Vancouver: 5 minutes with John Hardy creative director Guy Bedarida | Hollywood yohana

Canadian designer John Hardy (johnhardy.) founded his eponymous jewellery brand in 1989 after moving to Bali and falling in love with traditional Indonesian art. Today, Guy Bedarida is the company’s creative director—he’s previously designed for Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels. We sat down at Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-3121,
Who is the John Hardy customer?
“She’s someone who likes sustainable luxury; fashion that respects people and the environment. She wants to enjoy beautiful things.”
Someone like Angela Lindvall, who stars in the company’s ad campaign?
“She’s a real woman. She’s 32, she has two beautiful kids, she’s very green. We became very good friends and even designed jewellery together—the Hijau collection is a collaboration with Angela.”
What else inspired you when you were designing your spring collection?
“Nature, definitely, especially since we had an interesting season. It rained a lot in Bali this year!”
Do you design any other collections?
“Cinta means ‘love’ in Balinese, and the Cinta collection was designed especially for the wife of Mr. Hardy—a different piece for each occasion. The entire collection is made with diamonds, rubies or very rare jade. This is really the haute couture collection of John Hardy.”

Kate Middleton is back in her Olympic uniform for the Paralympics (Plus, our first ever animated gif!) | Hollywood yohana

Will and Kate celebrate the Paralympics with an Animated GIF

Pictures from today’s Paralympic events brought back all the Olympic joy we’ve been missing these past few weeks—joy which includes the return of Prince William and Kate Middleton having the time of their royal lives. Our excitement over their lovey-dovey cheering of athletes was so great that it inspired the creation of FASHION’s first animated gif. (We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!) Now, onto the important topic of what Kate’s wearing: as predicted, the duchess is back in her sporty Team GB ensemble. Today’s variation on the look includes a red Team GB polo, navy fleece sweater and red Adidas Supernova Glide 4 sneakers, of which William wore a matching pair. There are still ten days of Paralympics events to go, meaning even more matching outfits in the days to come!

Designer DIY: Recreating Balenciaga’s covetable sci-fi sweater at a fraction of the price | Hollywood yohana

DIY Balenciaga Fall 2012 Sci Fi Sweater

No one does high-end sci-fi mash-ups better than Nicolas Ghesquière and Balenciaga Fall 2012’s outsized Star Wars meets Elizabethan England printed sweaters are just the latest indication. Otherworldly yet utterly wearable, we took the challenge of DIYing the look. To boot, we came in under $100 (ahem, the original is almost $4,000!)

Style Panel: 9 flattering ways to wear a peplum for your body type | Hollywood yohana

FASHION Magazine Style Panel: How to wear a peplum 

If fashionland had its own Chinese horoscope, this would certainly be the year of the peplum. Not only has the hip-riding volume plumper been going strong on runways for three seasons now, but its also been embraced by street style savants, bloggers and the like. But, if you’re still wondering how to wear the damn thing, we’ve turned to the Style Panel for several options. New this week, you’ll find With Love Gabrielle’s Marta Tryshak, the Style Panel’s latest member.

Paris street style: I’m on a boater | Hollywood yohana

We love the mix of nude hues, pastels and black that was all over spring runways–as demonstrated on this streeter here. We also appreciate someone who can work a boater hat.

Fashion news: Louboutin Barbie, the power of Alexa Chung, and Halston to relaunch menswear | Hollywood yohana

Little girls will be asking for their own pair of Louboutins after playing dress-up with the limited edition ‘Dolly Forever’ doll. The collab doll between Barbie and Christian Louboutin includes four red-soled Louboutins, each with their own shoe box and bag. And the boots. Of course. [Net-a-Porter via Fashionista]
Diane von Furstenberg has released a compilation CD of her favourite female artists to celebrate International Women’s Day. She’s also designing 20 rooms at London’s Claridges hotel to be unveiled in June. [Fabsugar via Stylelist]
Maybe it’s just that we’re getting to the tail end of a long stretch of runway that is causing T Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi to question the point of fashion week. “The problem with international fashion weeks and their legitimacy is a larger one now that fashion moves so fast and is a full-on entertainment machine.” New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn has also wondered if the long-haul flights are really worth it when collections can be viewed online and shows are being streamed.
Halston keeps the steam train rolling: hot off the heels of SJP joining the team, the label has announced it will relaunch their menswear. Just like the women’s lines, the menswear offerings will consist of both Collection and Heritage lines. 
EBay is cashing in on the fashion world’s crush on Alexa Chung: the site has experienced huge increases in products that Chung sports. Case in point: Alexa wore clogs to the Chanel show, eBay sales went up just under 200 percent on clogs. Alexa admitted that she owned 10 pairs of denim shorts, and sales spiked 277 percent on the site almost overnight.

Paris street style: Hot lips | Hollywood yohana

There’s very little we can say that would add to the beauty of a velvet bubble coat with ruffle-edge lip cut-outs. Welcome to Paris. See the full look after the jump.

Fashion news: PETA offers to subsidize LiLo’s rehab and Lara Stone makes great shepherd’s pie | Hollywood yohana

Kate Moss will be judging a Polyvore contest. Contenders have to create a “Roxy Girl” set inspired by images of Moss from her Robert Ferry album cover shoot.
While many will be going as Snooki for Halloween Ellen DeGeneres took the inspiration a step further. The funnywoman dressed up as Snooki’s pouf.
Bespoke fragrance company Le Labo has collaborated with Jefferson Hack of Another Magazine. The fragrance, called Another 13, contains a rather unusual ingredient—whale vomit.
PETA has offered to pay Lindsay Lohan $40,000 to help cover her rehab costs if LiLo pledges to stop eating meat for a year.
Lara Stone’s husband David Walliams says the Dutch beauty “can make a great shepherd’s pie.”

The top 5 things we hope Jason Wu’s Target collaboration includes | Hollywood yohana

Though Jason Wu’s upcoming collection for Target will arrive too soon for a launch in Canadian stores (the collection is set for February 5th of next year), we’re obviously considering a cross-border shopping trip. There’s sure to be many thrills to make our trip worthwhile, and here are our imaginary top 5.

