Holiday Parties: 3 of Canada’s most stylish women share their wardrobe and hosting tips | Hollywood yohana

Holiday Parties

Glitz and glam reigns supreme during holiday season. From twinkling lights to shimmering dresses, three of the country’s most stylish hostesses show us how to bring it on home when hosting a New Years bash or Christmas dinner party. Jacquie Somerville, Krystal Koo, and Eva Hartling‘s inspired holiday ideas will have you dreaming up ways to perfect your holiday gathering. These women turn up the heat in the kitchen (or hire someone to do so) as well as in their closet with their party appropriate shopping picks. While their holiday parties may differ in style, it’s indisputable that each lady knows how to throw a chic bash with a healthy dose of holiday sparkle. 


Chanel Pre-Fall 2013: The dispatch from inside Karl Lagerfeld’s Scottish spectacular | Hollywood yohana

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

“Dress warmly. Wear flat shoes.” The lead up to the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 Métier d’Arts show in Scotland on Tuesday had a foreboding tone. The setting was Lin Lithgow, a crumbling 15th century palace that was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Whiskey toddies, blazing fires and wool lap blankets ensured none of the hundreds flown in for this special event suffered.
Coco Chanel discovered Scotland’s superior yarns and fabrics during her fishing sojourns with the Duke of Westminster on his Highlands estate. The romance didn’t last but Chanel’s fondness for tweed and plaid did, signatures designer Karl Lagerfeld has long played on but never in such a forthright way.

Scottish model Stella Tennant opened the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 show in a tartan-lined coat with beaded cashmere scarf and there were argyle knits, plaid knickers and jeans, fair isle cardigans, leather sporran pouches and tam o’shanter caps, but all more luxe and decorative than you would find in any Scottish kilt shop. Feathers sprouted from hats and were splayed over necklines, jewels were strung through finely braided hair, thistle brooches were pinned to giant white bows. And in true Karl Lagerfeld form, there were saucy mixes—a sheer top with Fair Isle beading over a sober Harris tweed skirt, for example. The finale of cream gowns with a period feel could have come straight from the wardrobe of Queen Mary, who outlived two husbands before being decapitated in 1587 for treason.
Guests were then piped out to a banquet of caramelized hog cheeks and sheep cutlets set up in sheer huts beside a placid loch (lake). The setting was right for a knight in shining armour to emerge from the mist. Instead, applause greeted Karl Lagerfeld who arrived for dinner in black jeans and blazer with twinkling lapels.


The fashionable way to reduce, reuse, recycle: Introducing H&M’s new garment collecting initiative | Hollywood yohana

H&M Garment Collecting Initiative

With every solid closet clean out, when the never-worn clothing gets separated from the over-worn, there’s always the question of what to do with pieces after they have been pulled off the hangers and out of the drawers. Donate, throw away or give to friends?
Now, H&M is offering the solution to this on-going problem and providing shoppers with the opportunity to return used clothing in any state—tattered, barely worn, and from any brand—to select stores so they can be reused, recycled, or donated to be re-worn.

H&M is the first fashion company to offer a garment collecting initiative in attempt to reduce textile waste, which is harmful to the environment. Every year textiles end up in landfills when in reality up to 95 per cent could be recycled and reused (that’s a high percentage!). For every bag of used clothing that is returned to select locations, you’ll receive a $5 voucher off your next purchase of $30 or more. The collected clothing will be handled by H&M’s partner for this initiative, I:Collect, which is in charge of processing the textiles so they can be reused.
We could call this one of H&M’s New Year resolutions because the program kicks off in February 2013, just in time for the pre-spring closet clean out.


Pantone Colour of the Year 2013, Emerald: We celebrate the jewel tone’s influence with 34 runway and shopping picks | Hollywood yohana

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

Farewell Tangerine Tango! Emerald has officially been announced as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013. In a press release published this morning, Pantone said of their new favourite hue:
“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

All that and Oz’s Emerald City that is. As per usual, much of this hue’s recent popularity can be directly tied to what’s going down on the runways. Since Fall 2011, the jewel tone has been making an impact both on the runways and the red carpet (ahem: Golden Globes 2011). More recently for Fall 2012, emerald touched down on runways at Gucci, Lanvin and Kenzo. Reaching its fever pitch as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013, the jewel tone is being spotted everywhere for Spring 2013, most notably at Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior, where it was used to cut eyebrows and eyelids into jewels of their own. To prep for the emerald onslaught, we’ve selected several of Spring 2013′s most telling runway looks as well as several fashion and beauty products you can buy right now to get you in the emerald move.


Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013 backstage beauty: Tight, lacquered hair and graphic cat-eye liner at Greta Constantine | Hollywood yohana

