Haute heels | Hollywood yohana

Cinzia Araia, $600

 Fall’s crisp weather calls for cool boots like these stunners by Cinzia Araia (cinziaaraia.com). With their geometric shape and chunky platform, they are an ideal choice for work and play. Just add woolly tights and go. Exclusively at Browns


Anthropologie introduces “Made in Kind” designer collaborations featuring Karen Walker, Samantha Pleet and more! | Hollywood yohana


Anthropologie is the latest to join the designer collab trend with its own assembly of partnerships, only this time bringing established, lesser known, and first-time designers together in a curatorial series to be showcased online as well as in-store, similar to a gallery presentation.
The rolling collaborations, presented under the name “Made in Kind,” will launch this Thursday, and will feature a hodgepodge of designers: Karen Walker, Gregory Parkinson, John Patrick, Samantha Pleet, Charlotte Linton, Pipit , Rachel Rose and Place Nationale. While some designers will be available at Canadian stores such as Pipit (Ontario), Charlotte Linton (Vancouver) and Samantha Pleet (Toronto), all the collections can be scooped up online.

Keeping true to their arty customer, the collabs also includes collections by artists such as photographer Koto Bolofo, illustrator Florence Balducci and former Anthropologie visual director Leslie Oschmann of Swarm.
We already have a few items on our must-have list (“Treasure” by Samantha Pleet might be our favourite), but with a $120-$300 price range, our list is sure to grow!
New “Made in Kind” collections will be introduced each month and be available for eight to 10 weeks.


5 minutes with Erdem | Hollywood yohana

Erdem Moralioglu

Known for his beautiful abstract printed pieces, London-based, Montreal-born designer Erdem Moralioglu has achieved international fashion stardom in just five years. (He counts Tinseltown A-listers like Ashley Olsen and Keira Knightley among his many fans.) Here, Moralioglu talks fall essentials and texture messages.
How would you describe the Erdem woman?
“Strong, confident and beautiful.”
What are the must-have pieces for fall 2011?
“Our fitted Devan dress, which is supersexy. Wear it with our oversized boyfriend cable-knit jumper over your shoulders, in case you get chilly.”

What was your inspiration this season?
“I was inspired by the movie Pollock. I love the idea of someone tearing a canvas up and wearing it.”
Did you experiment with new techniques this season?
“This season, the Erdem girl became a woman. It was all about a new, meaner silhouette and really playing with textile manipulation. I took risks by blending and manipulating paint effects on a range of new fabrics, such as power mesh, sequins, tweed and velvet.”
What’s next?
“We’re really excited about our new sunglasses collection with Cutler and Gross.”
What is the most important thing we should know about you?
“I have a serious book addiction. I [buy] about five new books a week. I need more shelves.”


Baby, it’s cold outside: The top 30 coats that will keep you warm all season | Hollywood yohana

30 Coats We Love

Our outerwear roundup is your go-to guide for staying stylish as the mercury starts to dip. 

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Max Mara flagship store coming soon! | Hollywood yohana

Max Mara Spring 2011

Shoppers, take note! Max Mara is building a new flagship store (151 Bloor St. West, maxmara.com), set to open this August. In the meantime, visit its temporary Hazelton Lanes home (55 Avenue Rd., upper level, 416-928-1884) this May through July, because it’s never too early to start shopping for fall. Camel coat, anyone?


Caftan Queen | Hollywood yohana

Joanne Salt

Fashion photographer-turned-designer Joanne Salt is determined to make Tulum, Mexico, the next fashion capital of the world. (She moved there four years ago for love and in the process started her label, Josa Tulum.) Launched last year at Joseph, her tiny boutique in Tulum, this Canadian expat’s vintage-inspired, one-size-fits-all caftan collection landed on Holt Renfrew’s racks this summer, including an exclusive striped version (shown)
Why did you decide to launch a line of caftans?
“I have an extensive vintage collection and I would wear them and get compliments from celebrities and fashion clientele, so I thought maybe I could come up with some new designs.”

