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Admiring from the Backseat: 10 Best Red Carpet Looks of 2013


Angelina Jolie in custom Ralph & Russo at ‘World War Z’ Berlin premiere

From awards shows to film festivals to fashion fetes, 2013 has been quite a year on the red carpets. With 365 days worth of drop-dead gorgeous looks to choose from, selecting a short list of the 10 best dressed of the year actually turned out to be an easier task than we anticipated. That’s just how fabulous the 10 looks that made our list really were.

Repeat winners like Rooney Mara and Diane Kruger continued to bring their A games in 2013, making our list two years in a row. The rest of the list was rounded out by established stars like Cate Blanchett and Marion Cotillard, future hall-of-famers Jessica Chastain and Kerry Washington, newcomers like Lupita Nyongo and Shu Qui, and surprise contender Rihanna.

Are you in as much awe as we are over these 10 best dressed ladies and their stunning looks, or did we miss some of your favourites from the year?


Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga.Edition at ‘Blue Jasmine’ New York premiere


Diane Kruger in Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014 at FOX All Star Party


Jessica Chastain in custom Givenchy Couture at 2013 Cannes Film Festival


Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 at 2013 NAACP Image Awards

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Admiring from the Backseat: Cannes Film Festival 2013 Edition

That’s a wrap! After a 12-day red carpet extravaganza, the Cannes Film Festival has come to an end for another year. Of course, it’s not really over until we’ve pored over all the celebrity style snaps and narrowed them down to our 5 favourite looks of the festival.

Dior ruled the red carpet for us with two of our favourite looks: Nicole Kidman in an unexpectedly whimsical embellished frock and Marion Cotillard in a beautifully draped white gown. Carey Mulligan also made the cut in a chic black and white column dress by Vionnet, as did model Liu Wen, who brought a pop of colour to the red carpet with a navy Roberto Cavalli gown. Rounding out our 5 best dressed was Jessica Chastain in violet Givenchy, a look we couldn’t resist blogging about earlier in the festival and that took top honours in our books.

Who were your best dressed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival?

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Admiring from the Backseat: Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Couture

Another day, another gorgeous purple dress that’s stolen our hearts. This time, it’s the Givenchy Couture gown donned by Jessica Chastain on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet yesterday evening.

Our plan was to hold off on posting celebrity looks from Cannes until it all wraps up, but we just couldn’t resist Jessica’s stunning custom creation by Riccardo Tisci. The actress upped the glam factor of the ‘All Is Lost’ premiere red carpet with her heavily embellished gown last night, our favourite look from Cannes so far this year.

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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2013 Edition


Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

After an epic 3.5 hour Academy Awards ceremony tonight and red carpet coverage that was almost as long, the 2013 awards season has sadly come to an end. With stunning silver screen stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain stepping out in incredible gowns by the likes of Armani Privé, Dior Haute Couture  and Oscar de la Renta, however, this year’s awards season definitely went out with a sartorial bang.

Our favourite leading ladies certainly saved their best frocks for last, with most topping their looks at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. From Kerry Washington in pink Miu Miu to Stacy Keibler in metallic Naeem Khan, these are our top 10 best dressed from the 2013 Oscars. Who made your list?


Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan


Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2013 Edition


Jessica Chastain in Roland Mouret 

It’s a two-awards show weekend and we red carpet-obsessed folks here at The Backseat Stylers couldn’t be more delighted! With Hollywood’s finest being fêted at the BAFTA Film Awards over on the other side of the pond and the music industry’s most talented gathering for the Grammy Awards in L.A., we knew we were in for a treat – and the BAFTAs have certainly delivered.

By now we’ve seen the same handful or so of nominated actresses trot out their sartorial best at the Golden Globes, SAGs and more, but it seems they still have plenty of gorgeous gowns up their couture sleeves. At the top of our BAFTAs best dressed are Jessica Chastain in a stunning cobalt blue Roland Mouret, Amy Adams in an ethereal Elie Saab gown, and Marion Cotillard in a bright yellow frock by Dior. Rounding out our top 5 are Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, who both took risks with embellished numbers by Dior and Burberry respectively that definitely paid off.

Next stop for these leading ladies? The Oscars on February 24! We simply cannot wait.


Amy Adams in Elie Saab


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture


Anne Hathaway in Burberry

xx, S

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5 Winning Looks from Canada’s Erdem Moralioglu on the 2013 Awards Season Red Carpets


Jessica Chastain in Erdem Resort 2013 at 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon

With the Oscars just around the corner on February 24 and the competition to dress the leading ladies no doubt heating up, there’s one designer in particular we’re really rooting for this year: Erdem Moralioglu. The Canadian-born, London-based purveyor of ladylike, floral-print dresses has been a surprise favourite so far this awards season, and we’re absolutely delighted for him.

From the gorgeous floral print gown donned by Marion Cotillard to the 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party to the lovely embroidered shift dress with lace sleeves that Jessica Chastain wore to the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon, Erdem has been on a winning streak this month that we’re really, really hoping culminates in an Oscars red carpet appearance. Wouldn’t you agree, Rachel Zoe? Kate Young? Fingers crossed!

Which Erdem look has been your favourite so far this awards season?


Marion Cotillard in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party


Sienna Miller in custom Erdem at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards


Anne Hathaway in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 at 2013 Producer’s Guild of America Awards


Nicole Kidman in Erdem Spring 2013 at 2013 AACTA Awards

xx, T & S

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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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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2012 Edition


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

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2012 Edition


Michelle Williams in custom H&M Conscious Collection

The 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards, a.k.a. the BAFTA Awards, were held today in London. Although the red carpet wasn’t covered by television media on this side of the pond, the fashions were not to be missed. Favourites like Michelle Williams and Tilda Swinton brought their sartorial A games to the evening’s festivities.

Michelle wore custom H&M Conscious Collection with an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch, while Tilda donned a beautiful cap-sleeved Armani gown. There were some very pleasant surprises too: Christina Ricci in a stunning gold Givenchy wrap dress, English television presenter Fearne Cotton in a lovely, bow-embellished Moschino number, and Jessica Chastain in a gorgeous metallic Oscar de la Renta dress.

What did you think of the looks on the BAFTA Awards red carpet?


Christina Ricci in Givenchy


Fearne Cotton in Moschino


Tilda Swinton in Armani


Jessica Chastain in Oscar de la Renta

xx, S

Images via Just Jared, Catwalk Queen

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