Greta Constantine Spring 2013 backstage beauty hair makeup nails

The inspiration:
Daniel Di Tommaso, Sebastian core stylist: “Super, super tight and very, very shiny. [Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong] wanted to make sure that when we pulled the hair back it was almost stretching the eyes.”
Melissa Gibson, M.A.C makeup key: “[Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong] sent a photograph that had a kind of ’50s-ish feel to it [and then] we were talking about the clothing which is so structured, and you think, ‘architectural, how does that come into makeup?’ The idea behind a graphic liner [is that] it’s still a play on what a ’50s liner would be if you were to modernize it, make it a bit more edgy and structural.”
Get the look:
- The super-tight ponytail for Greta Constantine Spring 2013 was actually created by bonding two ponytails together. After wetting down the hair, Di Tommaso brushed Sebastian Shine Crafter Wax through to tame any flyaways. Hair was brushed back into bump-free ponytails and the ends were rope knotted into a bun and pinned down to the head as tightly as possible. Many Sebastian products were layered to achieve a high-shine, but Liquid Steel Concentrated Styler was what made the look: Di Tommaso brushed the Liquid Steel directly to models’ heads, lacquering the hair into place.
- When attempting a very detailed eyeliner look, give yourself a lot of time and use the right tools. Melissa Gibson used a very tiny brush and M.A.C Fluidline in “Blacktrack”–as well as lots of Q-Tips for fixing any mistakes. Paint eyeliner on quickly and with a feathery touch, because “the more you push down on the brush the more you’re likely to make mistakes.”
- Further practical graphic eyeliner advice: “Don’t use a [eyeliner] pencil, it’s a hot mess,” Gibson advised. “And don’t do it when you’re drinking before going out, or have had five cups of coffee.”
All about those nails:
Created by Tips Nail Bar, the multi-dimensional look was just as graphic as the hair and makeup. “We wanted it to have an edgy, sinister look,” explained Yashana Roberts, the Tips Nail Bar team lead. After painting long, almond-shaped acrylic nails with M.A.C nail lacquer in “Nocturnelle,” a second smaller-but-pointier acrylic nail was glued on top—also painted in the black nail polish. M.A.C “Discotheque” nail lacquer was then sponged on, to give a textured finish.


Watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight? We have the backstage scoop on the Angels’ hair and makeup | Hollywood yohana

The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Backstage Hair and Makeup Barbara Palvin

The sexiest show on earth, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, will be televised tonight and although many will be tuning in to see the elaborate costumes, fancy lingerie and performances from Rihanna and Justin Bieber, we can’t forget about the beauty. After all, while a million-dollar bra is hard to come by, anyone can try their hand at the hair and makeup done on the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Even better, we have the complete low-down on how to achieve both.
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux gave Victoria’s Secret models such as Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes a look that featured sultry brown eyes, glossy, barely-tinted lips and earthy cheeks. And given just how much skin is on display, the Angels’ bodies were given a sun kissed glow with help from the brand’s Beach Sexy line of bronzers and self-tanners.
Hair guru Orlando Pita is no stranger to celebrity tresses and brought the va-va-voom to Angels’ hair for the runway show. Pita created effortlessly tousled waves to complement the models’ beach-ready bodies with Victoria’s Secret So Sexy hair products. Pita even managed to give model Karlie Kloss bouncy natural-looking extensions despite having recently cut her hair into a short bob.
And if you look really closely while watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight, you will see that the Angels’ nails are painted in a soft pink shade. This new line of VS Nail Lacquers will be launching in January 2013 and include shades such as “Bitten” and “Peep Show,” which is a glittery metallic pink.


Greta Constantine Spring 2013: 34 looks that prove Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill are going in a whole new direction | Hollywood yohana

Greta Constantine Spring 2013

Greta Constantine designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill took a big risk by opting to show their Spring 2013 collection over a month after Toronto Fashion Week. Whatever the reason behind that decision, it seemed to pay off. Last Thursday’s fashion show at the city’s Fermenting Cellar was packed to the rafters with multiple front rows of media, buyers and social types all relatively fresh faced and ready for some action.

After a few inspired Stoli cocktails, the Greta Constantine Spring 2013 collection took to the runway, offering a much-expanded take on the duo’s typical aesthetic. Opting out of the often tedious draped dresses that have become their signature, Wong and Pickersgill opened with a tight one-shouldered navy cocktail dress with a pleated inset down its front, which was followed by an even stricter pleated skirt suit. The models—curved glass-like headpieces firmly fixed to their tight buns—meant business.
Halfway through, the collection morphed into girlish mode, with a softened palette of dainty full-skirted dresses and simple tanks. While some of the looks did feel a bit too inspired by some of Nicolas Ghesquière’s most famous at Balenciaga (both recent and archival), we love where Wong and Pickersgill are heading. Stepping away from the heat of Toronto Fashion Week and forging ahead with fresh cuts and a simple palette let the duo’s talents to shine just that much brighter.


The Olsens and Damien Hirst have created a $55,000 bag covered in pills | Hollywood yohana

The Row Damien Hirst Croc Backpack

he Olsen twins have gone from solving crimes by dinnertime to creating a bag covered in pills that amphetamine loving beauty blogger Cat Marnell probably dreams about at night.
The Row first released a mini crocodile backpack that retailed for $35,000 with plenty of criticism, which then proceeded to sell out. Now, the mini backpack has returned as a collaboration between artist, Damien Hirst, and The Row. The 12 extremely limited edition bags have gone up in price (eek!) and will set a buyer back a cool $55,000.

Someone willing to buy the “one-of-a-kind wearable art work” can chose between a backpack covered in prescription pill appliqués or polka dot appliqués in gold or Technicolor. The purses are inspired by Hirst’s work and pay homage to his famous Spot paintings and his pill covered canvas titled “The Void”.
Hirst gets to decide what portion of proceeds will be donated to Unicef on behalf of the collaboration, which will exclusively be sold on Just One Eye, an online retailer. We hope he’s feeling very generous.