1. An identical Mobama-on-inauguration-night ball gown: Can you just imagine the future fierceness of Middle America prom-goers come next year?
2. A peplum: If anyone can bring this skirt-appendage to the masses, it’s Jason Wu.
3. A nod to Canada: Wu was born in Taiwan and lives in New York, yet ask anyone around these parts and they’d swear up and down that he was a Canadian through and through. We’re hoping Wu celebrates his short-lived Vancouver existence with something naturally, wellnessy, or maple syrupy.
4. Nail polish: Wu’s done a few amazing collabs with CND, so here’s to another!
5. The dolls: If there is not at least one bullseye-wearing Fashion Royalty Collection doll, we’re going to be very upset.

Q&A: Victoria Beckham chats fashion and motherhood with our editor-in-chief in Vancouver | Hollywood yohana

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is late. Not fashionably tardy. Not mildly delayed. She is a full two hours behind schedule. Cooling their Louboutin heels at a private luncheon at Holt Renfrew’s Vancouver store is an immaculately dressed group of top tier clients, some in chiffony Lanvin, a few poured into Beckham’s signature body-con shifts. Downstairs, fans have been gathering in a roped-off area near the cosmetics department since the doors opened at 10. They are hoping for a peek as Beckham poses for photographers on a podium. Her private jet touched down around noon, but a paperwork snafu has kept Beckham and her hair and makeup team frozen in some kind of cross-border limbo. The most annoyed? Her one-year-old daughter, Harper.

“I am so, so sorry,” Beckham announces as she finally bursts into the room after signing autographs downstairs. “I’ve been stuck on a runway for two hours with a screaming baby.” Beckham takes her front-row seat, gratefully accepts a glass of pink Champagne (“I really need this,” she sighs) and settles in for a show of her fall collection. With her hair in a loose side braid, a navy and turquoise panelled dress skimming her slim hips and her legs crossed in high black suede boots, she studies the models with the intensity of an army commander inspecting her troops. Afterward, she poses for snaps with a chorus line of clients, then dashes up to the private shopping suites for media interviews.
That’s where I am waiting, wondering which of my questions to toss, given that my interview time has been reduced to a scant five minutes. Meanwhile, carefree and cherubic Harper toddles around dressed in a grey crocheted trapeze dress and white patent-leather ankle-strap shoes with a bow. She is captivated by her distorted reflection in the rippled mirrored surface of a reception desk. She babbles and gurgles, then lurches over to the dusky mauve roses on the coffee table. When her mom walks in, both their faces light up. Harper waves and Beckham calls out, “Hey, little girl!” Harper scrambles onto her lap and we begin our chat. First, I ask where Harper got her beautiful dress. “This dress was actually a present from Selma Blair,” says Beckham. “She had a baby just before I had Harper.” As she is speaking, Harper squirms in her lap, nearly knocking over her mom’s Champagne flute, which I slide out of reach. Harper then lunges for the runway photos I have brought and mom darts to shield the glass edge of the coffee table in case Harper takes a tumble. Take away the private jet and the excited fans downstairs and what I see is a working mom determined to give her children as much time and attention as possible. Eventually, an assistant comes and leads Harper away. Beckham stretches across me to retrieve the Champagne and takes a sip. I have so been there, I feel like telling her….

What’s in your bag, Lauren Toyota? | Hollywood yohana

What's in your bag, Lauren Toyota?

Today, we’re having a look inside the bag belonging to one of MuchMusic’s main gals, Lauren Toyota. As one of the hosts for shows like New.Music.Live and Today’s Top 10, Toyota’s fresh and enthusiastic attitude has made her a mainstay. And with pitch-perfect interviews with the likes of Lady Gaga, Kanye West and The Spice Girls under her belt, it’s no doubt she’s got chops to spare. So without further ado, what does a busy gal like Toyota tote along each and every day?

More photos of Anna Dello Russo’s H&M collaboration have been released | Hollywood yohana

Anna Dello Russo H&M Accessories

 It’s been a while since we’ve heard news of the Anna Dello Russo and H&M accessories collection, but thanks to a recent spread in Vogue Russia, we’ve got an update on what will surely be H&M’s most bejewelled collaboration to date. If you recall Paris couture week, Dello Russo was spotted gallivanting around Place Vendôme wearing a gorgeous pink Oscar de la Renta ball gown with ornate turquoise luggage in tow. As it turns out, the editrix was mid-photo shoot and the luggage, along with all the other accessories Dello Russo donned that day, are pieces from her H&M collabo. In true Dello Russo form, the jewelry was over-the-top in a quirky-meets-Baroque opulence kind of way. The collection hits stores on October 4, and we know we’ll be line to snap up a pair of those glittering gator sunglasses.

Vancouver: Escape the holiday scrum with a massage at Smile Thai | Hollywood yohana

The holidays should be a time for hot toddies, chocolate truffles, and lots of cheer—but I’ll be the first to admit that all that mall madness gets to me sometimes (hands off, lady—I saw that dress first!). The solution, now more than ever? The spa. A visit to Smile Thai Wellness (853 Richards St., Suite 103, Vancouver, 604-630-3808, smilethaiwellness.), which owner Austin Sakchai recently moved to a more serene but equally-convenient location near Robson Street, was just what the holiday cheer doctor ordered. While the summer me might have indulged in the Thai aromatherapy oil massage with exfoliating body scrub ($125), the current me needed a traditional Thai massage (from $85). Rather than fall asleep and doze off during the kneading, though, Thai massage is different: The therapist engages you in stretching techniques that leaves you feeling relaxed, restored and ultimately, more energetic—in other words, ready for more holiday shopping.

Beauty Fix: Travel-friendly brushes, BB cream queries and how to rid yourself of a red, sweaty face post-workout | Hollywood yohana

You might have oodles of items in your makeup bag, or perhaps just a few key items. No matter the contents, we all have that one beauty product that baffles us. It could be something we’ve purchased and never used, or perhaps it’s just the endless search for the one product that will radically change the way we approach makeup. Well, search no longer! This week Beauty Fix is here to solve some of the most pressing makeup bag mysteries.

