Spring beauty report 2012: Retro influences | Hollywood yohana

Spring beauty report 2012: Backward glance

 Liquid liner hasn’t lost its momentum, but makeup artists left last season’s ’60s mod influence behind and moved back a decade to the ’50s, with inspirations like Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. At Jonathan Saunders, artiste Lucia Pieroni gave models a Stepford streak, inspired by a mid-century Miami housewife who likes her Valium, she says. At Marni, makeup artist Tom Pecheux applied a cinnamon-coloured flick instead of the standard noir, which was inspired by a terracotta clutch in the collection and brought “a sophisticated finish to the face,” he says. Hair-stylists also mined the past for ideas—from the ’20s to the ’70s, and every decade in between. At Diane von Furstenberg, teased ’60s French twists were “textured so it’s rustic and earthy, and quite simple in shape,” says coiffeur Orlando Pita. But at Jean Paul Gaultier, it was an old photograph that led to the loose wartime rolls that hair guru Guido Palau fastened to the top of the head. Our favourite was the sterile-looking ’50s faux bob at Jil Sander, in all its vacuum-sealed nurse practitioner perfection.


Spring beauty report 2012: Festival girl | Hollywood yohana

Spring beauty report 2012: Festival girl

Makeup artists and hairstylists drew inspiration from girls hitting the summer music festival circuit with dishevelled, centre-parted strands and slept-in smoky eyes. Dsquared threw its own concert, sending models down the muddy runway with hippie hair that was “Kate Moss at Glastonbury,” explained hairstylist Sam Mc-Knight, while at Alexis Mabille, tiny daisies were tucked into textured hair for a Lilith Fair feel. At Emilio Pucci, makeup artist Lisa Butler’s roughly smudged black liner with hits of copper and gold paid homage to an ’80s Madonna, with a side of gypsy-esque free spirit. And when eyes weren’t rimmed in black, blue was the new black: For Emanuel Ungaro, Charlotte Tilbury gave eyes a wet look by mixing teal and navy with noir and layering gloss on top. Likewise at Rodarte, models wore a smoky eye with a spin; makeup maven James Kaliardos gave lids a navy wash that winked at Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.


Spring beauty report: Sugar shock | Hollywood yohana

Sugar shock

Switching hair colour used to mean choosing from a menu of brunette, blonde or red. This spring, we’re flaunting temporary pastel strands and feeling like kids in a candy store.


Spring/Summer Essentials Guide | Hollywood yohana

Spring/Summer Essentials Guide 2012

From H&M’s latest and greatest eco offering, to our favourite eco beauty buys, we’re giving you all the intel you’ll need to keep stylish for spring, summer and beyond.


Runway to Real Life: We show you how to do Ferragamo’s radiant Spring 2012 makeup | Hollywood yohana

 Introducing Runway to Real Life, a new weekly feature that takes the best runway beauty looks and shows you how to make them work them for real-life wear. We’ll cover everything from the extreme (red eyeshadow?) to the classic (hello, cat eye!) while providing tips and products so you can recreate each at home. First up: Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012.


One female model amidst a sea of males at Sid Neigum’s unisexy fall show | Hollywood yohana

Sid Neigum’s Fall 2012 collection saw him taking a much-needed breather from his perennial all-black course. And boy, are we glad he did. Mixing tan suede and cream knits among copious darks provided a fresh and optimistic look at fall. With only one female model among a slew of males (all clad in gargantuan Dr. Martens, no less), it was clear post-apocalyptic androgyny was the (somewhat tired) name of the game.
Neigum’s womenswear collection was selected as one of the finalists in the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels competition. Since the rules of the competition stipulate he can’t show his pieces until a winner is chosen, Neigum showed only two womenswear looks, and had us lusting for more (who says playing hard to get doesn’t work?).
Outerwear was the real standout in this collection. Piece after piece—be it fastened from textural leather or soft felt—was perfectly tailored. The clear runway winner? A buckled leather jacket worn with the model’s arms protruding from cape-like arm-slits underneath the sleeves.

Which celebrity Halloween costume is your favourite? | Hollywood yohana

They’re just like us! Hollywood’s and fashion’s best were out over the weekend and last night celebrating Halloween in Marvel, Disney, and trash TV style. Despite some lacklustre outings from the likes of Lindsay Lohan (what else is new?) and Paris Hilton, who all gave it the ole “I just want to be sexy” college try, we picked our 6 favourites. So, who takes the cake?