Black on Black: 11 Style Panel tips for how to wear black in new and unique ways | Hollywood yohana

Black on Black

Black. In fashion, the colour is both a classic and a classic fall back. Black looks good on anyone and will always go with any outfit, so no wonder most of us choose it as a safe and comfortable look on those days when we can’t find anything to wear. However, as is the case, black on black can sometimes look stale and even overwhelming, even if you’re wearing just one black piece. However, leave it to our Style Panel this week to tear down that notion and show us how to wear black clothing in the most interesting ways.
For Fall 2012, many designers showed us how to wear black in a multitude of ways. From the ‘90s-inspired studs at Versace to the more elegant black lace at Salvatore Ferragamo, the darkest shade was used to make outfits stand out with edge and decadence.
The ladies of our Style Panel took cue from the runways, but have done so in such unique ways that no two girls have even slightly similar looks. New Style Panel members Jacquelyn Son of Style Worthwhile, Deanne McRae of Threadbare and Stephanie Sterjovski of stephaniesterjovski.com all took risks by going for (almost) all-black outfits, but in the end they each looked completely modern and on trend. Black is boring? Not this time.


Exclusive: Blake Lively talks about Gucci Première and gifting fragrance to family (Is that what will be in Ryan Reynolds’ stocking?) | Hollywood yohana

Gucci Premier perfume Blake Lively

Blake Lively, who has been the face of Gucci‘s new fragrance, Gucci Première ($78, sephora.com), since its launch, recently spoke about her work with the brand and how her involvement is especially significant during the holiday season.
Some background: The inspiration for this new scent was taken from the brand’s Gucci Première couture collection that debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The dresses were created for a who’s-who’s of Hollywood’s most glamorous actresses and the perfume aims to celebrate the star in every woman.

In this exclusive Q&A video, Blake Lively—who is no stranger to red carpet glamour and festivities—says that during the holiday season the gifts that last are the most powerful. And what could be more powerful than a new fragrance? Speaking about her own family’s holiday traditions, Lively says, “I love to give the gift they remember. My father always gives my mother fragrance.”
The actress also noted that, “Fragrance is a bit of a selfish gift because it’s comforting when you’re near someone and you recognize their smell.” And Gucci Première does just that with a recognizable mix that includes orange blossom, white flowers and leather.
Lively remarked that her family often exchanges fragrances with each other, in hopes that they could adopt the scent as their own. So who will be on the receiving end of a gifted bottle of Gucci Première this holiday season? And we have to admit, we’re also now very curious as to what scent Ryan Reynolds wears.


Beauty magnified: Examining the ski chalet–ready beauty look on Michael Kors’ Fall 2012 runway | Hollywood yohana

Michael Kors Backstage Beauty Fall 2012

Featuring chunky cable-knits, fox furs and shearlings, the Michael Kors Fall 2012 collection was inspired by a well-to-do couple—say Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, or John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette—settling in at their cozy winter retreat after a day on the slopes. To achieve this fireside look, makeup artist Dick Page used Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in “Drama” on both lips and cheeks. The red liquid lipstick was applied with a foundation sponge on cheeks to mimic an in-from-the-cold flush then blotted on lips for a bold, precise effect. On the eyes, Dick Page swept pale gold and iridescent white powder over lids and into inner corners and finished with black mascara. Hair was just as cozy: After prepping with a volumizing spray for texture, Orlando Pita created a side part, secured it with a bobby pin and pulled the lengths into a casual, undone knot. Read on as we examine the runway look for Michael Kors Fall 2012 in full, complete with tips, tricks and the six products you need to try the hair and makeup at home.


Beauty Visionary: Meet the woman behind J.Crew’s bright lips and mussed hair | Hollywood yohana

J.Crew fashion director Gayle Spannaus interview

J.Crew has launched many obsessions over the years: cashmere V-necks, brightly coloured capris and novelty ballet flats. But the fashion retailer, which began as a catalogue-only business in the eighties, has also been not so quietly causing a beauty revolution. Flip open the catalogues, or “Style Guides” as they’re now known, and you’ll find models with electro-pop lips, windblown hair and brushed-up brows, a signature look that went over well when the brand officially presented at New York Fashion Week for the first time with its Spring 2012 collection. Collaborations with indie makeup brands Face Stockholm and Lipstick Queen have led to sold-out collections of lipstick and nail polish (not even eBay-able anymore!), and beauty boldfaces such as Linda Rodin (she of the cult face oil Rodin Olio Lusso) star in the company’s latest ad campaign. All of which is to say: J.Crew is on a big beauty roll. 

So who is the mastermind behind this cosmetic zeitgeist? While quirky-cool chairman and CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler and famously fashionable creative director Jenna Lyons have been major forces fashion-wise, much of the beauty direction happens at the hands of Gayle Spannaus. J.Crew’s fashion director and head women’s stylist, she’s been with the brand for 17 years. While working at Glamour as an assistant stylist, she would fight to be first to get her hands on the J.Crew catalogues. “When I heard there was an opening for a casting director to be in charge of hiring all the models, photographers and hair and makeup artists, I took it,” she says.
Since her arrival in 1995, Spannaus has crusaded to modernize J.Crew’s bare-face beauty approach. “It was very ‘girl next door,’ no makeup,” she says. “Very natural and androgynous, but not in a Calvin Klein way.” Her first coup was shooting Amber Valletta with her husband and puppy on a beach in 1995. “Amber was the biggest deal and we got her. I proposed the idea and it was more money than we had ever spent on a model.” It was also the first step in moving the needle. “I had a very specific instinct for what the J.Crew girl should be,” Spannaus says. “She had to have an ease. That was very important. And there had to be eye contact, a confidence—because that’s the foundation—and friendliness. If you’re not nice, it’s a one-shot deal.” Under her direction, J.Crew’s cadre of models has grown to include such well-known faces as Arizona Muse, Liu Wen and Karmen Pedaru.


