Spotted from the Backseat: DX Intersection 2012 Edition

Jenna Naumovich

On November 16, the Design Exchange held the inaugural DX INTERSECTION, a fundraising party in support of the Toronto design museum’s youth education and design preservation initiatives. Hundreds of attendees were treated to everything from a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind, customized IKEA items to a Food Dudes food truck serving breakfast (genius!), and much, much more. Every corner of the museum offered something new to see, do, eat. A contender for art party of the year? Most definitely.

Toronto’s fashion set, including blogger Anita Clarke, fashion director Liz Cabral (in that Margiela x H&M trompe l’oeil bra top!) and accessories designer Jenny Bird, showed up in full force to support the DX and have a little design fun. They had the opportunity to meet author and artist Douglas Coupland, winner of the DX’s very first Gamechanger award, DIY their very own fascinators at the FLARE x Milk Glass Co. booth (how fun is that?!), and stuff their faces at the late night food market (oh wait, that was me).

I sadly didn’t get a chance to check out all that the evening had to offer (in hindsight, maybe I should have spent less time munching on those to-die-for risotto balls), but I’ve certainly learned my lesson. Next year, I’m going to be the first in the door and the last one out. DX INTERSECTION just officially became one of my favourite fundraising parties of the year, and I don’t want to miss a second of the next one.

Kevin O’Neill and Liz Cabral

Anita Clarke

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine

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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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You’re invited! Celebrate Three Years of Style at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Lounge on August 7

We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Nelia Belkova of Style Blog and Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes on a joint 3-year blog anniversary shindig at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Lounge this upcoming Tuesday, August 7 – and you’re invited!

The event will feature over $1,200 of prize giveaways sponsored by Danier Leather, eLUXE, LINE KnitwearNella Bella, Roots, and Yorkdale Shopping Centre, street style photography by You Just Got Spotted, and gift bags generously provided by ArdelleLUXE, essence cosmeticsFLARE Magazine, Goody, John FriedaNella Bella, Roots, Tweezerman, vitaminwater and more.

Thompson Hotel Rooftop Lounge, 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hashtag: #3YearsOfStyle
Twitter: @backseatstylers, @kimberly_lyn, @styleblogca, @ThompsonToronto

Bring your sartorial A game! Prizes will be awarded to the 3 best dressed ladies and 1 best dressed gentleman. And come early, as gift bags will be provided to the first 50 guests to arrive.

Guest list is in effect and space is limited, so send your RSVP asap to Sheila Hui at

The countdown is officially on! We have exactly 7 days to figure out what to wear, as do you. We look forward to seeing you all in your colour-blocked, mixed-printed, and statement jewelry-adorned glory!


S & T


Operanation 8 to Celebrate The Muse with Custom Canadian Fashion Designs

On October 21, 2011, the Canadian Opera Company will be hosting its annual fundraiser, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball, and this year’s party promises a fashionable twist! Canadian fashion designers Calla HaynesJoeffer CaocKirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong for Greta ConstantineArthur Mendonça and Ashley Rowe have been commissioned by the COC to create designs inspired by their own personal muses.

The custom-made pieces will be featured in a fashion installation curated by RAC Boutique, which sits alongside a headlining performance by Rufus Wainwright, a visual art installation by Nadia Belerique and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, and a performance by Austra on the evening’s programme.

Tickets to Operanation 8 are available at, and all proceeds go to the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. T and I are already planning our very best opera outfits. See you there?

xx, S


Grafic Launches North Toronto Boutique and Online Shop

Event host and blogger Anita Clarke

I live in the heart of downtown Toronto, so when an invite to an event to be held in suburbia arrives, I think long and hard about making the trek. Such was the case when the invitation for the Grafic Woman and Grafic Online launch party popped up in my inbox. Located in Woodbridge, Ontario, the new boutique was hosting “Playing with Fire”, an evening that promised hot Canadian and international fashion and even hotter cars, courtesy of Pfaff‘s fleet of luxury automobiles. Lengthy car ride or not, I was in.

