Mélanie Laurent, best known for her role in Inglourious Basterds, attended the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 runway show yesterday in a stunning trench coat from the brand’s spring collection. This is blogworthy on 2 fronts: (a) it’s Mélanie Laurent and we love her, and (b) I now suddenly need, want, have to have a coloured trench for spring, and a lovely shade of red just might be the colour of choice.
Image via Vogue UK
Jessica Chastain in Roland Mouret
It’s a two-awards show weekend and we red carpet-obsessed folks here at The Backseat Stylers couldn’t be more delighted! With Hollywood’s finest being fêted at the BAFTA Film Awards over on the other side of the pond and the music industry’s most talented gathering for the Grammy Awards in L.A., we knew we were in for a treat – and the BAFTAs have certainly delivered.
By now we’ve seen the same handful or so of nominated actresses trot out their sartorial best at the Golden Globes, SAGs and more, but it seems they still have plenty of gorgeous gowns up their couture sleeves. At the top of our BAFTAs best dressed are Jessica Chastain in a stunning cobalt blue Roland Mouret, Amy Adams in an ethereal Elie Saab gown, and Marion Cotillard in a bright yellow frock by Dior. Rounding out our top 5 are Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, who both took risks with embellished numbers by Dior and Burberry respectively that definitely paid off.
Next stop for these leading ladies? The Oscars on February 24! We simply cannot wait.
Amy Adams in Elie Saab
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture
Anne Hathaway in Burberry
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I’m fully embracing tights-wearing season this year. I’ll reluctantly stow my black opaque tights away next May, but until then I’ll be enjoying their presence like a baby does her warm blankie.
In the meantime, I’m trying to avoid the winter wardrobe doldrums and am resisting the urge to wear all black everything until spring arrives. I was rather pleased with my semi-recent acquisition of a cheap and cheerful button-down from Joe Fresh for this very reason. I adore the bright red contrast collar.
It may be frigid out there, but it’s never too cold to have a little bit of sartorial fun. Underneath the Canada Goose, anyway.
Joe Fresh shirt / Burberry skirt / Bruno Frisoni shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image Credit: George Pimentel
It seems there was a significant omission in yesterday’s round-up of the best dressed attendees at the 9th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala the night before last – the queen bee herself, Anna Wintour. The editor-in-chief of Vogue stepped out in one of the most incredible trench coats I’ve ever seen (on my laptop screen), a peacock-feathered creation from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2013 collection.
This is no standard Burberry trench coat fare. The coat is covered in iridescent peacock plumage, each delicate feather placed by hand and carefully stitched into a stunning pattern of rosettes. It also features a satin collar, epaulets, and a tie belt. In short, it’s utterly divine. Never mind owning it – it will retail for a cool $35,000! – I’d give anything just to see it. Maybe even try it on for a few brief moments. What do you say, Mr. Bailey?
Images via Fashionologie, Burberry
The American fashion industry gathered in New York last night for the 9th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund gala dinner. Greg Chait, founder of cashmere label The Elder Statesman, won the coveted cash prize and mentorship program, while jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire and footwear designer Tabitha Simmons were named the runners-up.
The other story, of course, was what gala attendees wore, and we’ve gone ahead and picked our five best dressed of the evening. Red carpet favourite Emma Stone was an easy pick; the actress was decked out in a peplum look straight off the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 runway. Dakota Fanning, in pink Jason Wu Spring 2013, also chose a peplum for the occasion. Rounding out the top five were Coco Rocha in a printed Sono number, Karlie Kloss in a sheer, ladylike ensemble, and Alexa Chung in an unexpected pairing of baby blue and red.
Images via JustJared
The classic Burberry trench coat has been on my wish list for years now, but has somehow managed to elude me thus far. It may be just as well though, because the classic, no-frills model, it seems, isn’t what I’m coveting right now.
On this miserably wet day in Toronto, while all couped up indoors, I find myself daydreaming about frolicking in the rain in this gorgeous trench from the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 collection. It is, quite possibly, the trench coat of my dreams: there’s tweed, there’s a peplum, and there’s even a skinny bow belt. Simply perfection.
Sadly, this baby will have to stay in my daydreams. It retails for US$3,595 over at Luisa Via Roma.
Images via Luisa Via Roma
The kids are getting ready to go back to school, the leaves will soon be changing colours, and I’m already dreaming of leather jackets and riding boots – sure signs that fall is on its way! And rather than fight it this year, I’m going to embrace it because autumn is, hands down, my favourite sartorial season.
