Ever since we laid eyes on Nelia of Style Blog‘s croc-embossed leather skirt, we’ve been fighting the urge to steal it from her. What’s a leather skirt or two between friends? But rather than burglarize her closet, we instead decided to focus our energies on finding a stunning leather skirt all our own…legally.
What we found was 33 gorgeous reasons not to have to deprive Nelia of hers, and we’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. Between Givenchy‘s curved hem leather pencil skirt, Cedric Charlier‘s asymmetrical sheepskin skirt, and Lover‘s lace trim leather skirt, we’re sufficiently distracted enough to leave Nelia and her skirt alone. For now.
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We here at The Backseat Stylers live for fall fashion. One of the biggest reasons? The ankle bootie. It’s by far our favourite shoe silhouette, and we were reminded of our love for them when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas (featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook) sporting a pair of high-heeled, leopard print beauties. Now we’re digging all of ours out of the closet, but – like any good shoeaholic – are longing for a new pair to add to the fall rotation.
We searched high and low for a pair worthy of splurging on, and found ourselves head over heels in love with a whopping 20 gorgeous styles. Between the adorable, bow-adorned Christian Louboutin ‘Autonodo’, the ladylike ‘Pamla’ booties by Enzo Angiolini, and the incredibly fierce ‘Kim’ metallic lace-ups by Gucci, we’re having a rather tough time settling on just one pair…or even two. We dare you to try.
Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 at ‘August: Osage County’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)
The Toronto International Film Festival officially wrapped up yesterday; the red carpets have been rolled up and the celebrities have returned to Hollywood, but we’re still riding that high that only the film festival can bring. We’re going to miss our favourite actresses walking the streets of Toronto in haute couture frocks, but awards season will be here before we know it.
In the meantime, we’ve rounded up our 10 favourite red carpet looks of TIFF 2013 to help with the withdrawal. From Julia Roberts in a gorgeous red Dolce & Gabbana number to Dakota Fanning in a jaw-dropping Atelier Versace gown, this year’s crop of stars brought their sartorial A games, making for the most fabulous Festival to date.
Keira Knightley in Mary Katrantzou Fall 2013 at ‘Can A Song Save Your Life’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at ’12 Years A Slave’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)
Olivia Wilde in Valentino Resort 2014 at ‘Third Person’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)
Carice van Houten in Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture at ‘The Fifth Estate’ premiere (Image credit: Getty)
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As far as bold, statement-making pieces go, jewelry and shoes get most of the play around here, but when we spotted Marla of Trend Struck sporting a lovely feather mini last week, we knew the next hero piece to join our wardrobe rotation would be a skirt.
We scoured the internet for the most gorgeous skirts the fall collections have to offer, and were stunned by the sheer number of to-die-for options. From minis to maxis and everything in between, we found 16 skirts guaranteed to make your (and your date’s) heart skip a beat.
On the pocketbook-friendly end of the spectrum we discovered ASOS‘s lace pencil skirt with floral appliqué ($71) and Topshop‘s holographic A-line mini (£38), while on the designer end of the spectrum, we’re daydreaming about the magenta silk-satin maxi by Balmain (USD$5,865) and draped lamé pencil skirt by Giambattista Valli (USD$3,565).
Check out the gallery below for our 16 favourite statement skirts right now, and get those gams ready.
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012
Just one last TIFF 2012 post, I promise! I couldn’t let the film festival pass us by without bowing down to the most memorable looks from the past 10 days. Jennifer Lawrence in a Dior haute couture dress and sleek dark ‘do easily took the title of best dressed for me, but it was a close race for second place.
Lily Collins and Diane Kruger stunned in embellished short numbers by Balmain and Valentino respectively, while Keira Knightley and Rachel McAdams both chose beautiful Elie Saab gowns. Which TIFF red carpet look was your favourite?
Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture Fall 2012
Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab Fall 2012
Lily Collins in Balmain Pre-Fall 2012
Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture Fall 2012
Images via Just Jared
Couture Fashion Week wrapped up last Wednesday, and celebrity stylists now have many stunning new looks to add to their repertoires.
