Runways and Showrooms

25 Gorgeous Looks from the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Runways

From Chanel to Valli, we spent the last week admiring all the jaw-droppingly gorgeous designs at the Fall 2014 edition of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Now with all the shows having wrapped up, we’ve gone through the incredibly difficult (yet abundantly enjoyable) task of rounding up our 25 favourite looks. Call it our red carpet wish list for the upcoming season of awards shows, movie premieres and the like, if you will.

We’re lookin’ at you, Ms. Blanchett. You too, Ms. Kruger.

Images via Vogue.it

Red Carpet

10 Best Dressed Moments from the Cannes Film Festival 2014 Red Carpet


Cate Blanchett in Valentino Pre-Fall 2014

The Cannes Film Festival and all the red carpet goodness that we were treated to for 12 glorious days has finally come to an end. Obviously that means a round-up of the best dressed moments, which this year happens to feature Blake Lively three times and Cate Blanchett twice. We would have liked to limit the repetition if not just for the sake of variety, but we have to give credit where it’s due: whether they were sporting Gucci, Valentino or Givenchy, both leading ladies’ looks were all next level.

Rounding out the rest of our top 10 list are Freida Pinto in a lovely coral Oscar de la Renta gown, Rosie Huntington-Whitely in a stunning metallic Gucci Premiere design, Chloë Moretz in ethereal Chanel couture, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor in a dramatic Elie Saab gown, and one of our favourite models, Toni Gaarn in a silver Redemption Choppers look.


Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere


Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Gucci Premiere


Sonam Kapoor in Elie Saab Couture Spring 2014


Blake Lively in Chanel Couture Spring 2014

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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars Night 2014 Edition


Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace Spring 2014

Cue shocking confession: we didn’t watch the Oscars red carpet coverage last night, not even a minute. The shock! The horror! We weren’t missing the posse of Ryan Seacrest and company in the slightest, but we weren’t feeling quite like ourselves until we’d fully caught up on all the action via the interweb and had created a 10 best dressed list like we always do. This year, though, we took some liberties: instead of limiting the list to the Academy Awards themselves, we also considered looks from Vanity Fair and Elton John’s respective Oscar parties.

The result? Kate Hudson in a dazzling caped Atelier Versace gown won the sartorial Oscar race in our books, but Diane Kruger in lace Valentino and Karolina Kurkova and Evan Rachel Wood, both stunning in Elie Saab, took home top style honours for the evening. The rest of our list is rather predictable but well deserved: Angelina Jolie in yet another gorgeous Elie Saab, Lupita Nyong’o in powder blue Prada, Anne Hathaway in sleek Gucci, and more.

Check out our complete top 10 best dressed from Oscars night below. Did we miss any of your favourites?


Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab Spring 2014


Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture


Diane Kruger in Valentino Spring 2014 Couture


Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Fall 2013

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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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10 Best Red Carpet Looks from Toronto International Film Festivals Past


Carey Mulligan in Christopher Kane Resort 2011 at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Jason Merritt/Getty)

Our fair city is all abuzz this week with Toronto International Film Festival preparations: the red carpets have been steam cleaned, the celeb gifting lounges stocked up, and the film reels set to play. The TIFF circus officially starts tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited. Ryan Gosling may not be making an appearance at the festival this year, but if there’s one thing that gets us even more into a tizzy than The Gos, it’s red carpet fashion.

Over the next 11 days, couture pieces flown in from Europe will be spotlighted alongside the very best Canadian designers have to offer, and we can’t wait to take it all in. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up 10 of our absolute favourite looks from TIFFs gone by for your viewing pleasure.

Epic past red carpet moments like Carey Mulligan in whimsical, galaxy-print Christopher Kane, Eva Mendes in an ultra-glam black Andrew Gn gown and Blake Lively in red-hot, floral-embellished Chanel Haute Couture are going to be a challenge for this year’s crop of stars to top.


Eva Mendes in Andrew Gn Fall 2010 at TIFF 2010 (Image via ModeWalk)


Blake Lively in Chanel Fall 2010 Couture at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Jason Merritt/Getty)


Jennifer Connelly in YSL Resort 2011 at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Getty)


Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture at TIFF 2012 (Image credit: Getty)

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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2013 Edition


Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

After an epic 3.5 hour Academy Awards ceremony tonight and red carpet coverage that was almost as long, the 2013 awards season has sadly come to an end. With stunning silver screen stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain stepping out in incredible gowns by the likes of Armani Privé, Dior Haute Couture  and Oscar de la Renta, however, this year’s awards season definitely went out with a sartorial bang.

