What was she thinking? Fergie walks the red carpet in a dress too tight to zip! | yohana

Last night at the InStyle A Night of First’s event in Los Angeles, Fergie was photographed wearing Jean-Charles de Castelbajac dress complete with Felix the Cat–patterned motif. Aside from some unfortunate extra-cleavage, the dress seemed to be a perfect fit, until she turned around to reveal—quelle disastre—that the zipper was only done up about halfway and that the dress was being held together by a piece of black fabric! Is looking like a stuffed sausage the next celebrity fashion trend?
It’s no secret that a bit of visual trickery goes into every celebrity appearance, but seriously? Did she really think no one would notice? Did she not have an entourage to give her a heads up? Fergie is known for singing at length about how bangin’ her body is (and it really is!)—looks like someone may have too many lady lumps. (Please note: we will never again make a joke about a celebrity’s weight, but that was just too easy.)

What do you think of Brangelina’s black-on-black matching outfits? | yohana

Okay, so maybe they’re not twins, but we can’t help but think that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt planned their back-to-black outfits together. Angie, in an asymmetrical satin Vivienne Westwood gown, a Louis Vuitton clutch, and jewellery of her own design (what!?!), and Brad in well… scruff, at last night’s Moneyball premiere look like two peas in one expensive, slightly Addams Family–esque pod. And we s’pose they should.


TIFF red carpet: Get Mia Wasikowska’s secretary-chic look from last night’s Restless premiere! | yohana

It’s on! Starting today, we’ll be sharing our favourite TIFF red carpet looks and teaching you how to get ‘em for less (and by less, we mean that you don’t have to walk to the store to get them, so you’re not spending on gas). First up: we’re channeling Mia Wasikowska.  At last night’s Restless premiere, the actress was wearing a lady-like, double-tie houndstooth dress, showing off her sleek figure and natural, effortless beauty. She wore the dress, a slightly sheer number (dare we guess Yves Saint Laurent?) hitting just above the knee, showing off her simple Loubs. We love the simple yet modern look, and the confident pop of colour on the lip fits right in.


Check out Mulcair’s spring collection and enter to win one of two $500 shopping sprees! | yohana

Alas, the age-old question: How to look polished sans effort? Want to walk the line between glamorous and laid back? That’s where Montreal-based label Mulcair comes in. Designed by Parsons grad and former Vena Cava intern, Juliana Bennett, Mulcair is a two-years-young collection of easy breezy separates made to exude sophistication on the fly—literally. The designer cites wind, movement and paramilitary aesthetics as the jumping-off points for spring. Key to the Mulcair DNA is a wearable influx of options, and this season is no different. From sweats to military vests to colourfully draped dresses, Spring 2011 is chock full.

Behind the scenes with Rad Hourani and Kirsten Owen in Montreal | yohana

Rad Hourani was recently home in Montreal between jaunts to Paris and New York City to shoot his Spring 2012 look book and video. I popped by his all-white Mile End atelier to find him perched in all black behind two tripods—both focused on the iconic model Kirsten Owen, who drove in from Toronto that morning.
Alternating between Ice Queen and Alien, Owen quietly unravelled before the lens, each flash igniting a fierce thunder in her eyes. Between takes, Hourani and I chatted about his personal inspiration. I discovered his name Rad means “thunder” in Arabic and “clothing” (how serendipitous) in an African language. The designer also added, “Le Rad in Paris is the last bar of the night that is open—a cool bar. It’s not trendy.” If you know anything about Hourani’s avant-garde philosophy, you know it’s not a stretch to make the connection. And, well, I don’t think I have to tell you what “rad” means in English. Here are more snapshots of our conversation.

Tavi Gevinson speaks out on hypocrisy in the fashion industry | yohana

Girl wonder, Tavi Gevinson, is making waves after calling out the fashion industry for being hypocritical. In a recent interview with the BBC, she discussed her emergence on the scene, the reaction to it, as well as her current position as editor-in-chief of the online magazine Rookie.
Amongst shared tidbits about glitter, Sassy magazine, and the Internet’s world-wide educational reach, she talked about her appearance at New York fashion week at the age of 13. “People were confused about my being there for a few reasons. One was that I was a blogger. The word itself, blog—it’s kind of an ugly word. […] And so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had kind of figured it out.” She continues: “They would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week, but this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth.”
While watching the two minute–long video, you’d probably think, “Wow, she’s all grown up,” but isn’t that the thing with Tavi? She’s always been grown up, or at least wise beyond her years. She’s just swapped the blog for the BBC, and the oversized glasses for a thick cat eye. While she may eventually cringe to have had her teenage transformation on display, we’re sure happy to have her as a beacon of intelligent youth to lead us into the future.


We celebrate Taylor Swift’s 22nd birthday with an ode to her best beauty looks from the last year | yohana

Today our favourite curly-haired country star (and former FASHION cover girl!) turns 22. It’s been a big year for Taylor Swift: she was awarded entertainer of the year at the CMAs, had her debut as a Cover Girl spokesperson, did a sold-out, worldwide tour for her third album Speak Now, and was just named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Swift never looks out of step on the red carpet—she’s the master of romantic hair and classic makeup. So! What better way to celebrate her birthday than with a rundown of Swift’s best beauty looks?

