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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Fashion News

Oscar de la Renta Has Designed a Second Capsule Collection for The Outnet

Remember back in February when Oscar de la Renta teamed up with on an exclusive collection of tea party-ready dresses and separates, and the whole fashion world rejoiced? Well, it’s time to do it all over again, because Mr. de la Renta has collaborated with the online retailer on a second collection, due out next week on December 17.

The 20-piece evening wear collection is featured in a campaign fronted by street style star Miroslava Duma. “Oscar de la Renta’s style is very classic, very uptown – it makes you feel confident, chic and elegant,” says Mira. “I love the Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet collection; its beautiful silk dresses and feminine silhouettes are elegant and sophisticated.”

In fact, Mira has been a longtime ODLR fan. “For my graduation party I bought a piece from Oscar de la Renta. It was an Audrey Hepburn-style black dress and although it was very expensive, I still wear it now. It was worth it. Oscar really is the best brand you can invest in.” If it’s good enough for Ms. Duma’s wardrobe, it’s certainly good enough for ours, especially at prices much more friendly to the pocketbook than the designer’s main line. The collection will retail between $325 for a tank to $1,095 for a floor-length dress.

We’ll be all over The Outnet on launch day – will you? Check out the offerings from Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet, round #2, in the gallery below.

Images via Grazia

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Oscar de la Renta Gold-Plated Leaf Necklace

It’s been some time since we’ve added some new hardware to the statement jewelry rotation, and with holiday cocktail parties on the calendar, we’re on the hunt for a new piece that will take our party outfits to the next level.

Oscar de la Renta‘s gold-plated leaf collar necklace certainly fits the bill. It’s bold, elegant, and has a Grecian goddess vibe we’re totally digging. In short, we need it. Now.

The necklace is available at Net-a-porter for $690. You hear that, Santa?

Red Carpet

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: Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013 Edition

Rose Byrne in Lanvin

Because we’re not yet ready to let go of awards season and we have a feeling you aren’t either, we’ve going to dwell on Oscars Sunday just a little longer. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up our favourite after-party looks from the annual post-Oscars Vanity Fair soirée, and they’re just as glamourous as those on our best dressed list from the main event itself.

Red carpet regulars like Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth knocked it out of the sartorial ballpark once again in a ruffle and lace Givenchy number and embroidered Giambattista Valli frock respectively, while Amy Adams and Elizabeth Banks stunned in fringed Oscar de la Renta and printed Alexander McQueen.

Our hands-down favourite though was Rose Byrne, who served up possibly her best red carpet appearance ever, surprising us in a gorgeous white Lanvin getup. An incredible improvement over her horrendous SAG Awards outing!

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy

Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen

Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli

xx, S

Images via Styleite

Retail Therapy

Olivia Palermo Stars in the Oscar de la Renta x The Outnet Campaign

Oscar de la Renta‘s exclusive collection for The Outnet launches in only 6 days, and this sneak peek of Olivia Palermo’s ad campaign for the collaboration has us incredibly excited. On February 26, we’ll finally be able to add some ODLR to our closets at much more pocketbook-friendly prices than the designer’s wares usually retail for.

The 24-piece line-up features chic cocktail dresses and sophisticated separates that will retail from $325 to $1,295. I’m counting down the days until I can get my hands on that tea party-ready floral frock! What do you have your eye on?

xx, S

Images via Grazia Daily

Fashion News

Oscar de la Renta Teams Up With The Outnet on Exclusive Collection

On this dreary Monday morning (here in Toronto, anyway), it seems that the shopping gods have finally heard our prayers for affordable Oscar de la Renta. The announcement comes today via WWD that the designer has created an exclusive collection for online discount designer retailer Launching on February 26, the 24-piece offering will retail from $325 to $1,295, much more pocketbook-friendly price tags than ODLR’s main line. Olivia Palermo will serve as the face of the limited edition collection.

“Currently, the brand’s outlet model is driven by surplus merchandise, and this marks the first time product has been actively developed for this channel of trade,” said Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen. “We have things around here that are underutilised – [such as] 40 years of patterns, fabrics and artwork that a lot of people spent time on. We thought, perhaps we can put something together in a way that is new, that doesn’t require as much development time and in an exclusive way.”

The line-up of red carpet-ready dresses and chic separates will be made using the same patterns, fabrics and factory as the main line. What a score for The Outnet – and us ODLR fans! “We know that our customer loves Oscar,” said The Outnet’s managing director Stephanie Phair, “but we also feel that this is an amazing opportunity to tap into The Outnet’s audience and a new audience that Oscar as a brand might not have reached yet”.

Finally, the chance to add some ODLR to the wardrobe! February 26 can’t come soon enough. We’ve got our eyes on those floral-print cocktail dresses, at the very least. What’s on your wish list?

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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

Images via JustJared

Red Carpet

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

Images via JustJared

Retail Therapy

Neiman Marcus x Target x CFDA Holiday 2012 Collection Revealed

Neiman Marcus, Target and the CFDA announced a rather unexpected but definitely very intriguing holiday collaboration this past July, and now the 50-plus piece collection of men’s, women’s, home and children’s gift items has been revealed.

The offerings were designed by 24 CFDA designers, including: Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tory Burch and Tracy Reese.

The collection includes everything from Rodarte wrapping paper for $7.99 to Alice + Olivia bicycle for $499.99. I’m thinking a quick shopping jaunt south of the border might be required so I can get my hands on a Prabal Gurung bow cape ($79.99) for me, an Eddie Borgo letter opener ($34.99) for the Mister, and a Jason Wu polka dot dress ($59.99) for the daughter I’ve yet to have.

Mark your calendars – the collection will be available in both Neiman Marcus and Target stores and e-commerce sites ( ships to Canada!) starting December 1, and is sure to sell out in a flash. Check out the gallery below for the complete collection. What’s on your wish list?

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