Beauty Fix: 5 ways to add a charitable component to your beauty routine this winter | Hollywod yohana

Beauty Fix Beauty Products with Charitable Donations

Every week we take on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more and provide all the answers. This week, Beauty Fix is adding a charitable component to your search for the perfect eye shadow, lip gloss and fragrance. We’ll help you find the perfect shadow for this season’s smoky eye, a scent that’s not too strong and a lotion that does more than your average moisturizer. Even better, every answer this week includes a product that gives back.  


Frost Bites: 9 products to help you fend off the threat of parched skin this winter | Hollywood yohana

Winter Skin Care products

If there’s ever a time you’ll want to retain water, it’s winter. “As the temperature falls, the air’s ability to hold moisture tends to reduce, which creates dryness in the environment,” says Dr. Jaggi Rao, a dermatologist and associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta. In other words, your dewy summertime complexion is going to thirstily tense up and beg for a drink. Dr. Rao suggests applying a hydrating cream or serum on damp skin, as “it will seal whatever is there and retain that moisture.” Skin around the eyes, the thinnest on the body, also requires immediate attention, and not just because of its fragility. We make so many facial expressions in that area that “if the skin is already dry, you will enhance the microscopic breaks in it.” Remedy the situation by dipping deeply into some eye cream. 


5 predictions about One Direction’s forthcoming fragrance| Hollywood yohana

One Direction perfume fragrance

A million happy tweets were likely launched this morning when news broke that the boy band of the moment, One Direction, have signed a deal to launch a women’s perfume in 2013. WWD noted that this move will put the fivesome into even further competition with Justin Bieber, whose Girlfriend fragrance launched earlier this year. (We’re still impressed that eager fans haven’t stolen all the life-size cardboard cutouts of Bieber from drugstore displays across the country.) Of course, these days a cosmetics empire is almost mandatory for any act with a roster of record-breaking Top 40 hits (just ask Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj) so it’s no surprise that One Direction is entering the world of celebrity fragrance. While no details of the scent have been released—other than a tentative fall 2013 launch date—here’s five of our best predictions as to what One Direction fans can look forward to:
1. A telephone booth-shaped perfume bottle? The red phone booth from the cover of One Direction’s just-released album Take Me Home has become a fan favourite—and would make for a pretty cute perfume bottle.
2. Different fragrances for each One Direction member? What better way to make sales skyrocket! Though stores would have to be sure to stock more of the Harry Styles and Zayn Malik scents…
3. Could it be the first perfume that plays a song as you spray? Lady Gaga changed the game when she launched the first black-to-clear fragrance, making innovation just as important as marketing. So we’re imagining a bottle that plays the chorus from “What Makes You Beautiful” as you spritz.
4. Fans could determine the name of the fragrance: One Direction loves to host question and answer sessions online, so imagine if they turned to Twitter to take suggestions on what to name the scent?
5. Older fans will love it just as much as younger ones: For instance, the scent could be heavy on vanilla and buttercream notes appealing to the noses of a younger audience while still making us older fans (ahem…) feel beautiful.


MEN’S FASHION: Design director Max Wolff is overseeing the rebirth of the Lincoln | Holld yohana

MEN'S FASHION: RenaissanceMan

The interior features leather in a perforated pattern that suggests bubbles rising in a glass of champagne. The exterior is the colour of cognac, with a base coat covered in multiple clear layers that impart an intoxicating shine. And the front is spanned by a grille that’s like the wings of an eagle in flight.
Looking at this new Lincoln MKZ Concept—unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and presented at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February—it’s clear that Lincoln is aiming high.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Company group vice-president for global product development, acknowledged in a January press release, “With the Lincoln MKZ Concept, we are not introducing a new car. We are essentially introducing a new brand.”
“It’s a tremendous responsibility,” says Max Wolff, who, at the age of 38, joined Lincoln as director of design at the beginning of last year. He heads an all-new studio dedicated to the reinvention of the iconic luxury brand.
No one is disputing that the time for reinvention had come. In January, Business Week ran a story that pointed
to Lincoln’s declining sales, its geezer demographic and, as an example of further indignity, the 1970s-era Continental that carried the coffin of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
In restoring Lincoln to a more debonair image, Wolff looked back to earlier heydays: the Zephyr of the 1930s and the Continental of the early ’60s, which, says Wolff, “stood apart as much for what it didn’t do as for what it did do.”
What it didn’t do was go in for the decorative fins that were then all the rage. Likewise, the MKZ Concept avoids what Wolff calls “surface entertainment.” Instead, it features sleek lines and an understated attitude that nonetheless announces that, as Wolff puts it, “It’s not going to be pushed around.”
Wolff’s words reflect a passion for cars that he’s had since he was a boy growing up in Australia, when he used to spend his time drawing pictures of them. Having worked for General Motors in Australia, Korea and the U.S. before taking a job with Ford, he still believes in automobile design as an example of art for everyday living.
But while his spiky hair and what he calls “the unkempt sort of half-beard thing” imply an artistic streak, Wolff gratefully admits that technology is a boon to design. Directing attention to the interior of the MKZ Concept, Wolff explains that there is no mechanical linkage between the transmission and the gearshift, which makes possible a full-length centre console. This offers a customer more places to put things, and Wolff proudly declares it to be “an amazing piece of sculpture.”
A production model of the MKZ Concept is scheduled to arrive in dealerships later this year, and plans are in the works for seven more all-new or significantly refreshed Lincoln models. Wolff promises, “The best is yet to come.” 


MEN’S FASHION: 12 of the most exciting cars of the new model year | Hollywood yohana

MEN’S FASHION: 12 of the most exciting cars of the new model year

Despite the drawbacks to driving a car—not enough parking, too much going nowhere in too much traffic—we continue to be obsessed with the automobile. And for good reasons: First, certain cars are motorized works of art. Second, life is short.


MEN’S FASHION: Principal dancers with the National Ballet of Canada, Guillaume Côté, Jirí Jelinek and Piotr Stanczyk star in fashion’s shorts program | Hollywood yohana

MEN’S FASHION | Leg work

Introducing the OPI Euro Centrale collection: See all 12 OPI nail polish colours for Spring 2013 | Hollywood yohana

OPI Euro Centrale collection Spring 2013 nail polish

Even though the holiday season has just begun and we’re in the middle of obsessing over festive winter shades of nail polish, OPI has just announced the launch of its Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
Euro Centrale by OPI features twelve new nail polish colours that are classic, yet contemporary and are inspired by four major European countries. And despite being the OPI Spring 2013 collection, Euro Centrale will hit counters before the snow thaws, in February 2013.
Romania, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic influenced the newest collection, and were chosen because they each have an aesthetically pleasing way of mixing old with new.

“When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns,” explained OPI executive VP Suzi Weiss-Fischmann via press release.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an OPI collection without some memorable nail polish names. This time around you can choose from gems like “My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!,” “You’re Such a BudaPest” and “Can’t Find My Czechbook”—a fiery orange-red, a pale lavendar and a gorgeous aqua polish, respectively. We’ll be sure to break out our own Czechbook once the OPI Euro Centrale collection hits stores next year!


Introducing Mariah Carey by OPI: See all 8 nail polish colours from the very glittery collection | Hollywood yohana

Mariah Carey OPI Nail Polish Opener

Mariah Carey was the star of a movie titled Glitter for a reason. So when it was announced that she would be partnering with OPI and releasing a collection of nail polishes in January 2013, we expected a whole lot of glitz with a dash of glamour. And guess what, we were right.
The collection’s eight colours range from pale-pink to an almost-black with red flecks of sparkle—perhaps each an ode to the diva’s singing range? There are four shades that use OPI’s newest nail polish innovation, Liquid Sand. The new nail polish technology provides a textured matte finish that is infused with reflective sparkles. This is the first time OPI has debuted its Liquid Sand nail polish and Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive VP and artistic director, said the polish is “worthy of a superstar” in a press release.

While we’re all over the glitter and shine of the Mariah Carey by OPI collection, we’re sad that our favourite songs didn’t make the cut when it came to naming each nail polish. We were hoping for a nod or two at Mariah’s past hits (and our favourites!) like “Heartbreaker” and “Honey,” but instead more obscure songs seem to have made the cut—such as the bold blue Liquid Sand polish dubbed “Get Your Number.” There is one small throwback to 1997, though, with a Champagne-pink polish called “A Butterfly Moment.”
We’re particularly intrigued by the concept of Liquid Sand and can’t wait to give these textured matte polishes a whirl once they hit stores in January 2013. What more can we say? The Mariah Carey by OPI nail polish collection is certainly a line of colours that we’ll keep on coming back to incessantly.


Katy Perry is expanding her beauty brand with a new line of fragrances| Hollywood yohana

Katy Perry Fragrances Coty

If Katy Perry’s self-proclaimed fall from cloud nine is an example of anything, it’s that the pop star knows how to hit the ground running. Her summer 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me was a box-office hit and every single released by the singer has become an instant chart topper. Now, Katy Perry is continuing with her fragrance line but going bigger and bolder.
Today it was announced that Katy Perry has signed a contract with Coty Inc.—the global beauty manufacturer that has brands such as OPI, Marc Jacobs and Rimmel in its portfolio—to distribute her two existing perfumes (Meow! and Purr) and work alongside as she develops her third signature scent. “I’m excited to share what’s next in my perfumed world,” she said via press release.

It comes without surprise that the pop star is expanding her beauty brand and working on more scents—after all, Katy Perry has become somewhat of a style icon in the music world. Her constantly changing hair colour is always making news, she recently launched a collection of false eyelashes inspired by her own enviable set and her nails are always decked out in a cute, custom nail art design.
If we could take a guess at anything, it’s that Katy Perry’s next perfume will also have a cat-themed name and it will be as sweet as can be due to her penchant for treats (cupcake bras, oversized lollipops, etc). But will no release date set for the third scent, all we can do is speculate.


It girls rejoice! J.W. Anderson announced as the new designer for Versus | Hollywood yohana

JW Anderson For Versus

London-based designer, J.W. Anderson, is having a pretty solid week. It started with winning the Emerging Designer Award at the 2012 British Fashion Awards and today it was announced that Anderson will be the first to design a capsule collection for Versace’s younger brand, Versus.
The collection will be released at a preview event sometime in the spring and will be comprised of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear as well as accessories that will be sold online at Versace.it and in major department stores worldwide.