Our favourite leading ladies certainly saved their best frocks for last, with most topping their looks at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. From Kerry Washington in pink Miu Miu to Stacy Keibler in metallic Naeem Khan, these are our top 10 best dressed from the 2013 Oscars. Who made your list?


Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan


Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2013 Edition


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

xx, S

Images via Just Jared

Red Carpet

10 Actresses To Watch On The 2013 Awards Season Red Carpets


Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive at 2011 Golden Globe Awards

It’s official, ladies and gents! Sunday marks the beginning of this year’s awards season in Hollywood, and we’re excitedly counting down the days until the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted Golden Globes. After that, it’s going to be a non-stop red carpet glam fest as our favourite stars attend the Globes, the SAGs and finally the Oscars.

This year’s batch of nominees include leading ladies who not only have serious acting chops, but impeccable style to match (or, at least, the most talented stylists on their payrolls). We’ve rounded up the 10 actresses we’re most excited to see on the awards show red carpets this season, along with our favourite look of theirs to date.

From stars of the silver screen like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence to those who’ve graced our televisions this past year like Claire Danes and Julianne Moore, we can’t wait to cover their sartorial choices over the next couple of months. Valentino, Dior, Elie Saab…gorgeous gowns are coming to a glamourous red carpet near you. Stay tuned!


Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior at AFI Fest 2012


Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at 2012 Academy Awards


Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at Toronto International Film Festival 2012


Julianne Moore in Tom Ford at 2011 BAFTA Awards

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Admiring from the Backseat: Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Edition


Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012

Just one last TIFF 2012 post, I promise! I couldn’t let the film festival pass us by without bowing down to the most memorable looks from the past 10 days. Jennifer Lawrence in a Dior haute couture dress and sleek dark ‘do easily took the title of best dressed for me, but it was a close race for second place.

Lily Collins and Diane Kruger stunned in embellished short numbers by Balmain and Valentino respectively, while Keira Knightley and Rachel McAdams both chose beautiful Elie Saab gowns. Which TIFF red carpet look was your favourite?


Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture Fall 2012


Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab Fall 2012


Lily Collins in Balmain Pre-Fall 2012


Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture Fall 2012

xx, S

Images via Just Jared

Fashion News

M.A.C Viva Glam Fashion Cares 25 Line-Up to Feature Elton John, Janelle Monáe and More

M∙A∙C Viva Glam Fashion Cares 25 has announced the line-up of musical talent and fashion designers that will be taking part in the star-studded fundraiser scheduled for September 9, 2012 in Toronto. Raising funds in support of HIV/AIDS awareness and the AIDS Committee of Toronto since 1987, this 25th and final edition of Fashion Cares will feature performances by Sir Elton John and his guests, including Scissor Sisters, Janelle Monáe and Sky Ferreira.

Supermodel Linda Evangelista and designers Dean & Dan Caten of DSQUARED2 will serve as hosts of an evening that will feature a cocktail reception, a Fashion Cares-inspired fashion show, and musical acts that will also include Canadian favourites like Jully Black, Kreesha Turner and more. In addition, attendees will enjoy a 25-year Fashion Cares retrospective exhibit showcasing glamourous looks from past Fashion Cares events, as well as items from Elton John’s costume archives.

Designers contributing original pieces to the fashion show include: Comrags, David Dixon, DSquared2, Elie Saab, Farley Chatto, Gareth Pugh, Greta Constantine, Hoax Couture, Izzy Camilleri, Joeffer Caoc, Manish Arora, Marty Rotman, Mercy, Pat McDonagh, Pink Tartan, Sandra Rabasca, Stephane Rollande, Susan Dicks, The Blondes, Valencienne and Welly.

Musical performers joining Elton John on the Fashion Cares 25 stage will include: Aleesia, Anjulie, Jully Black, Diamond Rings, Divine Brown, Keshia Chanté, Jarvis Church, Shawn Desman, Sky Ferreira, Elise Legrow, Midway State, Mia Martina, Stephan Moccio, Janelle Monáe, Billy Newton Davis, Carole Pope, RyanDan, Serena Ryder, Scissors Sisters, Kreesha Turner and Nikki Yanofsky.

Fashion Cares 25 promises to be nothing short of spectacular, and all in the name of a very worthy cause. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit fashioncares.com.

xx, S

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