22 Prada shoe close-up photos that beg the question: How do you really feel about the toe/thong/sock/platform? | Hollywood yohana

Prada Spring 2013 Thong Sock Shoes

It’s been a whole 24 hours since Miuccia Prada took her faith in the ugly-chic to its farthest extent, unleashing a Rei Kawakubo meets Mary Quant meets Marc Jacobs meets Marimekko hybrid collection accessorized with leather toe thong sock platforms at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013. We’re still processing how we feel. Maybe we’re just finding a way to like the shoes because it feels bad to say anything bad about Prada. (It’s like; you’d never call your mom ugly, right?) Often with dear Miuccia, it takes a little while for eyes to adjust to her prophetic stylings (monkeys on stripes on poof sleeves? Hey!) but these little guys seem to be the first widely-disliked items Miuccia Prada has made in quite some time.

It can’t be the toe divider alone that makes us so uncomfortable; after all, the Margiela version has been widely loved for seasons. It can’t be the silver sheen either; after all, tis destined to be one of the definitive colours of Spring 2013. So what is it then? The ribbon bows? The cacophonous clash of it all? Is it that you really just want to just sing the “Thong Song” but don’t think its appropriate? To help us sort out why we hate/hate-love the shoes, we’ve provided 22 photos of the monsters in question. Flip through and tell us what you think.


Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Ulyana Sergeenko, Anna Dello Russo and plenty of brights outside Dolce & Gabbana and more | Hollywood yohana

Ulyana Sergeenko Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Intro

We hope you had a relaxing weekend, because we have more enticing photos from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 to start off your Monday. Our photographer Stefania Yarhi was busy scouring the streets of Milan over the weekend to bring you the best street style she could find from the trenches of Fashion Week.
As always, Anna Dello Russo hit the fashion mark in not one but two different outfits outside the shows this weekend. Wearing an embroidered floral sweater by Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2012 collection on route to see what the duo had in store for next season, Anna Dello Russo quickly swapped into a gold and black dress while talking to a fan in a T-shirt emblazoned with “Dello Russo 01” on the back (New York’s les plus dorés’ fashion team jerseys have obviously spurred a jersey trend).

Meanwhile, the always dollike Russian photographer-come-designer, Ulyana Sergeenko also seemed to have literally stopped traffic with her beautiful Dior New Look-esque black gown, as she stood in the street while numerous photographers flocked to capture her look.
Yarhi’s lens caught lots of colour in Milan with British Vogue’s Francesca Burns and blogger Susie Bubble adding pops of red, orange and yellow to their wardrobes. And could it be? Yes, we believe Yarhi snapped a photo of legendary model Beverly Johnson outside the shows, looking like she hasn’t aged at all, and as graceful as ever. Confirmation pending!


Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: 23 shots of fall-ready toques, fur and leather on the rise | Hollywood yohana

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style Intro

Stripes, toques and leather oh my! With Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 winding down and Paris next in line, photographer Stefania Yarhi caught the tail end of eccentric street styles in and around the shows.
With the weather not quite down to chilly temps just yet, Yarhi’s lens captured fall trends already in full swing. The fashion crowd stayed warm outside shows in denim, leather and fur, all the while being trumped by a brilliant forest green leather jacket and pink pant combo worn by none other than street style queen Anna Dello Russo.

The fashion set even seemed ready for the Canadian winter, donning toques atop effortlessly messy hair. Bold and abstract prints re-appeared, but stripes seemed to be de rigueur for the fashion crowd, who has already got next spring’s biggest trends on the mind. While casting agent Natalie Joos wore stripes from head-to-toe in a long multi-coloured dress, the pattern was spotted all over, from cardigans to flats and beyond.


Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013: 5 trends sure to make it into your closet next season | Hollywood yohana

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2013

As Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 comes to an end, it’s obvious who the key players are in influencing what will dictate the top trends of Spring 2013. The pieces you once thought were only Fall/Winter specific (ie. fur and leather)? Designers are very loudly telling you otherwise. In Milan this season, it looks as if designers have collectively developed a “go big or go home” philosophy with their use of fabrics, hefty embellishments and mannish silhouettes.
The truth lies in Paris where the Spring 2013 collections will get their final verdict. Certain trends that have dominated New York, London and Milan have obviously secured their spot next season but it will be interesting to see the Parisian approach to Spring 2013. As of now, it’s clear what direction fashion is headed in, but you never know what those French masters have up their sleeves—don’t start pulling out the leather and stripes yet, Paris may throw us for a curveball.
See the Milan Spring 2013 trends now



Photo shoot: Designers have turned up the volume for fall with broader shoulders, wider sleeves and boxier cuts | Hollywood yohana

Photo shoot: Power station

Size matters for Fall 2012; volume has been turned up and proportions maximized. Boxier silhouettes, broad shoulders, and architectural layers come together to create striking visuals in our October issue.
On the runways, we saw Comme Des Garçons create a whole new body shape (think: human gingerbread man), Mugler restructured the peplum to add some renewed intrigue to the trend, and Pheobe Philo for chose to supersize her collection for Celine with coats of epic proportions.

In light of the recent rumours that Lady Gaga has gained a few pounds, the Fame Monster showed up in Paris in a two dimensional Comme Des Garcons dress. The dress gives Lady Gaga a completely new type, (see: gingerbread man) which doesn’t give onlooking eyes a chance to play the did she or did she not gain weight game. Since this look is about as extreme as volume can go and we’re not all Gaga, our Style Panel showed how a regular gal can embrace the look too.
So when it comes to getting dressed this autumn, don’t think outside of the box, wear it instead.


Karl Lagerfeld has some more opinions he’d like you to know about, but thankfully these ones are all fashion related | Hollywood yohana


Karl Lagerfeld knows what he likes. And he really knows what he doesn’t like. In a recent interview for the relaunch of M Magazine—which was initially published from 1983 to 1992—the Kaiser chatted about his personal grooming (he’s had his signature ponytail for 35 years) and his very specific allergies (hint: it’s not medical).
What doesn’t Karl Lagerfeld like? Well, suspenders, vests, t-shirts, sweaters, hats and hoodies all make his lengthy hate list. He believes that tattoos are “horrible” and “like living in a Pucci dress” and he no longer likes hats because his mother once told him he looks “like an old dyke” in them. (At least we now know where he gets his outspokenness?)
The highlight of the interview in the men’s magazine comes when Karl equates footwear with a medical allergy: “Shoes have to be like gloves: flawless, impeccable. I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I am physically allergic to flip-flops.” Someone get the epi pen!
Karl, like the rest of us, has goals. But creating the Lagerfeld empire that he sits atop of, wasn’t one of them because he’s “too superficial for that” (huh?) instead his greatest ambition is “to be impeccably dressed.” So far, so good.
For once, Lagerfeld’s answers will not get him into trouble; he refrained from insulting celebrities like Adele and Pippa Middleton, and kept the interview strictly personal. Has he learned from his mistakes? Only time will tell.


Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013: See-through trousers at Dries Van Voten, peplum hems (and a bit of Gaga) at Mugler, champagne with Eddie Borgo and more | Hollywood yohana

Eddie Borgo in Paris

American jewellery designer Eddie Borgo rents a stunning apartment overlooking the Palais Royale to take appointments with press and buyers. It’s a brilliant move that often results in editors from competing magazines lingering on the chocolate brown sofa and sipping champagne. “They are usually numb by the time they get to Paris,” Borgo says. “I offer them a familial atmosphere.” That and great jewellery, including an enormous gold neck cuff and a new octoganal link used for chains and lattice-like balls strung like pearls.


Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Leigh Lezark, Cara Delevingne, Grace Coddington and more! | Hollywood yohana

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013

If street style photography was a round of Bingo, our photographer, Stefani Yarhi would be yelling Old MacDonald’s dog’s name at the top of her lungs.
Anna Dello Russo? Check! Balenciaga sci-fi sweater? Check! Cara Delevingne making a funny face? Check! Grace Coddington’s red hair? Check!

On day one of Paris Fashion Week, Yarhi captured it all—despite the poor weather. The theme of day one was wearing animal and we don’t mean prints. It was either leather or fur, whether it was a leather motorcycle jacket or a fluffy fur vest, the show goers showed how to layer in la pluie (rain in French because we’re in Paris, y’all).
Oversized menswear inspired coats were also spotted as a means of keeping warm, and it seems that not putting your arms in your sleeves is making a comeback (take that mom!).
Misshapes DJ come fashion It girl Leigh Lezark embraced her inner goth and sported an oversized cross and all black everything. Cara Delevingne put on a funny face in a graphic tank top and a letterman jacket and seemed to ignore the woman attempting to get a quote from her. Her facial expressions have become an unsung star of backstage photography from the Spring 2013 season.
And in national news, the fashion director for The Bay, Suzanne Timmins, was spotted in all black (another theme of day one) with her arms free from her coat in what appears to a power stroll. And Sarah Chavez, a fellow canuck, was seen sporting a robe like coat and printed sweater.


Miu Miu Resort 2013: Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Daphne Groeneveld and Candice Swanepoel star in the stunning new ads | Hollywood yohana

Miu Miu Resort 2013 Lookbook

Who can get Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Sung Hee, Daphne Groeneveld, and Candice Swanepoel modeling in a room together? Miuccia Prada can.
In the Miu Miu Resort 2013 campaign and look book, the model A-team took to a brocade curtained room that resembles a grandmother’s house and, you know, they modeled.

With Minnie Mouse-esque bows perched atop of their slick up-dos, they give some serious “what are you looking at” faces while showing off an extremely embellished collection. Heels are bedazzled and sparkly, earrings are oversized and necklaces chunky.
The graphic flower prints are the true eye-catcher of the campaign and remind us of the Prada Spring collection that was recently shown in Milan – the same collection that introduced us to the toesock/foot thong/thing (still gathering our thoughts on these accessories).


Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013: Balenciaga and Carven herald the return of the suit | Hollywood yohana

Balenciaga Carven Suits Spring 2013

There is a whole generation that has never worn a suit. That is about to change. You know that when labels as influential and cool as Balenciaga and Carven pack their collections with suits, a major shift is in store.
It happened today at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013.
Nicholas Ghesquiere’s suits for Balenciaga were short-skirted and tweedy, or four-button pantsuits with high waists. Carven’s Guillaume Henry did structured jackets over A-line skirts with undulating hems.
There were peekaboo elements to both collections as well, with wide, midriff tops over ruffled skirts at Balenciaga and kidney and tear-shaped cutouts at Carven. Expect a skin story from every magazine next spring. But don’t minimize the impact of the suit.


Inside the Anna Dello Russo for H&M party in Paris: 26 photos of the international fashion crowd celebrating zany accessories with champagne, lollipops and Azealia Banks | Hollywood yohana

Most 51-year-olds would not attempt a minidress with side cut-outs, or at least they shouldn’t. But then most 51-year-olds are not Anna Dello Russo, fashion director at large for Vogue Nippon come street style megastar.
Fashion’s best-known dress-up enthusiast arrived at the Paradis Latin nightclub for the party celebrating her upcoming collaborative accessory collection with H&M, which launches on October 4, in fitting style: descending from the ceiling on a throne of giant fake pink roses, Marilyn Monroe style. Her aqua minidress radiated crystal and gold sunbursts, while golden alligators, which were affixed to her ADR for H&M sunglasses, spanned her brows. One of the best performers in the biz, Anna Dello Russo treated the crowd to a performance alongside fellow European editor and style star Giovanna Battaglia, who had accessorized to the nines in Anna Dello Russo’s H&M collection and even a butterfly-adorned golden headpiece.

Photographer Ellen von Unwerth, stylist Rachel Zoe and designers Jeremy Scott and Dean and Dan Caten were among those celebrating along with her, with champagne, lollipops and the tiny powerhouse rapper Azaelia Banks who wore a teal metallic peter pan collared dress with hair dyed to match.
But even much younger ponies, which last night included Leigh Lezark, BryanBoy, Derek Blasberg, Arizona Muse and Karlie Kloss, would have had trouble keeping up with the woman of the hour who, despite a full day of shows and multiple wardrobe changes, was still going strong well-past the witching hour.
Anna Dello Russo for H&M Paris Party


Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: 41 shots of Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek, Dree Hemingway and more! | Hollywood yohana

Kristen Stewart Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013
Today’s set of street style photos from Paris is equivalent to the fashion (and Twihard) jackpot. With major shows like Carven, Balenciaga, and Balmain going down, you know a fashionable crowd is going to show up and thankfully, our street style photographer Stefania Yarhi, was there to capture it all and do a little bit of stalking.
Stalking who? Oh you know, just Kristen Stewart, the most most buzzed about actress du jour (du year?). As the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica fragrance, it’s only natural that she sat front row in a yellow quilted leather jacket and floral printed pants accessorized with a petite smile (we repeat: petite). KStew’s been on a bit of a lockdown (minus this glittering appearance at on the red carpet at TIFF) since the whole cheating scandal so it’s nice to see her living her life and looking good while doing it.
Moving on… Kristen Stewart wasn’t the only actress to make an appearance in Paris, Salma Hayek was there with ombre hair and some oversized sunglasses, alongside her husband and PPR (that’s Balenciaga, Gucci, Stella and McQueen to you) president François Henri Pinault. Anna Dello Russo was spotted, like every other day of fashion month, in a Balmain turtleneck dress and there were, not one, but two Balenciaga sci-fi sweaters spotted.
The rest of the street style crowd was feeling graphic. Prints, logos, and embellishments were everywhere and adding a bit of fun to the streets of la gay Paris. There were a couple of Kenzo sweater sightings and ADR’s pal rocked the Carven skirt we saw Anna wear in Milan (perhaps borrowed?).


Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013: The top trends developing at Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin and more | Hollywood yohana

Balenciaga Balmain Spring 2013

We all know that fashion week is the breeding ground for creating trends, but when a trend becomes so obvious that it stops you in your tracks, you know its going to be important come next season. Need proof? Have a look back at yesterday’s shows from the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013, specifically Balenciaga’s first look and Balmain’s second.
I am not saying there was any collusion or industrial espionage at play here. It’s no secret that designers all use the same trend forecasting services, which graphically outline directions, moods and themes for the season ahead. Inevitably there are going to be similarities that emerge, but what is interesting is to compare the interpretations of the folded crop tops worn with black high-waisted, pleated trousers.
At Balenciaga, Nicholas Ghesquiere’s snug bra and streamlined pant seemed tidier and more modern than Olivier Rousteing’s swaggering look for Balmain. And that probably makes sense given that the women these two designers are aiming for are quite distinct. Balenciaga fans are into form. The Balmain tribe is all about flash.


Dark Ages: Our October issue beauty shoot pays homage to this season’s dark heroine with crimson lips, oxblood nails and barely there brows| Hollywood yohana

Photo shoot: Dark ages

Crimson lips, oxblood nails and barely there brows and lashes are the perfect backdrop for one of Fall 2012′s biggest fashion trends: the dark heroine. Inspired by characters like Lisbeth Salander, Morticia Addams and even Snow White (likely of the Kristen Stewart variety), the look took hold at shows as different as Gucci and Viktor & Rolf, transforming models into vampiric goddesses at each show. In this photo shoot ode, our beauty team sets the stage with sombre velvets, beading, lace.


Nail Corner: How to do the dripping oxblood nail art from Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 | Hollywood yohana

Nail Art Prabal Gurung Blood Drip Ox Blood Spring 2013

Oxblood is certainly the colour of the season and from what we’ve seen so far at New York Fashion Week it’s still going strong for Spring 2013. And, like many colour/fashion/beauty trends it’s a shade that’s been in the spotlight before. Deep red lipstick definitely had its moment in the mid-’90s (hello, Drew Barrymore!) and I distinctly remember being obsessed with a special edition bottle of Wet n Wild nail polish that was a rich oxblood shade. (It was 1996 and interesting nail polish colours generally only came out in time for Halloween.) Fun fact: After painting it on, my dad commented that the nail polish make it look like I’d bashed my fingers with a hammer—which obviously made the oxblood colour seem that much cooler. Needless to say, I’m eager to see what he thinks about this actually bloody nail art. Based off the manicure from Prabal Gurung Spring 2013, I’ve been obsessed with it ever since our beauty editor Sarah Daniel snapped a picture of it last week while backstage. It’s quite the literal take on the oxblood trend and also a pretty impressive nail art design in its own right. Grab a deep shade of red nail polish, a dotting tool and a tiny brush and get started!


Nail Corner: A TIFF-worthy manicure with lots of sparkles and bling | Hollywood yohana

TIFF Manicure OPI nail polish glitter

The Toronto Film Festival is almost upon us, meaning much of the city is in a state of primping and prepping, as one of the best thing about TIFF is that there’s always the chance you’ll find yourself on a red carpet or at a party with A-list stars. Of course, a little bit of wishful thinking can help secure even the most stringent of invites—so why not show how party-ready you are with a sparkling manicure? Featuring a chunky, multi-coloured glitter OPI nail polish and show-stopping Make Up For Ever gemstones, there’s enough bling in this manicure to last the entire festival.


Nail Corner: Bright floral nail art inspired by Temperley London | Hollywood yohana

Floral Temperley London Nail Art Fall 2012

Considering just how much Temperley London was worn by Kate Middleton during her recent Diamond Jubilee tour of Southeast Asia, the label was top of mind when it came time to seek out this week’s nail art inspiration. It also helps that Temperley London’s Fall 2012 collection opened with an exquisite embroidered dress (worn by former FASHION cover girl Anais Pouliot, no less) that was basically begging the nail art treatment. For this design you’ll need a handful of colourful nail polishes, as it’s all about the contrast between the light-taupe background and the floral detail work. (I almost wish there had been more need for the dark, hunter-green shade I used, which was one of the Nars Andy Warhol polishes. It will certainly make a reappearance!) So, grab a nail art brush and a dotting tool and read on to see how this floral Temperley London manicure is done! 


London Fashion Week Spring 2013 backstage beauty: Magenta lips, inky eyes and more from our top 5 makeup looks | Hollywood yohana

All eyes are on Milan now, but let’s not forget some of London Fashion Week Spring 2013’s best in beauty. Most refreshing was the influx of bright lips, an area of the face that didn’t get a lot of play at New York Fashion Week, where the general trend was minimal makeup and manicures—nude polish dominated as did completely bare, buffed-to-shine nails. In fact, backstage in the Big Apple makeup artists often skipped putting pigment on the mouth entirely opting for clear gloss. (One of a few notable exceptions, the matte raspberry lip at Jason Wu was awesome.) When they did pull out the colour, they applied it to the top half of the face: take Dick Page’s green and blue over-the-eye arches at Michael Kors, and Tom Pecheux’s abstract smears on lids at Peter Som. But, where New York left us wanting for bold, colourful lips, London made up for it in spades. Even bare-face-loving Burberry Prorsum busted out the rouge lipstick, hopefully a sign that lips won’t be silenced from here on out. London top 5 backstage beauty Spring 2013


London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: Cozy knits, leather jackets, animal print sweaters and we spy Olivia Palermo! | Hollywood yohana

With the weather rapidly cooling down it’s no surprise how many cozy knits, leather jackets and tailored pants appear in today’s batch of street style pictures from London Fashion Week Spring 2013. Houndstooth print paired with black tights and a bright red sweater brought elegance to the streets, while ripped jeans and fur vests were prominent visions and gave an edgy vibe to otherwise dressy attire. Black and white was also big—clearly colour palettes have toned down as the transition into fall officially begins—as were animal prints embroidered onto sweaters. (Part Givenchy panther, part Opening Ceremony kitty?) The biggest trend we spotted, however, goes to knits—a fall favourite for many. Knitted hats, sweaters and skirts in assorted patterns graced the streets of London, as well as our Fall & Winter 2012 trend guide. Olivia Palermo did knits differently, by pairing a cozy grey sweater with a textured leather skirt and lots of chunky jewelry. And while we may be at the end of London Fashion Week Spring 2013, there are many more street style pictures to come—after all, it’s time for Milan!
London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style Photos


Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: 20 shots of cat sweaters, houndstooth, polka dots galore! | Hollywood yohana

And we’re in Milan! Alongside Zeina Esmail who will be covering for us from inside the shows, our resident street style photographer, Stefania Yarhi, has hopped a plane from London and headed to Northern Italy to start snapping the best looks from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013.
As predicted, we spotted yet another Balenciaga sci-fi sweater (might as well make your own) and Vogue Japan editor, Anna Dello Russo, decked out in red with a peplum and zebra bangle.

