With the December 5 launch date a mere week away (finally!), the countdown is officially on for the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection. We’ve oohed and aahed over the lookbook more times than we can count, we’re ready to get out hands on our wish list items.
If a whole week is still feeling like way too king to wait, we’ve got some exciting news for you. The Big Holiday Giveaway continues, and today it’s an exclusive piece from the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection that we have up for grabs! One lucky reader will win the stunning crackle gemmed clutch, valued at $240!
The clutch is the perfect way to add some sparkle to your holiday party ensembles, and the winner even has a choice of the 2 available colourways. Smokey silver or fiery red? Decisions, decisions. Either way, if you want to snag that gorgeous clutch, tell us how you’d style it for a chance to win – contest rules are below. Good luck!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other contests in The Big Holiday Giveaway and check back for more daily reveals!
1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which colourway of the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott crackle gemmed clutch you’re drawn to and how you would style it. Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Banana Republic’s Facebook pages here and here.
2. For a bonus entry (complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @BRStyleCA on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a #BRLWren clutch, and I want it! http://bit.ly/1hkRrdm #BSSholiday #giveaway” Leave us a comment telling us you’ve tweeted the contest some love.
3. The contest closes at 11:59pm PST on December 6, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.
4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.
5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.
‘Tis the season for metallics, and Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples showed us how it’s done with a jaw-dropping gold coat featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Tacky? Far from it. Ostentatious? Maybe just a little bit. Ultra-chic? Undeniably so. In fact, it highlighted a glaring hole in our party wardrobe rotation that we obviously needed to address, stat.
From blazers to black-tie gowns and cheap and cheerful Joe Fresh to straight-off-the-runway Dolce & Gabbana, we’ve got all your golden needs covered. Check out the gallery below for our top 20 picks right now, and get your shop (and shine!) on.
So Isabel Marant for H&M has come and gone, and you’re in search of a new high-low collaboration to obsess about and we’ve got the answer: L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic. We cheered when we heard word of the holiday capsule earlier this year, and now we have the complete lookbook, with all 50+ pieces, for your viewing pleasure.
The American designer has created an incredibly chic line-up of party-ready apparel and accessories, and we can’t wait to shop it. Tailored jackets, embellished cardigans, cocktail dresses, clutches, and even pajama sets – L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic have our holiday dressing covered. At the very top of our wish list are the emerald jacquard shift dress (stunning!), the black brocade and magenta peony skinny jeans (obviously we need both pairs in our lives), and the black velvet bow back jacket (because we’ve never met a velvet jacket we didn’t like).
Retailing between $39.50 and $198, the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection will be available in selected stores as well as online starting December 5. Give the gallery below a gander for a look at every single piece of the capsule. Which do you plan to rock this holiday season?
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Ever since we laid eyes on Nelia of Style Blog‘s croc-embossed leather skirt, we’ve been fighting the urge to steal it from her. What’s a leather skirt or two between friends? But rather than burglarize her closet, we instead decided to focus our energies on finding a stunning leather skirt all our own…legally.
What we found was 33 gorgeous reasons not to have to deprive Nelia of hers, and we’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. Between Givenchy‘s curved hem leather pencil skirt, Cedric Charlier‘s asymmetrical sheepskin skirt, and Lover‘s lace trim leather skirt, we’re sufficiently distracted enough to leave Nelia and her skirt alone. For now.
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Another week, another designer collaboration announcement from Banana Republic. A mere 8 days ago it was a holiday capsule by L’Wren Scott that was revealed, and today it’s a limited edition collection by Issa London, a line favoured by none other than Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Staying true to both partners’ aesthetics, Banana Republic and Issa have teamed up to create almost 40 pieces of safari-inspired women’s apparel and accessories, including day-to-night dresses in eye-catching animal prints and flattering silhouettes, as well as jewelry, handbags and shoes to match. The highlight of the line-up is a pocketbook-friendly royal blue wrap tie dress that looks an awful lot like the one Duchess Kate donned to announce her engagement.
