The 5 remaining designers are challenged to turn garbage into black light costumes | Hollywood yohana

After nearly an entire season, the five remaining All Stars return to their roots (i.e. episode 1) and are asked to participate in another garbage challenge—although now they get to use expensive garbage that lights up! What does it mean when a challenge is so transparently about the novelty of doing a black light show? I worry next week’s pre-Fashion Week final challenge will be all about making fabulous pantsuits out of lasers.

8 things you can savour now that season 2 has come to a close | Hollywood yohana

Since the lords, ladies, and servants of a certain English period series came into our lives, we’ve scarcely been able to talk about anything else! (Raf who?) Not even the Oscars filled our Sunday night void. Downton Abbey has been thrilling us since the first season aired last year, but it seems that the buzz regarding this latest instalment has come to a fever pitch. While our recaps are obviously the best way to relive season 2, we’ve pulled together another 8 awesome ways to savour Downton till the last drop, that is, until it returns (with Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mother!) next year on PBS.

All the sleeve and shoulder action at Givenchy, Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Céline, and Chloé | Hollywood yohana

We need to talk about sleeves. Shoulders too, but first sleeves.
There is a majorly mannish tailoring trend forming at the Fall 2012 shows in Paris, but what keeps it from being dull is that the designers are having fun with sleeves.
Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci cut his sleeves short and wide for boxy jackets and colour-blocked furs. We’ll surely be seeing these goods on Alicia Keys and the other stars who were in his front row.
There were striped knit sleeves on wool coats at Kenzo (made ultra-cool thanks to designers and Opening Ceremony co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim).
About-to-be-mom-again Phoebe Philo put contrasting sleeves on colour-blocked tops and furs at Céline. Dresses are getting strong-armed too. Andrew Gn had a little black dress with one lace sleeve and while the other arm was left bare.
And now to the matter of shoulders—they’ve been wide, like I’m-wearing-my-dad’s-coat wide—at Stella McCartney and Chloé and bead-trimmed at Andrew Gn. Sleeveless black leather dresses had extended shoulders at Costume National and Kenzo’s jewel-tone satin jumpsuits had flap-like shoulder extensions.

Our April cover star discusses her breakout role as Snow White and gives us the lowdown on her spring wardrobe staples | Hollywood yohana

Lily Collins | FASHION Magazine April 2012

Lily Collins embarks on a thoroughly modern fairy tale with her first starring role,
as a sword-fighting, prince-saving Snow White.
When Lily Collins arrived for her first costume fitting as Snow White on the Montreal set of Mirror Mirror, she assumed the most fabulous getups would go to her co-star Julia Roberts, who plays the evil queen. “I saw all these dramatic, colourful, amazing outfits and I thought, ‘Wow, Julia’s so lucky,’” says the 23-year-old British-born actress who’s best known for playing Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side. “And then they started bringing them in, and I said, ‘Is this for me?’ The first outfit took 25 minutes to get into, and when I looked in the mirror I got teary-eyed.” Then there were the elaborate sets; she describes a giant indoor forest and 40 tons of salt for snow. “I was sprinting through this huge room of trees, in my ball gown, sword-fighting, going up cliffs,” she marvels. “When the crew brought their kids onto set, they would see me and start crying. They were like, ‘Blanche Neige!’”

