Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: The Met’s Costume Institute Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Edition

Liu Wen in Zac Posen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art threw its annual Costume Institute Gala last night in New York, and we were there…err, in the same city on non-Met Ball business. But – silver lining! – we’re getting closer and closer every year to our dream of one day attending. We’d even happily accept the role of fly on the wall – are you hearing this Anna?

In any case, Met Ball 2014, ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’, happened last night, and it was the year’s most glamourous red carpet to date. All the biggest, boldest names in Hollywood were there, wearing the biggest, boldest names in the fashion industry: Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Beyonce in Givenchy Couture. Our best dressed list is packed with star power and sartorial perfection.

Side note: Hell hath officially frozen over. We once vowed never to post about one Kim Kardashian on this here site, but she won us over last night with a gorgeous midnight blue Lanvin gown and a Kanye West at her side. Vow or no vow, we give credit where credit is due, and Kim killed it this time. Now, back to our regular, generally Kim K.-free programming.

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

Alexa Chung in Nina Ricci

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

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Spotted from the Backseat: Suzanne Rogers Presents Zac Posen

On April 28, New York-based designer and red carpet favourite Zac Posen touched down in Toronto for philanthropist Suzanne Rogers‘ annual fashion fundraiser in support of children’s charities. The ‘Suzanne Rogers Presents Zac Posen’ event saw the likes of Hamish Bowles, Leigh LezarkDerek Blasberg and honourary co-chairs Lauren Santo Domingo and Martin Short make the trek north of the border to The Carlu to attend the black tie gala, which raised $800,000 for Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention.

The evening featured Posen’s first ever fashion show in Canada (headlined by none other than Coco Rocha!), a dinner, live auction (a dance with the designer himself, anyone?) and an official after party. Many in the crowd showed up for all the festivities in their most red carpet-worthy looks, including Sylvia Mantella in a jaw-dropping baby blue confection, Ainsley Kerr in a gorgeous floral-embroidered gown, and Jessica Mulroney in an eye-catching cobalt blue number.

Check out the gallery below for 23 style snaps from what will undoubtedly be one of the year’s most glamourous affairs.

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Retail Therapy

Queen’s Plate 2013: What to Wear on Race Day – Ladies Edition

We’re now only 2 weeks away from the prestigious Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack, which means you have only that much time to assemble that perfect race day outfit. Last week, we showed you 28 examples of stellar racing fashion from horse races around the world, and today we’ve pulled together 3 looks to inspire your Queen’s Plate shopping over the next 2 weeks. From the loveliest of frocks to the chicest of fascinators, we’ve got you covered for one of the biggest sporting and fashion events of the summer.

LOOK #1: 

For a ladylike race day look favoured by the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, choose a shift dress in a neutral tone and delicate fabric like lace. Our pick is alice + olivia‘s navy silk-chiffon design with elaborate beading at the sleeves and scalloped hem (USD$495). Pair it with Queen’s Plate official milliner David Dunkley‘s peacock feather fascinator for a pop of colour and Zara‘s t-strap silver sandals for a bit of edge (CAD$49.99).

LOOK #2: 

For a cheerful race day vibe, choose a fit-and-flare dress in a vibrant print like alice + olivia‘s red and white floral frock (USD$476.80). Take this eye-catching dress to the next level with a tall David Dunkley fascinator in matching hues, Rebecca Minkoff‘s watersnake ‘Vincent’ minaudiere in a contrasting colour (USD$295), and sky-high sandals from Zara (CAD$69.99).

LOOK #3:

For a polished Queen’s Plate look that’s right on trend, go for head-to-toe black and white. Choose a classic sheath dress like Black Halo‘s ‘Jackie O.’ (USD$345), a favourite among celebrities, and style it with a chic David Dunkley fascinator, an oversized clutch from Z Spoke by Zac Posen (USD$137), and snake-embossed stiletto sandals by Calvin Klein (USD$139).

There you have it – three fabulous race day looks to get your creative juices flowing when you hit the shops for a Queen’s Plate getup. The possibilities are endless though, and we can’t wait to see your sartorial genius on July 7!

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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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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Edition

January Jones in Zac Posen

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, giving us our first real awards show red carpet fix in several months. Obviously, we were delighted! So much so that we were even happy to see Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Osbourne again…ssshhh, don’t tell anyone.