It seems as though everyone in Milan is wearing prints—and multiple prints at once. Whether it was a cat sweater, houndstooth, or polka dots, street stylers were wearing it. The shining example of wearing prints goes to the blue power suit covered in pandas.
We spotted model Joan Smalls with a studded collar popping out from under her cropped sweater and Hanne-Gaby Odiele pretending it’s summer yet again, in a low cut printed dress. The women in Milan were paying attention to their necklines and made sure to accessorize their collars with metal tips or a chain tucked under. And if they weren’t wearing a collar, there was a statement necklace set in place.
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style


Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013: The top 5 collections so far (plus, why Francesco Scognamiglio is the next big thing) | Hollywood yohana

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2013

By far my favourite of day one (Sorry Frida), Francesco Scognamiglio’s dreamy, forward thinking collection is just more proof that this industry-loved label is going to make it to the big time. Models strutted down the runway with what looked like Swarovski 3D “flock of bird” brooches placed in unexpected yet intentional places overtop gowns and metal mesh blouses. White ruled the runway for the first half of the show, followed by powder blues and black.


Adele for Burberry? Rumour has it that the Brit singer will create a plus-sized capsule collection for the brand | Hollywood yohana

Adele Rumored to be Designing for Burberry

British Vogue is reporting that singer Adele has been in talks with Burberry‘s creative director Christopher Bailey to collaborate on a line of plus-size clothing for the historic British brand. Although neither side has chosen to comment on the rumors, the songstress has apparently been asked to work on a “bespoke range for voluptuous customers.”

While unprecedented for the brand, the collaboration makes sense; Adele has been a long-time fan of Burberry’s, choosing to wear pieces from the collection for big events such as the Brit Awards and the Grammy Awards. If the rumors happen to be true, this could also mean big things for the fashion industry. Although plus-sized models have been seen more regularly in the past few years in high fashion, no high-end design house like Burberry seems to cater accessible pieces to their plus-sized customers.


Style Panel: 4 ways (even a gown!) to put a definitively dressed up spin on denim | Hollywood yohana

We’ve all heard of the Canadian tuxedo: the denim-on-denim blazer/vest/button-down/pants combo that is apparently so intrinsic to our homeland’s stylistic DNA that it bears its name in title. It’s a ludicrous look, but it speaks to the fact that denim, at least in part, is indeed hard to live without. To play homage to our national adoration, we asked our Style Panelists how to amp up the typically casual fabric. As usual, we got several unique and equally awesome answers: from Amy Flying a Kite’s Amy Nelson in a pretty pink vintage sweater worn overtop loose jeans to A Fashion Love Affair’s Cara McLeay’s full on gown treatment; you’ll discover, if you haven’t already, that the denim possibilities are endless.


London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot metal, lucite and a one miss Hanneli Mustaparta By Meredith Gillies | September 19th, 2012 | 3:30 | Hollywood yohana

London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style

In our last edition of London Fashion Week street style from the Spring 2013 show season, our resident street style photographer, Stefania Yarhi, has captured the tail end of the stylish folk before heading to Milan. It wouldn’t be a day at fashion week without spotting a Balenciaga sci-fi sweater and a vintage print like the D.A.R.E. logo (how very junior high).
We love the bold prints that have been popping up but today’s photos are all about the hardware. Zippers, chain belts and straps from Chanel, the Balenciaga studs we know so well from their coveted bags, and a whole lot of gold. Despite the metallic hardware that was shining on the bags, multiple street stylers had transparent bags. Whether it was a Lucite box holding a wallet or large clutch with perforations, what’s inside of a women’s bag is no longer a secret.

The accessories make the outfit at the end of London Fashion Week and the baby pink backpack takes us back to the days when Baby Spice and Cher Horowitz reigned as queens of the 90s (we’re not complaining). The mini-backpack was not the only throwback spotted, Hanneli Mustaparta took us back in a chunky box shaped knit.
Milan Fashion Week has already started and the fashion photographs will keep rolling in. Fingers crossed that it will have some of the most bold looks yet–we’re looking at you Anna Dello Russo.


London Fashion Week Spring 2013: 5 trends already staking their claim on next season | Hollywood yohana

J.W Anderson Spring 2013

While the international collections are only half way through there is no doubt that some Spring 2013 trends have been set. London Fashion Week elaborated on some of the trends that we first spotted in New York making spring style seem clearer than ever. Spring 2013 promises bold fashion ready for risk takers. Those who thought the crop top was a phase seem to have been proven wrong. Look for bare bellies and plenty of skin throughout the collections—start those crunches now.
Skin is definitely in, as leather frequents the catwalks for Spring 2013. At Mulberry, leather-on-leather takes the typically non-summer fabric for a ride dropping it right in the middle of its sugary sweet sixties-inspired collection. Meanwhile, defined digital prints continue to develop for Spring 2013 in the hands of their mistress, Mary Katrantzou: vivid images take us on a trip with international banknotes and postage stamps.

For another continued Spring 2013 trend, Acne and Jonathan Saunders employ stripes for an eye-catching effect, with the vertical stripe is proving to be an unsurprising staple come spring. Finally, Burberry Prorsum mixes in metallic to modernize the classic Burberry look. These shining looks inspire us to update our spring wardrobe with a splash of flash.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Why J.Crew can do no wrong, plus our top 5 picks from yesterday’s shows | Hollywood yohana

Tory Burch Spring 2013

It was a whirlwind day of running between shows and showrooms, but I’ve managed to suss out five of the best offerings of the day, beginning with the most unexpected one from Oscar de la Renta. From a man known for glamorous gowns and ladylike day-wear, it was a surprise to see Karlie Kloss open the show in a latex top and skin-tight pencil skirt. Clearly courting a younger contingent, uncharacteristically punky coloured streaks were added to wispy beehives and billowy shorts suits were on offer for evening. Is Oscar abandoning his core clientele? I seriously doubt it, but it’s always refreshing to see a designer throw us a curveball and stretch his style beyond the expected.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Kirsten Dunst, Zosia Mamet,Tavi Gevinson and…the Jonas Brothers | Hollywood yohana

Zosia Mamet at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Intro

From the city that never sleeps, it also seems that the fashion crowd never sleeps during fashion week, as photographer Stefania Yarhi has caught even more stylish ladies (and a few men!) outside the shows at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.
The excitement was in the air as Hollywood’s elite sat in the coveted front row of Rodarte’s Spring 2013 show on Tuesday. Plunked beside Rachel Zoe and Anna Wintour in the front row was Kirsten Dunst (fresh from her visit to Toronto for TIFF to promote her upcoming film On the Road), who Yahri captured leaving the show wearing an on-trend cream and brown striped dress with lace and ruffles from Rodarte’s Fall 2012 collection.