Daily steal: Colour-blocked sandal, $16 | Hollywood yohana

A flat, buckled sandal is the smartest footwear choice for spring and the mix of colours in this pair means they’ll go with almost everything. ($16,


Fashion’ween: 8 steps to creating the perfect Karl Lagerfeld costume | Hollywood yohana

Halloween is just a week away, and that means it’s officially costume crunch time. In order to stir up some inspiration, we’re turning to some of our favourite and most interesting fashion icons. Each day this week we’ll showcase a costume that doesn’t involve devoting all your evenings to sewing sessions and papier-mâché messes. (And if you do end up dressing up as one of our suggestions, please share it with us on Twitter or Facebook!)
First up, everyone’s favourite fashion uncle, Karl Lagerfeld. We think this is a très chic costume for both guys and gals, and that’s not just because you get to wear a white old-timey powdered wig. Plus, Lagerfeld just announced that he’s launching an affordable line with Net-a-Porter in the new year—so if you fall in love with your costume you’ll be able to continue dressing in his signature style.

Kate Middleton returns to her penchant for blue suiting in a Rebecca Taylor metallic boucle number | Hollywood yohana

After her splashy Matthew Williamson outing at the premiere of African Cats in London yesterday, Kate has quickly returned to her blue-suit penchant today at her appearance alongside Will at the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole, in support of the Royal British Legion. While we’re sure Kate won’t actually be travelling to said pole, she’s certainly channelling every bit of Chanel’s jetset-inspired all-blue Spring 2012 Couture collection. So much so, in fact, that we were surprised to find out that the metallic blue boucle suit was in fact not Chanel at all, but Rebecca Taylor. While we can’t say we’re exactly obsessed with Kate’s prim look of the day, we won’t be bored for long. Kate’s slated to appear later today at a reception at the Imperial War Museum.


Modelland| Hollywood yohana


Word: Modelland
Usage: “Suddenly, Scouts from Modelland were everywhere. An asteroid rocketed to earth, throwing up chunks of marble all around the square and causing nearby runway walkers to flee in hysterics. A stunning Scout emerged from the rubble, with skin that seemed to be made of rough stone.”

Meaning: The titular concept of a new book by Tyra Banks—yes, I did say book—available on September 13. When “-land” is affixed to a concept (Toyland, Candyland, Pleasureland, Disneyland), it becomes a dreamplace, a vast (and usually imaginary) setting governed only by said concept. So it is with Tyra’s biz in an overweight novel described as “modelling plus Harry Potter.” Oy.

You should know it because:
Modelland answers all your questions about Tyra, such as: Is she out of her bleeding mind? Is her forehead so big because she is, in fact, an extraterrestrial being? Can she make Mariah-land look like Iowa by comparison? And the answers are all “yes.”
An excerpt from Modelland was posted on the Barnes & Noble website and quickly made the internet rounds over the weekend. Consensus in blogland is that the prose (see: usage) is so royally purple, so… just awful, that Tyra herself really must have written it. The heroine, Tyra’s tween alter ego, is named Tookie de la Creme and her quest is to reach Modelland (“the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain”) and become one of seven “intoxibellas” (a new word for supermodels, let’s presume).
I’m sure that, much like Tyra’s talk show, her stiletto-stab at literature will be America’s Next Top Novel—in Delusionland.


Things that make you go huh?: Shailene Woodley bombs the red carpet, only to kill it at the after party | Hollywood yohana

With so many highly paid perfectionists working together to create seamless red carpet moments for Hollywood’s A-listers, it never ceases to amaze us when a starlet goes so wrong that there was never any way it was right. Especially when said starlet is stunning, has legs for days, and is the breakout star of an Oscar-nominated film (co-starring George Clooney, no less). Such was the sad case of Shailene Woodley and her dowdy Valentino Couture at last night’s Oscars. The dress itself? Beautiful. On a 22-year-old? Hells no. With the hem and sleeves competing for length, and the strategically placed bust detailing, this dress look like it was trying to cover Woodley up, when it really should have been showing her off. We just don’t get it!

