or a quilted sweatshirt perhaps?

It doesn’t get any more classic than the head-to-toe black and white look. Show us how you make this timeless colour combination your own.

Get planning and sharing those #washablefashion #OOTD #selfies! We can’t wait to see them and show them all off in our contest Pinterest board. Good luck and have fun!


1. Share your stylish and washable outfits via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #washablefashion #OOTD and #TIDE and tagging @backseatstylers.

2. Follow along with the official themes and share daily (or more often if you change outfits on the hour like Anna Dello Russo!) for multiple chances to win. Only one winner will be picked daily, and all daily prize winners will be eligible to win an additional GRAND PRIZE on October 19th.

3. Contest open to readers in Canada only, excluding residents of Quebec.

4. The contest closes at 6:00 PM EDT on October 19, 2014. Daily and Grand Prize winners will be notified by email.

5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value. Travel not included.

Disclaimer: Tide has only provided The Backseat Stylers with the product for the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with Tide.


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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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 10, 2014 Edition

Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York

One of the few reasons why we’re willing to accept the colder temperatures and increased frequency of rain that come with fall is the footwear. It’s prime time for prancing around in mensy loafers, brogues and oxfords, and we couldn’t be more delighted.

It turns out style bloggers across the country feel the same way. This week, Lisa sported a pair of to-die-for black and white loafers, Ania rocked a pair of edgy, pointy-toe lace-ups, and Krystin donned a pair of classic, tasseled beauties.

We’ll take a pair of each, please.

Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista, Vancouver

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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

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 3, 2014 Edition

Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto

Last week’s takeover of the Canadian style blogs by pretty dresses did not wane this week; ’tis the season, it seems.

This week, Liz sported the sweetest blue frock complete with bow and ruffles, Sonya paired a beautiful floral number with fierce leopard print pumps, and Nelia rocked an uber-cool printed Clover Canyon design (we’re obsessed).

Time to break out those dresses – special occasion not required.

Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

Jill Lanky of The August Diaries, Vancouver

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Capes to Get Cozy In

The season’s first cape sighting on the Canadian style blogs happened last week when we spotted Alexandra of I’m A Little looking fall-ready in a colourblocked design. With temperatures dropping and our wardrobes having almost fully transitioned, we’re thinking it’s about time we reembraced the cape too.

From Topshop‘s cozy geo print version at a cheap and cheerful £32 to Band of Outsiders‘ ultra-chic tuxedo-inspired design at USD$1,195, we’ve got 20 must-have capes on our wish list. Are they on yours too?


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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