Pavoni hits the big time: Mariah Carey dons the Canadian label to the annual Rockafeller Center Christmas tree lighting| Hollywood yohana

Mariah Carey Rockafeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Only a couple of truly glitzy gowns could upstage someone as famous as Santa Claus, but last night, during NBC’s Rockefeller Centre’s lighting of the Christmas tree, that’s precisely what happened. Mariah Carey quite literally sparkled quite in two different bedazzled Pavoni gowns, shining more light on the Canadian brand’s ever-growing popularity with celebrities.
Since its inception, Pavoni has slowly worked its way up the celebrity ranks. And what started as just dressing Canadian stars turned into dressing household names like Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood , Kylie Minogue and even Shakira.

Childhood friends from Montreal, Gianni Falcone and Mike Derderian, dressed Mariah Carey in a short red tulle dress that had a plunging (and we mean plunging) neckline with over-the-top embellishments and followed up that look up with a custom floor-length silver gown, which had sparkly crystals hand sewn on with sheer detailing. The two gowns had over-the-top glitter and glamour.
Now that Mariah Carey has been added to the list of celebrities that Pavoni has worked with, we’re curious to see if we’ll be watching some embellished Canadian-designed gowns walking down the red carpets of the Golden Globes, Academy Awards or even the Grammys. And due to Pavoni’s recent popularity with celebrities, we’re thinking all signs point to yes.


Alexander Wang to Balenciaga? The latest from the post-Ghesquière rumour mill | Hollywood yohana

Alexander Wang For Balenciaga

The rumour mill has steadily been churning since the announcement of Nicolas Ghesquière’s departure from Balenciaga. Effective tomorrow, the seat of the creative director will officially be vacant, but as of today it seems that Alexander Wang has pulled ahead of the bunch and is the front-runner for the position.
According to the French newspaper, Nouvel Observator, Wang has emerged as the shoo-in for the job, and this statement was followed up by, New York Times writer, Cathy Horyn—who was one of the first to break the news about Ghesquiere’s departure—in an article that said the announcement of Wang’s new role at Balenciaga could come as early as next week.

The news of Alexander Wang as the successor of Balenciaga comes as a slight surprise given the nature of recent rumours. Many sources were almost certain it would be Scottish designer Christopher Kane to take over at Balenciaga. It seemed almost too convenient when Kane left Versace’s younger brand, Versus last week, and somewhat fishy when it was reported that Kane was in talks with PPR (which owns Balenciaga) about getting financial backing for his eponymous label.
This month has become an emotional rollercoaster because of Balenciaga. We felt sadness when it was announced that Nicolas Ghesquière was leaving, excitement with every new rumour, and now, we are growing impatient to learn who’s next. Please let this be settled before 2013!


H&M Spring 2013 look book: Your new dream wardrobe in 33 photos | Hollywood yohana

HM Spring 2013

With less than a week to go before we can get our paws on the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collaboration, the Swedish mega-brand has given us another reason to drool, and this time it’s the Spring 2013 collection. The latest from the brand is a western inspired extremely embellished (and affordable as always) collection of mini skirts, leather jackets, and baseball caps.

Taking some serious inspiration from the Spring 2013 runways, there are references to the Wild Wild West, as we saw at Derek Lam as well as fruity pineapple accents like we saw on the Moschino Cheap & Chic runway. But we’ll never complain about be able to afford a designer inspired piece and that’s what makes H&M so perfect for the mandatory wardrobe update when spring hits.
The has has given tried and tested pieces like the leather mini and pencil skirt a whole new life by adding embellished leather accents and long tassels to step up the basics’ game. Entire monochromatic looks in red and black fit in perfectly for spring (case in point: we saw one colour looks day after day during fashion month), and turquoise stone bolo ties make us excited to embrace our inner cowgirl as soon as the snow melts away.


Gap Holiday Campaign 2012: Michael J. Fox, Aubrey Plaza, Rufus Wainwright and others showcase that love comes in every shade (of cozy knits) | Hollywood yohana

Gap Holiday Campaign 2012

It isn’t a true holiday season until you’re bundled in cozy knit mittens, toques and layered sweaters. Or at least, that’s what the latest Gap holiday campaign 2012 proves to us. In keeping with the tradition of having A+ holiday ads (remember the year of Love Train?) the American company has taken portraits of celebrities in colourful knitted goods.
The campaign is titled “Love Comes in Every Shade” and aims to show a-typical relationships and the many forms of love ranging from puppy love, best friend love and even regular ole romantic love. From rapper Nas in a puffy vest with his dad showing off fatherly love to Rufus Wainwright in khakis alongside his husband Jörn Weisbrodt being the example of wedded bliss.

Other celebrities included are Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan, The Atomics, and British actor Jack Huston (with his cute dog!). The holiday collection features two-tone leather gloves, bright pants are colour blocked with classic V-neck sweaters, and fitted boyfriend shirts—all playing into Gap’s classic prep school vibe.
While the holidays may technically be over a month away, the Gap holiday campaign 2012 has us convinced it’s time to hop aboard the holiday train and we won’t be getting off until 2013.


Christopher Kane to leave Versus. Could it be for Balenciaga? | Hollywood yohana

Christopher Kane to leave Versus

Just weeks after news broke that Nicholas Ghesquière was leaving Balenciaga, Christopher Kane is doing the same with his role at Versus.
While busy designing his namesake line, Christopher Kane has been working at the helm of Versus, alongside Donatella Versace for the past six years. Today, the label announced a mutual separation agreement. Versus plans to slow down the production of its seasonal collections and focus more on the digital aspect of the brand, with Donatella Versace designing the label with help from young designers and stylists.
About his departure from Versus, Kane said, “the time has come to dedicate all my focus to the future of the Christopher Kane label.” Or could he mean Balenciaga?

