As far as bold, statement-making pieces go, jewelry and shoes get most of the play around here, but when we spotted Marla of Trend Struck sporting a lovely feather mini last week, we knew the next hero piece to join our wardrobe rotation would be a skirt.
We scoured the internet for the most gorgeous skirts the fall collections have to offer, and were stunned by the sheer number of to-die-for options. From minis to maxis and everything in between, we found 16 skirts guaranteed to make your (and your date’s) heart skip a beat.
On the pocketbook-friendly end of the spectrum we discovered ASOS‘s lace pencil skirt with floral appliqué ($71) and Topshop‘s holographic A-line mini (£38), while on the designer end of the spectrum, we’re daydreaming about the magenta silk-satin maxi by Balmain (USD$5,865) and draped lamé pencil skirt by Giambattista Valli (USD$3,565).
Check out the gallery below for our 16 favourite statement skirts right now, and get those gams ready.
A lovely reader recently said to us, “The bloggers you feature in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook are all so stylish! I could never look that put together.” We couldn’t believe our ears; we Backseat Stylers are obviously not doing our jobs properly if any of our beloved readers feel this way. A light bulb went off in our collective heads and a new blog series was born, Shop Like A Style Blogger. Each week, we’re going to hone in on one jaw-dropping item from the last Lookbook entry, and present you with equally covet-worthy pieces you can shop right now to get the look.
Our very first feature was a no-brainer. After a weekend of obsessing over Liz‘s drop waist dress and feverishly searching for one to add to our own closet rotation, we knew we had to share all the to-die-for options we’d found. From the striped sweat dress by ASOS (CAD$32.29) for a casual weekend outing to the red lace and silk number by Giambattista Valli (USD$1,230 at Shopbop) for an unforgettable soirée, check out the gallery below for 10 drop waist frocks that we think would get Liz’s stamp of approval. They certainly have ours.
Rose Byrne in Lanvin
Because we’re not yet ready to let go of awards season and we have a feeling you aren’t either, we’ve going to dwell on Oscars Sunday just a little longer. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up our favourite after-party looks from the annual post-Oscars Vanity Fair soirée, and they’re just as glamourous as those on our best dressed list from the main event itself.
Red carpet regulars like Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth knocked it out of the sartorial ballpark once again in a ruffle and lace Givenchy number and embroidered Giambattista Valli frock respectively, while Amy Adams and Elizabeth Banks stunned in fringed Oscar de la Renta and printed Alexander McQueen.
Our hands-down favourite though was Rose Byrne, who served up possibly her best red carpet appearance ever, surprising us in a gorgeous white Lanvin getup. An incredible improvement over her horrendous SAG Awards outing!
Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen
Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli
Images via Styleite
Anne Hathaway in Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2013
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the second major stop of the 2013 awards season, was held last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. We sat dutifully in front of our television watching the red carpet pre-show, almost threw said television out the window when our local channel aired an interior design reality competition rather than the first half hour of the SAGs, and then finally caught up on all the awards, fashion and awkward on-stage banter in time to bring you this post.
We were underwhelmed by the decidedly lacklustre red carpet (remember last year‘s fabulous looks from Emma, Michelle and Zoe?), but still managed to cobble together a tight list of our 5 best dressed of the evening. Anne Hathaway looked lovely in a fresh-off-the-runway Giambattista Valli frock, as did Jennifer Garner in a gold, embellished number by Oscar de la Renta. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman sported their usual, glamourous fare, this time from Marchesa and Vivienne Westwood respectively, while Kerry Washington was the only leading lady to take a sartorial risk that we think paid off with an unexpected Rodarte design.
Did you catch the 2013 SAG Awards? Who made your best dressed list?
Naomi Watts in Marchesa
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2013
Kerry Washington in Rodarte
Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood Couture
xx, T & S
Images via JustJared
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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January Jones in Zac Posen
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, giving us our first real awards show red carpet fix in several months. Obviously, we were delighted! So much so that we were even happy to see Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Osbourne again…ssshhh, don’t tell anyone.
Our greatest pleasure by far, however, was spotting January Jones in a stunning black Zac Posen number; in fact, there may have been some squealing and jumping up and down. She just looked that fabulous. Ginnifer Goodwin, who’s become a reliable source for gorgeous red carpet looks over the last few years, didn’t disappoint either, donning a floral and vine embellished orange frock by Monique Lhuillier.
