Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 7, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

Confession: we’ve been in full on fall shopping mode of late, and the uber chic personal style posts being churned out by bloggers across the country aren’t helping matters.

For example, there hasn’t been a single piece of camel in our closet for some time now, as a result of some inexplicable prejudice against the colour. Now, thanks to Vanessa, we’re thinking we need camel everything, stat. Right after we snag a fab dress from Self Portrait, of course, a new-to-us line discovered from Cara‘s latest post. We’ll also be needing a matched set. We’ve been talking about the trend for months but have yet to find the perfect one, and we’re thinking Ania‘s might be The One.

Have you been doing damage to the credit card too?


Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair, Vancouver


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog (right) with Talia Brown


Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto

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Events

Thom Browne Charms at The Room at Hudson’s Bay


Nicholas Mellamphy, Thom Browne and Liz Rodbell

On November 4, The Room at Hudson’s Bay’s Toronto flagship threw an unforgettable cocktail party in honour of designer Thom Browne, complete with psychedelic wallpaper, an indoor lawn and the most fabulous stilt walkers you ever saw.

Of course, the folks at The Room have been on a roll of late. Liz Rodbell, President, HBC Department Store Group and Nicholas Mellamphy, Vice President, The Room hosted the soirée mere days after Fashion Blows, the awe-inspiring exhibition celebrating the life of Isabella Blow, closed at the luxury designer department. It’s been a good month for The Room, having been graced by the presence of style icon Daphne Guinness (in support of Fashion Blows), followed by the talented (and dapper!) Mr. Browne.

The evening was attended by a who’s who of Toronto’s social set, including the likes of Suits actress Meghan Markle, model Yasmine Warsame, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, and fashion director George Antonopoulos. All were charmed by the New York-based designer, and many sported his wares to the event as evidence of their fandom. Check out the gallery below for some very chic style snaps from The Room’s Thom Browne fête.


Meghan Markle


Anita Clarke


Veronica Chu


Randi Bergman


Angela Koszuta

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Events

Look Who Got #RedkenReady With Us at WMCFW + WIN a $250 Redken Prize Pack!

The weather during World Mastercard Fashion Week was tough on our hair games. Our ‘dos were suffering the wrath of Mother Nature and her torrential downpours for most of fashion week, and we weren’t the only ones. Thank goodness we’ve got new friends in high places, namely Redken Canada, official hair sponsor of WMCFW. On Day 2 of fashion week, we teamed up with the incredibly talented Redken team to get attendees #RedkenReady – one spray of dry shampoo at a time! – outside the tents and in the rain, no less.

Industry insiders like bloggers Nelia Belkova and Hawley Dunbar, Elle Canada Associate Editor Charlotte Herrold, fashion writer Anya Georgijevic and more all happily took us up on our offers of hair touch-ups courtesy of Redken Canada. A few spritzes of Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for added shine or some strategic sprays of Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to re-lift the locks got fashion week goers #RedkenReady just before stepping in front of the lens of street style photographers or into the tents for the shows.

We had such a blast playing hair fairy godmothers! We met so many fabulous people outside the tents that day and learned lots of valuable tips and tricks from the Redken team. Missed out on the fun? Don’t fret – we’re giving away a $250 personalized Redken hair care prize pack to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers! Contest rules are below. Good luck, ladies and gents!

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Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Operanation 2014 Edition

On October 16, the Canadian Opera Company hosted its annual fundraiser, Operanation, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Operanation: Light Up The Night was a spectacular evening of music, food and fashion in support of the opera company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

Co-chaired by Randi Bergman of Fashion MagazineAnne Maggisano of Burgundy Asset Management and Patrick Sambrook of Eggplant Entertainment, this year’s event had a modern Spanish flair, inspired by the COC’s production of The Barber of Seville. The highlight of the night was a much anticipated performance by the French band Yelle.

Guests went ultra glam for the occasion. Nelia Belkova looked red carpet-worthy in emerald green H&M, Gracie Carroll repped Canadian fashion fabulously in Greta Constantine, and Amy Burstyn-Fritz stunned in a standout orange gown. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Operanation: Light Up The Night.