Fashion Week regulars such as Anna Wintour, and Tavi Gevinson (who has much to celebrate with the recent release of Rookie Yearbook One and her appearance on Late Night wih Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday) were seen outside shows from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Tory Burch and Narciso Rodriguez.
The Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine wore the best t-shirt we’ve seen thus far at fashion week, emblazoned with the caption “All blogs post the same stuff”. Yarhi also found one of our favorites, Girls actress Zosia Mamet (who’s co-star recently graced our cover) who was wearing a great red leather moto cross jacket, that we will definitely be coveting in a so-not-Shoshanna way this fall.
Two-thirds of the Jonas Brothers (Nick and Joe) were also out on the streets. We aren’t quite sure why they are here for New York Fashion Week, but we may or may not have squealed a bit at the sight of them.
We also couldn’t help but notice a few trends popping up on the streets of New York during Fashion Week. As we mentioned before, the Balenciaga sci-fi sweater seems to be a definite favorite of the fashion crowd. We’ve also noticed a fair amount of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Zap Pow Bang collection as well this fall’s jacket trend, the red leather moto cross (as seen on Zosia).


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: The top 10 trends developing so far | Hollywood yohana

Michael Kors Spring 2013

Even though New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2013 show season is only just winding down (and there are still three fashion capitals left to visit!), it’s never too early to predict trends.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Bart Simpson (prints) and Bill Cunningham petting adorable bulldogs! | Hollywood yohana

Cara Delevigne New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style

The street style in and around the last two days of New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2013 shows were a frenzy of varsity jackets (Opening Ceremony), motorcycle jackets (Acne) see-through bags (from Kenzo to Claire’s) and Asian-inspired printed silks (Proenza Schouler, obv) jealousy-inducing heels (and even a few flats) as shot by our street style photographer Stefania Yarhi. Amidst the madness, Bill Cunningham was playing with some adorable bulldogs. You better bet we caught that too.

The ever-fierce Tyra Banks was seen on the streets of New York wearing a black sequined top with silver finishes and metallic clutch. A grey knuckle ring provides some edge into the sparkling outfit. Paris Hilton was also spotted on the busy streets in a multi-coloured dress, which we’d almost ID as a Proenza-meets-Stella, as well as a black and gold chain clutch, gold watch and sunglasses. Jessica Alba showcases the It look of the week: a chic leather motorcycle jacket with a bright yellow plaid skirt, slicked back hair and sunglasses.
Bart Simpson made a double appearance: first on Cara Delevigne, who wore a Bart-ified Jeremy Scott sweater-and-skirt combo, and second, on an unidentified bloke, whose epic Bartman sweater was seriously drool-inducing. Elsewhere, a droopy comic print was spotted on Canadian electro It girl Grimes.


London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spy Taylor Tomasi Hill, Anna Dello Russo, Prada prints and embellished tops on the streets of London | Hollywood yohana

Taylor Tomasi Hill London Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style

London Fashion Week is already underway and our street style photographer Stefania Yarhi has left New York City just in time to catch up on all the Spring 2013 goings-on across the pond. Meaning: get ready for some pretty stunning street style shots from the streets of London! Right from the pages of our Fall & Winter 2012 trend guide, embellishments were everywhere—from sparkling add-ons to elaborately woven prints, you’ll see an array of colourful designs that brought life and vibrance into the bustling streets.
Speaking of vibrance, Taylor Tomasi Hill was spotted behind the camera, taking photos in a feminine floral-print dress from the Erdem Fall 2012 collection. (Our only disappointment? That she didn’t do that Erdem dress at Erdem’s Spring 2013 showing today.) Her bright red hair in a low bun provided extra class to the overall look. Also noticed on the streets of London: many a Prada print, including the Fall 2012 geometric applique design that we DIYed a few weeks back. Finally, London Fashion Week wouldn’t be the same without beautiful hats, and Anna Dello Russo delivered in a playful purple hat that complemented her royal-blue and black ensemble. We’ll keep you posted with more great looks from the streets of London throughout the week!


London Fashion Week Spring 2013: The weekend recap from Temperley London, Burberry Prorsum, Christoper Kane, Preen and more | Hollywood yohana

Spring 2012 Burberry Prorsum London Fashion Week

Whether you were following the shows at London Fashion Week all weekend long or are just catching up now, Spring 2013 is shaping up to include everything we could hope for after a long winter. Here’s just a handful of the trends and items that have stood out from the shows so far:
Sass and Bride showcased numerous stunning dresses in classic black and white. The bright neon orange pants along with a white blouse and short long sleeved jacket was the best look by far—especially with laced up booties to finish it off. Casting man Russell Marsh exclaimed he wanted the girls to look ‘fresh’ and that they did with minimal make-up and pulled by hair.
Vivid metallics were the highlight of the Burberry Prorsum show. Trench coats—a signature look for the designer—were played up with beautiful hues of magenta, purples and bright blues. The models walked the runway looking ready to take on the world, with matching handbags and bold ankle strap heels.

A favourite of both Pippa and Kate, Temperley London’s Fall 2012 collection was seen on Kate Middleton just last week—so we awaited the new collection with great anticipation. The designs were filled with bold reds and blues and many an oversized stripe. Although majority of the pieces were too sheer and revealing for the Duchess of Cambridge we found one look we think would get her stamp of approval. This white dress has a slight conservative appeal along with a slight slit and sheer sleeves with embroidered detailing—which Kate Middleton usually opts for.
Christopher Kane chose to tone it down and his Spring 2013 collection focused on pastels. The soft hues looked beautiful on the models. There was also a mixture of clean whites that already made us long for the days when we edge out of the hibernation of dark winter shades.

At Preen the collection was all about snazzy snakeskin. Although floral prints were also seen it was the snakeskin details on majority of the pieces that really stood out. This look in particular is an impressive mesh of textures that look spectacular together. The top features stripes, white cuffs and snakeskin whereas the skirt is beaded with sheer edges—when paired with strappy heels and natural hair and makeup it really comes together.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 backstage beauty: Big brows at Thakoon, dripping nails at Prabal Gurung and Peter Som proves rainbow-coloured hair is still going strong | Hollywood yohana

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Peter Som Backstage Beauty Zoya Nail Polish

While the trend so far at New York Fashion Week has been minimal makeup that wasn’t the case at Peter Som. For starters, rainbow-hued extensions (dyed the day prior by colourist Aura Freidman) were tucked randomly in hair, styled by Eugene Souleiman. On the face, Tom Pecheux also wanted randomness and he used his finger tips to apply colour on the eyes, with the goal of looking like a child’s painting. Finally, you know how we feel about French manicures at FASHION. (If not, let me bring you up to speed: ewww!) But when done right (i.e., no acrylics and no white, squared off tips) we can get behind the style. A perfect exception-making example: the creamy orange and mint combo that used two out of the three shades from Zoya’s custom nail polish range for Peter Som.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Dispatches and celeb sightings from a fashion week newbie | Hollywood yohana

Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week

Things I learned today at my first day at the shows: Saturday mornings get off to a slow start. That doesn’t mean that the front row isn’t glossy-haired and well-heeled, but it’s certainly a smaller, sleepier crowd at the tents for 9am.
Weather is a major player. Alternating between scorching, humid sun and torrential downpours, unpredictable September weather wreaked havoc on show schedules with delays holding up start times across the city.
It’s fun to ogle Hollywood celebrities in the front row (Kate Bosworth, Mamie Gummer, Jessica Chastain and Kris Humphries—does he count?—were all spotted in FROW today), but the really exciting people watching comes courtesy of the fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and photographers who are dressed to impress. The Prabal Gurung show only started once Bill Cunningham found his seat.