Fall/Winter 2012 trend report: Check out our rundown of the brooches, briefcases and knee-high boots that have become this season’s accessory fixations | Hollywood yohana

Fall/Winter 2012 trend report: Accessories

Fall/Winter 2012 trend report: 138 of the top looks from New York, London, Milan, and Paris! | Hollywood yohana

Fall 2012 trend report

Fashion’s favourite season is finally here and we’ve got the chock-a-block trend report to prove it, complete with 138 of the top looks that take you from Fall’s dark fantasies into Winter’s light and feminine pastels. Go on, get clicking!

Style Snaps Trend: 20 shots of colour pops on sneakers, trench coats, skirts and more! | Hollywood yohana

 With summer officially underway, it’s not like we need much in the way of artificial serotonin. That being said, wearing bright colours is still as appealing as ever! From lemony trench coats to red boots and skinny jeans, these über brights have us feeling just dandy!

Delfina Delettrez’s jewellery designs are so rad that they’ve got their own Pitti exhibit! | Hollywood yohana

At the tender age of 24, Delfina Delettrez, a fourth generation daughter of the Fendi family, is being honoured with an exhibition of her surrealistic jewellery in Florence, as part of the Pitti celebrations.
Curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino and spanning four rooms of the historical Galleria Antonella Villanova in Palazzo Ricasoli, Delphinarium (through September 10) features ten of the jeweller’s collections, ranging from the anatomy-heavy Anatomik to the machine-inspired Roll-in-Stones collection. Delettrez’s pieces are nothing if not bold, and the designer draws on the strong women in her lineage (Silvia Venturini, Fendi’s accessories director, is her mother, while Adele Fendi, the fashion house’s founder, is her great-grandmother) for inspiration.

Check out a few of the zany setups at the gallery and check out Delettrez’s jewels if you’d like to take a piece home for yourself in the meantime.

Chuck Bass does Paris: We’ve got the scoop on Ed Westwick’s runway debut! | Hollywood yohana

Ed Westwick walked Philipp Plein’s runway in Milan this weekend, proving once and for all that it’s not just the Gossip Girl ladies who get all the fashion industry love.
Channeling a withering Blue Steel look that even rivals its creator’s (Derek Zoolander, obviously), the Gossip Girl actor opened and closed the designer’s menswear show, marking his first ever turn as a runway star. Westwick also brought more of his model A game to Philipp Plein’s ad campaign, shot by none other than Terry Richardson. In true Terry style, the raunchy campaign featured a lot of hair flipping, lap dances and glass shattering, with Westwick looking impeccably dapper all the while in a tailored Philipp Plein suit.
The German designer has always been tuned in to the world of celebrity — as you might remember, he was one of the first to launch Lindsay Lohan’s “comeback” earlier this year by featuring her in a campaign.

On the cover: Newcomer Allison Williams talks about Girls, her famous family and saying no to nudity | Hollywood yohana

FASHION Magazine | August 2012 | Allison Williams

It’s 26 minutes and 11 seconds into the third episode of HBO’s Girls. A struggling writer named Hannah Horvath, played by the show’s 26-year-old creator/star, Lena Dunham, is in her bedroom staring at a laptop. She’s just endured the most hellish month of her adult life: Her parents have stopped paying her rent, her doctor has diagnosed her with HPV and her former college boyfriend has let her know that her “handsomeness” helped him realize his attraction to men.
Instead of having a breakdown, Hannah decides to throw down. She double clicks an MP3 of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” jumps off her bed and swings her tattooed arms to the gunning beat. Her impeccably put-together roommate, Marnie, played by 24-year-old Allison Williams, catches Hannah’s impromptu dance party and joins in. Together in their tiny Brooklyn apartment they hair-flip the pain away, share a hug and make the tragic magic. The credits roll.
That right there is my all-time favourite scene of the season,” Williams says, sipping a bowl of latte in a café in New York’s Chelsea district. “Lena and I cried our eyes out after we did it because it was so beautiful. That song has a deeper meaning for the four of them,” she adds, referring to the quartet of twentysomething girlfriends the series focuses on. There is Hannah—the show’s sardonic, forever-at-a-crossroads heroine—and her best friend/flawless foil, Marnie, a posh gallery assistant whose life is seemingly all worked out. Then there is Jessa, a British drifter/jetsetter who serves as the show’s girl-gone-wild, and her cousin, Shoshanna, a sheltered NYU student who is obsessed with losing her virginity. “It seems all the young female characters on the show have moments when they feel like they’re kind of unwanted by the world, so I think ‘Dancing On My Own’ is their song,” says Williams. “It is so unabashedly about being vulnerable and rejected and having the strength to keep going, to keep fighting to get noticed.”
In contrast, the show—and Williams—has had no trouble getting noticed since the series debuted on April 15. In fact, Girls is the only new HBO project that has been able to heartily feed the 24-hour news cycle; its comical, taboo-riddled scripts are laden with enough issues and tissues to keep pundits laughing, weeping and, sometimes, raging. Even VanityFair. has three critics (Bruce Handy, Juli Weiner and Sarah Ball) debating the show’s characters as if they were a UC Berkeley women’s studies panel. Yet the show’s main hook is really the lives of these four extremely dissimilar New York gal pals. Stop yourself if you’re thinking this sounds remotely like Sex and the City. There are no Carrie Bradshaw–esque shoe-shopping expeditions, no diner brunches and no dishy relationship questions answered on a Mac Powerbook, wrapping up the message of each episode with a silk bow. Watching a scene Dunham has written is like listening in on a private conversation, which is probably why Judd Apatow—the man who produced Bridesmaids and wrote and directed Knocked Up—signed on as executive producer. “It’s not at all like most television out there,” Apatow says via phone from Los Angeles. “It’s not easy and it’s not safe. Lena is not afraid to show women—warts and all. Their beauty, their madness, their ridiculousness, their stupidity, their strength. That’s why some people get thrown by it. It is controversial because it’s really frank.” 
Part of the discussion is how Marnie has become one of Girls’ most popular—and polarizing—characters. Working in a trendy art space in Manhattan, Marnie wears the chicest, most ladylike outfits of the bunch, furthering the gap between her polished, attractive life and Hannah’s often slovenly, haphazard one. Marnie is the Mary Tyler Moore to Hannah’s Rhoda.
Williams says that she, like Mary and Marnie, is a classic A-type personality. “She has this instinct of keeping everyone protected—she needs control and she needs to know that her friends are OK at all times. She’s like a sheep dog, trying to safely herd everyone around her. I was able to connect with that. On the other hand, she’s a deeply scared and insecure perfectionist, which is so not me. Marnie hasn’t yet realized that perfection isn’t a real, attainable goal.”
Christopher Abbott, who plays Marnie’s sheepish ex-boyfriend Charlie, says there is a method to Williams’ persuasive performance. “Allison filled in all the blanks,” Abbott says. “She wanted to talk out what Charlie and Marnie’s relationship would be like before hitting the set. She wanted all the answers. It was like studying for an exam sometimes!”

