Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 14, 2014 Edition


Amy Patel of Les Best, Toronto

This week’s edition of the Lookbook is all about volume – in your face, large and in charge volume.

Alex donned a classic wool overcoat in a not-so-classic shade of lilac, Amy brought high drama in a to-die-for black brocade dress, and Cailli sported an oversized shearling coat that reminded us once again that we need a shearling coat in our lives, stat.


Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal


Camille Dg of The Booklet, Montreal


Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York

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Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Ode to a Belt

We’re all about mixing high and low here at The Backseat Stylers, and this ensemble S sported during Toronto Fashion Week was the ultimate pairing of designer with mass market. The military-inspired peplum jacket by Prabal Gurung is one of our favourite fall wardrobe pieces, but a classic cincher belt by Banana Republic takes the look to a whole other level.

The belt, as luck would have it, was a recent chance discovery in a forgotten corner of S’s closet where it had sat untouched, tags still attached, for a few years. But with a jaunt on a TIFF black carpet and then a trip to fashion week so far this fall, it’s doing a great job making up for lost time.

Prabal Gurung jacket / Banana Republic belt / Joe Fresh pants / FLARE x ALDO booties / Celine bag

Image Credit: Mauricio Calero for Blog TO

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 7, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

Confession: we’ve been in full on fall shopping mode of late, and the uber chic personal style posts being churned out by bloggers across the country aren’t helping matters.

For example, there hasn’t been a single piece of camel in our closet for some time now, as a result of some inexplicable prejudice against the colour. Now, thanks to Vanessa, we’re thinking we need camel everything, stat. Right after we snag a fab dress from Self Portrait, of course, a new-to-us line discovered from Cara‘s latest post. We’ll also be needing a matched set. We’ve been talking about the trend for months but have yet to find the perfect one, and we’re thinking Ania‘s might be The One.

Have you been doing damage to the credit card too?


Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair, Vancouver


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog (right) with Talia Brown


Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto

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Events

Thom Browne Charms at The Room at Hudson’s Bay


Nicholas Mellamphy, Thom Browne and Liz Rodbell

On November 4, The Room at Hudson’s Bay’s Toronto flagship threw an unforgettable cocktail party in honour of designer Thom Browne, complete with psychedelic wallpaper, an indoor lawn and the most fabulous stilt walkers you ever saw.

Of course, the folks at The Room have been on a roll of late. Liz Rodbell, President, HBC Department Store Group and Nicholas Mellamphy, Vice President, The Room hosted the soirée mere days after Fashion Blows, the awe-inspiring exhibition celebrating the life of Isabella Blow, closed at the luxury designer department. It’s been a good month for The Room, having been graced by the presence of style icon Daphne Guinness (in support of Fashion Blows), followed by the talented (and dapper!) Mr. Browne.

The evening was attended by a who’s who of Toronto’s social set, including the likes of Suits actress Meghan Markle, model Yasmine Warsame, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, and fashion director George Antonopoulos. All were charmed by the New York-based designer, and many sported his wares to the event as evidence of their fandom. Check out the gallery below for some very chic style snaps from The Room’s Thom Browne fête.


Meghan Markle


Anita Clarke


Veronica Chu


Randi Bergman


Angela Koszuta

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Street Style

All The #WashableFashion #OOTD Action at World Mastercard Fashion Week


Model Stacey McKenzie

We’ve been all about the #washablefashion of late. We’ve been busy posting selfies of our own washable outfits as well as admiring yours, even taking to the World Mastercard Fashion Week tents in search of ultra chic #washablefashion #ootd action by industry insiders.

We found plenty of washable blog fodder. From model Stacey McKenzie‘s perfectly on trend knitted matched set to handbag designer Ela Kowalewska‘s casual cool white denim look to blogger Hawley Dunbar‘s ode to the classic white shirt, we snapped many of Canada’s most sartorially gifted in all their #washablefashion glory.

Check out the gallery below of WMCFW street style snaps for some #washablefashion inspiration. Then go forth and wash, wear, repeat. Tide Pods are your friend.


Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle


Sabrina Maddeaux of NOW Magazine


Ela Kowalewska of Ela Handbags

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 31, 2014 Edition


Kaylee Giffin of The Blondie Locks, Toronto

This edition of the Lookbook is all about fall colours. Bloggers across Canada donned rich jewel tones this week, many to the tents of Toronto Fashion Week.