Of course, one can hardly complain when that lengthy car ride is in a brand spankin’ new Audi Q7 that drops you off on the doorstep of the chicest boutique I’ve had the pleasure of stepping foot in north of Toronto (and I grew up there). The new Grafic Woman boutique was shiny and new, and filled to the brim with my favourite contemporary labels from Canada and abroad: Smythe, Pink TartanLINE, Tara Jarmon, Robert Rodriguez, Melissa…the list goes on. The standout piece was the lovely Hoss Intropia lace dress that blogger extraordinaire Anita Clarke donned for her gig as hostess with the mostess of the evening.

And what a fun night it was! I window-shopped my tail off with my fellow media folks, watched a well-styled fashion show (kudos to Donovan Whyte), and even took in a fire dance that was so close I could feel the heat. And at the end of the night, I was driven home in a Porsche Cayenne. Not too shabby; it turns out that suburbia is where it’s at, after all. Thanks to Magnet Creative for the invite and congrats to Identity Inc. on a party well done!

Check out Grafic Woman’s bricks and mortar store at 3883 Rutherford Road at Hwy 400 in Woodbridge, Ontario and Grafic’s soon-to-launch e-boutique at for your Fall fashion fix. I see 3.1 Phillip LimAcne and Camilla Skovgaard on the online designer list; this is going to be dangerous.

Me with writers Christopher Turner and Renee Williams

Rosslyn Barbuzzi and Justine Iaboni (in the most fabulous vintage jacket ever!)

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OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier Fall 2011 Collection Launch

Kimberly Lyn, George Antonopoulos, Nelia Belkova, me, Tricia Campbell-Hall

All summer I counted down the days until the OBJECT for Danier Fall 2011 collection would hit sales floors, and last week the long wait finally came to an end. Toronto-based stylist George Antonopoulos‘ inaugural collection for the Canadian leather retailer launched with a trunk show at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre store on September 7th.

Canadian fashion heavyweights like FASHION‘s Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra, Zoomer Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Boyd and Toronto Star‘s Derick Chetty, stylists, fashion bloggers and fans descended on Danier’s Yorkdale location to be the first to shop the lush collection of leather separates, dresses and outerwear. With constant line-ups at the changing rooms and registers, much of the stock on hand was snapped right up that evening.

Yours truly was lucky to be able to snag two fierce pieces, the leather henley shirt and mini dress (pictured below). Can’t wait to take them out for a spin! Check out the full Fall lookbook here, and be sure to stop by your local Danier store before the collection sells out.

As for what’s next, Antonopoulous has already been dropping hints about his Spring 2012 outing for Danier. “There’s lots of colour,” he revealed, to our utter excitement. And footwear, too! Knowing how covetable the first OBJECT collection is, we’re dying to see what Antonopoulos has up his sleeve for his second. Time to start replenishing my OBJECT fund in preparation for Spring!

xx, S

Image Credits: First photo by Ryan Emberley / Danier, all others courtesy of Danier


GIVEAWAY: The Clothing Show Toronto Fall 2011 Tickets!

The Clothing Show returns September 23-25th to Toronto!

Get ready to shop local designer wares, vintage picks and samples sales at the biannual event. ”Locavores in search of independent, original and unusual fashions and accessories will be impressed with the variety. Budget minded shoppers will be thrilled with the sample sales… Vintage enthusiasts will find decades of authentic clothes, shoes and accessories, including estate and antique jewelry.”

Music to your ears, right? Mine, too! The Show is always a fantastic opportunity for me to shop local Canadian designers, and the Fall 2011 edition is no exception. This time around, I’m looking forward to checking out the fierce designs of Paris Li, chic dresses and separates from Lux & Luster, edgy basics from Andy Hall and the loveliest headpieces from Headmistress. See the full vendor roster here.

Tickets are available for purchase here, but we’ve got 3 pairs to give away to readers of The Backseat Stylers!