Prada in 3D! Miuccia’s costuming The Great Gatsby from the Prada and Miu Miu archives | Hollywwod yohana

News that Miuccia Prada had a hand in designing Carey Mulligan’s stunning costumes in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming retelling of The Great Gatsby has sent our excitement for the movie’s release into overdrive.
Prada worked with Catherine Martin, Luhrmann’s wife and the film’s costume designer, by unearthing 40 designs from Prada and Miu Miu’s vaults that would suit the ’20s flapper aesthetic of the film. Aside from Mulligan, who’s playing Daisy Buchanan, other lucky female cast members will also be clad in adapted designs.
This will also be the third time Prada’s collaborated with Luhrmann—and it’s her second film with Leonardo DiCaprio. (She designed his ill-fated wedding suit from Romeo + Juliet.) While the wait may seem excruciating (the film’s release date got pushed from December 2012 back to July 2013), this just may be delayed gratification at its best. We’ll be keeping ourselves busy by watching the trailer on repeat until then—as you should too!

The Coveteur (and the industry fans who love them) celebrate RW&CO with nachos, doughnuts, an ice cream truck at Natasha Koifman’s private abode | Hollywood yohana

RW&CO and The Coveteur TIFF Kick off party

 Last night, the trio behind The Coveteur (along with the industry fans who love them) descended upon the private abode of a one miss Natasha Koifman to celebrate RW&CO’s new e-commerce website (coming soon) as well as to unofficially kick off the two-week countdown to TIFF. With the site’s founders, Erin Kleinberg, Stephanie Mark and Jake Rosenberg all head-to-toed in RW&CO’s fall collection, the soiree served as a stylish farewell to summer. However, the team at NKPR was surely not ready to give it up just yet, with an ice cream truck parked outside, Tiny Tom Donuts, Food Dudes nachos and Kernel’s popcorn served inside. To boot, TIFF-ified Skyy Vodka cocktails inspired by several of this year’s A-listers (ahem, Knightley, Gosling and Paltrow) with old-fashioned paper straws. Not to mention, the entire event took place in and around Koifman’s pool and waterfall hot tub. No big deal.

Fashion news: Hailee Steinfeld’s Miu Miu ad, Galliano’s second chance and designers dissing designers | Hollywood yohana

Miu Miu Fall 2011

Miu Miu’s muse: Take a look at the first shot from Hailee Steinfeld’s fall ad campaign for the label.

Rumours that John Galliano might be asked to return to his signature label are circulating after Cathy Horyn defends the designer.
Aretha Franklin broke her toe stumbling over her own pair of Jimmy Choo heels. They say pain is beauty!
Move over Tyra! Karlie Kloss launches her own modeling competition.
What does Alaïa think of Karl Lagerfeld? Apparently not all that much. Read Azzedine diss the Chanel designer as well as Anna Wintour.
The fashion backtalk doesn’t end there. Find out why Giorgio Armani thinks Miuccia Prada’s clothing is ugly.
Beyoncé takes the silver screen. Watch behind the scene footage of the singer’s Marlene Dietrich-inspired shoot for L’Uomo Vogue.
What Kate Moss wants: wondering what the supermodel put on her wedding registry? Gifts include a set of pricey crystal ashtrays.
After 10 years of marriage, Natalia Vodianova’s separation from husband, Justin Portman, has been confirmed.

Vancouver: Tread lightly in these recycled-tire sandals. (They’re cute, we promise) | Hollywood yohana

You know it’s almost sandal season when running to the yoga studio in flip flops makes more sense than doing it in Uggs. (Yes, I wear both—I do live in Vancouver, after all) And one of the first on my to-buy list is these eco-friendly pair by Vancouver-based designer Leticia Calvo Treffot for her label, De La Rue ($135, at noblivity.). Available in multi-coloured stripe or sleek, simple silver, the single-strap flats feature soles hand-cut from old tires. I like the slight irony of my footprint resembling a tire print, especially since I try to forgo driving for bicycling once the warmer weather hits.

From Alber to Donatella, we round up the awesomest reactions to Raf Simons’ debut Dior couture collection | Hollywood yohana

To say that Raf Simons had a mountain of pressure weighing down on him for his couture collection for Dior would be an understatement. And yet somehow, Simons managed to pull off the impossible: his stunning 56-piece collection was a reverent nod to Dior’s heritage fused with Simon’s signature modernity. Even more impressive than the collection itself is the outpouring of approval from the tough-to-please fashion crowd, including Simons’ peers. Here are some of the reactions to the collection so far:

Alber Elbaz: “[The collection was] absolutely poetic. It was perfection. Today was a beautiful marriage between a designer and a house.”
Suzy Menkes: “The result of Monday’s presentation was not a triumph, but it was a selection of ideas by a designer who has a rare aptitude: to meld modernity with romance.”
Amy Larocca: “With a collection like this, it’s easy to imagine not only the future of Dior as something far deeper and much more powerful than a name attached to luxury handbags and beautiful flacons of perfume: It’s easy to imagine Dior as the very front of fashion once again.”
Lucinda Chambers: “It was what you hoped for and more — it was such a beautiful homage to Dior, a mix of the modern, clean and unexpected with a real lightness of touch.”
Cathy Horyn: “His clothes are often so simple that you have to look at them for a while before you see the small gesture or the magisterial way of sleeveless black crepe falls over the body. He gets the most and the best out of couture, and this is just the start.”
Donatella Versace: “Before the show, I found it difficult to imagine what Raf would do at Dior, but from the very first look today it made total sense.”