Who is the Josa Tulum woman?
“She’s sophisticated, down-to-earth—a real woman who travels and is very confident.”
Which silhouette do you prefer to wear?
“I wear the long one. In Tulum, I throw that on at night, barefoot, with a big, beautiful vintage necklace.”
What’s your next step?
“I’m in the process of working on a fragrance line; I want to do more accessories, and I want to do homeware. We’d love to grow it so we can offer our customers the Josa lifestyle. This is the life I live.”


Vancouver shop notes: The lace is on | Hollywood yohana


The night before Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in a lace-sleeved McQueen confection, Vancouver-based brand Obakki (44 Water St., 604-669-9727, obakki.com) wed church and lace (cobwebby knits and diaphanous silks too), adorning St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church with a runway to debut its Fall 2011 collection. As pieces hit the shop floor this month, snag your own lacy number, the Amelia dress ($440, shown). Wear it now with bare, bronzed legs, and with tights when the weather turns cool.


The ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide | Hollywood yohana

 Over the years, your mother taught you many a lesson. Whether it was how to pack light for worldwide travels, slough off those unsightly dead skin cells, press the perfect pleat, or how to suffer in silence for the perfect pair of stilettos, her words of wisdom deserve a little something in return. This Sunday May 8th, gift your favourite lady with something that’ll thrill. From the jet setter to the domestic goddess, we’ve got you covered!


The best from the finale of Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week | Hollywood yohana

The second half of [FAT] shifted from presentations of (relatively) wearable street fashion seen earlier in the week to runway-shows-come-performance-art that featured some truly impressive avant-garde and theatrical designs.
Night three with its theme of ‘Fashion/Unfashion’ drew unprecedented crowds hovering on tip-toes around the coveted seating to catch shows of buzzed about designers like Breeyn McCarney and Heidi Ackerman, whose capsule collection was accessorized with sculptural bent wood adornments by industrial designer Lindsay Sinclair. Our favourite looks from the collaboration were a gold parachute coat and a black chiffon one-piece pantsuit, the lightness of which was balanced by a panelled wood collar that spanned from the model’s breastbone to above her ears.

In between runway sets, we navigated the sea of spectators to check out the progress of Andrew Owen’s Live Collective Photo-cubic Tableau, for which he took detail shots [FAT] guests and models to create puzzle portraits displayed on the walls of the venue. After three nights stitching together his photographic quilt, the project was nearing completion, highlighting the diversity of styles on display both on and off the runway.
The next presentation, by Uta Bekaia for Saint Hollywood was fun and theatrical, with one black-and-white costume in particular evoking a Phantom of the Opera aesthetic (The model even wore a white mask over one eye—we almost expected her to swing over the runway on a chandelier!). Other looks were ever-so-slightly more subdued, but never lacking in quirkiness: plain black tights were decorated with what looked like hot pink ping-pong balls and masks were a unifying element of the collection.
Friday night followed suit with impressively executed collections by Wallace Playford and Toxic Vision. Saskatchewan native Sharon Toxic’s ’70s glam rock inspired pieces seemed surprisingly current on models who strutted the runway with more moxy than we’d seen all week.
Still thinking of Toxic’s show-stopping two-toned studded leather jacket in black and lilac, we capped off the evening by catching a performance by Candy Coated Killahz, who fought numerous sound defects to still deliver the best musical performance of the week.


Alexander McQueen: A suitable tribute | Hollywood yohana

Alexander McQueen

The invitation that has New York fashion lovers waiting by the mailbox is that of tonight’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala. This year’s extravaganza opens the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (May 4 to July 31, metmuseum.org), which encompasses everything from McQueen’s Central Saint Martins post-graduate collection of 1992 to his final presentation, which was shown days after his death.

If you can’t make it across the border to the show (or your gala invitation got lost in the mail), consolation may be found in the accompanying book of the same title. Inside, there are new photographs by Sølve Sundsbø, an introduction from The Independent fashion editor Susannah Frankel and an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, the new creative director for Alexander McQueen. Special-edition copies feature a holographic cover, perhaps a nod to Kate Moss’s ghostly appearance on McQueen’s Fall 2006 runway.
Read more about Alexander McQueen, May 2011,