Ania styled a stunning navy satin birdcage skirt in an unexpected and effortless way, Hawley paired a to-die-for burgundy backpack and matching tights back to heather grey for a standout look, and Kaylee rocked an eye-catching teal matched set – one of the chicest we’ve seen since the trend started.

Are you embracing the jewel tones too?


Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Toronto


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

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Stylin’ from the Backseat: Doe, A Deer

The talented Jenna Marie Wakani shot this photo of S outside the WMCFW tents last week for Elle Canada, capturing her nod to one of our favourite Canadian designers, Sunny Fong of VAWK. Along with the snap came some fun interview questions, which we thought we’d share here in case you missed the post on ellecanada.com.

Fave piece: ”My VAWK deer shirt—it’s a one-of-a-kind runway sample!”

TFW Spring 2015 highlight: “The Mercedes-Benz Start-Up finale—what a great platform for emerging talent! These are the designers who are going to shape the Canadian fashion landscape in the coming years.”

Star gazing: ”Stacey McKenzie is hands down my fave front row fixture. Her look is always on point and she has an infectious enthusiasm for Canadian fashion.”

Top Canadian model: ”It’s a tie between Daria Werbowy and Coco Rocha. Don’t make me choose!”

Most cherished fashion piece: ”My whimsical Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan Charlotte’s Web book clutch. It was my favourite book growing up.”

Top Spring 2015 trend: ”Jumpsuits. I can’t get enough of them!”

Are you loyal fans of VAWK, Coco and jumpsuits too?

VAWK shirt / Zara skirt / OBJECT for Danier clutch / J.Crew shoes

Events

Look Who Got #RedkenReady With Us at WMCFW + WIN a $250 Redken Prize Pack!

The weather during World Mastercard Fashion Week was tough on our hair games. Our ‘dos were suffering the wrath of Mother Nature and her torrential downpours for most of fashion week, and we weren’t the only ones. Thank goodness we’ve got new friends in high places, namely Redken Canada, official hair sponsor of WMCFW. On Day 2 of fashion week, we teamed up with the incredibly talented Redken team to get attendees #RedkenReady – one spray of dry shampoo at a time! – outside the tents and in the rain, no less.

Industry insiders like bloggers Nelia Belkova and Hawley Dunbar, Elle Canada Associate Editor Charlotte Herrold, fashion writer Anya Georgijevic and more all happily took us up on our offers of hair touch-ups courtesy of Redken Canada. A few spritzes of Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for added shine or some strategic sprays of Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to re-lift the locks got fashion week goers #RedkenReady just before stepping in front of the lens of street style photographers or into the tents for the shows.

We had such a blast playing hair fairy godmothers! We met so many fabulous people outside the tents that day and learned lots of valuable tips and tricks from the Redken team. Missed out on the fun? Don’t fret – we’re giving away a $250 personalized Redken hair care prize pack to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers! Contest rules are below. Good luck, ladies and gents!

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The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 24, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

This week, Canadian style bloggers got their fuzz on.

Vanessa sported a standout orange matched set by Toronto native Kaelen, pairing it with a cobalt blue bag for an eye-catching colour duo. Lookbook newcomer Kaylee took to the Toronto Fashion Week tents in a chic blanket wrap skirt, a creation by P.E.I.-based brand Dreamboat Lucy. Nelia donned a bright white faux fur jacket that was the perfect contrast to her new platinum locks.


Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Toronto


Samantha and Cailli Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto


Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

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Events

Spotted from the Backseat: Operanation 2014 Edition

On October 16, the Canadian Opera Company hosted its annual fundraiser, Operanation, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Operanation: Light Up The Night was a spectacular evening of music, food and fashion in support of the opera company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

Co-chaired by Randi Bergman of Fashion MagazineAnne Maggisano of Burgundy Asset Management and Patrick Sambrook of Eggplant Entertainment, this year’s event had a modern Spanish flair, inspired by the COC’s production of The Barber of Seville. The highlight of the night was a much anticipated performance by the French band Yelle.

Guests went ultra glam for the occasion. Nelia Belkova looked red carpet-worthy in emerald green H&M, Gracie Carroll repped Canadian fashion fabulously in Greta Constantine, and Amy Burstyn-Fritz stunned in a standout orange gown. Check out the gallery below for style snaps from Operanation: Light Up The Night.

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