Vancouver: A Perse pop-up on South Granville | Hollywood yohana

 Now that the party’s over and Vancouver has returned to its calm, laid-back self (of course, there are still plenty of Paralympics festivities), I’m craving some serious R&R. Never a better time, then, to stop by the James Perse pop-up (2717 Granville St., 604-736-4766, jamesperse.), which opened before the Olympics and is sticking around the South Granville strip indefinitely. The California–based label is known for its quality basics and so-comfortable-you’ll-never-want-to-change loungewear, which are available alongside bedding and books at the store—the company’s second location in Canada.

They said/We said: Israel has become the first country to legally ban the use of underweight models | Hollywood yohana

It’s been a landmark year for the international modeling industry what with the CFDA’s new suggested age restrictions and the somewhat ridiculous banning of a bajillion British ads. But now, Israel has become the first country to legally regulate the weight of working models.
According to the bill passed Monday, models attending castings must now bring medical documentation from the past three months proving they have a BMI of at least 18.5—below which the World Health Organization deems you officially malnourished. As a point of reference, Kate Moss has a BMI of around 17 whereas Naomi Campbell’s is a totally shocking 6.5. Well, looks like those two can officially say goodbye to an Israeli ad campaign.
All ads produced for the Israeli market must also have a clear statement saying the photo has been altered to make the model appear skinnier. We can only imagine the happy dance the British Advertising Standards Authority is doing right now.
Of course, there are some critics who are saying the new law should be based on health, not on weight. According to them, some models are naturally very thin and would be unfairly excluded from work because of their normal size.
The new rules won’t apply to foreign publications sold in Israel, so we can’t expect to see any major international changes just yet. But this is a definite step in the right direction. Clearly, the loose industry guidelines set in the US and UK aren’t quite enough to set some of the more rebellious designers straight (hint hint: Marc Jacobs).


Daily Mail: “Israel bans adverts featuring super skinny models in bid to crack down on eating disorders (so Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell are out).”
Fashionista: “Since Israel only has about 300 professional models, and since the law only applies to photos and ads that will run locally in Israel, the new law is unlikely to affect many models’ careers. The hope, though, is that it does much more.”
Paige Dzenis, associate online editor: “Another great step in keeping models healthy—but will the international fashion capitals (Paris, Milan, London…) follow suit?”

Twihards join Degrassi kids, Fefe Dobson and Bella’s dad at the New Moon premiere | Hollywood yohana


Team Edward and Team Jacob came out for premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre last night. The crowd ranged from tweens in kitten heels and crinolines (Suri Cruise in five years) to TwiMoms in satin and sequins. The accessory of the evening wasn’t sparkly jewels reminiscent of Edward’s sun-touched skin, but feathered headpieces that were more posh than goth. But back to the boys!
See photos from the New Moon premiere after the jump.

Sasha Valsamis, a fan who’s read the books a few times, said emphatically, “Team Edward all the way, because he’s really hot.” While she admitted to being into Harry Potter than Twilight, Degrassi: The Next Generation’s Charlotte Arnold was firmly on Team Jacob: “I like vampires, but I’ve had my fill of Robert Pattinson, he’s everywhere, and werewolves are cool.”
Adding further star power to the premiere were Billy Burke (Charlie Swan, Bella’s dad) and Justin Chon (Bella’s friend Eric), who spoke to the audience about their experiences working on the Twilight series. Burke let everyone in on the joke that resulted in the mustache he sports in the films, and showed little fear of fan backlash when he noted that he still hasn’t read the Stephenie Meyer bestsellers. The stylish Chon, who spends his time off-set at his two shoe stores, joked that in the third film we can look forward to more of his cafeteria scenes.
No stranger to premieres, Canadian actress Natalie Brown, whose first viewing of Twilight was just last week, was excited to see how the film would “shape up” prompting much tittering about Taylor Lautner’s abs. And yes, when they made their first appearance the crowd did cheer, though the camera’s first slow motion pan of Edward got considerable more noise, answering which team comprised a majority of the audience.
The fun of the film over, guests mingled over cocktails and snacks, while playing armchair critic. The evening ended with Band of Skulls playing their track from the New Moon soundtrack–just the kind of music a moody Bella would love.

Fitness class report: Body Conditioning by Dancers | Hollywood yohana


For those who like to work up a serious sweat, get thee to Eva Redpath’s Body Conditioning by Dancers class series ($169 for an 8-week series, evaredpath.). The super-bubbly, dance-trained instructor has put together a killer program of high-energy cardio (skipping, plyometric jumps), strength training with resistance bands, comprehensive stretching and balancing poses based on ballet exercises that will have you reaching for the towel. Committing to the entire series is a good way to make sure you stick to your fitness goals, and as you become familiarized with the sometimes fairly complicated choreography, the workout can only get more effective.

Heidi Klum is a puzzle waiting to be solved | Hollywood yohana


Fashion photographer Ruven Afanador has created a puzzling piece of Heidi Klum paraphernalia. In collaboration with Editions Ricordi, a new limited-edition puzzle entitled Couture Banquet (editionsricordi.) takes an Afanador snap of Ms. Klum, breaking it into 1,000 little pieces. The image, originally taken for a Vogue Spain editorial, highlights Klum amid a festive courtly feast that will reward jigsaw enthusiasts with a luscious scene. Klum’s dress shimmers in a golden dust against the rich earthy colour palette. Each puzzle is signed by the artist and delivered in a silk wrapping (fancy!), with 5% of the 350 euro price tag going to an AMREF educational fund in Kenya.

