Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globe Awards 2014 Edition

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off awards season last night with what was quite possibly the show’s best red carpet to date. Being scheduled first in the sartorial marathon that is awards season has historically meant that our favourite leading ladies have reserved their most gorgeous gown choices for the SAGs and Oscars, but it certainly didn’t look that way this year.

Sure, there will always be some train wrecks here and there, but the 2014 Golden Globes style game was rather stunning on the whole. Newcomer and rising red carpet star Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren and bona fide fashion goddess Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé won best dressed hands down, but the other stars who round out our top 10 weren’t far behind.

Who was on your best dressed list?


Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren Spring 2014
She had one of our favourite red carpet looks of 2013, and with jaw-dropping looks like this fiery red cape dress, she’s sure to be tops in 2014 as well.


Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Fall 2013
All hail Queen Cate, who looked as regal as ever in an ethereal black lace gown and elegant hair and makeup to boot. We want to be her when we grow up.


Naomi Watts in Tom Ford
Naomi never disappoints on the red carpet, and her high-wattage column dress last night was no exception. Not even a well-timed photo-bombing can distract from this look.


Olivia Wilde in Gucci Première
Olivia and Gucci put on a lesson in dressing a pregnant woman for the red carpet; the actress and her emerald green sequin design were a match made in heaven.


Emilia Clarke in custom Proenza Schouler
Proenza isn’t yet a go-to for red carpet fashion, but the designers certainly made a strong case for it with this beautiful number worn by the Game of Thrones star.

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6 Gratuitous Shots of Justin Timberlake in a Suit and Tie

Welcome to Toronto, Justin Timberlake! JT is in town to do a personal appearance with his William Rast partner Trace Ayala at The Hudson’s Bay‘s downtown flagship today (4-6pm) and perform with Jay-Z at their Legends of the Summer TO concert tour stop tomorrow.

We have a feeling there are a lot of closet (or perhaps not-so-closet) ‘N Sync fans among you still, so this post is for you. We’ve rounded up six gratuitous shots of JT looking rather dapper in – what else? – a suit and tie.

You’re welcome.


2013 BRIT Awards


In Tom Ford at Grammy Awards 2013

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globe Awards 2013 Edition


Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Golden Globes 2013 turned out to be quite the night! Honourary Backseat Styler D joined us for this year’s festivities and we spent the evening critiquing the red carpet fashions, accusing each other of cheating in the GG pool, and playing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Golden Globes drinking game. Lots of controversy, to say the least. So much so, in fact, that we couldn’t even narrow the best dressed field down to 10.

While the red carpet as a whole left much to be desired, favourites like Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen, Anne Hathaway in Chanel and Julianne Moore in Tom Ford were shoo-ins. Ladies in red Jennifer Lawrence (in Christian Dior) and Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen) also made the cut, as did Kerry Washington in an embellished Miu Miu frock. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked drop-dead gorgeous in a bow-adorned Saint Laurent gown, while Julianna Margulies and Michelle Dockery both took risks with their Pucci and Alexandre Vauthier gowns that paid off.

The final spot in our top ten best dressed of the night was a toss-up between Rachel Weisz in a sheer, polka-dotted number by Louis Vuitton (S’s pick) and Katharine McPhee‘s revealing Theyskens’ Theory dress (T’s pick). Rather than settle the issue via a breakdance fight, we decided to expand our list to 11 and call it a night.

Who were your best dressed of the 2013 Golden Globes?


Anne Hathaway in Chanel


Naomi Watts in Zac Posen


Julianne Moore in Tom Ford


Kerry Washington in Miu Miu


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent

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Admiring from the Backseat: 10 Best Red Carpet Looks from 2012


Diane Kruger in custom Nina Ricci at Cannes International Film Festival

From awards shows to movie premieres to fashion parties, it’s been quite a year on the red carpets. We saw new sartorial heroines emerge, like Jennifer Lawrence during her Hunger Games promotional tour, as well as established greats like Michelle Williams and Diane Kruger continue to bring their A games. With stunning look after stunning look to choose from, selecting a short list of the 10 best dressed of 2012 was a near impossible task. With much deliberation, we finally settled on the 10 that made our jaws drop and raised the red carpet bar.

What do you think of our top 10 best dressed of the year – did we nail it, or did we miss some of your favourites? Do tell!


Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards


January Jones in Zac Posen at 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards


Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at 2012 Academy Awards

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Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2012 Edition


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Finally, the fanciest, shmanciest night in Hollywood arrived tonight, the 2012 Academy Awards! Fess up – you were glued to the tube for all 17 hours of Oscars red carpet and awards ceremony coverage like us, weren’t you? No need to feel ashamed about it. We too oohed and aahed over Michelle Williams‘ coral Louis Vuitton gown, cheered for Jessica Chastain‘s best red carpet outing to date (in Alexander McQueen!), and felt those pangs of jealousy over how hot Angelina Jolie looked in Atelier Versace.