On Saturday, reports were circulating that he had accepted the newly vacant position at the French house, however a spokesperson for Kane was quick to dispel them today by saying, “Rumors surrounding Christopher Kane’s appointment as creative director of Balenciaga are unfounded.”
We know that the team at Balenciaga has a shortlist of designers they’re looking at to take over the role (although they wouldn’t name any names), but Kane seems to be the one that continues to come up in the rumour mill. With Ghesquière’s last day at Balenciaga on November 30, and Kane just announcing his departure from Versus, it seems like more than just a coincidence to us.
At last report, Balenciaga is set to announce a successor to Ghesquière “as soon as we’re ready.” For now we’ll just have to wait impatiently and see what happens next.


Grey Cup-inspired MEN’S FASHION shoot: We prep for the football festivities the most fashionable way we know how | Hollywood yohana

Grey Cup-Inspired Fashion Shoot

There have been 99 years of touchdowns, tackles, and blitzes in the Canadian Football league, and this Sunday will make it 100. The 100-year anniversary of the Grey Cup will be heading to Toronto to host the final game of the CFL’s season and hometown team, the Toronto Argonauts, will be facing the Calgary Stampeders. While the two cities mayors may be placing bets on the winning team, we’re thinking about what to wear when watching.

Watching football may often include jerseys, face paint, and pom poms, but for our game day themed shoot for Fall issue of Men’s FASHION we were more intrigued by varsity jackets, heavy flannels, and chunky knits. Pieces that are a nod to athleticism that don’t literally say, ‘I’m watching a sporting event’. We saw designers like DSquared updating the varsity jacket and giving it a more fitted silhouette and athletic inspired bomber jackets from Jil Sander that updates a classic wardrobe staple.
If you’re a football fanatic who can’t wait until Sunday or a casual on looker from the sidelines (aka the food table at the viewing party), there’s a way to tackle the athletic trends without looking like a linebacker. A fashion touchdown, if you will.


CNTM Episode 2: You have the right to remain stylishly silent | Hollywood yohana

Nikita's winning shot 

In this episode, we bone up on fashion law, see the girls play stylist and go on a trip to the AGO.
Awwww: The girls return to the penthouse to find Tiffany’s note, adorned with a single tear.
Anvil: They really made a point of showing what time the girls went to bed (3:00 a.m.) and when they planned to get up (10:30 a.m.), so of course Nolé arrives at, that’s right, 6:10 a.m. Ridiculous bonus: He’s dressed as a duty officer, and has come to “arrest” the girls.
Best bit of pantomime: The models arrive at a courthouse and Jay whips around, in high court drag, and informs them they’ve all “violated section J [of course!] 212 of the fashion code.” As we all know, section J212 states that “it is a Top Model’s supreme duty to look fffabulous at all times.” Oh my god.
Of course that means it’s makeover day! Widely recognized as one of the best episodes of any Top Model season. The girls are given looks inspired by style icons like Debbie Harry, Linda Evangelista and Agyness Deyn. “Sentenced!” Jay says. Indeed.
Best use of screeching car sounds: Nikita’s reveal. She looks like she’s going to puke upon seeing her Bettie-Page inspired blunt bangs. What she fails to realize is that she’ll now be a rockabilly icon. Jill doesn’t help things by delivering an oh so sincere, “You look great.”
The biggest change: Rebeccah seems really game for her Agyness Deyn cut, which I love because as my mom always says, “Hair grows.”
Seriously, get over it: Nikita continues to cry and complain about her hair. All night. The girls put a bowl on her head at one point, which is hilarious.
Best teenager moment: All the girls yelling at Ebonie to get off the phone.
Way to twist the knife: The contestants arrive at H&M for a “dressing yourself” challenge and Jay marvels at their makeovers. “Some tears? Some pain?” he asks in a way that is so “You cried right? I know you cried.” Amazing.
We want: to run around H&M trying on clothes right at the rack. (Those change room lines are a nightmare.)
Headslap: “Architect of style” and today’s guest judge June Ambrose announces, with no hint of irony, “The style Nazi’s here.” I swear to you I’ve never heard a fashion person talk like this. Though the looks on Jay’s and June’s faces upon seeing the outfits the girls came up with I am quite familiar with.
The winner: Rebeccah
The best use of a faux cryptic text message: “Modeling is a balancing act. Can you climb to the top & work your new look?” Gymnastics? Rock climbing? What could it be?
Finally: Male models, shirtless (do they come any other way?) and lolling on ladders at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Best insider-ish thrill: Seeing all those runway looks on Canadian TV. Marni! Dries! Hooray!
Most comfortable in runway gear: Despite her whining, Nikita and her angular bangs look amazing with the super sharp Dolce & Gabbana shoulders. Maryam also looks fantastic and apparently gives “exotic poses.”
Most awkward: It’s a tie between Tara, who looks like she’s being eaten by that Marni, and Jill, who keeps making Nolé laugh with her facial expressions, which is perhaps not what we’re going for here.
Most existential judging question: Yasmin to Rebeccah re: her Twiggy impression, “Can you do you?”
Most unfortunate use of a great makeover: Linsay may have Linda Evangelista’s hair, but Linda would never forget to look at the camera.
Most upsetting blockage of Belgian design: Maryam doesn’t notice when the male model walks in front of the Dries.
And the Oscar goes to: Jeanne Beker does an “actress” face and then whips out an impression of Heather’s Minnie Mouse voice. Beker, you are on!
Photo of the week: Nikita (hopefully this came with the stipulation that she stop complaining about her hair)