Fashion news: More Daul Kim details emerge, Giles stays in Paris, Tavi goes to Tokyo | Hollywood yohana

Photography by Peter Stigter

It looks like Daul Kim did indeed commit suicide. Paris police say her boyfriend found her hanged in her apartment. In a recent entry on her blog, the South Korean model stated “the more i gain the more lonely it is … i know i’m like a ghost i have nothing but myself.” [AP, The Cut]
If you didn’t already have tons of totally rational jealousy over Style Rookie blogger Tavi Gevinson‘s Rodarte friendship and fashion week access, here’s another bit for you: The 13-year-old will be the guest of honor next week at the Comme des Garçons party in Tokyo.
Giles Deacon will keep his show in Paris. The London designer jumped to the City of Light for the Spring 2010 shows after winning the ANDAM award. Of the move, Deacon said, “Sales were up 42 per cent for the spring collection, and a lot of new buyers came to the show. I work in London, employ people here, but I need to look at the bigger picture.”
Matt Tyrnauer‘s documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor is on the shortlist for Oscar nominations. At the film’s Milan premiere last night, the designer said, “What can I say? An Oscar would be an incredible crowning for an emperor.”

Style Panel: 6 ways to incorporate fall’s edgy black-on-black leather look into any wardrobe | Hollywood yohana

Style Panel Black-on-black challenge, Vickie Laliotis

 Embracing the coming season’s black-on-black, leather-hungry sensibilities might not be for everyone, but the girlie girls of the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief—the trend is as flexible as it is fun. To achieve a look that feels feminine yet decisively on-trend, I opted for a faux leather mini and a black, peek-a-boo cutout sweater. By keeping silhouette, proportion and accessories in mind—think statement necklaces and fun bracelets—I was able to embrace the trend while remaining true to myself.

Style Panel: 6 ways to incorporate fall’s edgy black-on-black leather look into any wardrobe | Hollywood yohana

As we’ve already attested to (twice!), one of fall’s most dominant trends is undoubtedly the black-on-black leather look made staple by fictitious mastermind Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Since such a tough as nails getup isn’t, well, everyone’s cup of tea, we challenged our Style Panelists to appropriate some portion of the look into their every day wardrobes. From Adventures in Fashion’s Vickie Laliotis’s girlie peek-a-boo sweater and faux leather skirt to Hello Elo’s Élodie Parthenay’s sleeve tattoos, this look varies in degrees of perfect execution.

What’s in your bag, Karen Cleveland? | Hollywood yohana

What's in your bag, Karen Cleveland?

Y’all better take note, because what’s inside today’s bag speaks volumes on how to make things happen. Karen Cleveland, FASHION’s senior manager of marketing and communications, is our resident wheeler and dealer, who makes sponsorships, partnerships and all other ships happen with a smile (and a sincere one at that) perma-planted.

Designer DIY: 6 steps to recreating Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning rosette necklaces for yourself | Hollywood yohana

DIY: Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 rosette necklace

 A good Dolce & Gabbana show guarantees the following: a myriad of hot pant options, be it lace, crochet, or embroidered; saucy corset-topped little black dresses, and over-the-top accessories. The label’s Fall 2012 collection contained all of the above and more: lushly gilded capes and bow-bedecked heels are details that only begin to scrape the surface of this design duo’s most recent ode to Sicily. After much deliberation, we selected this gold and organza confection of a necklace to replicate for our designer DIY. Surprisingly simple to make, this statement piece treads a fine line between lavish and over-the-top, but when we’re talking Dolce, that’s exactly where you want to be.

Royal wedding countdown: Day 4 | Hollywood yohana


In regards to the Royal Wedding, the threads which weave the fabric of our patience are wearing a little thin. With only 3 days remaining, and our anticipation amounting, we’re onto assessing the final details, like Kate’s hair and how it will hold up her newly-bestowed crown jewels.

Modern Beehive
Thanks to her runway strut in a certain mesh mini, we know that Kate Middleton likes to take a risk and enjoy a good party. We’d love to see Kate adorn a modern beehive as a nod to those who love to Twist & Shout their way out of a polite, English upbringing.
Pump up the volume with Sally Hershberger’s Plump Up Thickening Mist ($13 at Shoppers Drug Mart), then get down and dirty with all your fab friends.
Marie Antoinette
Just like Marie Antoinette stuck up for her Austrian kinsmen, we have a feeling that Ms. Middleton would do the same for us common folk. Of course we don’t want anything tragic to happen to our future Queen of England, but her hair worn high and elaborate à la the ill-fated French monarch, would send the message that, though Royal and regal, this Queen’s on our side. Hold your hair tight and towering with L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15 at drugstores)
Sassy Sassoon
As fast as she can sell out a Burberry trench, Kate Middleton has become Britain’s most famous, modern-day style icon. Her dark, straight, and shiny hair wouldn’t have made it through the 60’s without a shape by Vidal Sassoon, and we feel April 28th is a good time for Kate to get serious about her influence on fashion and culture, and thank those who blazed trails before her. Spray your way to shiny bounce with Schwarzkopf’s Professional BC Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner

Designer profile: Kaelen’s effortless, elongated geometry | Hollywood yohana

Yet another of the hot young Canadian talents burning up NYC, Toronto native Kaelen Farncombe is one expatriate you might want to keep dibs on. Relocating to the Big Apple to study fashion design at Parsons New School for Design a few years back, Farncombe honed her skills while interning for designers Stella McCartney and Jenni Kayne. Channeling the easy sophistication favoured by those two designers, Farncombe launched her own effortless line of standout separates, Kaelen, early last year. With only three collections to date, the 26-year-old has developed a reputation for spinning unusual inspirations (her starting point for Spring was literal tornado chasing) into richly modern pieces that seem to transcend trends. The young designer’s aesthetic is already easily identifiable: effortless, elongated geometry with pops of colour like fall 2011’s riffs on chartreuse, red and tangerine.
We chatted with Farncombe about her aesthetic, chasing tornadoes and the business of fashion.