It’s okay to wear flats. With all of the standing in line, rushing between venues and chasing cabs down the street, a good pair of low-heeled shoes is a fashion week survival tool. Plus if Anna Dello Russo can abandon her mega platforms for a pair of low-heeled YSL pumps, I think it’s safe to say I can too.
Quirky concepts make for memorable presentations. Amongst the myriad of presentations held at MILK Studios, Pamela Love‘s tattoo parlour setup (with an actual artist drawing on the real deal) was busting at the seams. The diminutive designer’s space could barely contain the curious crowd.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Kate Bosworth, Allison Williams and a bunch of jumping editors outside Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang | Hollywood yohana

Editors Jumping, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style

Today’s batch of fashion week street style photos is a doozy of a style star spotter. Shot in New York (duh), our street style photographer Stefania Yarhi captured the biggest and best outside Saturday’s various shows. Outside Prabal Gurung’s Pier 57 Spring 2013 showing, Yarhi caught none other than former FASHION cover girl, Allison Williams. Looking perfectly-Prabal Gurung in a satin origami-print and pleated white dress from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection, the Girls star looked as if to be fitting into the fashion flock quite nicely. True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld was there too, in a frilly Western-inspired silk blouse and geometric-printed shorts from Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 collection. The actresses, however, proved no match for the giddy set of street style star editors including Anna Dello Russo, Giovana Battaglia, Miroslava Duma, Anya Ziourova and Michelle Harper, who burst into one big jump upon being photographed. Could they get any cuter?

Later that day, when the rain would have scared off any less able dresser, the stylish set—including Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Susanna Lau aka. Susie Bubble, Shala Monroque and Karen Elson—showed up to Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 show at the dank Pier 94 looking as flawless as always. Sure to be one of the It items of the show season, Yarhi spotted a handful of Balenciaga’s sci fi sweaters and T-shirts (as well as one surely inspired by the look, worn by Into the Gloss’s Emily Weiss).


Exclusive sneak peek: Check out the first shots of The Coveteur’s collab with Holt Renfrew and J Brand | Hollywood yohana

Mickey Sumner Holts X J Brand X The Coveteur

As part of Holt Renfrew’s ongoing 175th birthday celebrations the historic Canadian retailer has teamed up with J Brand and the online style-hub The Coveteur to showcase J Brand’s fall collection. We have received an exclusive peek at the gallery created for this event before it goes on display starting Thursday September 13 at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street location in Toronto. The photo series will also be on The Coveteur’s website on the same day. In case you’ve been living under a not-super-stylish rock, The Coveteur, founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, is a website that has been going behind the scenes and into the closets of some of the world’s most influential style icons, captured by photographer Jake Rosenberg. Some of their recent projects include looking into Vogue Japan’s editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo’s enviable closet full of shoes and sunglasses (fashion shower not included). For this event, they have sneaked a peek into the closets and wardrobes of four fashionable stars (three of whom who are conveniently in town for TIFF).

The participants include Mickey Sumner, who is in town to promote her role in two TIFF films, Imogene and Frances Ha, The Place Beyond the Pines’ costume designer Erin Benach, Karla Welch, stylist to stars such as Olivia Wilde and Imogene Poots, and Hollywood DJ Daisy O’Dell. Check out exclusive photos of actress Mickey Sumner and some of her wardrobe, which will be displayed in the photos in the exhibit. The gallery opens with a private event on Thursday evening and will continue to be on display in store for a week on the contemporary floor at Holt Renfrew.


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Karlie Kloss bakes cookies at DKNY, Naomi Campbell walks Zac Posen and more! | Hollywood yohana

Coco Rocha at Zac Posen's Spring 2013 fashion show

Blogger Bryanboy wins the biggest try-hard award. Wearing Alexander McQueen‘s mirrored visor, printed Prada brogues and a neon lime fur camera strap, he’s only an it-bag away from completef must-have overload.
Victoria Beckham‘s collections keep getting better and better. With husband David Beckham beaming from the front row, her new take on tailoring expands her offering beyond the beautiful, but now expected body-con dresses, into tailored separates territory. A pimento mini skirted suit and simple long-sleeve car coat stood out among the otherwise black and white palette.

Donna Karan knows how to make her guests feel welcome. While most designers must be running around backstage handling crunch time crises, she was out front mingling with the crowd at DKNY before they dimmed the lights.  I especially loved that on every seat was placed a vegan and gluten free Kookie, courtesy of Karlie Kloss, who has partnered with the FEED Project to provide 10 school meals to hungry children for every oatmeal treat sold. Fashion and philanthropy never tasted so good.
Diane Von Furstenberg is taking high-tech fashion to a whole new level. Going way beyond the livestream, her special partnership with Glass by Google had a few runway models, Google founder Sergey Brin (seated front row) and even Diane Von Furstenberg herself, wearing the slim frames that let you digitally capture and upload everything you see. Will this be the future of fashion?
The models were having a major moment at Zac Posen. From Twitter’s latest member Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha (who had said she wouldn’t be walking any of the New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 runways) to Karolina Kurkova, Crystal Wren and Lindsay Wixon, he rounded up an all-star cast of top models to show off his stunning collection of structured gowns in the open air (thank goodness the weather held out). There were audible gasps in the audience as each girl made her appearance. Rumour has it that the crew from the new show The Face was there filming too.