We show you how to get our 3 favourite red carpet hairstyles of the week, including Rooney Mara, Scarlett Johansson, and Sandra Bullock \ yohana

The red carpet brought out three great hairstyles this past week: Rooney Mara’s side-parted bangs, Scarlett Johansson’s retro updo, and Sandra Bullock’s long, shiny locks. On a scale of easy to impossible, Bullock’s style is one you can achieve as quickly as it takes for your flatiron to heat up—whereas you’d need a second set of hands (or more!) to master Johansson’s pinned-up curls.

Love Katie Holmes’ stunning skin? We share 5 steps to help you get her red carpet glow! | yohana

If there was one thing we took away from the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol red carpet last week, it was how stunning Katie Holmes is. How long did you spend looking at the above picture before you realized that her hair is just in a regular old ponytail? Holmes makes a strong case for the importance of a great base: her frizzy, everyday hair is totally forgiven on the red carpet thanks to her flawless complexion. So, before you start playing around with new makeup scored at Boxing Day sales, go back to the basics. It’s time to address the skin care and beauty routine for your base!

We show you how to get Olivia Wilde’s textured short hair and two-tone smoky eyes | yohana

Olivia Wilde cut quite a few inches off her hair during the holidays and debuted the new style—complete with ombré highlights—this weekend at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It’s easy to see why the ombré trend is one that won’t go away anytime soon: done right, it’s always flattering. Wilde looks undoubtedly modern and fresh, and her caramel-coloured strands add another layer of dimension to her already glossy, textured hair. Best of all, the look allows her two-tone smoky eye makeup to really stand out.

From Michelle Williams to Elizabeth Olsen, we share our top red carpet beauty picks from the Critics’ Choice Awards! Plus, tips for how to get the looks at home | yohana

After Wednesday’s bright and colourful red carpet showing at the People’s Choice Awards, things turned pastel for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Yellow was everywhere last night—from Elizabeth Olsen’s textured Emilio Pucci dress and Diane Kruger’s Prada gown to Elle Fanning’s eyelids. Fuchsia was a favourite lip colour, and braids continue to be the secret twist to many a red carpet updo. We’ve rounded up six of our favourite beauty looks from the awards: browse them all and vote on your favourite!

Paula Patton’s dark-purple nails, Jessica Alba in lavender, Zooey Deschanel’s tuxedo design, and more! Our top manicure picks from last night’s Golden Globes | yohana

A surprising number of stars kept their nails bare at last night’s Golden Globes—but for those who decided to reach for the polish, purple was the colour of choice. (Unless you’re Zooey Deschanel, in which case custom tuxedo-inspired nail art is the way to go!) From Jessica Alba’s light lavender nails to Paula Patton’s dark-purple polish, we’ve rounded up our favourite manicures from the red carpet.

Get the look! We have the secrets behind Lea Michele, Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Zooey Deschanel’s hair and makeup from the Golden Globes red carpet! | yohana

Here’s the thing about award shows: you don’t realize how versatile a starlet’s hair and makeup are until you see all the photos the next day. Because after the show ends, the parties begin—and while changing an outfit between events is common, hair and makeup usually stay the same.
Not only that, it’s always impressive to see how well an updo holds or a smoky eye lasts throughout the night, proving that product and technique really do make all the difference! We got the low down from some of the stylists responsible for making the starlets look their best at the Golden Globes—and we’re sharing their tips with you!

A soothing ombré lavender manicure to start the New Year | yohana

It’s best to ease your way out of the holidays. After a week of eating nothing but comfort food, being hustled between endless family gatherings and feeling very squeezed in at Boxing Week sales, we could all use a mini-vacation before heading back to work. However, considering most of us are already back at our desks, it’s time to find relaxation in other ways, such as lavender. As a plant, lavender is known for its calming, restorative properties. So why not transfer a little bit of that relaxation onto your nails with a soothing lavender ombré manicure?

Thompson Toronto teams up with Greta Constantine to create a sexy new Lobby Bar uniform for its staff | yohana

Toronto’s Thompson Hotel shares our love for all things Greta Constantine. The super sleek hotel chain is making sure their staff is up to snuff by teaming up with the label’s designers, Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, to create a new chic staff uniform.