From Karl Lagerfeld’s latest for Chanel to the first at Dior by Raf Simons, A-listers like Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway will have plenty of gorgeous gowns to choose from over the next several months. These 12 exquisite confections, in particular, are certain to be coming to a red carpet near you.
Jean Paul Gaultier
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I can’t stand the character Jessica Szohr plays on Gossip Girl, so naturally (and rather unfairly) I’ve always felt the same way about the actress herself. But when she steps out onto the red carpet of the Valentino 50th anniversary kick-off party looking as good as she did, I have to give credit where credit is due.
I absolutely adore the combination of the feminine ruffles and lace bodice with the black leather skirt in this dress, and the studded bow pumps are a nice touch too. I’d wear this look in a heartbeat. In fact, I might even prefer it over Michelle Williams‘ leather Valentino dress from Spring 2012. But don’t tell her I said that.
Image via Glamour
With only 5 days remaining until Valentine’s Day and men all around the world scrambling to find the perfect gift for the loves of their lives or those in the making, we’ve decided to generously offer a helping hand. We’ve put together a gift guide filled with our 10 favourite shoes, bags and jewelry, all in the loveliest shades of red. Men – pay attention. Ladies – this post can very conveniently be sent, via email, to the men in your life, as a not-so-subtle hint. You’re welcome, all.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Valentino rubber bow flip flops ($243) – Slip in a pair of plane tickets to a hot, exotic locale for an extended Valentine’s Day celebration.
2. Ela Handbags MILCK clutch in red ($280) – This gorgeous clutch will charm the pants off the lucky recipient…figuratively speaking.
3. Tiffany & Co. ‘Kisses’ book ($55) – To write down all your sweetest nothings for her.
4. Michael Kors small rose gold-plated chronograph watch ($250) – For the trendy gal you’re trying to woo…or keep.
5. Swarovski ‘Intervalle’ red bangle ($180) – Crystals can be a girl’s best friend too, especially crimson Swarovski ones.
6. Thomas Sabo sterling silver heart pendant ($69) – A pretty pendant that will remind her that she’s the love of your life, all 365 days of the year.
7. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel silk-crepe collar ($70) – Not a conventional gift by any means, but for the whimsical gal in your life, it might just do the trick.
8. Tiffany reversible suede and metallic leather tote ($655) – 2 gorgeous bags in 1, for the chic and practical lady in your life.
9. Proenza Schouler PS11 classic iguana in lipstick ($6,825) – Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you this incredible PS11 bag, which is sure to knock her socks off.
10. Charlotte Olympia Masako silk-satin pumps ($875) – Her very first pair of Charlotte Olympias? She’ll love you forever…or at least until next Valentine’s Day.
xx, T & S
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Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012
Awards season continued tonight with the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which meant another Sunday evening of red carpet fashion. To my delight, a few actresses donned designs that were fresh off the Spring 2012 haute couture runways: Zoe Saldana stunned in Givenchy while Natalie Portman looked impeccable in Giambattista Valli.
Rose Byrne of Damages also took to the red carpet in couture; she was a pleasant surprise in a sparkling ivory Elie Saab jumpsuit. Rounding out my top five looks of the evening were two style frontrunners this awards season, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams, who rocked the red carpet in Alexander McQueen and Valentino respectively.
Did you watch the SAG Awards? Who were your sartorial favourites?
Michelle Williams in Valentino
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2012
Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2012
Rose Byrne in Elie Saab Fall 2009 Couture
Images via Just Jared
I love this time of year: awards season, couture week, and the merging of the two worlds on the red carpets. With haute couture week having just wrapped up for the Spring 2012 season and big awards shows like the Grammys and Oscars around the corner, we scoured the couture collections of the biggest fashion houses for dresses we can’t wait to see on the biggest red carpets of the year.
Might Rooney, Michelle or Tilda be sporting one of these gorgeous gowns at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards?
Giambattista Valli / Valentino / Dior / Givenchy / Elie Saab / Versace / Chanel
Images via Vogue Italia