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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: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 Edition


Claire Danes in Armani Privé Fall 2013

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and though we sadly missed all 18 hours of televised red carpet and awards show coverage due to some poor travel planning on our part, we wouldn’t dare shirk our duties when it comes to critiquing the myriad of fabulous (and not so fabulous) looks of our favourite small screen actresses.

From the ethereal, like Outstanding Actress in a Drama winner Claire Danes (woohoo Homeland!) in Armani Privé and Kerry Washington in Marchesa, to the va-va-voom, including Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang and Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection, the Emmys red carpet certainly delivered.

The ladies of Mad Men in particular definitely brought their A games, with January Jones, Jessica Pare and Elisabeth Moss all landing in our top 10. Alyson Hannigan in purple Marchesa, Kate Mara in a white J. Mendel and Michelle Dockery in two-toned Prada rounded out our best dressed list.

Did they make yours too?


Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang


Kerry Washington in Marchesa Spring 2014


Jessica Pare in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014


January Jones in custom Givenchy

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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: 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

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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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Admiring from the Backseat: American Music Awards 2012 Edition


Elisha Cuthbert

The 2012 American Music Awards were held last night in Los Angeles, and though I missed them I obviously caught up on the red carpet fashion this morning. It wasn’t the Oscars, that’s for sure, but there were a few pleasant surprises – five, to be exact.

Elisha Cuthbert, who I now have a soft spot for ever since she donned that incredible VAWK dress, stunned in a glamourous gold column gown by Georges ChakraKerry Washington was a ray of sunshine in yellow lace Stella McCartney, Stacy Keibler showed off her gams in a Collette Dinnigan embellished mini, and red carpet favourite Ginnifer Goodwin was pretty in pale pink Oscar de la Renta.

Rounding out the top five was rapper Nicki Minaj - yes, you read right! – who looked the best I’ve ever seen her, unhinged facial expressions aside. She cleaned up nice in a bright coloured Monique Lhuillier gown. How shocked must Monique have been to get that phone call?

Who were your best dressed at the 2012 AMA’s?


Kerry Washington


Ginnifer Goodwin


Nicki Minaj


Stacy Keibler

xx, S

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