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Admiring from the Backseat: Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Edition

Kate Bosworth in BOSS 

TIFF 2014 has come and gone, but before we roll those red carpets back up and store them away for the year, we should obviously take a moment to bow down to the sartorial highlights of the past 11 days. From a red hot Kate Bosworth in BOSS to the ever glamourous Julianne Moore in Giambattista Valli, Hollywood’s leading ladies definitely brought their finest film premiere duds to Toronto.

Let’s compare red carpet notes – are we on the same page regarding TIFF 2014′s best dressed?

Keira Knightley in Chanel Fall 2014 Couture

Julianne Moore in Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture

Chloe Grace Moretz in Christian Dior Spring 2014 Couture

Haley Bennett in Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

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10 Best Red Carpet Looks from Toronto International Film Festivals Past

Carey Mulligan in Christopher Kane Resort 2011 at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Jason Merritt/Getty)

Our fair city is all abuzz this week with Toronto International Film Festival preparations: the red carpets have been steam cleaned, the celeb gifting lounges stocked up, and the film reels set to play. The TIFF circus officially starts tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited. Ryan Gosling may not be making an appearance at the festival this year, but if there’s one thing that gets us even more into a tizzy than The Gos, it’s red carpet fashion.

Over the next 11 days, couture pieces flown in from Europe will be spotlighted alongside the very best Canadian designers have to offer, and we can’t wait to take it all in. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up 10 of our absolute favourite looks from TIFFs gone by for your viewing pleasure.

Epic past red carpet moments like Carey Mulligan in whimsical, galaxy-print Christopher Kane, Eva Mendes in an ultra-glam black Andrew Gn gown and Blake Lively in red-hot, floral-embellished Chanel Haute Couture are going to be a challenge for this year’s crop of stars to top.

Eva Mendes in Andrew Gn Fall 2010 at TIFF 2010 (Image via ModeWalk)

Blake Lively in Chanel Fall 2010 Couture at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Jason Merritt/Getty)

Jennifer Connelly in YSL Resort 2011 at TIFF 2010 (Image credit: Getty)

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture at TIFF 2012 (Image credit: Getty)

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Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globe Awards 2013 Edition

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Golden Globes 2013 turned out to be quite the night! Honourary Backseat Styler D joined us for this year’s festivities and we spent the evening critiquing the red carpet fashions, accusing each other of cheating in the GG pool, and playing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Golden Globes drinking game. Lots of controversy, to say the least. So much so, in fact, that we couldn’t even narrow the best dressed field down to 10.

While the red carpet as a whole left much to be desired, favourites like Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen, Anne Hathaway in Chanel and Julianne Moore in Tom Ford were shoo-ins. Ladies in red Jennifer Lawrence (in Christian Dior) and Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen) also made the cut, as did Kerry Washington in an embellished Miu Miu frock. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked drop-dead gorgeous in a bow-adorned Saint Laurent gown, while Julianna Margulies and Michelle Dockery both took risks with their Pucci and Alexandre Vauthier gowns that paid off.

The final spot in our top ten best dressed of the night was a toss-up between Rachel Weisz in a sheer, polka-dotted number by Louis Vuitton (S’s pick) and Katharine McPhee‘s revealing Theyskens’ Theory dress (T’s pick). Rather than settle the issue via a breakdance fight, we decided to expand our list to 11 and call it a night.

Who were your best dressed of the 2013 Golden Globes?

Anne Hathaway in Chanel

Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent

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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: 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

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Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globes 2012 Edition

Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2012

Awards season is officially underway, as the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards took over the television airwaves and Twitterverse last night. I dutifully watched every minute of pre-show red carpet coverage just so I could bring you this here post. And though I’d like to say that it was incredibly hard work on my part and that it was very tough to narrow the list down to only a handful of looks, the truth is that these 5 actresses and their stunning gowns were standouts that made my job easy.

Rooney Mara was one of the most highly anticipated red carpet arrivals of the evening, and she certainly didn’t disappoint in a chic black Nina Ricci dress. The always flawless Julianne Moore also chose a black gown, by Chanel Haute Couture no less. Her green tassel earrings by Fred Leighton complemented her scarlet hair perfectly.

That wasn’t the only burst of colour. Charlize Theron looked pretty in Dior pink, Emma Stone wore custom eggplant Lanvin, and Tilda Swinton marched to the beat of her own sartorial drum in sky blue Haider Ackermann. Each actress brought her very own brand of glam to the Golden Globes, making for one very fabulous red carpet.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Emma Stone in custom Lanvin

Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann

Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2011

xx, S

Images via Just Jared, Styleite

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