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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: 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: Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture

When I spotted photos of Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture at the London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises last night, I literally squealed as if I’d won a prize. Marion and I are on the same wavelength, apparently, because she chose to don the one Dior look I featured as one of the standouts from the Fall 2012 Couture collections. It’s an oddly satisfying feeling for a fashion geek like me.

But this post isn’t really about me. It’s about Marion Cotillard and how incredible she looked in the first dress from Raf Simons’ inaugural outing at Dior to show up on a red carpet. She accessorized her mustard yellow and teal colour-block dress quite perfectly with a red clutch and matching pumps. In fact, I prefer Marion’s look to the runway styling. Definitely a win for both Marion and Raf, wouldn’t you say?

xx, S

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Admiring from the Backseat: Marion Cotillard

The first time I ever heard of or saw Marion Cotillard was when she stepped on the Oscars stage to accept her Academy Award in a JPG fish scales dress I absolutely hated. I didn’t think much of her taste level at the time, but since then she’s become one of the chicest movie actresses out there. Her ensemble in Cannes earlier this week is a perfect example. A lady in red is always beguiling, but throw in Marion’s charm and sense of fun (check out her quirky Ray Bans!), and the overall look is completely irresistible. It’s official – sign me up for the Marion Cotillard fan club!

xx, S

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