My love for fall dressing is in large part due to my outerwear addiction, which I’m more than happy to share with you. The search for the perfect fall coat obviously entails a trip to Sherway Gardens, the upscale fashion and lifestyle centre in Toronto’s west end. With over 200 stores on its directory, there are plenty of stylish outerwear options from which to choose (clockwise from top left):
1. The Trench – Burberry (Available at Holt Renfrew)
Every woman needs a trench coat in her closet, and none is more iconic than Burberry’s classic take. Whether you’re on the hunt for single- or double-breasted, epaulets or no epaulets, tan or black, Holt Renfrew stocks a selection of styles from the UK-based design house. Our pick for the season is a double-breasted version with leather accents that’s classic with an edge ($1,695).
2. The Motorcycle Jacket – Jacob
Whether it’s done in cotton, wool or leather, I’ve never been able to resist a great motorcycle jacket. Jacob’s white textured cotton offering, priced at a very affordable $99, is downright irresistible. Not a practical colour, you say? With a price tag like that, this fabulous little moto jacket is completely worth the risk. (Just carry a Tide pen with you!)
3. The Blazer – Club Monaco
There’s always room for one more blazer in my rotation, especially when it’s as sharp looking as this one from Club Monaco’s September collection. Colour blocking trend or not, the combination of the light brown plaid and contrast navy sleeves is simply perfect. Dress it up for the office or keep it casual for the weekend – you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this jacket (US$249).
4. The Varsity Jacket – Roots
Whether or not you’re currently in school is completely beside the point. Varsity jackets have never been cooler, and if you aren’t lucky enough to have a vintage piece you can fish out of your (or dad’s?) closet, then Roots is your very best bet. There’s a range of styles and colours available, but our hands-down favourite is the Sorority Jacket in grey ($358).
With such chic outerwear options, it’s rather impossible to pick just one, isn’t it? That’s where Sherway Gardens’ Fall Into Style Contest comes in. Until September 17, enter to win the grand prize of a $1,000 shopping spree at Sherway Gardens or 1 of 20 $100 Cadillac Fairview shop! card® gift cards over on Sherway Gardens’ Facebook page*. And don’t forget to share your winnings with the lovely blogger who told you all about the contest. Hint, hint.
Good luck and happy outerwear shopping!
* Open to Ontario residents only.
Image Credits: Burberry, Club Monaco, Jacob, Roots
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I was innocently flipping through Vogue‘s September issue tonight when my jaw literally dropped at the sight of this image from Burberry‘s Fall 2011 ad campaign. That coat! That bag! Simply to die for. I whipped out my laptop to find out how much this outfit would cost me from head to toe…well, maybe minus the hat.
My window shopping excursion on Burberry.com was short and depressing. The total cost of my dream Fall ensemble came to a whopping $33,690! And that didn’t even include pants. Or taxes. With the large luggage suede and alligator bowling bag going for the cost of a car or two at $30,995, and the drop waist duffle trench jacket a relative bargain at $2,695, this is one outfit that’s a tad too rich for my blood.
But a girl can dream, right?
Image via TFS
Hola señoras y señores from Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, where I’ve been soaking in some much needed rays on the beach and clocking lots of poolside hours this week. It’s been hot, hot, hot, but hammocks, umbrella drinks, a stack of fashion magazines and the occasional massage by the ocean have been keeping me too occupied to notice the sweltering heat too much. Tough life, I know.
Though I’ve been on vacation, I still snapped a few photos of an outfit, because I’m just that dedicated and/or vain. Either way, this Diane Von Furstenberg dress has been about the fanciest I’ve gotten all week, and I haven’t minded the sartorial break one bit. With the temperature as hot as it’s been and the promise of anonymity in such a faraway land, my fellow resort mates and I have been wearing as little as possible. Those skimpy ensembles aren’t appropriate for public consumption though, so you get me and my best puffed sleeve dress (Anne of Green Gables, anyone?) instead.
Diane Von Furstenberg dress / Zara shoes / Burberry sunglasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
I’ve been obsessed with Erdem all season, so when I spied this shot of Alexa Chung in a white lace frock from the Spring 2011 collection, my heart nearly stopped. Model Constance Jablonski looked positively angelic on the runway in the same dress, but Chung’s styling took the lace number to a whole other level.
She belted the lovely dress, topped it off with a fierce Burberry black leather jacket, and threw on some fantastic flats and not one but two designer bags (Chanel and Longchamp, of course) for good measure. I love the contrast of the tough biker jacket against the dainty lace dress; no one mixes feminine and masculine pieces quite like Chung.
In fact, I’m feeling rather inspired. I have a Manoush white lace dress sitting in my closet that has yet to see the light of day. I’m thinking I might just have to give it some airtime this weekend, thanks to Miss Chung.
Images via Glamour UK, Vogue UK, Style.com