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Converse x Missoni Fall 2014 Capsule Collection

Converse has teamed up with Missoni on a capsule collection launching this fall. The two brands have partnered for a whopping 8th time on a line-up of Chuck Taylor All Stars featuring the Italian design house’s signature zig zag prints.

The collection includes 5 equally covetable colourways in the unisex All Star Missoni and the ladies-only All Star Fancy silhouettes, each pair retailing for $110. If, like us, a pair of Converse x Missoni sneakers has been on your wish list for many seasons now, now’s the time to take the leap. The latest collaboration arrives in Canada this upcoming September at  Town Shoes, Little Burgundy, Gravity Pope and Livestock.

Will you be buying?

Image courtesy of Converse

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Coveting from the Backseat: Charlotte Olympia ‘Shanghai Express’ Collection

Charlotte Dellal is taking us for a ride on the Shanghai Express this fall.

The London-based accessories designer’s latest collection for Charlotte Olympia is a line-up of shoes and handbags inspired by Chinese culture, and it’s full of jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces. Dubbed ‘Shanghai Express’, the 100+ item offering features everything from pandas and dragons to lanterns and, yes, the prototypical Chinese takeout boxes. Dellal has gone very literal, as usual, and we love her for it.

Admittedly, some pieces lean dangerously towards tacky, but we’re willing to overlook them in favour of the many beautiful designs in the collection. In fact, we’ve fallen head over heels in lust with the gold lattice Pandora clutch (it’s about time we nab one of those Perspex clutches!), the Fantastic Dolly pumps (a TDF new take on a CO classic), as well as every item inspired by blue and white porcelain.

Check out the gallery below for highlights from Charlotte Olympia’s Shanghai Express collection. What’s on your wish list?

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Fashion News

Charlotte Olympia to Launch Boardroom-Ready Accessories Collection

We love our Charlotte Olympia here at The Backseat Stylers, and though S frequently sports her cat pumps at the day job, even she’ll admit that her designs aren’t always the most appropriate for the office. Cue the London-based accessories designer’s latest venture: two new collections of sensible (a word never before used in the same sentence as ‘Charlotte Olympia’) day bags and shoes made for the 9 to 5 gig.

The new lineup will retail from USD$635 to USD$896 for a pair of shoes and from USD$1,195 to USD$2,995 for a handbag. Each pair of boardroom-ready shoes has been designed with a clear PVC detail on the heel, and will come in a box that looks like a briefcase and with a pair of pantyhose for good measure. Because Charlotte Olympia wouldn’t be Charlotte Olympia without even just the smallest touch of whimsy.

We can’t wait to incorporate more of her styles into our office shoe rotation.

Image via WWD

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Pairs of Shoes With Jaw-Dropping Statement Heels

While the rest of us are unstylishly trudging around in snow boots of the fairly unattractive kind, Justine of Jetset Justine rocked a pair of incredibly cool statement heels in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Though we may be cold, our spirit isn’t (yet) broken, so we embarked on a search for shoes with eye-catching heels that will make your jaw drop.

What we found was 10 pairs of to-die-for shoes featuring everything from Swarovski crystals and bamboo to butterflies and even mermaids. Whomever coined the phrase “hate to see you go, but love to see you leave” was surely alluding to footwear with insanely gorgeous statement heels like the pairs in the gallery below. Right?

Fashion News

Solange Knowles Teams Up with Puma on Colourful Sneaker Capsule

Solange Knowles was recently tapped by PUMA for the role of creative consultant. Her first order of business? The ’Girls of Blaze’ Disc Collection, a capsule with three versions of the iconic Disc Blaze shoe, made for women for the very first time.

The singer collaborated with Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans, Soft Circle bandmember and artist Hisham Baroocha, and sisters Darlene and Lizzy Opko of William Opko on very colourful renditions of the first laceless running shoe ever introduced back in 1992. The shoes will be sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony for USD$150 a pop.

They’re perfect for that fitness New Year’s resolution we’re all still going hard on (right, right?). Will you be buying a pair?

Images via Opening Ceremony

Retail Therapy

Sarah Jessica Parker’s First Shoe Collection Unveiled

Sarah Jessica Parker‘s first collection for her new shoe line has finally been unveiled in all its glory. With the launch date of February 28 just around the corner, that gives you SJP fans plenty of time to save up your lunch money and finalize your shopping lists.

The actress-turned-designer, in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus, has created a line-up of classic, no frills styles. Says Parker, “I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come.”