Contest Rules:

1. To enter, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers’ Facebook page here and leave us a comment on this blog post telling us which vendors you’re most excited to check out.

2. For one (1) extra entry, follow The Backseat Stylers on Twitter, and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away tickets to The Clothing Show, and I want them! #giveaway”

3. Entries must be received by September 16, 2011 11:59pm EST. The winner will be selected randomly from the submissions using and will be announced on September 17, 2011. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

4. This giveaway is open to readers in Toronto only.

5. There are no prize substitutions.

Good luck and see you at The Clothing Show!


This contest is now closed. The winners are Magdalena, Alisha and Alexandra! Congrats and enjoy the show!

xx, S


7 For All Mankind Boutique Launches at Yorkdale in Toronto

New stores have been opening left and right this past month, and this week T and I attended the launch of yet another. This time, it was in honour of Toronto’s first 7 For All Mankind boutique in Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The event was hosted by Canadian-Somali model Yasmine Warsame, who partnered with 7FAM to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds and full proceeds from the silent auction to The African Future, a charitable organization delivering food and medical services to the victims of drought in Somalia.

It was a packed house, with guests crammed into every corner of the store, sipping champagne while they shopped for denim. We managed to miss Yasmine Warsame, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year at the Heart of Fashion charity event, but made up for it with a chat with MTV Canada personality and life of the party Sheena Snively. T had a complete fangirl moment.

As for me, I had jeans on the brain. Flared jeans, to be exact. I’ll be back to pick up a pair, 7FAM!

T and MTV Canada personality Sheena Snively

T, me, Élana Camille, Nelia Belkova, Lisa Chen, Chenessa Lam

DJ Vaneska

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Topman Summer Takeover at the Bay Toronto

Topshop continues to reign supreme at the Bay‘s Toronto flagship this summer! After the takeover of the 3rd floor by a potentially (socially) deadly combination of mojitos and a photo booth (remember these silly shots?) earlier this month, the Bay did it all over again this week in honour of the Topman pop-up shop on the 2nd floor. The city’s hipster men came out in full force to buy orange shoes, hit up the photo booth and play some ping pong.

Missed the fun? Don’t fret. Stop by the Bay Queen Street for your Topman (or Topshop) fix before summer’s end, or the Bay Yorkdale starting October 5th!

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A Breakfast Date with Intermix’s CEO at the New Toronto Boutique

It’s not every day that an e-mail lands in my inbox inviting me to breakfast with the CEO of anything, really, so when such an invitation arrived with the offer of morning coffee with the head honcho at one of my favourite retailers, Intermix, I was so in. The chance to preview the new Toronto boutique – the US chain’s first international store – before it’s grand opening and pick the brain of CEO Khajak Keledjian was definitely worth the early wakeup call.

Bright and early yesterday I made the short trek to 130 Mink Mile Bloor Street West, where I found a shiny new boutique just waiting for me to come shop. Filled to the brim with classics like the Proenza Schouler PS1 bags in a rainbow of colours and edgy transitional pieces like wine-coloured Sergio Rossi platform pumps, the store was a hotbed of temptation for a shopaholic like me. Somehow I managed to keep my wits about me as I chatted with Keledjian among the racks of very covetable clothing and accessories, all projecting a decidedly fierce vibe.

“Toronto has…polish (and sophistication),” he explained, “but at the same time, we’re still keeping the edge of New York. Our polish is…much edgier than whatever’s (already) in existence (here in Toronto). We’re pushing the envelope a little bit.”

And I’m ready for it. In fact, a portion of my imaginary Fall budget has already been earmarked for Intermix. That’s right, caramel leather jeans of my dreams, I’m coming back for you!

Intermix Toronto officially opens for business today. Check out the retailer’s full designer list here.

Intermix CEO Khajak Keledjian

Me, Lauren Wolff of Wolff Public Relations, and blogger Kimberly Lyn

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