Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Queen’s Plate 2014

We love getting all gussied up for big events here at The Backseat Stylers, and there’s no bigger occasion for us this summer than last week’s Queen’s Plate. On a day when the dress code called for fancy fascinators and chic frocks, our philosophy was simple: go big or go home.

Literally, it seems, which explains S’s predilection for extremely oversized headpieces. She got a taste for large hats at our first Queen’s Plate last year, and would’ve had a tough time topping that sartorial outing if not for the incredibly talented David Dunkley, official milliner of the Queen’s Plate and purveyor of the gorgeous (and ginormous!) floral headpiece S sported. T, on the other hand, went for a more understated fascinator, opting instead to make a bold statement with her eye-catching metallic candy wrapper clutch and reflective sunglasses.

Both of us donned black and white with pops of metallic silver; save for the giant blue flowers atop S’s head, of course. S’s floral-on-floral getup was a nod to favourite Mary Katrantzou, while T repped Canadian in a dramatic VAWK vest. Our looks complemented each other rather nicely, though admittedly accidentally.

With yet another set of tastefully over-the-top Queen’s Plate ensembles under our belts, our #QP15 garb will have to be even bigger and bolder. Thank goodness we have a year to prepare ourselves.

On S: David Dunkley fascinator / Mary Katrantzou dress / Prada shoes / Chanel clutch

On T: David Dunkley fascinator / VAWK vest / Zara shorts / Alexander Wang shoes / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch

Image Credits: Mauricio Calero, Becca Lemire for She Does The City

Fashion News

Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Just Might Inspire Us To Hit The Gym

We’re perpetually on designer collaboration watch, and this month has been unexpectedly exciting on that front: first Alexander Wang for H&M was announced, then Roland Mouret for Banana Republic. Then it seems we looked away for a minute and missed yet another that has us squealing (belatedly): Mary Katrantzou for Adidas.

[Side note: By now you've probably heard about it and are shaking your heads at our tardiness, but slow as we are, can we all pretend for a second that the news only just broke and let us have our moment?]

The first collection, due out in November, will be the start of a long-term partnership between Adidas and the London-based Greek designer. “I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear,” Katrantzou said. “I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand.”

And being the Katrantzou addicts that we are, we can’t wait to see it. The collection might even inspire us to go to the gym once in a while. Now that would be a real win.

[P.S. Thanks for indulging us.]

Image Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Matchy-Matchy Sets to Rock This Spring

If three’s a trend, we’re almost there with the matching separates. First, we spotted Alanna of Xander Vintage in a daisy print ensemble in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, then it was Nelia of Style Blog in a cute striped duo at World Mastercard Fashion Week. Even sans a third, we’re calling it now: this is officially a trend and we’re totally on board.

Getting dressed in the morning just got that much quicker. From fast fashion to runway, we’ve found you 20 of the chicest matching sets you’ll want to rock this spring. Check out the gallery below – which just made your shopping list?

Image credit: Max Kopanygin

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 30 Fresh New Ways to Wear Floral

Sonya of Class Is Internal sported the most amazing floral bomber jacket in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and it got us thinking. There are so many fun ways to wear floral that we’ve yet to explore – unchartered sartorial territory! And so off we went to find fresh new ways to wear our favourite type of print, including tracking down the aforementioned bomber by ASOS ($158).

From Joe Fresh‘s cheerful tulip print shorts ($39) to Anna-Karin Karlsson‘s to-die-for cat eye sunglasses with carved roses (USD$840) to Mary Katrantzou‘s too-cool-for-school printed stretch denim jacket ($1,265), check out the gallery below for 30 of the freshest floral pieces calling our name (and yours!) this spring.

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Red Carpet

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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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Edition

Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 at ‘August: Osage County’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)

The Toronto International Film Festival officially wrapped up yesterday; the red carpets have been rolled up and the celebrities have returned to Hollywood, but we’re still riding that high that only the film festival can bring. We’re going to miss our favourite actresses walking the streets of Toronto in haute couture frocks, but awards season will be here before we know it.