Our greatest pleasure by far, however, was spotting January Jones in a stunning black Zac Posen number; in fact, there may have been some squealing and jumping up and down. She just looked that fabulous. Ginnifer Goodwin, who’s become a reliable source for gorgeous red carpet looks over the last few years, didn’t disappoint either, donning a floral and vine embellished orange frock by Monique Lhuillier.

We’re now new fans of Mad Men‘s Jessica Pare, who was the picture of classic Hollywood glamour in a custom black-and-white Jason Wu. Julianna Margieles also surprised us, walking the red carpet in a floral-printed green and purple Giambattista Valli gown. Julianne Moore rounds out our Emmys best dressed list; she looked like a ray of sunshine in a long-sleeved yellow Dior Couture gown that complemented her red hair beautifully.

We absolutely loved all the vibrant colours on the Emmys red carpet this year, but it was a head-to-toe black-clad January Jones who came away with the best dressed title by our measure. Who were your sartorial favourites at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards?

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

Jessica Pare in Jason Wu

Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli

Julianne Moore in Dior Couture

xx, S

Images via Just Jared

Fashion News

Announced: Alberta Ferretti for Impulse at Macy’s, Zac Posen for Lord & Taylor

Zac Posen styling his last collaboration, with Target

This week has been chock full of collaboration news: sneak peeks of Marni for H&M, the launch of Jason Wu for Target this upcoming weekend, and now announcements of Zac Posen for Lord & Taylor and Alberta Ferretti for Impulse at Macy’s.

Posen, whose designs have been all over the red carpets this awards season, has partnered with Lord & Taylor on a capsule collection of twelve dresses for Spring. The line will be priced, rather reasonably, from $149 to $199.

Italian designer Ferretti has designed a 30-piece collection for Impulse at Macy’s, inspired by the Amalfi Coast. The line-up of feminine dresses and separates will retail between $49 and $119.

Both collaborations hit stores in April. Which one are you most looking forward to?

Sketches of Alberta Ferretti for Impulse at Macy’s

xx, S

Images via Fashionologie

Retail Therapy

Target GO International Designer Collective Revealed

Back in October, Target announced that the retailer would be re-releasing 34 dresses from 17 past Go International collections just in time for Spring. Today, the question of which dresses would be included in the Designer Collective has finally been answered. All under $50 and available from March 13 to April 10, 2011, the collection will include designs from Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen and Tucker. (via Styleite)

I’m happy to get another shot at some of these pieces! The Proenza Schouler and Rodarte dresses (pictured above) are my picks – which are yours?

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Target to Launch Go International Collective Line

Being in Canada and far from a Target store,  most of the Go International designer collections over the past few years have been sadly out of reach. Good news for people like me who’ve been in mourning over having missed Proenza Schouler, Erin Fetherston, Alice Temperley and the like – Target will be re-releasing 34 dresses from 17 past Go International collections on March 13, 2011!

Coined the Go International Designer Collective line, the collection will feature past designs from Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Alice Temperley, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen, and Tucker. (via Fashionologie)

I managed to get my hands on a few Proenza Schouler and Rodarte pieces in the past, but I plan on taking full advantage of this second chance. Very excited for this!

xx, S

Retail Therapy

Target Collaboration Overload

After yesterday’s blurry sneak peek of the Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection, Refinery29 got their hands on the full lookbook. And I am thoroughly disappointed. What looked rather promising yesterday is now quite clearly unappealing to me. There literally isn’t a single item I’m interested in…not even the nautical pieces you’d think would be a surefire hit with me.

What I thought might save the day was the Zac Posen for Target lookbook posted on today. Zac Posen x Target is set to launch April 25th and I was hoping for some cute dresses in the collection. I see only one – this floral print brocade dress – but even then it’s not a must-have, especially not for $74.99 sight unseen.

So for now it seems the only Target collabo-related excitement for me is the Rodarte for Target black lace cardigan I finally broke down and bought off eBay. I ended up paying over retail of course, but I suppose that’s my penance for forgetting about the collection’s launch until all was already sold out online. In case you’re wondering, I will not be styling my cardi like this lookbook image. I’m not nearly tough enough for such a hard look. I’m a lace with bows and ruffles softie. Not a lace with Doc Martens and animal print kinda gal.
xx, S
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