Priced from $50 for a bangle to $185 for a tote bag, the Banana Republic Issa London collection will be available at select Banana Republic stores as well as online starting August 8, 2013. Check out the gallery below for images from the lookbook. Are you excited to get your hands on some Duchess-approved designs?
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Banana Republic is on a designer collaboration kick, and we’re loving it. Fresh off a well-received summer capsule collection by New York-based contemporary label Milly, the retailer has announced its next partnership, with none other than L’Wren Scott. The American designer (and girlfriend of Mick Jagger!) has teamed up with Banana Republic on a holiday collection launching this December.
Known for her uber-chic and ladylike designs, Scott has created a 50-piece line-up of apparel and accessories for women, including tailored jackets, embellished cardigans, printed denim, party dresses, handbags and even berets. Retailing between $39.50 and $198, the designs reflect a combination of Scott’s feminine aesthetic and Banana Republic’s pocketbook-friendly prices.
“L’Wren really understands what a woman loves and wants to wear. Her knack for bringing imaginative versatility and femininity to classic design is something that immediately brought us together as creatives,” said Banana Republic creative director and EVP of design, Simon Kneen. “The designs created for this collection bring a modern approach to pieces you will love forever.”
“The end result,” Scott added, “is a capsule we’re both so proud to call our own. It beautifully combines the ultra-feminine with wearable polish and will bring a sexy confidence to our consumers.”
L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic will be available in selected stores as well as online starting December 5. As big fans of both L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic, our calendars are officially marked!
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The countdown is officially on! We are now only 5 days away from the 154th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack, and are – what else? – busily putting the finishing touches on our race day ensembles. With fabulous fascinators and chic frocks at the ready, we’re now turning our attention to the Mister and his sartorial needs for the big day, as we’re sure you are too.
So what’s a gent to wear to one of Canada’s biggest sporting and fashion events of the summer? The ball caps and jerseys are staying at home for this one, and in their place we’re suggesting linen blazers and brogues. We’re by no means menswear experts, but we’d happily walk in on the arm of the Mister in any one of these getups below, and that’s what matters most, right?
For a classic look with a modern twist, choose a double-breasted blazer in a light colour palette and summer-friendly fabric. Our pick is Zara‘s linen jacket in grey plaid ($119.99), which we’d style with a slim fit yellow dress shirt by Calvin Klein ($59.50), navy gabardine trousers by Massimo Dutti ($59.90), and a striped woven belt by Zara ($19.99). Let’s not forget the shoes: a timeless pair of ivory loafers by Salvatore Ferragamo (USD$310.99).
For the man who can’t fathom attending a prestigious horse race sans bow tie and pocket square, may we suggest Club Monaco‘s red and white striped, woven bow tie ($69.50) and Banana Republic‘s blue and white striped cotton pocket square ($32)? Their vintage feel pairs perfectly with Zara‘s sharp-looking navy linen blazer with elbow patches ($99.99), a crisp, white slim-fit dress shirt by Calvin Klein ($59.50), and Mark McNairy navy suede and chocolate leather saddle shoes he’ll wear again and again ($398).
For the gent who will settle for nothing less than a full suit, we’re in love with the two-button light blue linen suit from Banana Republic‘s Monogram Collection ($370.99 + $167.99). Top it off with a dapper hat like Zara‘s khaki version with ribbon and button ($9.99), a pastel tie like the Ernest Alexander striped take available at Club Monaco ($78), and Zara‘s leather and canvas oxford shoes ($69.99), and we’ll be swooning. Horse race? What horse race?
Find more Queen’s Plate style inspiration here. See you at the races on July 7 in your Sunday best!
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We’ve always been big fans of contemporary label Milly and the girly designs founder Michelle Smith churns out season after season, so we were delighted when we heard that she’d teamed up with Banana Republic on an limited edition capsule collection.
Inspired by the Hamptons, the Banana Republic Milly Collection features over 60 pieces of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories in bright colours and bold prints. “It’s a very positive, happy collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern spirit of summer,” said Michelle Smith.
The line-up includes summer-ready frocks, separates, jewelry and other accessories, and is priced from $24.50 to $175. On the top of our wish list? Those fun elephant-print shorts already spotted on Olivia Palermo.