We’re now new fans of Mad Men‘s Jessica Pare, who was the picture of classic Hollywood glamour in a custom black-and-white Jason Wu. Julianna Margieles also surprised us, walking the red carpet in a floral-printed green and purple Giambattista Valli gown. Julianne Moore rounds out our Emmys best dressed list; she looked like a ray of sunshine in a long-sleeved yellow Dior Couture gown that complemented her red hair beautifully.
We absolutely loved all the vibrant colours on the Emmys red carpet this year, but it was a head-to-toe black-clad January Jones who came away with the best dressed title by our measure. Who were your sartorial favourites at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards?
Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier
Jessica Pare in Jason Wu
Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli
Julianne Moore in Dior Couture
Images via Just Jared
Couture Fashion Week wrapped up last Wednesday, and celebrity stylists now have many stunning new looks to add to their repertoires.
From Karl Lagerfeld’s latest for Chanel to the first at Dior by Raf Simons, A-listers like Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway will have plenty of gorgeous gowns to choose from over the next several months. These 12 exquisite confections, in particular, are certain to be coming to a red carpet near you.
Jean Paul Gaultier
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Diane Kruger in Chanel Resort 2013
After 12 days of nonstop celebrity red carpet fashions, the 2012 edition of the Cannes Film Festival sadly came to an end yesterday. Because we’re obviously already in withdrawal, we thought we’d relive our favourite sartorial moments with – what else? – a best dressed list.
Leading the pack with a perfect run at Cannes this year was Diane Kruger, who wore three of our most memorable looks. She donned an ethereal mint green Giambattista Valli couture gown on opening night and continued to blow us away throughout the festival. Her Nina Ricci dress at the “Killing Them Softly” premiere was divine, while her Chanel frock at the amFAR Gala was quite possibly our favourite look of hers ever. Her hair, make-up and accessories were impeccable too.
Models Liya Kebede and Natasha Poly looked nothing short of fabulous in a sharp Roberto Cavalli suit and head-to-toe Gucci respectively. Actress Bérénice Bejo was a lovely surprise in a printed Giambattista Valli dress with Olympia Le-Tan book clutch in hand, while Paz Vega looked fierce in a feathered Stephane Rolland couture creation.
Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo stunned in white Alberta Ferretti, Chinese actress Yao Xingtong looked gorgeous in blue Elie Saab couture, and Kirsten Dunst was picture perfect in a to-die-for Dolce & Gabbana dress and Charlotte Olympia shoe pairing.
There you have it – our 10 best dressed at the 65th Festival de Cannes. Who made your list?
Liya Kebede in Roberto Cavalli
Natasha Poly in Gucci Fall 2012
Diane Kruger in custom Nina Ricci
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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Finally, the fanciest, shmanciest night in Hollywood arrived tonight, the 2012 Academy Awards! Fess up – you were glued to the tube for all 17 hours of Oscars red carpet and awards ceremony coverage like us, weren’t you? No need to feel ashamed about it. We too oohed and aahed over Michelle Williams‘ coral Louis Vuitton gown, cheered for Jessica Chastain‘s best red carpet outing to date (in Alexander McQueen!), and felt those pangs of jealousy over how hot Angelina Jolie looked in Atelier Versace.
All of our favourite leading ladies stepped up their sartorial game, just as we’d hoped. Rooney Mara wore a colour other than black for once – white Givenchy, in fact. Gwyneth Paltrow continued to rock the sleek, minimalist gowns, choosing a white Tom Ford for the occasion. Stacy Keibler - whom S still can’t believe has gone from WWE wrestler to George Clooney arm candy – donned the only Marchesa gown we’ve ever loved.
Rounding out our top 10 best dressed list were Emma Stone in red Giambattista Valli couture (how funny was her bit with Ben Stiller?), Rose Byrne in a black sequin number by Vivienne Westwood, Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab couture, and Natalie Portman in vintage Dior (from 1954!), carrying the Charlotte Olympia ‘Pandora’ clutch S so covets. They too seemed to have gotten the memo that red, black and white would be the colours for Hollywood’s biggest night out.
Who were your Oscars red carpet favourites?
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
Natalie Portman in vintage Dior
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Haute Couture
xx, T & S
Images via Just Jared, Celebuzz
I love this time of year: awards season, couture week, and the merging of the two worlds on the red carpets. With haute couture week having just wrapped up for the Spring 2012 season and big awards shows like the Grammys and Oscars around the corner, we scoured the couture collections of the biggest fashion houses for dresses we can’t wait to see on the biggest red carpets of the year.
Might Rooney, Michelle or Tilda be sporting one of these gorgeous gowns at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards?
Giambattista Valli / Valentino / Dior / Givenchy / Elie Saab / Versace / Chanel
Images via Vogue Italia