Musings

The Backseat Stylers’ Year in Review – 2012 Edition!

What a year 2012 was! It started with a Toronto Fashion Week runway walk and ended with some Tiffany & Co. hardware. In between, we attended a lot of events, made some lovely new friends, celebrated our 3-year anniversary, wrote 373 blog posts, and more than doubled our reach. Not too shabby, by our measure.

Here’s a look back at our favourite moments from the past year. Thanks to all of you lovely readers, brands, PR folks and fellow blogger friends for showing us so much love. We’re excited for what 2013 will bring, and hope you’ll stick with us to find out!


S’s runway model moment for VAWKKIN at Toronto Fashion Week


The side of S’s head was on an episode of America’s Next Top Model. It was awesome.


A stylish road trip to The Somerset Collection in Troy, MI? Yes please!


T and model Irina Lazareanu, giving their best smizes.


Celebrating Three Years of Style with Style Blog, The Souls of My Shoes and our lovely readers…happy birthday to us! (Image Credit: You Just Got Spotted)

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Runways and Showrooms

Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan Spring 2013

Earlier this week, ELLE Canada did a little feature on me and my thoughts on fashion week, and when asked for my must-see shows, I named Pink Tartan among my top 3 with no hesitation. Over the past few seasons, head designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran has knocked our socks off with chicer than chic peplums, feathered skirts and head-to-toe emerald green ensembles that I’m still dying over, and the Spring 2013 collection she presented on opening night of World Mastercard Fashion Week this week was no less covetable.

Down the runway came a stellar cast of models that included Irina Lazareanu, Amanda Laine and pink-haired Charlotte Free in one ladylike look after another. The show opened with sweet butterfly print and lovely mint green floral pieces perfect for spring, and closed with a series of silver and gold metallic print separates that I would happily wear right now and into the holiday season. In fact, there’s a certain gold reptile print midi skirt that I’ve been daydreaming about since Monday’s show. I need it in my life, now.

Is it spring yet, Kim? Because I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.

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Fashion News

Models of the Decade

With the end of a decade drawing close, an inordinate number of “best of” lists have been popping up and joining the usual year-end lists, and the fun will surely continue until the clock strikes midnight this upcoming New Year’s Eve. I’m a fan of lists that remind me of the highs and lows and shockers of the last 365 days – or, in this case, 3,653 days – so I’m not complaining. Vogue Paris decided to get it on the action and compiled a list of the top 30 models of the decade. ‘Compiled’ is a gross understatement of the impossibility of such a task, I’m sure, but I can’t seem to think of a better one at this moment in time. Regardless, the results are in and Canadian models took up 4 out of 30 spots – not so shabby! Here’s the list, in no particular order:

1. Gemma Ward
2. Agyness Deyn
3. Daria Werbowy

4. Lara Stone
5. Lily Donaldson
6. Natalia Vodianova
7. Natasha Poly
8. Doutzen Kroes
9. Anja Rubik
10. Freja Beha Erichsen
11. Chanel Iman
12. Iris Strubegger
13. Anna Selezneva
14. Irina Lazareanu

15. Karen Elson
16. Karlie Kloss
17. Kasia Struss
18. Kim Noorda
19. Catherine McNeil
20. Coco Rocha

21. Isabeli Fontana
22. Sasha Pivovarova
23. Vlada Roslyakova
24. Magdalena Frackowiak
25. Gisele Bündchen
26. Jessica Stam

27. Raquel Zimmermann
28. Lily Cole
29. Mariacarla Boscono
30. Maryna Linchuk

Kate Moss, by the way, is notably absent from the list. Not to fret, however, as she was honoured with her own list documenting a decade of covers for Vogue Paris. Very fitting.

xx, S

Photo Credits: Models.com, Vogue.fr
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