Banana Republic x Milly launches this Thursday, May 30. Check out the complete lookbook below. Which pieces are you eyeing?
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The Mister and I met in September 1999, back when ICQ was all the rage, a sweet young lady named Britney Spears was taking over the pop scene, and I was only beginning to develop some sense of style. It wasn’t love at first sight exactly, but pretty darn close; I liked him immediately, and a lot. He enjoys telling people that I picked him up. In fact, I didn’t, but I did introduce myself first, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done.
We were kids back then with little in the way of responsibility and plenty of time to date. We watched terrible movies, ate like our metabolisms would never slow, and just enjoyed each other’s company. That’s all we’ve ever needed, really, though we do enjoy fancy dinners, theatre tickets and travel now and then.
My favourite dates are those when we explore something new together, like our bike ride through the streets of Paris, those drinks we had at that ice bar in Stockholm, and our first ever visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo, when we walked non-stop all day in the blistering heat so we wouldn’t miss any of the animals.
What are the ingredients to a perfect date for you? Share in the comments and tweet us using the hashtag #BRLove for a chance to win a special his and hers Valentine’s Day gift set from our friends at Banana Republic! The package includes two new signature fragrances, one bottle of W and one bottle of M, a gorgeous cuff for her and a handsome printed silk tie for him, all valued at over $240. Contest rules are below.
Congrats to the winner of our #BRLove giveaway…Neeraj! Thanks to all who entered and stay tuned for our next contest.
Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day!
1. To enter, leave us a comment telling us your ingredients to the perfect date.
2. In addition to step #1, follow @backseatstylers and @BRStyleCA on Twitter and tweet us the following: “The @backseatstylers and @BRStyleCA are giving away a $240 his and hers gift set, and I want it! http://bit.ly/XPjPHI #BRLove #giveaway”
3. The contest closes at midnight on February 20, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.
4. Contest open to readers in Canada only. Winner must have a Canadian shipping address.
5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value. Prize might not be exact colour/print as shown. No exchanges or refunds permitted.
Valentine’s Day is officially only mere weeks away! And no matter how you might feel about cupid’s holiday, it’s a fantastic excuse to get your shop on (not that we generally need one!). Whether you have a date or are on the hunt for one, you’ll need a new dress.
The search for a V-Day ready frock calls for a shopping trip to Sherway Gardens, the fashion and lifestyle centre in Toronto’s west end. With over 200 stores on its directory, there are plenty of chic options to choose from (clockwise from top left):
1. Juicy Couture Ponte Banded Dress, $158
Cobalt blue is one of our favourite colours this season, and this ponte knit dress is a surefire way to stand out from the Valentine’s Day crowd. It’ll be a cocktail party go-to all year round.
2. French Connection Denise Crepe Dress, $228
A peter pan collar and full skirt combine for a charming little frock that can be styled with menswear-inspired brogues just as easily as your highest pair of stilettos.
3. Banana Republic Monogram Purple Sheath, $185
With its sweetheart neckline and lovely shade of purple, this ladylike sheath can make a smooth transition from the office to Valentine’s Day dinner date with a quick accessories change.
4. Jacob Crepe Dress with Front-Knot Detail, $79
For the true romantics, a LRD is a must on February 14. Make this bright red crepe dress your own with your shiniest jewels, or the new ones that might be coming your way.
5. Club Monaco Cynthia Leather Dress, $395
For those of you who prefer an edgier vibe, a fitted black leather dress is the way to go. We’re betting it’ll become a favourite in the wardrobe rotation post-Valentine’s Day.
6. French Connection Glamour Stretch Dress, $228
A cut-out neckline, demure skirt length and eye-catching colour make this body con dress a V-Day look that’s more sexy than sweet. Suitors are sure to flock.
Can’t pick just one? Neither can we. Valentine’s Day probably only calls for one dress, but here’s how you can justify buying all of them: by winning Sherway Gardens’ Love Your Style $1,000 shopping spree sweepstakes! In fact, you’d even be able to justify some swanky new shoes to go with your dresses. Click on over to Sherway Garden’s Facebook page to enter the contest. Good luck and happy shopping!
xx, T & S
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