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All The #WashableFashion #OOTD Action at World Mastercard Fashion Week

Model Stacey McKenzie

We’ve been all about the #washablefashion of late. We’ve been busy posting selfies of our own washable outfits as well as admiring yours, even taking to the World Mastercard Fashion Week tents in search of ultra chic #washablefashion #ootd action by industry insiders.

We found plenty of washable blog fodder. From model Stacey McKenzie‘s perfectly on trend knitted matched set to handbag designer Ela Kowalewska‘s casual cool white denim look to blogger Hawley Dunbar‘s ode to the classic white shirt, we snapped many of Canada’s most sartorially gifted in all their #washablefashion glory.

Check out the gallery below of WMCFW street style snaps for some #washablefashion inspiration. Then go forth and wash, wear, repeat. Tide Pods are your friend.

Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle

Sabrina Maddeaux of NOW Magazine

Ela Kowalewska of Ela Handbags

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 31, 2014 Edition

Kaylee Giffin of The Blondie Locks, Toronto

This edition of the Lookbook is all about fall colours. Bloggers across Canada donned rich jewel tones this week, many to the tents of Toronto Fashion Week.

Ania styled a stunning navy satin birdcage skirt in an unexpected and effortless way, Hawley paired a to-die-for burgundy backpack and matching tights back to heather grey for a standout look, and Kaylee rocked an eye-catching teal matched set – one of the chicest we’ve seen since the trend started.

Are you embracing the jewel tones too?

Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Toronto

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

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Vaughan Mills Celebrates Launch of 200,000 Square Foot Expansion

Toronto shopaholics, rejoice! On October 23, Vaughan Mills finally opened the doors to its brand spanking new, 200,000-square-foot expansion and threw a spectacular bash to celebrate it. ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey was on hand for the big reveal, as was a long line of bargain hunters wanting to be the first to shop the expansion.

With a freshly unveiled Event Court, Digital Lounge (WiFi! phone-charging outlets! gaming stations!) and Sports Court (televised sports events on 12 TV screens – that’s right, 12!), the indoor outlet centre in Vaughan, ON instantly became even more of a must-visit destination.

Did we mention the 50 new retailers that have now set up shop at Vaughan Mills? For those of you who are athletically inclined, the 20,000-square foot Nike store, plus those of Reebok, PUMA and ASICS, can’t be missed. Other highlights include the first Dr. Martens outlet in North America (yes!), as well as Bench, Puma, Roots, and Rudsak.

Excited to shop the new expansion? Enter to win a $500 shopping spree in our exclusive contest! Then get yourself to Vaughan Mills to check out the new expansion in all its glory, stat.

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Stylin’ from the Backseat: Doe, A Deer

The talented Jenna Marie Wakani shot this photo of S outside the WMCFW tents last week for Elle Canada, capturing her nod to one of our favourite Canadian designers, Sunny Fong of VAWK. Along with the snap came some fun interview questions, which we thought we’d share here in case you missed the post on

Fave piece: ”My VAWK deer shirt—it’s a one-of-a-kind runway sample!”

TFW Spring 2015 highlight: “The Mercedes-Benz Start-Up finale—what a great platform for emerging talent! These are the designers who are going to shape the Canadian fashion landscape in the coming years.”

Star gazing: ”Stacey McKenzie is hands down my fave front row fixture. Her look is always on point and she has an infectious enthusiasm for Canadian fashion.”

Top Canadian model: ”It’s a tie between Daria Werbowy and Coco Rocha. Don’t make me choose!”

Most cherished fashion piece: ”My whimsical Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan Charlotte’s Web book clutch. It was my favourite book growing up.”

Top Spring 2015 trend: ”Jumpsuits. I can’t get enough of them!”

Are you loyal fans of VAWK, Coco and jumpsuits too?

VAWK shirt / Zara skirt / OBJECT for Danier clutch / J.Crew shoes


Look Who Got #RedkenReady With Us at WMCFW + WIN a $250 Redken Prize Pack!

The weather during World Mastercard Fashion Week was tough on our hair games. Our ‘dos were suffering the wrath of Mother Nature and her torrential downpours for most of fashion week, and we weren’t the only ones. Thank goodness we’ve got new friends in high places, namely Redken Canada, official hair sponsor of WMCFW. On Day 2 of fashion week, we teamed up with the incredibly talented Redken team to get attendees #RedkenReady – one spray of dry shampoo at a time! – outside the tents and in the rain, no less.

Industry insiders like bloggers Nelia Belkova and Hawley Dunbar, Elle Canada Associate Editor Charlotte Herrold, fashion writer Anya Georgijevic and more all happily took us up on our offers of hair touch-ups courtesy of Redken Canada. A few spritzes of Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for added shine or some strategic sprays of Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to re-lift the locks got fashion week goers #RedkenReady just before stepping in front of the lens of street style photographers or into the tents for the shows.

We had such a blast playing hair fairy godmothers! We met so many fabulous people outside the tents that day and learned lots of valuable tips and tricks from the Redken team. Missed out on the fun? Don’t fret – we’re giving away a $250 personalized Redken hair care prize pack to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers! Contest rules are below. Good luck, ladies and gents!

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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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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 24, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

This week, Canadian style bloggers got their fuzz on.

Vanessa sported a standout orange matched set by Toronto native Kaelen, pairing it with a cobalt blue bag for an eye-catching colour duo. Lookbook newcomer Kaylee took to the Toronto Fashion Week tents in a chic blanket wrap skirt, a creation by P.E.I.-based brand Dreamboat Lucy. Nelia donned a bright white faux fur jacket that was the perfect contrast to her new platinum locks.

Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto

Samantha and Cailli Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

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Spotted from the Backseat: Operanation 2014 Edition

On October 16, the Canadian Opera Company hosted its annual fundraiser, Operanation, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Operanation: Light Up The Night was a spectacular evening of music, food and fashion in support of the opera company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

Co-chaired by Randi Bergman of Fashion MagazineAnne Maggisano of Burgundy Asset Management and Patrick Sambrook of Eggplant Entertainment, this year’s event had a modern Spanish flair, inspired by the COC’s production of The Barber of Seville. The highlight of the night was a much anticipated performance by the French band Yelle.

Guests went ultra glam for the occasion. Nelia Belkova looked red carpet-worthy in emerald green H&M, Gracie Carroll repped Canadian fashion fabulously in Greta Constantine, and Amy Burstyn-Fritz stunned in a standout orange gown. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Operanation: Light Up The Night.

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Peroni Celebrates Vogue Italia’s 50th Anniversary With Exhibition at Holt Renfrew

Vogue Italia is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, and Peroni decided that the perfect gift would be an exhibition in the magazine’s honour, right here in Toronto.

Titled ‘Peroni Nastro Azzurro Celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia’, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly talented roster of designers, models, film actors and more who have graced its pages or contributed to them, delving into the magazine’s video archives.

The story is told in moving images as never seen before. Miles Aldridge’s hypnotic shots in saturated colours; art by Vanessa Beecroft and Marina Abramović;  models such as Mariacarla Boscono and Eva Herzigova; icons of cinema including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Fassbender; cult designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy. Each gives a unique insight into what makes Vogue Italia a powerful force for Italian style.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps from the launch party, which was attended by the likes of Vogue Italia contributor Grazia D’Annuncio and designer Stella Jean. The must-see exhibition is housed at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street flagship in Toronto until October 31. It is open to the public, and is also available online at and

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