Backstage beauty: We love the coral lips and ’60s va-va-volume at Calla Haynes | Hollywood yohana

Soft and romantic, the look at Calla Haynes was a modern approach to ‘60s beauty—and if that brings to mind visions of fresh faces and at-home hot rollers, you’re on the right track. For hair, Justin German, Pantene’s consulting stylist, created two different versions of a rough half-updo, with a textured bump—“For lack of a better word,” he noted—on top and loose, brushed-out curls at the back. German pointed out that the finished look included visible bobby pins to make the hair look “almost like you did it yourself.”

For the face, Cover Girl makeup pro Greg Wencel coated both top and bottom eyelashes with a ton of mascara for that “super spikey ‘60s look” (using both Cover Girl LashPerfection and LashBlast Fusion). The retro vibe continued on the lips, with a mix of Cover Girl LipPerfection Lipstick in “Hot” and “Fairytale,” dusted with powder for a perfect matte effect.

Holt Renfrew’s tap dancing ode to Canadian fashion stars standout collections from Smythe, Jeremy Laing, Dennis Merotto, and more! | Hollywood yohana

Ball changes, box steps and skilful splits kicked off Holt Renfrew’s celebration of the Canadian catwalk as an enthusiastic tapper danced his way down the runway. It was an upbeat way to engage the crowd and usher in homegrown design talent, that’s for sure. Here’s the rundown of the best in show:

1. Cute cats on hats at Smythe brought a darker, urban-girl edge to a long peacoat, boxy houndstooth jacket and striped blazer.
2. Sleek sexed-up secretary work wear at Judith & Charles, including a covetable fur and leather jacket, came complete with pointed pumps and sheer hose. Asymmetric necklines and a killer navy nylon peplum suit got my heart beating a little quicker.
3. Layered shearlings, a leather sleeved red felt coat and an oversized fur hood that spill out across the shoulders are sure to keep you warm come next winter at Line.
4. Dennis Merotto’s easy separates (full skirts, buttoned tops and my personal favourite, the bicolour ankle pant) will have no trouble finding a place in every working woman’s wardrobe. Giant sweaters knit with fur, striated miniskirts and cozy cardigans that beg to be belted take comfortable casualwear up a few notches.
5. TwentyCluny’s shift dresses, exposed backs and glen plaid collared top with leather ankle pants would certainly make Marilyn proud.
6. Voluminous shapes, slashed floating chiffon panels and discreet prints were all standouts from Jeremy Laing’s latest.

Our top 5 from day one in Milan, including Gucci, Alberta Feretti, and more | Hollywood yohana

With Milan Fashion Week just kicking off, here are my top five obsessions of day one:
1. Gucci‘s opulent romanticism: Judging from the miles of velvet and silk, iridescent feathered frocks, croc saddlebags, leather capes, uniform-inspired dress coats, and innovative fabric mixes (mink inlaid on chiffon, anyone?), Gucci’s Fall 2012 collection begs for a crisp night and a brilliant moon.
2. Brian Atwood: We love the man and the shoes. I popped into Atwood’s showroom to preview his new Fall 2012 collection, which includes his first full line of handbags. Editors and buyers were asked not to tweet, so you’ll have to use your imagination: over-the-knee lace-up leopard-print boots, giraffe and Dalmatian patterns, blue fringed cross-body bags, multi-coloured python clutches with metal rivets, and plush minaudieres. One word: WANT.

3. Alberta Ferretti‘s waistland: Next season, the belt will be a girl’s best friend. Whether you choose Ferretti’s pinstriped mannish coats or one of her cooler-than-cool collarless leather coats, fall is all about emphasizing you waist.
4. The Excelsior department store: Milan’s newest department store has the fashion flock buzzing. Think super curated (very Colette!) with an uber-chic design aesthetic—pod-shaped glass elevators will whisk you up to visit lust-worthy friends like Dries Van Noten, Marni, and Jonathan Saunders.
5. My Prada ticket for tomorrow’s show. What does Mrs. Prada have in store for us this season?

Label showed a cute collection, but was it runway worthy? | Hollywood yohana

I am a fan of Label: the clothes are stylish, wearable, and made in Toronto, which is a major bonus. In terms of runway shows though, the collection doesn’t quite stand out—it merely affirms to the many stylish onlookers that these are the trends they should be wearing.
Paired with some lacklustre bangles and Dov Charney–esque glasses were a few richly-hued patterns, shoulderless dresses, an asymmetric shirt hem, and maxi skirts. There were, however, some pieces that stood out: a white, short-sleeved tent-cut button down shirt and the tux tail–like details on the back of a patterned dress had great visual interest. Each look that walked down the runway was cute and commercial, but shouldn’t we expect more from our LG shows?

Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, and a ’20s-themed cocktail party at Thom Browne | Hollywood yohana

For those who spend their days leisurely lunching and evenings attending benefit galas, Carolina Herrera’s spring collection has them covered. Aside from the strange fact that Nicki Minaj was front row, the ladylike collection, filled with floor-sweeping gowns (Renee Zellweger couldn’t take her eyes off a silver sequin–embellished white number) and tea-length sheaths, was conservative but classically chic.

And what spring fashion week would be complete without a little tribal inspiration? Donna Karan stepped up to the plate with a nod to the global nomad. To the soundtrack of African drum and base, models took to the runway in naughty and nice ’50s-style tribal-print skirts paired with mesh, metal, and exposed-zipper bandage tops. Statement-making necklaces formed from layered shards of resin and wood completed the look.
Meanwhile, over at the New York City library, Thom Browne invited guests to watch a ladies-only, ’20s-themed cocktail party, where models flitted, flapped, and splashed in  silver-sequined mermaid gowns, preppy flapper fringed dresses, men’s blazers, and drop-waist dirndl skirts, drinking faux champagne and dancing merrily to Cole Porter’s “I Hate Men.” While the girls air-kissed and puffed from elegant quellazaires, my attention was on Browne’s more wearable silver-paisley embroidered bomber, colour-blocked cap-toe pumps, sleeveless trenches, and glossy leather briefcase bags.

We shot lots of (covered up) midriffs outside LG Fashion Week | Hollywood yohana

We’re making self-spotting a little more difficult today, by focusing mostly on some fabulously put-together midsections (the bag, the coat, the works, from the shoulders down that is…) Spot anything familiar?

Stefano Pilati says au revoir with an almost entirely black final collection at Yves Saint Laurent | Hollywood yohana

“He sure is going out with a bang,” said the retailer sitting next to me, summing up Stefano Pilati’s final collection for Yves Saint Laurent.
Black suit after black suit—each one chicer and stricter than the next—opened the show, then life-size calla lilies in purple and green jacquard began appearing from head to toe. Those same hues gleamed in chain-link dresses, leather turtlenecks, and in a sort of stained-glass effect on the platforms and heels of pumps and boots. The mesh was also used as trim at the necklines of evening gowns and jumpsuits. Pilati took his bow to cheers, leaving a mood of hollow sadness in the room.

Adele responds to Karl Lagerfeld’s “fat” comments, and he… apologizes? | Hollywood yohana

It was just two days ago that Karl Lagerfeld really stepped in it, offering his unwanted opinions on everything from Russian men (ugly!) to Lana del Rey’s plastic quotient (high!). But it was his comment on singer Adele’s body weight that really got people going—most especially our verbalist, Sarah Nicole Prickett.
Well it seems the Kaiser hasn’t yet learned his lesson: just yesterday he offered one of the most circular, confusing, nonsensical apologies we’ve ever heard.

“I’d like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought,” Lagerfeld told Metro. “I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD.”
Hmmm… we’re not sure how “Adele is a bit too fat” can really be taken out of context. Nevertheless, the super singer recently told People, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.” Amen.

Miley Cyrus debuts a ghost-like manicure and we have the scoop on how to get the look! | Hollywood yohana

Miley Cyrus has been keeping a low profile lately—the salacious headlines that used to follow her every move have disappeared and instead we’ve been treated with some pretty spectacular style moments. (She was beyond flawless at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, as pictured above.) And now it seems Cyrus is getting into our favourite trend: the nail art game. She’s been twitpic-ing her polish picks for a while, but yesterday she debuted a manicure that’s definitely next level.
Nail stylist Jenna Hipp, who did Cyrus’ mani, dubbed the look “ghost-like,” thanks to the barely-there colour and almost translucent tips. She used Kiss Press On nails (yet another sign that faux tips will be in high-demand by fall!) to give Cyrus the long, almond shape, and a non-toxic sticker held each in place. “Be nice to nails!” Hipp tweeted when describing the acrylic-free look. The colour is courtesy of HIPPxRGB, a line of polishes that are shaded to match a range of skin tones that Hipp designed in collaboration with RGB Cosmetics. Cyrus has one sheer coat of “T2” on—enough to give even coverage while keeping the colour perfectly translucent. We’re smitten with the end result, but what do you think? Is the ghost-like mani something you’ll try?

Harvey Weinstein reportedly believes that Lana Del Rey has the acting chops to make it as a movie star | Hollywood yohana

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey’s meteoric rise to fame is showing no signs of flagging. After critics harshly panned the plush-lipped singer’s Saturday Night Live performance in January, it seemed like for a moment there, Del Rey’s star appeal was beginning to wane. However, one fashion accolade, a trip to Cannes’ red carpet and news of a big film industry opportunity later, and Del Rey is back on top.
First, there was the creation of her eponymous Mulberry bag, which was first announced in February. Its sales are fast approaching that of another famous Mulberry bag: the Alexa, named after Alexa Chung. “We wanted it to be functional with an uptown twist as Lana is such a wonderful uptown girl herself,” said Mulberry’s creative director Emma Hill.
The fashion world aside, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was reportedly overheard at the Cannes Film Festival telling the “Video Games” singer that the “camera loves her.”
Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, is said to think Del Rey has all the makings of a movie star, from her stage presence to her stunning features to her gritty-meets-chic sense of style. The man obviously knows the movie biz inside and out (The Artist and The King’s Speech are two heavy-hitters that he’s responsible for), so if he is giving Del Rey the stamp of approval, other movie industry types will probably follow suit.
Whether or not she ends up on the big screen anytime soon, one thing’s for certain: this “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” has an It factor that is opening doors for her in every direction.

Yahoo! Omg! UK: “So @lanadelrey is going to be a movie star? We’re not surprised”
Grazia Daily UK: “Her swift rise to the top of the charts, oh-so-cool style and that pout means there’s no doubt about it: Lana Del Rey turns heads.”
Randi Bergman, online editor: “If they don’t try to remake this scene from Bye Bye Birdie, I’m not for it. Otherwise, I say yes yes yes!”

The five genius style lessons we learned from Ari Seth Cohen’s just-released Advanced Style book | Hollywood yohana

Through his blog, Advanced Style as well as our collaborations with him over the past year, Ari Seth Cohen lets us inside the shimmering worlds of some of the finest (and we mean in the fine wine sense) ladies of style. They’re aged 50 and over and rather than their style transcending their age, it’s defined by it. In fact, as many of Cohen’s subjects have attested to, their adventurous styles have not only matured throughout the years, but they are brightly characterized by the fact that they no longer dress for anyone but themselves. For anything but the joy of it.

In his just-released book of the same name ($25, ), Cohen features the ladies of Advanced Style in all their glory. From the 100-year-old Rose to the Idiocyncratic Fashionistas, his ladies are quick to give a clever quip and his book is chock full of ‘em. Here are just a few of our favourites.

Empire Girls Adrienne & Julissa Glam Up for a Girls Night Out! | Hollywood yohana

Empire Girls Adrienne Ballon, Julissa Bermudez 
Their show Empire Girls is still weeks out from its premiere, but the dynamic duo of Julissa Bermudez and Adrienne Bailon is already whetting our style craving with their fearless red carpet flair! When they arrived to the OK! Magazine Sexy Singles bash in New York City, they indeed proved to be the sexiest singles around.

It was all about iridescent liquid frocks and strappy stilettos when they worked the celeb-filled party. The pint-sized Adrienne, who just feted the launch of her Fingertip Fetish nail polish, wore a midnight blue, pleated leather dress with matching sandals. She punched up her look with a silver, envelope clutch, a high bun and flawless makeup. Her BFF Julissa wore a leggy leather-and-mesh frock with gray platforms and a glittery clutch.

These event appearances only have us getting more antsy for the start of Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne. Be sure to tune in Sunday nights at 9/8c, starting June 3! 

Tamera Wants a Teen Choice Award!: "Vote For Your Girls!" | Hollywood yohana

Tia & Tamera 
Great news! Tia & Tamera was nominated for not one, but two Teen Choice Awards! Style's hit series is up for Choice TV: Reality Show, while the girls themselves are nominated in the Choice TV: Female Reality Star category.
"We're so honored that they would nominate us for two awards," Tamera Mowry-Housley told myStyle. "My sister and I fought for positivity all throughout our careers. To be acknowledged for being positive figures feels great!"
While dressing for a "young" event has proven to be challenging for other celebs in the past (ahem, Cameron Diaz), the soon-to-be mom already has an idea of what she'll wear for the ceremony, which airs Sunday, July 28, on Fox. "I will be six-months-pregnant, so my choices will be limited. But I will probably wear something fun and hip!"
Tamera's message to the fans? "It would mean the world to Tia and I if we won," she said. "I think you're allowed to vote every day, so set an alarm to get on that computer or that phone to vote for your girls because we love you!"
You heard her! Let's get our favorite twins a Teen Choice Award by voting as many times as you can HERE—and don't forget to catch the exciting Season 2 premiere of Tia & Tamera on Monday, June 11 at 8/7c on Style.

Tia Rocks Royal Blue David Meister Gown at the Gracie Awards | Hollywood yohana

Tia Mowry-Hardrict 
Last night's Gracie Awards red carpet was filled with Style!
In addition to Giuliana Rancic, Tia Mowry-Hardrict was also in attendance. The Oh, Baby! author showed off her incredible figure in a royal blue David Meister jersey keyhole slip gown. Her hair, which is completely back to black with longer bangs, was styled really beautifully.

As if that wasn't enough to land her a spot on the best dressed list, