Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Matchy-Matchy Sets to Rock This Spring

If three’s a trend, we’re almost there with the matching separates. First, we spotted Alanna of Xander Vintage in a daisy print ensemble in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, then it was Nelia of Style Blog in a cute striped duo at World Mastercard Fashion Week. Even sans a third, we’re calling it now: this is officially a trend and we’re totally on board.

Getting dressed in the morning just got that much quicker. From fast fashion to runway, we’ve found you 20 of the chicest matching sets you’ll want to rock this spring. Check out the gallery below – which just made your shopping list?


Image credit: Max Kopanygin

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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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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 16 Eye-Catching Statement Skirts

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.

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Drop Waist Dresses to Wear Right Now

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.

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013 Edition


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

xx, S

Images via Styleite

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 Edition


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

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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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Edition


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

xx, S

Images via Just Jared

Runways and Showrooms

12 Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Couture Fashion Week Fall 2012


Atelier Versace

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.


Elie Saab


Chanel


Valentino


Jean Paul Gaultier

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Cannes Film Festival 2012 Edition


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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