Check out the gallery below for a gander at SJP’s first shoe design efforts, which will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom. What’s the verdict – would the collection get the Carrie Bradshaw stamp of approval? Or yours, for that matter?

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Coveting from the Backseat: Sophia Webster ‘Lilico’ Flower-Embellished Sandals

London-based shoe designer Sophia Webster has a knack for the whimsical, and we’ve become big fans of her playful creations ever since we had the chance to admire her work up close and personal when she paid The Room at Hudson’s Bay a visit last fall. We still haven’t gotten our hands on a pair of her beauties though, and we’re thinking her Resort 2014 collection is about to change that.

Enter ‘Lilico’, a gorgeous sandal with flower embellishments, scalloped trims, patent polka dots and striped stiletto heels to boot. Essentially, it’s everything girly combined into one very lovely shoe. Obviously, we have to have it.

The Sophia Webster ‘Lilico’ is available at Net-a-porter for USD$595. Happy Valentine’s Day to us?

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First Look at Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Shoe Line

Back in June, Sarah Jessica Parker announced that she’d started up her own shoe line, and SATC fans and fellow shoeaholics the world over rejoiced. Now, after 7 months of patiently waiting for more news, we’ve finally been rewarded with a first look at some of the designs from the collection, dubbed SJP.

Not surprisingly, we’re already coveting a few pairs, including a chic T-strap pump named ‘The Carrie’ (after Bradshaw, of course) and a sexy lace-up ankle bootie. Priced from $195 to $485, the offerings aim for versatility: “I’m allergic to the idea that certain shoes are for certain occasions,” says Parker.

The SJP collection will launch exclusively at Nordstrom on February 28. What do you think of the offerings so far – do you have your eye on a pair or two?

Images via Grazia, Glamour

Contests

THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: TheSeptember.com $500 Gift Card!

By now you know that we here at The Backseat Stylers are (a) shoe addicts and (b) avid online shoppers, so when we heard word of a brand spanking new designer shoe online shopping destination based right here in Canada, our curiosity was piqued. And when we clicked on over to TheSeptember.com, that curiosity instantly turned into delight. The brand directory is well-curated and very impressive, featuring the likes of Valentino, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, and the styles are right on the money too. Rock Studs, anyone? Yes please!

The September is the brainchild of long-time friends and shoe lovers Aynsley Wintrip Harris and Christine Carlton, who saw an opportunity in the online shopping landscape in Canada and, armed with years of luxury brand experience, decided to fill the designer shoe e-shop gap. “We are a proudly Canadian company, focused on the specific needs of Canadian online shoppers who love designer shoes,” they say, and that means no duties, free shipping and free returns. That’s music to our ears!

We bet you’re now dying to get your shop on (we know we are!), and we’d like to help you out with that: we’ve got a TheSeptember.com $500 gift card up for grabs as the next instalment of The Big Holiday Giveaway! Would you spend your winnings on an uber-cool pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs wedge booties, a pair of ultra-glam gold Aquazurra lace-up sandals, or fierce Paul Andrew winged suede booties? Tell us for a chance to get your hands on that $500 gift card – contest rules are below. Good luck!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other contests in The Big Holiday Giveaway and check back for more daily reveals!

CONTEST RULES:

1. Leave us a comment on this blog post telling us how you would spend the $500 gift card,including links to the specific items on TheSeptember.com. Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and TheSeptember.com’s Facebook pages here and here.

2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @TheSept on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a @TheSept $500 gift card, and I want it! http://bit.ly/1bVMLTU #BSSholiday #giveaway” Leave us a comment on this blog post telling us you’ve shown this contest some twitter love.

3. The contest closes at 11:59pm PST on December 3, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.

4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.

5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.

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Charlotte Olympia’s Spooky Halloween Collection Is Haunting Our Pocketbooks

Charlotte Olympia‘s Halloween capsule collection is officially available for sale, and it’s as chic yet sinister-looking as we’d hoped. Featuring the London-based accessories designer’s most popular styles with a spooky twist, there’s plenty in the line-up for CO fans to covet, Halloween lovers or not.

We ourselves are dying to get our hands on the ‘Batty for Pandora’ clutch and ‘Bite Me Kitty’ velvet flats (complete with fangs and red Swarovski crystal eyes!). Priced from $545 to $1,565 for bags and $745 to $1,475 for shoes, the cheeky designs are available exclusively at Charlotte Olympia stores, charlotteolympia.com and netaporter.com.

Check out the gallery below for images of the complete collection. Will you be partaking in some chic Halloween kitsch courtesy of Charlotte Olympia?

Images courtesy of Charlotte Olympia

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