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Ostwald Helgason x ALDO Rise Spring 2014 Hits Stores This Month

ALDO RISE has teamed up with the London-based design duo of Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason on a colourful capsule collection for Spring 2014. Due to hit stores next week, the 13-piece lineup will feature summer-ready chunky heels and colour-blocked handbags.

“We started with the idea of taking the main ingredients of an Ostwald Helgason collection and translating those into shoes and bags: colour, strong graphic elements, contrasting textures and clean modern shapes,” explains Susanne Ostwald.

Adds Douglas Bensadoun, Creative Director – Vice President of Marketing for ALDO, “[Ostwald Helgason's] subversive use of colour and pattern, the luxe yet effortless quality of their design sensibility, and the mash-up of fine art references with modern technology translates beautifully to footwear – so beautifully in fact, that we had to do handbags as well. We’re excited to see the collection arrive in stores.”

So are we. Priced from $110 to $130 for a pair of shoes and from $65 to $85 for a handbag, Ostwald Helgason x ALDO RISE launches on April 22 at select ALDO locations worldwide as well as online at aldorise.com. Check out the complete collection in the gallery below – will you be buying?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 25 Mint-y Fresh Items to Pop Your Spring Wardrobe

Toronto natives Lisa of Just Another Fashion Blog and Jay Strut both sported a pop of mint green in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, reminding us of the love affair we’d started with the colour last summer that abruptly ended with the arrival of fall. With spring officially here and temperatures starting to co-operate, we’re looking to pick up right where we left off and bring some minty freshness into our wardrobe rotation again.

Lucky for us, we aren’t the only ones with mint on the brain. From Alexander Wang satin bomber jackets ($525) to H&M circle skirts ($19.95) to Burberry Prorsum lace dresses ($3,095), we’ve gathered 25 of the chicest, mintiest clothing and accessories on the market in the gallery below. Give it a gander – will you be popping your spring outfits with some mint green too?

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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?

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Holiday Gift Guide: 35 All-Canadian Items For The Fashion Lover In Your Life

Christmas is so close we can taste the turkey, but if you’re anything like us, you’ve barely made a dent in your holiday shopping. Three days is plenty of time, right? No need to panic (yet), because we’ve gone ahead and done you a solid: we’ve rounded up 35 of the very best made-in-Canada gift ideas for the fashion addicts in your life. Your mom/sister/friend/boss is guaranteed to love what you got them, and you’ll also have supported a local or national brand. It’s a win-win, really.

Take a gander at the gallery below for jewelry from the likes of Jenny Bird, Biko and Niki & Lola, handbags from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, ela and Mackage, accessories from Quill & Tine, Danier and ALDO, and much, much more. Good luck and happy shopping, fellow procrastinators! See you on the other side.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Pairs of Must-Have High-Heeled Ankle Booties

We here at The Backseat Stylers live for fall fashion. One of the biggest reasons? The ankle bootie. It’s by far our favourite shoe silhouette, and we were reminded of our love for them when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas (featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook) sporting a pair of high-heeled, leopard print beauties. Now we’re digging all of ours out of the closet, but – like any good shoeaholic – are longing for a new pair to add to the fall rotation.

We searched high and low for a pair worthy of splurging on, and found ourselves head over heels in love with a whopping 20 gorgeous styles. Between the adorable, bow-adorned Christian Louboutin ‘Autonodo’, the ladylike ‘Pamla’ booties by Enzo Angiolini, and the incredibly fierce ‘Kim’ metallic lace-ups by Gucci, we’re having a rather tough time settling on just one pair…or even two. We dare you to try.

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Coveting from the Backseat: PREEN x ALDO RISE Fall 2013 Collection

ALDO RISE and Preen are at it again. ALDO Shoes‘ fashion week designer collaboration program teamed up for a fourth time with Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi on the footwear shown at their Fall 2013 presentation back in February. Now, the three styles to be produced and sold by ALDO have been unveiled, and they’ve shot to the top of our fall footwear wish list.

The latest PREEN x ALDO RISE collection features three straight-from-the-runway styles: an ankle-strap pump, a triple-buckled shootie, and an ankle boot. Priced from $160 to $230, the limited edition designs come in an autumn-ready colour palette of fire engine red, classic black, and powder blue, and incorporate an eye-catching mix of materials, including leather, suede and pony hair. In short, this fourth joint effort is their best to date by our measure, and we can’t wait to snag a pair or two…or three. They’re just that good.