Carly Rae Jepsen: Behind the scenes at FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 cover shoot | Hollywood yohana

Carly Rae Jepsen: Behind the scenes

Ever since “Call Me Maybe” hit the top of the charts this spring, Carly Rae Jepsen has dominated every radio station, Youtube channel and dance floor playlist. So the choice to have her on FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 cover was beyond easy to make—and not just because we’ve been humming along to her music for months on end. It’s clear from the pictures that Carly Rae Jepsen has a stylish star quality that’s certain to keep her in the spotlight for a long time to come. (Don’t you just love a good Canadian success story?) After all, not everyone can look perfectly poised in a skintight McQ by Alexander McQueen dress while crouching in leopard-print Louboutin heels. When you watch the behind-the-scenes video from our October 2012 cover shoot, you’ll see even more of Carly Rae Jepsen’s charm, which was confirmed by every member of the FASHION Magazine team who worked the shoot in Vancouver. And after you’re done browsing the behind-the-scenes pictures and dancing along to our video from the October 2012 cover shoot there’s another treat waiting for you! It just so happens that the launch of FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 issue corresponds with the release of Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single “This Kiss.” It’s a bubble-gum pop hit that’s certain to become just as ubiquitous—so get thee to iTunes, pronto!


New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Victoria Beckham, Jenna Lyons and the Courtin-Clarins girls | Hollywood yohana

Claire Prisca Virginie Jenna Courtin Clarins New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Intro

Next up in our street style coverage of New York Fashion Week, our resident street style photographer Stefania Yarhi has captured more of the fashion flock from outside the shows on Sunday. Yarhi’s savvy camera skills caught the likes of Victoria Beckham (who chatted with us back in August), outside after her Spring 2013 show who looked as chic as ever in all black shorts, T-shirt (likely of her own design) and sunglasses. Also snapped: the enviously impeccable Courtin-Clarins girls looking as chic as ever with Claire wearing a black and burgundy long-sleeved dress, Prisca in a white dress, Virginie in a black shirt, and long blue and white striped skirt, and Jenna in a long sleeved printed dress on the streets of New York. J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons looked quite serious while taking a call, wearing a slick grey blazer and white pants. Model Erin Wasson who seemed to be in a hurry, was snapped in a grey button up and holding a furry (real or fake?) purse.

Yarhi was also able to capture other street style photographers as they walked the street to catch people coming from presentations by Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Thakoon, and Diane von Furstenberg among others on Sunday. Blogger and photographer Bryanboy was all smiles, and of course legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham was outside waiting for the perfect photo. Yarhi’s lens also captured the likes of Elin Kling, Joanna Hillman, Michelle Harper, Miroslava Duma, blogger Susie Bubble, Taylor Tomasi-Hill and Waris Ahluwalia throughout the city coming and going from the shows.
And of course it wouldn’t be a street style post without a sighting of editor Anna Dello Russo leaving Victoria Beckham’s show looking classy in a beige and black form-fitting dress from Beckham’s collection, gold jewellery and a black hat and veil. She was later spotted having fun wearing a reflective visor (sunglasses?) over her eyes, and it was back to the quirky and wonderful Anna we know and love.


Did you know it takes 83 days to hand-embroider a Chanel couture jacket? Here are 10 things we learned while checking out their Fall 2012 collection in New York | Hollywood yohana

Chanel Couture Fall 2012

Every little bit counts: Arriving early for my 9am appointment in New York City to check out Chanel’s Fall 2012 Couture collection, I was ushered into the elevator along with Chanel employees clad in head to toe tweed. Even the elevator decor had been thoughtfully attended to, with an oversized portrait of Coco Chanel that matched Karl Lagerfeld’s drawing on my invitation card.
Okay, maybe not entirely head to toe tweed: I knew the agony I went through when selecting my outfit was not in vain when I discovered that the Paris-based PR girl showing me around was wearing the same pair of Alexander Wang sandals. Phewf!
Inspiration can come from anywhere: Marie Laurencin, 19th century painter and personal friend of Coco Chanel, provided pastel pink palette inspiration.
The collection was unusual in two ways: There were LOTS of pant options and it was accessories heavy. Karl reasoned that brushed metal details on shoes, bags, belts and fingerless leather gloves kept the look modern.
No detail was too small: Cuffs, collars, hems, buttons and linings all got the couture treatment.
Couture is certainly worth a closer look: Innovative fabric treatments and techniques were beyond what I even thought possible. A stiff lace and leather patchwork fabric had been beaten to keep its voluminous shape without the help of a crinoline. A sky blue sequined jumpsuit was hand painted to create an ombré effect. Subtle silver glitter was sprayed onto tweed to give a shimmering effect. Snipped black feathers were shaped and embroidered onto eveningwear.
There was a strong vintage influence: Draped jackets, mid-calf hemlines and higher collars all alluded to the collection’s “new vintage” theme.
Trompe l’oeil was the name of the game: What I initially though was classic Chanel tweed was in fact beads, sequins and wool embroidered onto tulle in tiny squares. A pleated hem peeking out from under a jacket wasn’t a light layer, but a panel meant to create a faux-layered look. And a white bib at the neck of a dress was actually a modesty panel sewn in as yet another vintage reference.
Take your time: Exit 41, a floor grazing trompe l’oeil tweed jacket and silvery sequined dress took the prize for most hours put in by les petits mains. In order to create the hand-strung strands of sequins and delicate embroideries it took 2000 hours. (That’s the equivalent of 83 days!)
You don’t mess with couture: When a hanger broke and a suit fell to the floor, there was an urgent scurry of activity as everyone lunged to retrieve it.


Style Panel: How 5 of Canada’s most stylish bloggers are wearing their fall essentials | Hollywood yohana

More than any other season, fall seems to be the time for choices. For both the budget-tight and the style-conscious, it all boils down to a few key pieces will get you through the mild-to-frigid temperature transition while mining through the season’s biggest events. As or New York Fashion Week street style shots have already begun to illustrate, the fashion elite has already spoken up for Balenciaga’s sci-fi prints and Shourouk’s see-through purses. As for the Style Panel? Our fashionable group of bloggers seems to be favouring its own group. From Kassandra Camponi’s (Kastles) boyish baseball T to Alyssa Lau’s (The Ordinary Peoples) on-trend faux-leather accents: the fall essential choice certainly seems to be a democratic one.


The chronicles of John Galliano and the quickest pardon in fashion history | Hollywood yohana

As is the case with virtually any news story these days, the developments in the John Galliano story⎯the designer being accused of hurling anti-Semitic insults at an (incidentally non-Jewish) couple while drinking at the Paris café, Le Perle⎯can be measured in tweets, quotes and snippets. Given the proliferated speed at which these bits are published and publicized, it’s amazing to witness how quickly the industry’s reaction has gone from appalled to forgiving to looking forward to the designer’s imminent replacement at Dior. Given the industry’s propensity for forgetfulness⎯history has made fools of those who once condemned Coco Chanel for her involvement with the Nazis or Kate Moss for being caught with cocaine⎯we have no doubt that Galliano will be back at the top in no time. All references to the frankly horrifying severity of his remarks will vanish and whereas Chanel’s and Moss’s actions took years to do the same, Galliano’s have almost done so in a matter of 14 days. Meanwhile, as rumours swirl for a possible replacement by Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz and Marc Jacobs, we take a look back at the quickest judgment turnarounds in fashion history.


Style Panel: 11 easy ways to transition your wardrobe into fall without saying goodbye to summer just yet | Hollywood yohana

Love it or hate it, fall is quickly approaching and it will soon be time, once again, to break out the sweaters, jackets and closed-toe shoes. So, what’s a summer-dress loving girl to do? We turned to the ladies of Style Panel, which now includes Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair, for their unique approaches to wardrobe transitioning.


Ones to watch: Amsterdam’s Avelon has us crushing hard | Hollywood yohana

Dutch designer Erik Frenken knows a thing or two about manning a high fashion label. After working as the head of womenswear at Viktor & Rolf, the designer relocated to Amsterdam to take the helm at Avelon early last year. The label, which was on the brink of bankruptcy when Frenken took over in early 2010, has since extended into some of the most solidly covetable womenswear and menswear lines we’ve seen in ages.

Known for reconstructing basics by playing with proportion and volume, Frenken mixes pretty materials with rough touches to create his seasonless, uptown downtown mixed pieces. This season, Avelon reflected a new interpretation of classic silhouettes, with drape-y cuts appearing in leather paneled leggings, sheer cut-away tops, oversized button downs, silk onesies and asymmetrical leather dresses.


Celeb vote: Leighton Meester rocks and LBD. Is it a classic do or a don’t? | Hollywood yohana

Leighton Meester wore a pleated velvet Versus dress with Pierre Hardy Circle platform sandals in Madrid at a Herbal Essence photocall. What do you think of Meester’s ode to the LBD? Vote after the jump.


Gallery: Anna Dello Russo walked with a poodle in last night’s Lanvin x H&M “couture” show | Hollywood yohana

Alber Elbaz has said, regarding Lanvin’s collaboration with H&M, that he wasn’t looking to make Lanvin cheaper, but to make H&M more haute. In an interesting twist on the cheap-chic concept, H&M staged an “haute couture” runway show in New York last night, which featured customized, high-end versions of Elbaz’s and Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver’s creations for the Swedish fast-fashion house. [View the full gallery] In tradition of a couture show, there was even a bridal look–a winking face tee paired with a short off-white ruffled skirt and a puffy headpiece with a long veil. The show was full of the fun that Elbaz is clearly going for with this collection–Anna Dello Russo sashayed out in a hot pink dress accompanied by an equally poufy poodle, and the closing look was the Lanvin x H&M garment bag, which looks quite cute when belted.
The pieces from show, as well as some original sketches are currently being auctioned off at lanvinforhm. (until November 26), with proceeds going to H&M and Unicef’s All for Children charity. Currently, the original sketches are topping list, with the highest bid at $600. Some of the dresses are still at prices that are less that they’ll go for tomorrow in store. (That won’t last long.)
If you need reminding, the Lanvin for H&M collection hit select Canadian stores tomorrow (see hm.) and the first 320 people in line will receive a wristband and a specific time to shop for 15 minutes.


Designer DIY: Recreate Prada’s zany geometric-print heels for only $35! | Hollywood yohana

Prada Fall 2012 Shoe DIY

From the nutty geometric combos to the head-to-toe zig zag pantsuits, it’s safe to say that Prada’s Fall 2012 collection packed several visual punches. The details that began from the ground up (we’re talking about that beautiful rug) included chunky beading on jackets, pant hems, and shoes, not to mention the intricate prints that were worn top-to-toe. We chose what may be the most straightforward item of the bunch: a pair of leather-embellished platform shoes that were visually striking but, as it turns out, relatively simple to re-create. In four steps (and for just under $35!) you too can trace-cut-paste your way to geometric heaven. 


TIFF Vote: Who was the best dressed at TIFF? | Hollywood yohana


TIFF is winding down this weekend, so it’s time to award the festival’s best dressed. The contestants are: Natalie Portman in Lanvin at the Love and Other Impossible Pursuits premiere, Radha Mitchell in goddess white at The Waiting City [UPDATE: We found out this weekend that Mitchell's dress is by JC Obando], Drew Barrymore in Alexander McQueen at Whip It (we’ll ignore her hair) and Penélope Cruz in RM by Roland Mouret at Broken Embraces. There’s a slideshow below if you need a refresher. Have a write-in vote? Tell us in the comments!


Kate Middleton wore a bird-print coatdress to a solo charity appearance today | Hollywood yohana

We’re suddenly finding ourselves craving a certain style of outerwear: the coatdress. While it might be a little impractical for our typical roster of day-to-day errands, Kate Middleton’s many outdoor-based engagements make it a winter wardrobe staple. (And bonus—it suits her trend of being thrifty: she gets to debut a fresh look without having to purchase both a new coat and a new dress.)

Earlier today, Middleton greeted fans in a wool Orla Kieley number while en route to two appointments for the Art Room charity. It has since sold out online (of course) but if you’re feeling the playful bird print, the brand is apparently a favourite at Anthropologie.


Who okay-ed this? Egypt’s Olympic uniforms are Nike and Adidas knockoffs! | Hollywood yohana

If you thought Ralph Lauren’s made-in-China garments for the U.S. team’s Olympic Opening Ceremony outfits were scandalous, then brace yourself for something even worse: Egypt has admitted that they not only outsourced the outfits for their 112-person Olympic team, but that the China-made products are knockoffs.
The Associated Press spoke with Gen. Mahmoud Ahmed Ali over the phone, who told them the Egyptian Olympic committee decided to sign a deal with a “Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation.” Unfortunately for the committee, not even their athletes are getting behind their decision to pinch pennies. Egyptian synchronized swimmer Yomna Khallaf, who tweeted that she had to pay over $300 out of her own pocket “to have proper stuff to wear,” said the team’s bags have Nike logos on the front but Adidas zippers; in other words, they’re not even half-decent knockoffs. Nike is obviously not pleased with the whole situation, and said in an email statement that they have tried to contact the committee “to see if a solution can be reached.”
Obviously, for a country going through an economic crisis, the financial weight of the Olympics can be especially heavy, but what better time is there to show resilience than at the Olympics?


Outside Lands style snaps: Our 10 favourite looks from San Francisco’s hippest music festival | Hollywood yohana

Outside Lands 2012, Music Festival Style

The Outside Lands festival celebrated it’s fifth birthday this past weekend in the legendary Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and over 65, 000 people a day grooved to the tunes of Stevie Wonder, Jack White, The Kills, Bloc Party, Tanlines, Of Monsters and Men and Santigold. Known for SF’s obsessed foodie culture, Outside Lands’ food trucks almost stole the show with to-die-for fried chicken ‘n’ waffles, bacon funnel cakes, and pork belly buns. Style notes: the temps are chilly so expect at least three layers consisting of tank, sweater, leather jacket plus scarf, hat and gloves, all of course done in an effortless SF cool with a tinge of southwestern boho chic. See our favourite looks from the weekend.