We weigh in on Anja Rubik’s mullet wedding dress | yohana

Anja Rubik has joined the ranks of Natasha Poly, Lily Aldridge and Kate Moss as the newest wedded supermodel. The face of Fendi married her fiancé and fellow model Sasha Knezevic this past Saturday (and to think we were busy watching TV!) at a church in Deià on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The couple was blessed with a picture-perfect day—in addition to their genetic superiority—which helped make the day look like a high-end campaign rather than a real-life wedding.
The only potential crimp in the picture? Rubik’s custom-made Peter Dundas dress, which struck some as mullet-esque. In somewhat of a shocking reveal, the hemline was (super) short in the front and drew out into a long, layered train. We’re guessing her thought process went something like, “Just look at these legs.” Belted at the waist and fuller in the bottom, the white silk was a perfect contrast to Rubik’s dark tan. The model’s upper back was covered with lace, which came together with a bow at her neck.
But back to that mullet. For some, wedding gowns are best as classic, simple pieces. But to be fair, Rubik was staying true to her own taste with a touch of bohemian and rock ‘n’ roll. The dress had both Rubik and Dundas written all over it, whether the critics liked it or not.
Anja Rubik: “Peter is an excellent designer; he makes women look beautiful, sexy, and cool! He understands a woman’s body and underlines what’s best in it. I asked him to do my dress because l love his rock ‘n’ roll chic, bohemian style.”
Peter Dundas: “It’s funny, because we both had the same silhouette in mind. I have to say that it’s been surprising what a sharp eye she has.”
Styleite: “We think she looked great — if you’ve got amazing legs, why shouldn’t you show them off on your wedding day?”

The Fashion Spot: “I hate to put down a bride on her wedding day, but Anja certainly had the potential to look better and her Peter Dundas-designed dress was a too-trendy fashion failure… Anja’s hair was just messy enough for her to look disheveled. The upper portion of her gown featured a lovely bodice but forum members couldn’t get over the scroll-down disappointment of her asymmetrical mullet-style high-low skirt length that showed off a pair of not-so-great shoes.” [The Fashion Spot]
Sarah Casselman, Senior Fashion News Editor: “Mallorca, a white miniskirt and two models getting hitched? This is the stuff of fashion-ad-campaign dreams! But in Anja’s case, it was her wedding day. Only a catwalk queen could pull off this flirty little Pucci number while saying her I do’s—it’s a party in the front and pure princess in the back. And the accessories? A golden glow and mile-long legs are all any new Mrs. really needs.”

Fashion news: Giambattista Valli to do couture, Marc shows (more) art world love, and more | yohana

Behind the scenes at FASHION’s photo shoot in and around the sun-splashed Mediterranean city of Antalya | yohana

A Turkish Tale
We’d been dreaming since December of ’70s supermodels roaming through ruins with big hair, big jewels and even bigger attitudes. We couldn’t stop thinking about Diana Ross in the 1975 film Mahogany, or the sophisticated world travellers who strode down the Saint Laurent, Pucci and Ferragamo spring runways. It all led to a transatlantic travel itch, and Turkey proved to be our fashion fantasy come true.

The inspiration behind each Mercedes-Benz Start Up finalist’s Spring 2012 collection | yohana

Cassie Dee got her start as a pattern maker and a fashion instructor before launching her own line in 2010. Produced exclusively in Canada, the Cassie Dee label appeals to a modern way of dressing with unique details and superb fit.
For Spring 2012, Cassie Dee was inspired by rooting her own tailored, city-girl aesthetic in an out west colour story—the city wardrobe on a road trip. This comes through in country-style elements like bold topstitching, beautiful buttons and patchwork, and a few nature-inspired shapes to create cowling and swirling seam lines.

The inspiration behind each Mercedes-Benz Start Up finalist’s Spring 2012 collection | yohana

There’s less than a week to go before the five Mercedes-Benz Start Up finalists hit the runway at LG Fashion Week to show their Spring 2012 collections. Ready to see what Cassie Dee, Martin Lim, Travis Taddeo, Triarchy, and UNTTLD have been working on? As the official media sponsor, FASHION Magazine will be live streaming the entire event. But before the grand reveal, find out more about each of the finalists and what inspired their collections.

Miuccia Prada is not happy about her shared upcoming exhibit with Elsa Schiaparelli at the Met |yohana

When we first reported in October about the Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit to open at the Met, our minds went wild with thoughts of how the institute would connect the two. Well, Miuccia Prada is now raining on our little trompe l’oeil parade.
Prada is not enthusiastic about sharing the spotlight with Schiaparelli, to say the least. She complained to WWD, “It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite […] I told them, but they don’t care.”
Different eras? Sure. Total opposite? Not entirely. Both experiment(ed) with Surrealism, escapism, fantasy, and visual trickery. To boot, both could easily be considered the artistes of their era. From where we sit, the Met exhibit sounds promising enough, and we can only hope that Prada has a change of attitude before the start of the exhibit on May 7.

Fashionista: “But whether Miuccia is happy or not, one thing is for sure: The exhibit is happening—and we’re betting there will still be a line around the block to get in (and we’ll be in it).” [Fashionista]
Styleite: “… she has a point. As we noted in our writeup of the news, Schiappareli made fashion out of surrealism and Dada artistry, and while Prada may be equally esoteric, she’s hardly a student of that tradition. But does that mean the two aren’t comparable? Well, that depends on the exhibit, we suppose.” [Styleite]

Caitlin Agnew, assistant editor/research: “Of course someone with such a strong vision as Miuccia Prada’s would be dissatisfied with someone else’s representation of their work, even if it comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And if we could ask Elsa Schiaparelli, I wonder what she would have to say? Either way I’m booking a flight to New York. It’ll be fascinating to see the work of both designers juxtaposed in a historical context.”