All of our favourite leading ladies stepped up their sartorial game, just as we’d hoped. Rooney Mara wore a colour other than black for once – white Givenchy, in fact. Gwyneth Paltrow continued to rock the sleek, minimalist gowns, choosing a white Tom Ford for the occasion. Stacy Keibler - whom S still can’t believe has gone from WWE wrestler to George Clooney arm candy – donned the only Marchesa gown we’ve ever loved.

Rounding out our top 10 best dressed list were Emma Stone in red Giambattista Valli couture (how funny was her bit with Ben Stiller?), Rose Byrne in a black sequin number by Vivienne Westwood, Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab couture, and Natalie Portman in vintage Dior (from 1954!), carrying the Charlotte Olympia ‘Pandora’ clutch S so covets. They too seemed to have gotten the memo that red, black and white would be the colours for Hollywood’s biggest night out.

Who were your Oscars red carpet favourites?


Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace


Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford


Stacy Keibler in Marchesa


Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen


Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture


Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture


Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood


Natalie Portman in vintage Dior


Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Haute Couture

xx, T & S

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: 10 Best Red Carpet Looks from 2011


January Jones in Carolina Herrara Pre-Fall 2011 at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards

The end of a year always brings about an overabundance of ‘best of’ lists, so of course we had to contribute one of our own. Putting together a list of the top ten red carpet looks of 2011 was a surprisingly easy task. These 9 women – 8 actresses and 1 real life princess – and their 10 ensembles (Emma Stone is listed twice!) were clear standouts in our eyes. So much so that we’re not even going to bother to explain our choices – these stunning looks speak for themselves. Plus, we’re still recovering from our holiday turkey feast.

From Anne Hathaway‘s sequin Armani Privé to Cate Blanchett‘s lavender Givenchy, these are the types of clothes that make us wish that we too were Hollywood actresses or fairy tale princesses whose job descriptions included gracing red carpets in couture. But, alas, we are not…yet. So until such day that fact changes, we’ll settle for daydreaming about strutting our stuff in January Jones‘ gold lace gown by Carolina Herrera and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge‘s blush sequin dress by Jenny Packham instead.


Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2011 at the 83rd Academy Awards


Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Fall 2011 at the ‘Friends With Benefits’ New York premiere


Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Fall 2011 at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards


Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham Spring 2011 at the Annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) Gala Dinner in London


Emma Stone in Tom Ford Fall 2011 at the ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ World Premiere


Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé Fall 2010 at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards


Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture at the 83rd Academy Awards


Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 at the ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ New York premiere 

xx, T & S

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Runways and Showrooms

Tom Ford Spring 2011 Womenswear Collection Video

After what’s been a slow and, at times, painful reveal of his Spring 2011 womenswear collection, Tom Ford has finally released a video of his NYFW presentation back in September. The video has already made the rounds of the Twitterverse and blogosphere, but in case you missed it, check it out here. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. This collection is magnificent.

xx, S

Glossies

Lara Stone in Tom Ford SS11 for W Magazine January 2011

We’ve caught glimpses of Tom Ford’s Spring 2011 womenswear collection in Vogue US and Harper’s Bazaar UK so far, but still haven’t seen the entire collection. The next pieces of the puzzle come courtesy of a stunning editorial in W Magazine‘s January 2011 issue featuring Lara Stone.

I’m still at the edge of my seat, waiting anxiously to see the rest of the collection. What an ingenius hype campaign, Tom.

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Tom Ford Spring 2011 in Harper’s Bazaar UK January 2011

Earlier this month we got our first look at Tom Ford’s Spring 2011 womenswear collection through an editorial in Vogue US‘s December 2010 issue. Now the first images from the presentation at NYFW have been published in the January 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. Shot exclusively by Terry Richardson, the images show Beyonce Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Joan Smalls, Liya Kebede and more working it in to-die-for Tom Ford creations.

The more I see of this collection, the more awed I am by it. Are you as blown away as I am?

More photos after the jump!

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Tom Ford Spring 2011 Editorial in Vogue US December 2010

The December 2010 issue of Vogue includes an editorial that features the first full-length photos of some of the looks from Tom Ford’s highly-anticipated Spring 2011 womenswear collection – the inaugural womenswear collection for his eponymous line and his first foray into womenswear in 6 years. Back in September, Ford held a very exclusive presentation, but banned photos, so all the public at large has seen of the collection until now has been these headshots.

We all missed Ford terribly during his absence and were envious of his menswear designs, and now we’re reminded of precisely why. The pieces featured in the Vogue editorial are every bit as fabulous as I’d imagined they would be…and then some. Definitely worth the wait!

More photos after the jump…

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