Were you always into fashion?
I was always into fashion. I remember I demanded that my parents let me wear a red dress with little flowers on it for a week when I was young, probably around 4 or 5. I also wanted to be called Brittany, but that didn’t take. I think I got away with the dress though!
Its such a perfect fit that you interned for Stella and Jenni. To me your style is a combination of the two. What did you learn from them?
They were both really great experiences. Jenni Kayne was still growing quite a bit when I interned there, so I got an amazing education in the building of a business. I also ended up doing a little bit of everything, so in a lot of ways it really helped shape my approach to starting my own line. Stella was a completely different experience. It was amazing, fast paced, and a really inspiring business model. I really liked seeing how much the company valued the standards that it was built on. It was inspiring working at both of these companies, because I really admired the women who built them.

Photography by Marco Pedde
How did chasing tornadoes manifest into your Spring collection?
It translated mostly through the colour palette. I added things like raw hems and asymmetric bolts to kid of evoke the calm-to- storm feel, but it was mostly the amazing colors that were the focal point. I got amazing photographs from the trip.
What’s the story behind fall?
I wanted fall to feel really solid, tangible, and like home. Not necessarily my own, but just home in general. It started with Cowboy Kate, and then went from there into the idea of pieces being like family heirlooms. I wanted things to feel like they had a permanence and relevance to them at the same time.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m all over the place, really. I would hope that it is effortless. I definitely prefer solids in interesting silhouettes to anything print-crazy. I’m not really a vintage girl; I like things that are modern and a little weird.
Where do you see your line/you as a designer going?
I want to do more collaborations with other designers/artists. I loved working with ALR on the hand-dyed pieces from spring. It’s so interesting when you marry your own vision with someone else’s perception of that. It ends up being a really interesting reflection. And it’s the best part of being in a creative industry, even though it feels like everyone around you is cooler than you’ll ever be.

Fashion news: Arizona models with her babe, Karl directs for… ice cream and is Carine designing? | Hollywood yohana


Arizona Muse and her baby boy, Nikko, are taking the fashion world by the storm! The duo first appeared in a Vogue editorial a couple months ago, and now they are now starring in new the J Crew Catalogue. 

After a picture of a piece of clothing possibly designed by the one and only Carine Roitfeld was tweeted, rumours have been flooding the Internet about whether or not the ex-ed is in fact designing her own line. Unfortunately, this news remains a rumor… for now.
Only Mr. Lagerfeld could bring that je ne sais quoi to an ice cream commercial. Check out the behind the scenes footage featuring the man and his latest muse, Rachel Bilson
It’s about time we saw a high fashion bunny! The Marchesa duo of Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig have put their own spin on the iconic costume for the opening of the new playboy club in London on June 4th.

The skinny on Narciso Rodriguez’s new role for Banana Republic | Hollywood yohana

After spending the summer wrapping up a line for Kohl’s, relaunching his shoe line and sitting at the helm of his own fashion label, you’d think Narciso Rodriguez would want to take a little breather for a day or two. Instead, Banana Republic has just announced that the busy-bee designer will be starting a specially created advisory role with the retailer this Monday. The new position will have Rodriguez collaborating with Banana Republic creative director and executive VP of design Simon Kneen.

“At Banana Republic, we are committed to delivering modern, stylish work wear to our customers,” said Jack Calhoun, the president of Banana Republic, in a statement. “Narciso’s expertise will be a great complement to Simon’s strengths and to our incredible design team.”
Rodriguez’s devotion to clean, polished silhouettes with an edge will not only seamlessly work into Banana Republic’s aesthetic, but it will undoubtedly give the retailer a dose of high-fashion as well. Kneen has been steadily leading the brand into more style-oriented territory since he started with the retailer in 2008, so the partnership with Rodriguez seems like a natural progression for the direction the brand’s headed in already. Look for Rodriguez’s influence in the retailer’s fall 2013 collection, which will be the first set of designs he’ll help oversee!

London Fashion Week will pay tribute to everyone’s favourite cartoon muse | Hollywood yohana

One of the highlights of this year’s London Fashion Week is going to be inspired by an unlikely albeit adorable muse: Minnie Mouse and her famous polka-dotted ensemble will be the sartorial reference point for a whole slew of designers, who will be collaborating on an exclusive line in honour of the fictional mouse.
“Minnie Mouse Must Haves” designs will be unveiled during LFW, with Richard Nicoll, Katie Hillier, Giles Deacon, Terry de Havilland, Lulu Guinness and more contributing Minnie-inspired looks. Like Daisy Duck and the rest of her crew, Minnie had an unmistakable flare for fashion: bows, polka-dotted dresses and white gloves were always in her repertoire (not to mention her big, round ears), so expect the dot trend to hold strong on the spring 2013 runway.

After the pieces make their debut on the runway, they’ll be put up for auction on eBay with proceeds going to the British Fashion Council initiative Fashion Arts Foundation, which helps foster relationships between different creative fields.

Lana Del Rey’s full campaign for H&M has been released. See the images now! | Hollywood yohana

After the stunning sneak peek last month, Lana Del Rey’s retro-inspired campaign with H&M has finally been revealed in full, and in one word, it’s perfection. The “L.A. noir” inspiration suits Del Rey’s self-described “ghetto Nancy Sinatra” style to a T, and the Blue Jeans chanteuse looks all kinds of beautiful in everything from covet-worthy abstract print skinnies to a sleek and body-conscious tweed dress.

Now that we’ve seen the Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-lensed campaign in full, it seems certain that Del Rey is poised to turn her fashion-star-in-the-making status into a full fledged fashion career. Check out the campaign for yourself, and stay tuned for Del Rey’s remake of Roy Orbison’s classic “Blue Velvet,” which will go live on on September 19 to fête the new collection!

