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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: The Met’s Costume Institute Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Edition


Liu Wen in Zac Posen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art threw its annual Costume Institute Gala last night in New York, and we were there…err, in the same city on non-Met Ball business. But – silver lining! – we’re getting closer and closer every year to our dream of one day attending. We’d even happily accept the role of fly on the wall – are you hearing this Anna?

In any case, Met Ball 2014, ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’, happened last night, and it was the year’s most glamourous red carpet to date. All the biggest, boldest names in Hollywood were there, wearing the biggest, boldest names in the fashion industry: Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Beyonce in Givenchy Couture. Our best dressed list is packed with star power and sartorial perfection.

Side note: Hell hath officially frozen over. We once vowed never to post about one Kim Kardashian on this here site, but she won us over last night with a gorgeous midnight blue Lanvin gown and a Kanye West at her side. Vow or no vow, we give credit where credit is due, and Kim killed it this time. Now, back to our regular, generally Kim K.-free programming.


Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere


Alexa Chung in Nina Ricci


Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung


Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 13 Pairs of Wide Leg Pants That Will Make You Drop Your Skinnies

Last week, Sasha of So Sasha declared that she was embracing the wide leg pant movement with an eye-catching pair of red trousers that had us seeing green. Suddenly our skinny jeans looked a bit lacking and we found ourselves on the hunt for some wide-legged action of our own.

Feeling ready to bring the wide leg silhouette back into your wardrobe rotation too? From a powder blue pair by ASOS to a classic pleated pair by Express to a bronze lamé pair by Gucci, we tracked down 13 pairs of the chicest wide leg trousers out there right now. Will you be giving the wide leg pant a test drive this spring?

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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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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Pairs of Shoes With Jaw-Dropping Statement Heels

While the rest of us are unstylishly trudging around in snow boots of the fairly unattractive kind, Justine of Jetset Justine rocked a pair of incredibly cool statement heels in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Though we may be cold, our spirit isn’t (yet) broken, so we embarked on a search for shoes with eye-catching heels that will make your jaw drop.

What we found was 10 pairs of to-die-for shoes featuring everything from Swarovski crystals and bamboo to butterflies and even mermaids. Whomever coined the phrase “hate to see you go, but love to see you leave” was surely alluding to footwear with insanely gorgeous statement heels like the pairs in the gallery below. Right?

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2014 Edition


Lupita Nyong’o in Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture

The BAFTA Film Awards were held at The Royal Opera House in London, England yesterday, and the Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett style watch continued. Neither disappointed; Lupita donned a gorgeous green couture number by Dior, while Cate chose a floral print column gown by Alexander McQueen.

This awards season’s sartorial frontrunners weren’t the only ones to impress. Naomi Harris brought a chic pop of pink Gucci to the red carpet, Angelina Jolie looked cool as a cucumber in a Saint Laurent tuxedo, and Olga Kurylenko stunned in a mermaid-inspired gown by Burberry.

The Academy Awards are just around the corner on March 2 (with Ellen DeGeneres as host!), and we can’t wait to see what these and our other favourite leading ladies have planned for the red carpet of all red carpets.


Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2014


Naomi Harris in Gucci 


Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent 


Olga Kurylenko in Burberry 

Image Credits: Mike Marsland/WireImage via

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Admiring from the Backseat: Grammy Awards 2014 Edition


Beyonce in Michael Costello

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we were glued to our televisions from red carpet coverage to closing performance. There were plenty of highlights, on stage (Daft Punk! Pharrell!) and off, sartorial (Valentino! Gucci!) or otherwise.

Beyonce may not have taken any Grammys home, but she won the whole night by our measure, with a fierce performance to open the show and best dressed honours to boot. Queen Bey followed up the bodysuit she wore to perform “Drunk In Love” with Jay-Z with a gorgeous white gown by Project Runway alumnus Michael Costello, who we totally cheered for during Season 8. Biggest moment of his career to date, definitely.

In other, non-Bey news, Ciara and her baby bump rocked the red carpet in a very chic custom Emilio Pucci, and Katy Perry made our jaws drop in exquisite, fresh-off-the-runway Valentino couture. Our obsession with tuxedos was reignited thanks to Madonna‘s dapper Ralph Lauren getup, and Gucci Première continued to knock our socks off this awards season with a stunning metallic number donned by Taylor Swift.

That rounds out our top 5 best dressed from the 2014 Grammys. Who was on your list?


Ciara in custom Emilio Pucci


Katy Perry in Valentino Spring 2014 Couture


Madonna in Ralph Lauren Spring 2014


Taylor Swift in Gucci Première

Image Credits: Getty (via Huffington Post)

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Admiring from the Backseat: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 Edition


Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

The 2014 edition of the Screen Actors Guild Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night, and this awards season’s crop of stars hit the red carpet in glamourous fashion.

Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o continued their respective style streaks in stunning Givenchy and Gucci creations, while Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence all improved on their Golden Globes showings last week. Sofia Vergara and Claire Danes, two of our favourite actresses from the small screen, also brought their sartorial A games in gorgeous Donna Karan Atelier and Vionnet metallic gowns.

Check out our 10 best dressed from the 2014 SAG Awards. Did we get it right in your books?


Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier 


Sandra Bullock in Lanvin


Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Spring 2014


Lupita Nyong’o in one-of-a-kind Gucci

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Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globe Awards 2014 Edition

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off awards season last night with what was quite possibly the show’s best red carpet to date. Being scheduled first in the sartorial marathon that is awards season has historically meant that our favourite leading ladies have reserved their most gorgeous gown choices for the SAGs and Oscars, but it certainly didn’t look that way this year.

Sure, there will always be some train wrecks here and there, but the 2014 Golden Globes style game was rather stunning on the whole. Newcomer and rising red carpet star Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren and bona fide fashion goddess Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé won best dressed hands down, but the other stars who round out our top 10 weren’t far behind.

Who was on your best dressed list?


Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren Spring 2014
She had one of our favourite red carpet looks of 2013, and with jaw-dropping looks like this fiery red cape dress, she’s sure to be tops in 2014 as well.


Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Fall 2013
All hail Queen Cate, who looked as regal as ever in an ethereal black lace gown and elegant hair and makeup to boot. We want to be her when we grow up.


Naomi Watts in Tom Ford
Naomi never disappoints on the red carpet, and her high-wattage column dress last night was no exception. Not even a well-timed photo-bombing can distract from this look.


Olivia Wilde in Gucci Première
Olivia and Gucci put on a lesson in dressing a pregnant woman for the red carpet; the actress and her emerald green sequin design were a match made in heaven.


Emilia Clarke in custom Proenza Schouler
Proenza isn’t yet a go-to for red carpet fashion, but the designers certainly made a strong case for it with this beautiful number worn by the Game of Thrones star.

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Pairs of Must-Have High-Heeled Ankle Booties

We here at The Backseat Stylers live for fall fashion. One of the biggest reasons? The ankle bootie. It’s by far our favourite shoe silhouette, and we were reminded of our love for them when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas (featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook) sporting a pair of high-heeled, leopard print beauties. Now we’re digging all of ours out of the closet, but – like any good shoeaholic – are longing for a new pair to add to the fall rotation.

We searched high and low for a pair worthy of splurging on, and found ourselves head over heels in love with a whopping 20 gorgeous styles. Between the adorable, bow-adorned Christian Louboutin ‘Autonodo’, the ladylike ‘Pamla’ booties by Enzo Angiolini, and the incredibly fierce ‘Kim’ metallic lace-ups by Gucci, we’re having a rather tough time settling on just one pair…or even two. We dare you to try.

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