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

Holiday Parties

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


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

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

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

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


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

H&M Garment Collecting Initiative

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

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


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

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

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

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


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

Greta Constantine Spring 2013 backstage beauty hair makeup nails

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


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

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

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


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

Greta Constantine Spring 2013

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

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


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

The Row Damien Hirst Croc Backpack

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

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


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

Black on Black

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


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

Gucci Premier perfume Blake Lively

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

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


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

Michael Kors Backstage Beauty Fall 2012

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


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

J.Crew fashion director Gayle Spannaus interview

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

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


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

Beauty Fix Beauty Products with Charitable Donations

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


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

Winter Skin Care products

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


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

One Direction perfume fragrance

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


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

MEN'S FASHION: RenaissanceMan

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


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

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

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


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

MEN’S FASHION | Leg work