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Events

Peroni Celebrates Vogue Italia’s 50th Anniversary With Exhibition at Holt Renfrew

Vogue Italia is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, and Peroni decided that the perfect gift would be an exhibition in the magazine’s honour, right here in Toronto.

Titled ‘Peroni Nastro Azzurro Celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia’, the exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly talented roster of designers, models, film actors and more who have graced its pages or contributed to them, delving into the magazine’s video archives.

The story is told in moving images as never seen before. Miles Aldridge’s hypnotic shots in saturated colours; art by Vanessa Beecroft and Marina Abramović;  models such as Mariacarla Boscono and Eva Herzigova; icons of cinema including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Fassbender; cult designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy. Each gives a unique insight into what makes Vogue Italia a powerful force for Italian style.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps from the launch party, which was attended by the likes of Vogue Italia contributor Grazia D’Annuncio and designer Stella Jean. The must-see exhibition is housed at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street flagship in Toronto until October 31. It is open to the public, and is also available online at vogue.it and peroniitaly.com.

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 17, 2014 Edition


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

This week’s Lookbook is all about fashion firsts.

Lisa was the first to rock a look from the highly anticipated Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration (#NBD), Sasha was the first to sport a piece from the 424 Fifth Fall collection we’ve been obsessing about for months, and Nelia was the first to ever make us consider going grey on purpose as she debuted her new platinum ‘do.

We may be hanging out in the backseat, but our favourite Canadian style bloggers sure aren’t – they’re right at the forefront of the scene.


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York


Sasha Exeter of So Sasha, Toronto


Ivy Xu of This Is What We Do, Vancouver

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 3, 2014 Edition


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto

Last week’s takeover of the Canadian style blogs by pretty dresses did not wane this week; ’tis the season, it seems.

This week, Liz sported the sweetest blue frock complete with bow and ruffles, Sonya paired a beautiful floral number with fierce leopard print pumps, and Nelia rocked an uber-cool printed Clover Canyon design (we’re obsessed).

Time to break out those dresses – special occasion not required.


Liz Clark of Elizabeth Victoria Clark, Toronto


Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto


Jill Lanky of The August Diaries, Vancouver

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 4, 2014 Edition


Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

This week, we’re all obsessed with head-to-toe white looks, thanks to Sonya here in Toronto and Claire over in Vancouver.

Sonya sported a lovely crochet lace frock that had us instantly clicking to snag our very own, while Claire’s effortlessly chic white separates and matching shoes had a similar effect on us (i.e. wear to buy a pair of white sandals, stat?).

Are you rocking the summer whites too, or are you weary of spilling your ice cream on your bright white duds?


Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver


Claire Liu of Von Vogue, Vancouver


Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – May 9, 2014 Edition


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

Just when we were ready to declare that spring has really, truly, finally arrived and it’s safe to store the boots and parkas away, Ania in Calgary posts personal style snaps with falling snow as her backdrop. Definitely makes for some stunning photos.

Truthfully, though, we prefer to admire the snow from afar. And from the looks of the sunshine-filled shots from Nelia in Toronto, Mo in Halifax, and Laura in Ottawa this week, so do they. Enjoy the spring weather this weekend!


Cailli Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto


Julia Monson of Julia Monson, Toronto

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – April 25, 2014 Edition


Jenny Jovanovic of Crazy Style Love, Toronto

This week, Canadian style bloggers from coast to coast made one thing clear: pants are for suckers. Cute skirts, chic dresses and bare legs are the formula for spring dressing – they’re all abiding by it and looking downright fresh too.

From Jenny‘s girly fuchsia birdcage skirt and polka dot top pairing to Alanna‘s whimsical bird print frock getup, we’re feeling inspired to finally put those black tights in storage and show some leg. Now if only the gams weren’t so grey from a long winter away from the sun…


Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad, Toronto


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver


Anik Lacasse-Richard of Montreal In Style, Montreal

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