Fashion News

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

Fashion News

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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Street Style

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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Get #RedkenReady for World Mastercard Fashion Week with The Backseat Stylers!

World Mastercard Fashion Week takes over Toronto in T-minus 2 days, and we’re in serious prep mode. The runway show RSVPs have been sent, cameras are at the ready, and outfit ideas are flowing. It promises to be an incredibly hectic 6 days and, let’s be honest, it’s going to take more than just a little magic to keep us looking fresh all week.

That’s why we were very excited when our friends at Redken Canada, the official hair sponsor of WMCFW, offered to help get us #RedkenReady for the shows. And the very best part? You’re invited too!

On Tuesday, October 21 (a.k.a. Day #2 of WMCFW), yours truly will be stationed outside the fashion week tents with a Redken Canada stylist who’ll be armed with all the best tools of the hair trade. Need some spray to keep your ‘do in place? We’ve got you. Perhaps some dry shampoo to give your limp locks some lift? Done!

Want to get #RedkenReady with us? Here are all the deets you need:

WHAT: Come by to say hi, get a quick, complimentary hair touch-up by Redken, and pose for a little street style photo sesh with The Backseat Stylers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 4:30pm – 6:30pm 

WHERE: Outside the World Mastercard Fashion Week tents at David Pecaut Square in Toronto

LET’S CHAT: Follow Redken Canada on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #RedkenReady and #StyleYourStory to join the conversation

Happy World Mastercard Fashion Week! We can’t wait to get #RedkenReady with you. Can’t make it on Tuesday? Check back next week for an exclusive Redken Canada giveaway.

Sponsored by Redken Canada


Jimmy Choo Fêtes Opening of First Boutique in Canada

Jimmy Choo is on a roll of late: in August, the luxury brand opened the doors to its much anticipated first boutique in Canada, and then just this past week went through with a highly watched IPO. Busy as the footwear and accessories design house may be, they found time to celebrate their first Canadian boutique at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto recently.

Guests of honour Waris Ahluwalia and Mila Mulroney were joined by the city’s social set, including FASHION Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra, Cityline‘s Tracey Moore and Suits actress Meghan Markle, as they toasted the new boutique. The store reflects a new design concept being rolled out in expansion stores around the world, and will offer women’s and men’s shoes, handbags, sunglasses, small leather goods, and more.

Our favourite part of the new boutique, hands down, was the corner dedicated to the new made-to-order shoe service. The brand’s signature silhouettes, including the classic Anouk, Lance, Xenia and Tite styles, are available for customization for Choo fans looking for the bespoke experience. With a myriad of luxe materials and colours to choose from, we promised ourselves we’d return someday soon for a pair of personalized stilettos.

Haven’t yet had the chance to check out the fab new Jimmy Choo boutique yourself? Check out the gallery below for snaps from the launch party.

Waris Ahluwalia and Mila Mulroney

Meghan Markle

Cailli and Sam Beckerman with ELLE Canada Editor-in-Chief Noreen Flanagan (centre)

Ben and Jessica Mulroney

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Fashion News

Vaughan Mills Set to Unveil New Expansion + Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

As bona fide shopaholics that are perpetually in search of a good deal, we’re big fans of outlet malls. Naturally, our interest was piqued when we heard about the $87-million, 200,000 square foot expansion of Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, ON. New outlet stores where we can get our shop on? Yes please!

The new expansion wing launches this upcoming Thursday, October 23, and adds a whopping 50 additional stores to the shopping centre’s roster. Highlights include Bench, Puma, Roots, Rudsak, and the very first Dr. Martens outlet in North America. We can’t wait to check out all these new stores, as well as the brand spanking new Sports Court, Event Court and Digital Lounge.

Sean Walters, Senior Vice-President, Ivanhoe Cambridge said, “We will continue to build on the retail mix in the centre as a whole in the coming months with the arrival of sought-after brands such as The Outlet by Harry Rosen, Cole Haan, Ben Sherman, Vince Camuto, and Brooks Brothers.” We’ll be waiting patiently for those doors to open as well, wallets at the ready!

In the meantime, we want you to be one of the first to shop the new expansion, so we’ve teamed up with Vaughan Mills to give away a $500 SHOPPING SPREE to one of our lucky readers! Want in? Check out the complete contest rules below. Good luck and happy outlet shopping!


1. Leave us a comment on this blog post telling us what about the Vaughan Mills expansion you’re most excited about (a new store? the digital lounge?) and ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Vaughan Mills’ Facebook pages here and here.

2. For a bonus entry, follow @backseatstylers and @vaughan_mills on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a $500 @VAUGHAN_MILLS SHOPPING SPREE, and I want it! #VMexpands2014 #giveaway” Then leave us a second comment on this blog post letting us know that you’ve tweeted us some love.

3. Contest closes at 11:59pm EST on November 2, 2014. The winner will be contacted via email.

4. This giveaway is open to our readers located in the GTA only.

5. There are no prize substitutions. Travel not included.

Sponsored by Vaughan Mills

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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