Miley’s gone blonde and Taylor’s now brunette! Which new dye job do you like best? | Hollywood yohana

In breaking hair colour news, two pop sensations with a love for country have given their locks a serious colour overhaul over the past couple days.
Recently engaged Miley Cyrus tweeted a phone-snapped pic of her new blonde tresses, along with the message “Now that I’m blonde I gotta give duck lips in every photo” (we have no idea what that could possibly mean). The Hannah Montana star also shed a few inches, giving her locks a fresh departure from the long, auburn style she’d been wearing over the past year.
The real surprise is Taylor Swift, though: the country singer has been as associated with her shimmering blonde curls as she is with her famously candid songs, so new Cover Girl campaign images of the country star as a brunette (well, dirty blonde but still verging on brunette territory) are pretty shocking. Though the behind-the-scenes video seems to show Swift with lighter hair (leading us to believe that her hair may have been darkened in the images post-production), we’ll have to wait until she takes to the red carpet to see how dark she really went. Either way, it’s another step away from her “country cutie” look and a sign that she’s continuing on her sleeker image makeover.


Dakota Fanning debuts vampy, dark-brown hair on the Twilight red carpet| Hollywood yohana

Dakota Fanning dark brown hair at the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere

Fitting that she was at the premiere of a vampire movie last night, as Dakota Fanning’s new dark hair colour was right in theme.
The actress was in Los Angeles for the world premiere of The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and stunned fans as she walked down the red carpet with a new dark-brown hair colour.
However, the switch isn’t a personal preference. Dakota Fanning assured Yahoo! Movies that her new hair colour is for an upcoming role, saying, “…for the character I was playing I couldn’t be a blonde.” Fanning also said her choice of dress “was totally dependent on my hair colour” and the teal Elie Saab Couture gown definitely seemed to work in her favour. Fanning completed the look with a Ferragamo minaudière and Charlotte Olympia heels.
And as we know, good fashion genes seem to run in the family, as Dakota’s sister Elle Fanning was also on hand last night to support her sister. The younger Fanning (who is still blonde) stepped out on the Twilight red carpet in a look fresh from the Prada Spring 2013 runway. Despite their four-year age difference, if we squint at Dakota it’s quite easy to imagine Elle as a brunette as well—perhaps she should dye her hair too in sister solidarity?


Would you rent a nail polish? Lacquerous lets you borrow the newest luxury colours at a fraction of the cost | Hollywood yohana

Lacquerous Rent nail polishes

From companies like Rent Frock Repeat—which lets you rent high fashion dresses for short periods of time—to purse rental site Bag, Borrow, Or Steal, luxury fashion rental services are a popular way for the masses to get a taste of high fashion. But today Refinery 29 brought a new type of rental service to our attention: Lacquerous, a soon-to-launch subscription service for nail polishes.

Before you say “ick!” consider that a single bottle of high-end nail polish can cost more than $25—and unless you’re a collector-slash-hoarder, odds are you’ll only use that polish a handful of times before moving onto the next It shade. Enter Lacquerious: For $18 a month, users are sent three colours selected from a library of 70+ nail polish shades. Only high-end brands, such as Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, OPI, and Chanel, are available, with just-released collections being key. After spending 30 days with the nail polishes, the user ships them back in a pre-paid envelope and waits for the next batch.
True, we were at first a little hesitant to succumb to the idea of sharing nail polishes with strangers—but you only have to watch a bottle of polish get passed around a salon to realize this happens all the time. Also Lacquerous (which is only available in the US for now) assures us that studies have been done to prove that no bacteria can live inside a bottle of nail polish. Phew.
But there are a few catches: You can only use each bottle of rented polish three times and Lacquerous monitors the amounts in each bottle (kind of creepy). That means you and all your gal pals can’t take advantage of the service! And regardless of how quickly you send back your rented colours, you have to wait 30 days between rental periods.


Rihanna makes the biggest beauty faux pas ever with a French pedicure on the red carpet | Hollywood yohana

Rihanna French Pedicure GQ Men of the Year Awards

We’ve been preparing ourselves for the return of the French manicure ever since Alexander McQueen and Chanel painted the look on nails for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, respectively. Both brands did the French manicures on clean, short nails with just a sliver of white on the tips. The message was clear: If you want your French manicure to be on trend, leave the acrylic tips at home. (Think “Kate Middleton at a royal brunch” more than “Snooki at a baby shower.”)
Unfortunately, Rihanna—always one to experiment with nail art—took the new French manicure trend one literal step too far. Last night she walked the red carpet at the GQ Men of the Year awards in a pair of strappy sandals which showed off a French pedicure on (shudder) longer-than-average toe nails.
(We understand if you need to pause and step away from your computer after reading that. We’ll wait.)
Worst of all, the French pedicure ruined what was otherwise a stunning look. Rihanna’s glowing skin, matte red lips and cat eye liner had an old Hollywood quality to it, and side-parted, slicked back hair further complemented her makeup. And do you recognize the dress? It’s a red version of the Calvin Klein dress from that classic scene in Clueless. Perhaps Rihanna was paying further homage to the ’90s with the French pedicure, but to us it’s just unforgivable. What do you think? French pedicures, yay or nay?