The PREEN x ALDO RISE collection will be available this upcoming October at select ALDO stores, as well as on aldoshoes.com. Let the countdown begin.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Pairs of Yellow Shoes to Brighten Your Outfit

In last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, we oohed and aahed over Lily‘s whimsical heart-shaped sunglasses, but that wasn’t the only part of her ensemble that caught our eye. Her classic YSL Tribute sandals in a bright, eye-catching yellow had us – and we’re guessing you! – a little green with envy too. But why waste time coveting someone else’s fabulous footwear when you can just snag your own?

Inspired by Lily’s standout shoes, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up 15 pairs of sunny yellow pumps, sandals, wedges and ballet flats you can add to your summer rotation right now. With 15 irresistible options like ALDO‘s ‘Earlene’ ankle cuff, peep-toe stilettos (CAD$100) and Jimmy Choo‘s to-die-for neon degrade pumps (USD$750 at Saks), we wish you the best of luck in limiting yourself to just one pair.

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Coveting from the Backseat: PREEN x ALDO RISE Spring 2013 Collection

ALDO RISE has been busy churning out highly covetable designer runway collaborations for a few seasons now, and for Spring 2013 they’ve got a winner on their hands. They Canadian brand teamed up with PREEN’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi on designs for their London Fashion Week presentation that have now been produced for sale at ALDO stores.

The mini collection features two pumps, the ‘Musilova’ and ‘Pravda’, both available in two colourways. The Musilova in yellow and snake-print leather in particular is to die for, and definitely a must-have for my spring shoe rotation. All four styles are priced at $155.

Shop the collection over on aldoshoes.com.

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Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: In Defence of Plaid Jackets

“How many plaid blazers does a person need?!” exclaimed Nelia when she spotted my latest Club Monaco purchase. I didn’t realize we were counting, but the answer is obviously a really, really high number, as evidenced by the count in my closet.

It appears I have a plaid jacket problem that I hadn’t quite identified until my dear friend so kindly pointed it out. My guess is that it’s closely linked to my Smythe addiction. In my defence, though, this is the only brown plaid blazer with navy sleeves that I own. I’m fairly certain.

On a side note, I managed to mix black with brown and navy with black all in one outfit – potentially breaking two so-called style rules - and the world didn’t come to an end as many, including T, would fear. Ponder that one.

Club Monaco blazer / Club Monaco blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / FLARE x ALDO bag / Ralph Lauren boots / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

xx, S

Events

Spotted from the Backseat: The Frocktail Party 2012 Edition

On November 14, over 600 guests attended Frocktail Party 2012 in Toronto in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Many of the city’s most fashionable flocked to the Arcadian Loft for an evening of silent auctions featuring designer dresses and accessories generously donated by celebrities like socialite Suzanne Rogers and supermodel Monika Schnarre, talented Canadian designers including Greta Constantine, ela, and Jeremy Laing, and retailers like eLUXE and The Bay.

This 4th annual event achieved a record-breaking auction this year, raising $30,000 for a total of over $55,000 for the evening. As a shopaholic who quite enjoys the thrill of a good silent auction, I quite happily contributed to that total. At the end of the night, I returned home the victor of two battles, having successfully snagged a pair of Greta Constantine x ALDO Shoes ankle booties from the Fall 2011 runway for me and a one-year men’s spa membership to John Allan’s for the Mister. All in the name of charity, of course.

I did, however, leave an absolutely to-die-for tree-print jersey dress by Alexander McQueen behind, which I’m still in mourning over. Other incredible pieces up for auction included a Proenza Schouler clutch donated by INTERMIX, a Smythe jacket courtesy of eLUXE, and runway frocks by Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Mary Katrantzou, straight from the closet of Suzanne Rogers. She herself donned a lovely violet-hued number for the occasion, as did a stunning Ainsley Kerr, who wore a beautiful fringed gown. Socialite Jenna Naumovich also showed her support for the JDRF’s cause, arriving in a gorgeous Peter Pilotto runway dress.

With incredible frocks on Frocktail Party’s guests and enticing pieces up for auction, it’s a miracle I didn’t come out of the silent auction shenanigans with more damage to the pocketbook than I did. Come next year, though, I’ll be more than ready for the bidding wars for the latest from Ms. Rogers’ unbelievable wardrobe.


That McQueen tree-print dress (right) I really, really wanted to win


Suzanne Rogers


Jenna Naumovich


My spoils of war

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