In the meantime, we’ve rounded up our 10 favourite red carpet looks of TIFF 2013 to help with the withdrawal. From Julia Roberts in a gorgeous red Dolce & Gabbana number to Dakota Fanning in a jaw-dropping Atelier Versace gown, this year’s crop of stars brought their sartorial A games, making for the most fabulous Festival to date.

Keira Knightley in Mary Katrantzou Fall 2013 at ‘Can A Song Save Your Life’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at ’12 Years A Slave’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)

Olivia Wilde in Valentino Resort 2014 at ‘Third Person’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)

Carice van Houten in Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture at ‘The Fifth Estate’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)

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Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 16 Eye-Catching Statement Skirts

As far as bold, statement-making pieces go, jewelry and shoes get most of the play around here, but when we spotted Marla of Trend Struck sporting a lovely feather mini last week, we knew the next hero piece to join our wardrobe rotation would be a skirt.

We scoured the internet for the most gorgeous skirts the fall collections have to offer, and were stunned by the sheer number of to-die-for options. From minis to maxis and everything in between, we found 16 skirts guaranteed to make your (and your date’s) heart skip a beat.

On the pocketbook-friendly end of the spectrum we discovered ASOS‘s lace pencil skirt with floral appliqué ($71) and Topshop‘s holographic A-line mini (£38), while on the designer end of the spectrum, we’re daydreaming about the magenta silk-satin maxi by Balmain (USD$5,865) and draped lamé pencil skirt by Giambattista Valli (USD$3,565).

Check out the gallery below for our 16 favourite statement skirts right now, and get those gams ready.

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Diane Kruger in Mary Katrantzou

In the same week that Diane Kruger was snubbed by Vanity Fair and left off their 2013 best dressed list, she stepped out in a drop-dead gorgeous look and showed just how wrong the magazine was.

The actress attended FOX’s Summer TCA All Star Party on August 1 in a to-die-for design from Mary Katrantzou‘s Resort 2014 collection. The rose and trellis printed dress, styled with simple black sandals by Stuart Weitzman and a white box clutch by Edie Parker, made for one of our favourite looks of the year to date.

If we were editors over at Vanity Fair, we’d be kicking ourselves right about now for such a glaring omission.

Image Credit: PA Images

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Mary Katrantzou x Repetto Capsule Collection

When we fall for a designer, we fall hard. Our current obsession? Mary Katrantzou and her delightful printed creations. It’s no wonder then that news of her latest side project has us rather excited, with wallets at the ready.

The London-based Katrantzou has teamed up with French footwear label Repetto on a capsule collection of shoes to be sold exclusively at Parisian department store Colette. The small but very covetable 4-style offering features Repetto’s most popular designs, including the ‘Zizi’ jazz shoe and the ’Cendrillon’ ballet flat, created in colourful graphic prints. The limited edition shoes retail for EUR295 and EUR395.

Those floral brogues are obviously a summer necessity for the Backseat Styler shoe rotation. The fact that we’re nowhere near Paris and that the capsule collection, which launched on June 27, isn’t currently available on Colette’s e-commerce site is but a minor and (hopefully) temporary setback. We might just have to make a cross-Atlantic phone call to Colette to track those babies down.

UPDATE: The collection is now available online at Some sizes are already sold out, so go, go, go!

Image via Glamour Paris

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Taraji P. Henson in Mary Katrantzou

There’s something about Mary that I just can’t get enough of. London-based designer Mary Katrantzou‘s colourful printed dress designs have become an obsession of late, and I’ve been coveting her Spring 2013 collection ever since it started hitting stores. My latest wish list item? The Starsailor print jersey dress, which I’ve been cyber-vising for weeks now.

That would explain my exclamation of “She’s wearing my dress!!” to T last night, when I spotted a photo of Taraji P. Henson at the New York screening of Mud. The Benjamin Button actress paired the whimsical frock with a pair of quirky printed yellow pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood, also a favourite of mine. In short, Ms. Henson wore the spring ensemble of my dreams.

Want the whole outfit from head to toe? The dress retails for $1,045 and the shoes for $695, both at Net-a-porter.

xx, S

Image via Just Jared

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