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Admiring from the Backseat: The Met’s Costume Institute Gala 2013 ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ Edition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute held its annual gala last night. The dress code? Punk. And with New York and Hollywood’s boldest names attending, we knew their sartorial choices were going to be a feast for our fashion-obsessed eyes.

From a fabulously punk Sarah Jessica Parker in a printed Giles Deacon design and custom Philip Treacy mohawk headdress to a fabulous but not so punk Jennifer Lawrence in an embellished black Dior gown, the red carpet was quite the scene. Lauren Santo Domingo brought the drama in a Dolce & Gabbana dress with exaggerated sleeves, Emma Watson looked all grown up in a sexy black Prabal Gurung number, and Taylor Tomasi Hill stunned in a printed floral frock with spikes by Thom Browne.

It’s a tie for top honours, though, between a fierce Anja Rubik, who showed up in red leather Anthony Vaccarello, and Rooney Mara, who was a vision in white lace Givenchy (déjà vu?). Who were your favourites on this year’s Met Gala red carpet?

Images via Just Jared, Styleite, Vogue


The Backseat Stylers’ Year in Review – 2012 Edition!

What a year 2012 was! It started with a Toronto Fashion Week runway walk and ended with some Tiffany & Co. hardware. In between, we attended a lot of events, made some lovely new friends, celebrated our 3-year anniversary, wrote 373 blog posts, and more than doubled our reach. Not too shabby, by our measure.

Here’s a look back at our favourite moments from the past year. Thanks to all of you lovely readers, brands, PR folks and fellow blogger friends for showing us so much love. We’re excited for what 2013 will bring, and hope you’ll stick with us to find out!

S’s runway model moment for VAWKKIN at Toronto Fashion Week

The side of S’s head was on an episode of America’s Next Top Model. It was awesome.

A stylish road trip to The Somerset Collection in Troy, MI? Yes please!

T and model Irina Lazareanu, giving their best smizes.

Celebrating Three Years of Style with Style Blog, The Souls of My Shoes and our lovely readers…happy birthday to us! (Image Credit: You Just Got Spotted)

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When Sharon Met Taylor (Tomasi Hill!)

Even though it’s been a full four days since I had the biggest fangirl moment of my life when I met one of my style icons, Taylor Tomasi Hill, I’m still freaking out about it, so naturally a blog post was in order.

In case you don’t know, Taylor is the former style and accessories director for Marie Claire, current artistic director for Moda Operandi and bona fide street style star. I quite randomly ended up at The Room at The Bay at the same time as her during a Friday afternoon shopping jaunt last week, and nearly fell over when I spotted her. Introductions and an impromptu self-photo session ensued.

It was as epic and surreal a moment as meeting Anna Wintour last year. Seriously.

xx, S

Runways and Showrooms

Taylor Tomasi Hill for Lane Crawford Capsule Collection [UPDATED]

Collaborations like Jason Wu for Target and Marni for H&M have been taking over the news feeds the last few days, and now we’ve got another to add to the mix for our readers in Asia. Taylor Tomasi Hill, the newly-dubbed Artistic Director of Moda Operandi / former Style & Accessories Director of Marie Claire / bona fide street style star, has designed an exclusive capsule collection for Hong Kong-based retailer Lane Crawford.

Set to hit Lane Crawford IFC Mall on January 9, the collection includes an eclectic mix of pieces ranging from a white vintage lace pencil skirt (complete with neon pink slip!) to a pair of purple and pink abstract-print pants (very Erdem). “I am fond of things that don’t necessarily look as they should go together”, says Tomasi Hill. “Something unexpected always adds an element of interest to an outfit.” The 5 pieces revealed thus far are certainly anything but expected, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the collection.

Sadly, I won’t be anywhere near Asia next week and will be missing out on the fun, but will be living vicariously through our readers who are out that way. How about designing a collection for those of us on this side of the world, Taylor?


Great news for those of us outside of Hong Kong who’ve been wanting to shop Taylor Tomasi Hill x Lane Crawford: the full collection is available online at! Priced from $250 for the striped top to $470 for a strapless tuxedo dress, the collection can be delivered right to your door within 3 to 5 days ($30 shipping + tax/duties or free for orders over $1,000 on international orders).

I have my eye on the gorgeous leather-collar lace shirt – it’s the stuff of my sartorial dreams. What about you?

xx, S

Images via Jak and Jilpopbee, @TTomasiHill, Lane Crawford, Trendhunter

Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Taylor Tomasi Hill

Purple paillettes? In the light of day, no less! I’ve thus far had a policy of reserving my most blinged out pieces for after dark, but if it’s OK by Taylor Tomasi Hill, then who am I to say otherwise? She is, after all, the Style & Accessories Director for U.S. Marie Claire and a street style icon.

In fact, I welcome what I perceive to be an open invitation to sport my flashiest sequins to Sunday brunch from now on. Consider yourselves warned!

xx, S

Image Credits:, Stockholm Street Style

Retail Therapy

Taylor Tomasi Hill Styles Amanda Hearst in Fall Must-Haves

S and I both worship Taylor Tomasi Hill, Style and Accessories Director of Marie Claire, so when we heard she’d styled Barneys Fashion Editor Amanda Hearst for The Window, we were all over it.

The prices inscribed on each photo are rather sobering, but this video of Tomasi Hill hard at work is sure to cheer you up. If not, a daydream about what fun it would be to shop with these two should do the trick!

xx, T

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Admiring from the Backseat: Taylor Tomasi Hill

A little while back, I asked my Twitter followers whether there’s an age limit for tutus. The responses, surprisingly, were unanimous in saying that there is none. I was still a bit skeptical though, and never did buy that BCBG tutu I’d been eyeing. I’m fully regretting my decision now, because Taylor Tomasi Hill demonstrated during NYFW that it’s not about how old you are, but rather how you wear the garment.

I just posted another NYFW look of hers last week that showed her layering genius, and here she’s at it again. It would never occur to me to pair a green floral shirt with a grey chiffon skirt, or a bright blue oversized clutch with black studded sneakers, and yet Tomasi Hill unexpectedly combines all of these pieces into one fabulously quirky and fun outfit. This ensemble might look a bit schizophrenic to some, but the very best accessory is a sense of humour, and clearly this Marie Claire editor has one.

I don’t think I’ve ever featured the same person twice in the span of one week. Girl crush, anyone?

xx, S

Image Credits: Tommy Ton via, Jak and Jil

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Admiring from the Backseat: Taylor Tomasi Hill

Taylor Tomasi Hill, style and accessories director for US Marie Claire, wasn’t on my radar until the younger Backseat Styler T posted an incredibly fierce outfit of hers. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with her unique and unerring sense of style.

This latest NYFW ensemble of hers has me completely enamoured. From the feminine black lace top to the oversized blue cardigan to shoes that clearly mean business, each part of the outfit is a statement piece in its own right, but they come together to create an unexpectedly harmonious look. To those who think wearing blue with black is a style faux pas (I’m lookin’ at you, Mr. Backseat Styler), Tomasi Hill’s ensemble is irrefutable evidence of the opposite.

xx, S

Image Credit: Mr. Newton

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Admiring From the Backseat: Taylor Tomasi Hill

Taylor Tomasi Hill is a goddess. She is also the style and accessories director at US Marie Claire.

xx, T

Image via Refinery29

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