a handful of screen credits when she landed Mirror Mirror, but it’s obvious why she was chosen to play this ass-kicking, prince-saving Snow White. There’s the doe-eyed, dark-haired beauty, but there’s also a casual confidence and adventurous spirit that makes you think: This girl can carry a movie. “I’ve been turned down so many times,” laughs the University of Southern California communications student between sips of green tea at Soho House in West Hollywood, blocks from her apartment. “I’ve always chosen to believe that ‘No’ means ‘Not right now.’”
She developed this go-for-it mindset early on. At 15, she cold-called Elle Girl magazine in England and talked her way into writing a monthly column about being a British girl in L.A. Around the same time, she approached Tommy Hilfiger on a plane and told him she had modelled his clothes in a newspaper. Before the plane left the ground, Hilfiger had called his producer and Collins wound up walking in his next L.A. show. “Experiences like that proved to me at a young age that there’s no hurt in trying,” says Collins, who has also modelled alongside Naomi Campbell in a Mont Blanc jewellery show in France, set in a palace made of ice.
This determination to take initiative and succeed or fail on her own terms is no doubt connected to the fact that her father is mega-selling singer Phil Collins. As a little girl, she inspired her dad’s Oscar-winning song “You’ll Be In My Heart,” from Disney’s Tarzan. “I never wanted to give people a reason to say I only got something because of that,” she says. “I wanted to feel confident in myself and be able to take the rejection, and not have someone make a phone call for me.”
Collins credits her mother, Jill Tavelman, who moved to L.A. from England after splitting from Phil when Lily was six, with keeping her grounded in Hollywood—and introducing her to the wonder of flea markets. “In the ’80s, she wore Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood, and then she mixed it with vintage and she’d throw in Alaïa. She taught me that it’s all about the thrill of the hunt,” says Collins. “If you don’t want to look through that pile, probably nobody else has, so the coolest thing is in that pile.” She lists Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Marchesa and Chanel as her favourite labels, but today she’s carrying an Alexander Wang bag and is dressed down in a cream sweater, J Brand jeans and brown ankle boots she snagged from the set of The English Teacher, an upcoming love-triangle drama in which she (a student) and Julianne Moore (a teacher) fight over the same man.
Collins’s ability to sift through flea-market piles unobserved might take a hit once Mirror Mirror comes out—especially since gossip about her “friendship” with Zac Efron has run rampant since the two were photographed attending a birthday party together in February. She seems to have the maturity to deal with the inevitable attention. “I felt like Snow White and I went through similar situations and our lives kind of paralleled during the movie,” she says. “She starts out as this wide-eyed, innocent, unsure girl. And during the movie, I was learning how to fight. I was gaining confidence, finding out something about myself I didn’t know, taking chances. And I left there, kind of like this new young woman.”

38 shots from outside Viktor & Rolf, including 7 of Katy Perry’s new blue do | Hollywood yohana

There was so much fabulousness going on outside the Viktor & Rolf show on Saturday—think Karlie Kloss with moody stained lips and stringy hair, Anna Dello Russo in Big Bird fur, and Gareth Pugh looking as edgy as his own collections—but alas, none of it could contend with Katy Perry, her vibrant cobalt Viktor & Rolf swirl trench, or her dyed-to-match Wonder Woman-blue do. The latest in a string of candy (and comic) coloured dye jobs was all the buzz all weekend long, and so it’s only fitting that it get a photo tribute here!

4 Lanvin learnings from a visit to Alber’s showroom | Hollywood yohana

1.   The shapely jewel-tone dresses that came down the runway three evenings ago—surprise surprise!—turned out to made from bra padding, giving them a soft but substantial sculptural quality.
2.   The embossed leather jackets and mini-skirts were bonded onto grey knit, and a tunic that looked like glass was made from tiny mirrored beads.
3.   Black and gold brocades were sometimes reversed and covered in clear plastic.
4.   The jewels were strewn with abandon on neoprene jersey, like a little girl who got into her grandmother’s stash when no one was looking.

Milla Jovovich, Molly Sims, and their celebutots hit Hollywood to celebrate the launch of DVF’s Gap Kids collection. View the party photos + the entire collection! | Hollywood yohana

On Saturday, Hollywood’s youngest fashionistas crawled to The Grove to celebrate the world premiere of the Gap Kids + DVF collection. Daughters of Milla Jovovich, Busy Phillips, Alyson Hannigan, Tiffani Thiessen, and Jessica Capshaw joined their moms and Diane Von Furstenberg at the wild G-rated party. Guests were served gourmet mac and cheese and pink lemonade in DVF juice boxes while they decorated paper dolls, shopped the collection, and accessorized with balloon hats. Later, they strutted down a kiddie-sized catwalk, sat in makeup chairs for gloss touch-ups, and chased real puppies in a picket-fence playpen.
The Gap Kids + DVF collection is sized for girls ranging from newborn to age 14 and ranges from $20 to $120. I4t includes T-shirt dresses, rompers, and DVF’s signature wrap dress in several colours. Bold patterns (sourced from the DVF archives) and a neon palette communicate a lighthearted playfulness. Cotton fabrics, easy silhouettes, and affordable prices ensure that each piece is kid-friendly. As the designer explained to us, “I wanted to create something that mothers would love, and kids would love. It’s very DVF to the core: super colourful, super tight, and optimistic. And it’s practical—you can mix and match and throw it all in the washing machine.” The empowering DVF aesthetic translates beautifully to the playground. “Really,” she says, “it’s about liking who you are and enjoying life.”