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
On a recent visit to The Room at Hudson’s Bay in Vancouver, Charlotte Dellal, aka the creative genius behind accessories brand Charlotte Olympia, said, ”I love to design for women who dress from the feet up.” That certainly explains my ongoing obsession with all that Dellal does. Her line is an endless supply of gorgeous statement shoes I just can’t get enough of – and that definitely call for dressing from the feet up.
Take last week’s Power Ball ensemble, for example. I’ve had the most amazing Charlotte Olympia sandals sitting in my closet for some time now waiting for their first outing, destined to make their debut at one of Toronto’s biggest art parties of the year. Working from the bottom up, I paired the foliage print and sculpted heel sandals with my newly acquired 424 Fifth laser-cut pleather skirt and my favourite floral print Erdem top.
A match made in sartorial heaven? Quite possibly. Case made for dressing from the feet up? Most definitely.
Erdem top / 424 Fifth skirt / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Chanel bag
Image Credit: Stefania Yarhi for FASHION Magazine
One of the New Year’s resolutions (remember those things?) we vowed to try really, really hard to keep was to produce more personal style posts in 2014. Suffice to say, the first half of the year has been an utter failure, thanks in large part to Mother Nature’s insistence that winter and all the snow and bitterly cold temperatures that come with it continue for what felt like forever. (Thank the blogging gods for the brave bloggers who still filled The Canadian Street Style Lookbook every week, snowstorm or not). But no more excuses: spring is here and we’re shyly emerging into the world of personal style blogging again, rather tentatively.
Our first attempt this spring had us having trouble finding the light and feeling lazy about venturing any further to find a better locale – both subject and photographer are out of practice at this point, so forgive us. Buuut, poor lighting aside, we’d like to focus on the Sarah Stevenson for Target floral blazer sported here. Purchased one size too big because of an inability to wake up early on the day of the collection’s launch, it turned out to be perfectly oversized and a great pop of colour over head-to-toe black. Unflatteringly large, or oversized in that cool girl way? It’s a fine line, but we think we got it spot on this time.
Sarah Stevenson for Target blazer / FRAME Denim jeans / Gucci shoes / Chanel clutch / Alexander McQueen sunglasses
Invitations to black tie galas are always met with delight here at The Backseat Stylers offices (aka our couch). Any excuse to get all fancy shmancy we will always happily accept, as was the case when the invite to Canadian Fabric Presents: Le Grand Bal arrived recently.
A gala celebrating Canadians obviously calls for a dress by a homegrown designer, so I chose a gorgeous eggplant jersey draped gown by Vancouver-based Jason Matlo for the occasion. With collared shirts buttoned all the way to the very top as my daily uniform, this was probably as low-cut of a design as you’ll have seen me in to date.
And you know what? I kind of liked it.
Jason Matlo gown / Chanel clutch / Christian Louboutin shoes (Image credit: George Pimentel Photography)
I love me some sequins, I adore all things houndstooth, and I can’t get enough of those J.Crew pencil skirts. Therefore, the very best thing ever? A navy-and-white paillette houndstooth pencil skirt I spotted in the clearance section of jcrew.com recently. What happened next is a bit of a blur, but next thing I knew the aforementioned skirt was in my mailbox in all its sequinned glory.
I debuted the Jenna Lyons-approved piece on opening night of World Mastercard Fashion Week, going for a preppy chic look complete with peter pan-collared shirt and Charlotte’s Web book clutch. Librarian glam! In hindsight, I should have worn my oversized nerd glasses too to really bring it home. Next time.
Pink Tartan blouse / J.Crew Collection skirt / Loeffler Randall shoes / Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan clutch
Image Credit: George Pimentel
When I heard that shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster were coming to town, I knew exactly which pair of shoes I’d be sporting to the shindig in their honour at Hudson’s Bay: neon yellow graphic-print platform pumps from Kirkwood’s Spring 2013 collection. Their fellow compatriot Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia has often confessed to dressing from the feet up, and I certainly did too on this occasion.
I’d say the shoes were the hero of the ensemble, but I’m currently obsessed with velvet blazers. This one from L’Agence was super soft and fit like a dream. I’d live in it this fall if I could get away with donning a velvet tuxedo jacket all day, every day. But then again, why can’t I? I’ll happily be that lady in the checkout line at a Walmart in suburbia wearing a velvet tuxedo jacket for no good reason, thank you very much.
L’Agence velvet blazer / Joe Fresh blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / Chanel brooch / Saint Laurent clutch / LeiVanKash ring
The countdown is on! We’re just 5 days away from our invite-only soiree with 7 For All Mankind and Stefania over at Textstyles.ca, and we simply cannot wait. The invitations have officially been sent to our 5 contest winners, and we’re delighted to be partying with lucky readers Jenn, Ellie, Sonja, Christine and Renee next Wednesday, May 29, #7FAMYorkdale styles.
A huge thanks to everyone who entered the contest! We’re super bummed that we couldn’t invite you all to our shindig, but the good news is that you too can score some 7FAM denim at a 30% discount at the Yorkdale store. We have a limited number of exclusive discount cards to share, so if you’re interested in snagging one, shoot us an email and we’ll hook you up (quantities limited)! Not a bad consolation prize, right?
Thanks again, lovely readers, for the support and stay tuned for the #7FAMYorkdale party recap next week!
Eight Sixty top / 7 For All Mankind slim cigarette jean in ballet pink destroyed (available at #7FAMYorkdale) / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Chanel bag / Fallon cuff / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
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My Margiela for H&M candy wrapper clutch has been sitting untouched in my closet since it came home with me last November, waiting patiently for a chance to come out and play. I finally took it out for its inaugural spin this past weekend and, obviously, it called for a black on black on black outfit.
Salt and pepper bouclé tweed, silver metallics and black leather – a few of my old favourites, all wrapped up neatly in one ensemble. After spending the last year in brighter colours than ever before, this decidedly darker getup felt like a reunion with old friends.
Sandro top / Joe Fresh jeans / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch / Alexander McQueen boots / Balenciaga bracelet / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
When it comes to sweaters, I’d say the chunkier, the better, and it doesn’t get much chunkier than this 3.1 Phillip Lim find I snagged a few seasons ago. 3D cable knit is what the designer dubbed it, and the effect is rather eye-catching.
Even my 3-year old is a fan. “I like your sweater, mummy,” he told me with an admiring look this past weekend. “When I’m big, I’m going to wear it, OK?” At least he asked – that’s more than I get from T sometimes. I kid, I kid.
3.1 Phillip Lim sweater / Joe Fresh jeans / Brian Atwood shoes / Celine bag / FALLON cuff / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
A move to a new home and the launch of a new blog series, A Peek in the Backseat, have had me digging into the deepest, darkest corners of my closet of late. I’ve found all sorts of gems I’d forgotten about, including this 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum dress I purchased over three years ago.
I took it out for its inaugural spin recently and fell in love with the ladylike frock all over again. Here I thought I was all peplum’d out thanks to the biggest fashion trend of 2012, but it turns out I’ve always been partial to peplums, and always will be.
What wardrobe treasures have you rediscovered lately?
3.1 Phillip Lim dress / Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan clutch / YSL shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup