Museum of Vancouver’s Art Deco fashion exhibit is downright Downton and glamorously Gatsby-esque | Hollywood yohana

We do say, the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibit “Art Deco Chic: Extravagant Glamour Between the Wars” is well-timed to assuage period piece poppers who have a while to wait for Season 3 of Downton Abbey (to be in the throes of the roaring twenties!) and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby remake.
The fashion exhibit, which runs until September 23, 2012, features some 73 mannequins adorned in frocks from early 1920s through the late 1930s—those fit for tea and tittle-tattle by day and those for accepting marriage proposals by night. There are designs by French haute couture pioneer Charles Frederick Worth, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli. One black Chanel day dress which was featured in English and German Vogue issues in 1928 seems particularly perfect for mourning, Turkish diplomats or otherwise.

The majority of pieces come from the private collections of curators Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers. Sayers, who heads up the Original Costume Museum Society, has one of the largest and most extensive collections of privately owned historic clothing in Canada.
The exhibit’s opening party earlier this month saw those younger than Lady Sybil and those as advanced as the Dowager Countess of Grantham bedecked in beaded column dresses and cloche hats. A few guests even indulged in dancing the Charleston. We’d give our inheritance to see Matthew and Lady Mary Crawley shake that kind of leg.
The museum has a number of exhibit-related events scheduled, including a High Tea planned for Mother’s Day weekend. To which the Dowager says, “What’s a weekend?”

We (and the rest of the world) place bets on what Angelina Jolie and her leg will be wearing on her wedding day | Hollywood yohana

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially engaged, so move over Will and Kate, because it’s been dubbed the “true wedding of the century.” (Believe us, we wish we were lying.) Hyperbole aside, the news has spurred a million questions: What will she wear? Will Brad shave his god-awful beard? Will she Angeleg at the altar? Has Brad been practicing his lines to avoid pulling a Ross-says-Rachel at the wedding?
The announcement came about after Angelina was spotted wearing a gargantuan diamond ring on her finger. Despite being custom-designed by Brad, the ring hasn’t been too well received by the media. Of course, this hasn’t stopped mass speculation over what the bride-to-be will wear. Here’s what the experts are hedging their bets on:
Versace: All eyes are on Versace, Angelina’s go-to designer. And while Versace is not traditionally seen as wedding dress material (it’s a little too daring for the average bride), Angelina has always been in touch with her dark side. Plus, Jolie seems to have a soft spot for thigh-high Versace dresses. And that was just for the Oscars! We can only imagine how high that baby’s gonna go on her wedding day. Forget the wedding-prep diet, try wedding-prep leg presses.
Alexander McQueen: While (sadly) not an Angelina red carpet fave, McQueen’s empowered-female aesthetic is totally in line with the whole “Independent Woman” thing she’s been selling for years (yes, we just referenced Destiny’s Child). Not to mention the fact that the actress has been labeled a shameless repli-Kate. But forget the pros, this would obviously be a horrible mistake seeing as it’s not possible to look better than Kate Middleton on your wedding day.
But who are we kidding? This is the woman who’s adopted a child from (almost) every country. Who wore Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck. We wouldn’t be surprised if she got married in a karate gi in the Cambodian foothills. Or just eloped.


The Stir: “This is the closest thing America will ever have to a royal wedding. And that dress is a key ingredient in this epic equation.”
NY Daily News: “The huge, square sparkler…looks more fit for Elton John’s pinky than the screen siren’s ring finger.”
Grazia: “Okay, so a date hasn’t been set yet and Brad and Ange are more likely to get hitched on a deserted Tibetan mountain than in front of the world’s media a la Kim Kardashian but! This hasn’t stopped us from picturing THE perfect wedding dress (what? who’s getting carried away?)”


Paige Dzenis, associate online editor: “Whatever Angie wears it will definitely be something we haven’t seen before—the wonder that is her engagement ring clearly makes the case for everything being custom. However, if I had a sneak peek at her “Wedding Inspiration!” Pinterest board (because that’s so something she has time for) I’d bet that this Elie Saab gown from the Fall 2012 collection is on it. The deep V-neck and leg-slit combo evokes the silhouette of a sleek pantsuit, and ensures an instant way to get attention if anyone dares to take the focus off the bride.”

Music festival style snaps: Coachella 2012 part one | Hollywood yohana

Let the fringe-fest begin! This weekend, the stylish (and the not so stylish) flocked to Indio, California for the first in a two-week installment of Coachella 2012. With the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, Azealia Banks and Feist rocking the stage, and celebs like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger boozing on the sidelines, style spotting amidst the madness was on the agenda for Toronto-based Amy Wood who snapped some of the fest’s best dressed for us. Stay tuned for a new installment next week from the second weekend of festivities!

Zooey Deschanel and Kristen Stewart do raspberry lips and luscious lashes at Stella and Paul McCartney’s music video party | Hollywood yohana

The party to be at on Friday night—if you’re an A-list celebrity in Los Angeles, that is—was one hosted by Stella McCartney for the music video premiere of Paul McCartney’s “My Valentine.” The video (which stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman) was watched by everyone from Gwen Stefani to Gwyneth Paltrow, making the exclusive screening quite the red carpet event. While the majority of guests wore Stella McCartney Spring 2012 pieces, bright shades of lipstick were just as popular a style statement. Kristen Stewart and Zooey Deschanel certainly stood out above the rest, with almost-identical makeup that was focused on raspberry-coloured lips and heavily lashed eyes.
Deschanel—the poster child for the doe-eyed look—played up the very feminine bow on her Stella McCartney dress by lining her upper and lower lashes for maximum wide-eyed effect. (Plus, there are likely a few false lashes in there for even more volume.) But her look also follows the beauty rule of focusing on one feature: even with the full lashes, Deschanel’s berry-red lip takes the spotlight.
However, it was Stewart’s flushed cheeks and lips that really stood out: how often does she look so pretty in pink on the red carpet? Stewart’s eyes were made up similarly to Deschanel’s, though with a bit of smudged liner to complement her thick lashes. (It also allowed her a bit of the grungy girl aesthetic she loves to wear.) But the rosy lipstick and hint of blush pulled Stewart’s look back into fresh-faced territory—and we’d love to see her styled like this again.

Ornate jackets for everyday? Marchesa is rumoured to launch a contemporary sister line | Hollywood yohana


Ornate jackets for everyday? Marchesa is rumoured to launch a contemporary sister line

Marchesa Fall 2012, photography by Peter Stigter
We turn green with envy almost every time a Marchesa dress hits the red carpet (Jennifer Lawrence, anyone?). So when we heard rumblings of designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig launching a contemporary sister line we did a major happy dance. For now it’s all very hush-hush but it looks like the new line will be in addition to the already-existing diffusion collection Notte by Marchesa, which features simpler gowns and cocktail dresses. It seems like a foray into ready-to-wear separates would be a natural progression for the designers. Ornate jackets? Feather-detailed skirts? Really, what could be better? We’re anxious to see how this pans out; if it’s anything like the Fall 2012 collection, we’re sure to be big fans.