Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – February 7, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing

This week, Canadian style bloggers across the country had a serious case of the blues. We’re hypothesizing that displeasure with the frigid temperatures and abundance of snow finally manifested itself in, literally, some very blue outfits. Wearing their feelings? We totally get it.

Vanessa H. rocked a beautiful baby blue coat we’re obsessing over, Vanessa C. paired an uber-chic navy coat with leather jogging pants, and Samantha donned a monochromatic getup from hat to leopard print scarf to psychedelic taffeta pants.

You know who wasn’t feeling blue though? Ania, who was sporting a pretty little printed romper while in Los Cabos, Mexico. And now we’re seeing green.

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad, Toronto

Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

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Fashion News

Topshop x Adidas Originals Capsule Collection Coming this March

It’s now month #2 of the year, and if you’ve started to falter on that New Year’s resolution exercise regimen, here’s some news that might keep you going for a few more months: Topshop has teamed up with Adidas Originals on a 20-piece capsule collection of stylish activewear.

Due to launch in select Topshop and Adidas stores around the world as well as on late March, the line-up will feature slim-fitting three-stripe track pants, printed tanks and sweatshirts, and, of course, sneakers in fun leather and print combos. The collection will be priced from USD$35 for a tank top to USD$135 for a pair of sneakers.

If, like T, you’ve been on a Stella Greenspan-inspired search for the perfect pair of track pants for several years now, this just might be the moment all your activewear dreams come true, so mark that calendar for March 20. And keep at that New Year’s resolution in the meantime – you can do it!

Images via WWD

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Quirky Clutches to Add Some Whimsy to Your Bag Rotation

Bianca and Dani of Kastor & Pollux rocked the loveliest ALDO perfume bottle clutches (only $35!) in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and we adored their whimsical ensembles. An immediate need for an uber cute statement bag obviously arose, so we took to the internets for our weekly, err daily, online shopping session.

From Falconwright‘s bubble gum pink eye-print leather clutch ($68) to Kate Spade‘s ‘Paris and the Single Girl’ book clutch (USD$328) to the queen of whimsy Charlotte Olympia‘s ‘Dial’ telephone perspex clutch (USD$1,895), we found 15 super chic and totally adorable bags we – and you! – need in your life. Check out the gallery below – which one (or two or three!) are you coveting along with us?


The Backseat Stylers’ CAFA 2014 Photo Diary

Sometimes events are so good, they deserve not one, but two posts, and the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards held this past weekend in Toronto is definitely one such occasion. Yesterday, we posted a recap of the evening with 70 red carpet style snaps. Today, I’ve got my own little photo diary with favourite moments from the gala.

It doesn’t capture that time I creepily told Yasmine Warsame that I loved her in the Fairmont Royal York elevator (but, seriously, I do), the excitement of chatting 24 with Kim Bauer herself a.k.a tablemate Elisha Cuthbert, or the sheer glee of having Atelier Swarovski jewels flown in from New York just for little old me. It also doesn’t quite capture how much pride I felt for George Antonopoulos, Sarah Stevenson and all the other CAFA winners and nominees. But it’ll have to do.

So much love and thanks to the wonderful folks at Atelier Swarovski for the invite and for the most glamourous jewels I could have dreamed up for my CAFA look. I felt like Cinderella, and the night wouldn’t have been the same without my fairy godmother Rory. CAFA 2014 was an important moment in Canadian fashion history and it was an incredible honour to have been in attendance.

Invitation in hand and gold Gucci shoes at the ready

Atelier Swarovski pieces flown in from New York by our fairy godmother Rory (clockwise from top left): SS14 in-house collection necklace/ring/bracelet set; SS14 in-house collection stacked cocktail rings; vintage Atelier Swarovski Dori Csengari necklace and cuff; vintage Atelier Swarovski Mary Katrantzou cuff

Yours truly with my tablemate Kim Bauer Elisha Cuthbert, both decked out in Atelier Swarovski

Clutch game: YSL and Falconwright

Vintage Atelier Swarovski Erickson Beamon cuff worn by Jane Hanrahan of Power of Prive

With the best date a girl could ask for, Nelia Belkova of Style Blog (and her insanely gorgeous Erdem gown!)

CAFA winners (clockwise from top left) Coco Rocha, George Antonopoulos, Sarah Stevenson, Dean and Dan Caten (DSquared2)

Repping VAWK with Stacey McKenzie (right) and with the designer himself Sunny Fong (left)

Obligatory photo booth session with Nelia of Style Blog and Marc of Toronto Is Fashion


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Inside the Inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards: 70 Red Carpet Photos of Coco Rocha, DSquared2, Jeanne Beker and More

Model of the Year winner Coco Rocha with multiple award winners DSQUARED2′s Dean and Dan Caten

On Saturday, February 1, the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) were held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, where a venerable who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry flocked to honour its brightest stars. The first of its kind in our fair nation, CAFA’s raison d’être is to recognize outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the fashion community, and this past weekend’s incredible awards gala was certainly a long time coming.

Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson and Elisha Cuthbert

In between comedic interludes by master of ceremonies Gerry Dee and a musical performance by JRDN, the first ever CAFA winners were revealed at the highly-anticipated awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the immensely talented winners and nominees:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: 

  • Christie Smythe & Andrea Lenczner, SMYTHE
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Jeremy Laing – Winner
  • Kimberely Newport-Mimran, Pink Tartan
  • Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, Greta Constantine

Menswear Designer of The Year: 

  • Davidson Manaloto, wings + horns
  • Philippe Dubuc
  • Philip Sparks
  • Travis Taddeo – Winner
  • Shawn Hewson, Bustle

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • David Dixon
  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Denis Gagnon
  • Lida Baday
  • Marie Saint-Pierre

Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Jenny Bird and Stylist of the Year winner George Antonopoulos

Accessory Designer of The Year:  

  • Dexter & Byron Peart, WANT Les Essentials de la Vie – Winner
  • Ela & Martin Aldorsson, Ela Handbags
  • John Fluevog
  • Jenny Bird
  • Maryam Keyhani

Canadian Style Award: 

  • Coco Rocha
  • Joe Mimran – Winner
  • Lisa Tant

Image Maker of the Year:

  • Chris Nicholls – Winner
  • Stephanie Mark, Jake Rosenberg, The Coveteur
  • Gabor Jurina
  • Max Abadian
  • Tommy Ton

Vanguard Award honouree Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie

International Designer of the Year: 

  • Dean & Dan Caten, DSQUARED2 – Winner
  • Erdem Moralioğlu
  • Jeremy Laing
  • Jason Wu
  • Mark Fast

Stylist of the Year:

  • Cary Tauben
  • George Antonopoulos – Winner
  • Liz Cabral
  • Peter Papapetrou
  • Susie Sheffman

Model of the Year: 

  • Coco Rocha – Winner
  • Daria Werbowy
  • Yasmin Warsame

Suzanne and Chloe Rogers

Emerging Talent Award: 

  • Beaufille
  • Eliza Faulkner
  • Laura Siegel
  • Martin Lim
  • Sarah Stevenson – Winner
  • Sid Neigum
Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson, who also won the 2013 TFI New Labels competition, took home a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Atelier Swarovski, an exclusive mentorship program with Joe Fresh, and a Spring/Summer 2015 look book produced by THE COLLECTIONS. The inimitable Jeanne Beker was also recognized with the Vanguard Award for her 27-year run as the host of Fashion Television, a strong influence on so many in the room that night and around the world, as well as her many other pursuits in the industry over the years.

Sylvia Mantella with Greta Constantine’s Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong

Canada’s top fashion talent was celebrated both on stage and off, and we were delighted to be surrounded by stunning red carpet ready creations by homegrown designers. With the likes of Coco Rocha, socialite Suzanne Rogers, sponsor Sylvia Mantella and model Stacey McKenzie leading the way in DSQUARED2, Erdem, Greta Constantine and VAWK respectively, the Canadian fashion set absolutely turned it out for the industry’s biggest night of the year.

Accessory Designer of the Year nominee Maryam Keyhani

Check out the gallery below for 70 – yes 70! – style snaps from the inaugural Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Congrats to all the 2014 CAFA winners and nominees, and to the CAFA team for an outstanding first year!

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Fashion News

David Beckham for H&M Super Bowl 2014 Ad

Because we know you’re going to want to watch this one over and over again.

You’re welcome.

Retail Therapy

Sarah Jessica Parker’s First Shoe Collection Unveiled

Sarah Jessica Parker‘s first collection for her new shoe line has finally been unveiled in all its glory. With the launch date of February 28 just around the corner, that gives you SJP fans plenty of time to save up your lunch money and finalize your shopping lists.

The actress-turned-designer, in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus, has created a line-up of classic, no frills styles. Says Parker, “I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come.”

Check out the gallery below for a gander at SJP’s first shoe design efforts, which will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom. What’s the verdict – would the collection get the Carrie Bradshaw stamp of approval? Or yours, for that matter?

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – January 31, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/Beijing

The love affair between Canadian style bloggers and faux fur continues. Last week, it was Stephanie in stripes. This week, we’ve got Vanessa and Liz, one in the most perfect shade of green and the other in a winter white shearling. Both looking incredibly chic (and warm!). We’re officially obsessed.

You too? Get the look with these 15 fabulous faux fur jackets we found just for you.

Bianca Venerayan of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto

Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Faux Fur Jackets to Stay Chic and Keep Warm In

The polar vortex continues, and though keeping warm and looking chic while doing so is proving to be a challenge for some (us!), not so for Stephanie Sterjovski of the self-titled blog. The Toronto-based blogger donned an uber-chic striped faux fur jacket in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and we absolutely loved the look.

There aren’t any fur jackets, faux or otherwise, in our closet, so a quick search for a fab piece or two to fill the void was in order. What we found was 15 glorious faux fur options from which to choose, including chubby coats, moto jackets, gilets and more. And did we mention most of them are currently on clearance, rendering them nearly impossible to resist? Happy shopping!

Runways and Showrooms

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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