Cue to the Vanity Fair after party, just a short few hours later, and the actress shows up as gloriously fresh, in a floral Proenza Schouler mini. So what went wrong? Who screwed up? Are we being too hard on this look? So many unanswerable questions!


Celeb Poll: Who was best dressed at the MTV Video Music Awards? | Hollywood yohana


Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was certainly full of news, from Beyoncé’s big baby reveal to Katy Perry’s four outfit changes to Lady Gaga’s first public appearance as her drag alter ego Joe Calderone, who had previously only been seen on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan last September. Who though, tops the list as the best dressed?

Get Kirsten Dunst’s ’40s-inspired look from last night’s Melancholia premiere! | Hollywood yohana

 Kirsten Dunst stepped out for last night’s Melancholia premiere in a ’40s inspired pairing: a navy polka-dot button down blouse and a long pleated white skirt. Can we just say: we love! Kiki’s been looking real good lately, so much so that we’re shopping in the name of!


Part II of our best dressed roundup from Cannes. Who’s your favourite? | Hollywood yohana

 Though it proved to be a challenge, last week we picked our list of the top ten best dressed stars at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival and asked you to vote for your favourite look. In the end, Vanessa Hudgens, Diane Kruger and Sarah Jessica Parker came out on top wearing Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and Elie Saab respectively. This week, we bring you our best dressed at Cannes Part II — because one list just wasn’t enough. Gowns by Roberto Cavalli and Chanel dominated the red carpet over the past week, but who rocked their gown the best? Check out the gallery and cast your vote!


London-based LN-CC brings everlasting cool to this side of the pond with the best selection ever and ahem, free shipping | Hollywood yohana

The shop: I’ve written about London, UK’s LN-CC before, and I’ll write about them again, because there’s hardly a store like it. Set deep in Dalston in a cubist lair-like space, all raw wood and amber lighting and the smell of incense and cloth, it feels like a more organic future. And because they launched online concurrently, their e-shop is just as far out in front of the pack: their seasonal editorial shoots are so exquisitely on-point, they’ve landed on Style.com. If you’re not on the store’s mailing list, sign up now—you get as much sartorial inspiration as temptation, promise.
The goods: LN-CC, which does nearly three quarters of its business online, sells the best new London designers (J.W. Anderson before you knew who J.W. Anderson was), the most adventurous European labels (Givenchy, Ann Demeulemeester, Commes) and a host of international finds (like high-tech knitwear by Philadelphia’s Lauren Manoogian, or earrings by Canada’s own Jaime Sin). It’s easy to shop for two, too: the men’s section is (a rarity) as good as the women’s, with owner-buyer John Skelton hewing close to his own eclectic—but functional—taste. Just don’t fall for a $400 leather boot strap, because that’s why the Eurozone is collapsing.
None of this so-called curation comes cheap, as you can see, so I suggest keeping a clear head (when are you going to wear a dress that, judging from its price, is made entirely from Edie Sedgwick’s lost sequins and a unicorn’s hair?) and one tab open to their sale page. I am waiting, waiting, waiting for my recurring dream shoes, the derby wood platforms by shoechitect ETS Callatay, to land there. If only there were a god…

The one thing about LN-CC stocking a variety of fledgling designers, along with more established labels, is that there can be significant vagaries in size. That’s why you have to, I mean it, read the fine print. They’ve done all the measuring for you. Don’t be a fool.
The shipping: I ordered from LN-CC when I lived in Toronto, and the box—a cloud matte grey, festooned with a bonafide Argentinian friendship bracelet—arrived six days later, including a weekend. Shipping is free (!!!) on all regular-priced men’s and women’s clothing, no matter where you are, and on all orders over £500. Otherwise, it’s £22, which works out to $35 CAD right now.
The bonus: LN-CC is currently featuring the contest to conquer all contests. Visit the site and enter to win a flight to London, a three night stay at a London hotel plus £15,000 to spend at the store. You also win seven kisses if you bring me back this Yohji Yamamato book.


Daily steal: Yellow raincoat, $87 | Hollywood yohana

Tackle spring’s inclement weather with this swing fit Mackintosh. The ultra-bright colour, cute polka dot lining and gigantic pockets make it the perfect intersection of style and function