Pow! Phillip Lim is launching a seriously rad comic book inspired by his latest collection | Hollywood yohana

Though most of our comic book experience thus far has been limited to the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle, we have a feeling we can get behind this new arrival: 3.1 Phillip Lim has just released several sneak peeks of “Kill the Night,” the label’s soon-to-be-released comic book inspired by the brand’s superhero-inspired Fall 2012 collection.

Co-written by Lim himself and John Ostrander, the comic was drawn by Jan Duursema, a famous illustrator who is best known for her work on the Star Wars comics. Like the fall collection, the comics draw inspiration from the neo-noir, badass heroines immortalized in comics like Sin City and V for Vendetta. The storyline is based on duality and metamorphis, with themes like black and white or love and hate explored between the covers. The only way to get a copy is to visit 3.1 Phillip Lim’s site and sign up, with the launch date for the comics slated for Fashion’s Night Out festivities on September 6.
Already in love with the few images that have been leaked so far? Re-tweet, re-post and re-pin your favourite image thus far with the hashtag #killthenight and you could be entered for a prize draw to win a cool $3K shopping spree at the label’s online shop!

Our favourite street style shots from Montreal’s Fashion & Design Festival last week | Hollywood yohana

 Osheaga wasn’t the only game in town last week in Montreal, with the city being invaded by not one but two stylish festivals. Festival Mode & Design transformed the downtown core into one big fashion show, with runways and installations being erected across town. Style Panelist and street style photographer Élodie Parthenay was there to snap some of the best styles on the street.

True Blood Recap: We flashback to Alcide’s teen years and see dragon robes worn in a so very un-Proenza Schouler way | Hollywood yohana

The last time we rode the TB rollercoaster, Hoyt joined the redneck supe killer troop then quit it to save Jessica, then get Hoytnapped. Both Sookie and Lafayette tapped into spirits for some truth from the other side (for Sookie, to find out a vamp named Warlow killed her folks, while for LaLa, to be told by the Ifrit lady that Pat and Terry had to kill one or the other to settle their debt). Luna turned into Sam and there was talk of her dying. And Bill had the MVV (most valuable vampire) idea of blowing up the TruBlood factories to force mainstreaming vamps back to the vein. For last night’s ups and downs, lets get the little ones out of the way first…
Loaded Guns
-Terry gives Arlene a dramatic (albeit brief) speech and kisses her goodbye to go fight Patrick in a may the best man win battle.
-Arlene is wearing a beautiful satiny hooded sweatshirt to open Merlotte’s, when Patrick holds her hostage at gunpoint (not for crimes of fashion, surprisingly).
-Terry comes to save his lady, but Arlene ends up saving him. Terry shoots Patrick and the Ifrit takes Patrick’s body, so they don’t even have to bother burying him! The mob needs an Ifrit “cleaner.”
-On a road trip we get “Alcide The Teen Years”: Alcide’s dad looks like Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots, Young Debbie Pelt looks like Topanga from Boy Meets World and Young Alcide looks like the We Need To Talk About Kevin Kevin.
-Alcide shows up at his gambling pappy’s trailer to drink a beer and Alcide is like “I’m nothing like you!” because obviously there’s some daddy issues for us to explore.
-Russell gives the Shreveport pack some blood, and punishes abstainer Martha by taking puppy Emma as a pressie for his new bestie (lover?)

The TIFF glam ante rises with legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier in town to shoot celeb photos | Hollywood yohana

They have Patrick! As the start date for the Toronto International Film Festival approaches, more and more details about the festival continue to emerge, including the exciting fact that famed fashion photog Patrick Demarchelier will be on hand snapping festival talent.
Demarchelier’s pedigree and revered career will definitely up the celebrity presence, especially since he’s going to be situated right in the A-list-packed IT Lounge (NKPR’s swag room), snapping celeb-studded pictures alongside established Canadian photographers for a limited-edition magazine. Since we first caught a glimpse of TIFF’s incredible roster of films, we’ve been madly speculating about which celebs will grace our fine city. Now that we know Demarchelier will be on hand, we’re increasing our celeb sighting predictions by at least two fold.
Not only will Demarchelier be at the IT Lounge from September 6-9, but several other festival-related parties are poised to pack in the A-list crowd as well. To ring in their new e-commerce site, RW&Co. will be Coveteur’d by fashion home invaders The Coveteur, who are teaming up with SKYY Vodka to fête the site’s unveil at the end of this month. A Moulin Rouge meets Cirque du Soleil street party is also slated for the festival’s festivities, with SKYY Vodka once again hosting the party.
If you’re not going to be in Toronto already, we suggest you make plans to be here: this year’s TIFF is already shaping up to be the must-attend event of the fall and we still haven’t gotten all the details!

Osheaga Style Snaps: 45 photos of cut-off clad festivalgoers (and Florence Welch!) braving the heat in Montreal this weekend | Hollywood yohana

It’s no small feat to stay stylish and festival-ready when Mother Nature decides to cram lightning, torrential rain and paralyzing heat into the space of three short days, but as a whole, Osheaga’s festivalgoers managed to take the unpredictable weather this past weekend fashionably in stride.
Though typical festival garb showed up in full force (think flower crowns, ratty shorts and boho fringe), there was a decidedly more feminine and ‘50s-inspired sartorial lean. From a mint gingham halter dress to a bralette-and-circle-skirt combo, Osheaga’s female attendees somehow managed to strike a Betty-Draper-meets-Pocahontas golden mean, adding in unexpected elements to their femme pieces like an oversized pewter shark tooth or Montauk moccasins.

The guys also stepped up their style game: neon wayfarer-style sunnies, worn-down but stylish loafers and skinny-cut, patterned shorts were on hand aplenty. Many of the male festivalgoers seemed to have had the Olympics on the brain as well, because the Bay’s red and white “Canada” emblazoned Team Canada tanks were on many a stylish male attendee.
And of course, when the sky decided to dump a steady five hours worth of rain on festivalgoers Sunday afternoon, everyone reached for the ever-stylish and always practical plastic poncho. Next year, we’ll take style cues from the attendees who had the foresight to opt for clear ponchos: they allow for outfit viewing and still ward off the rain.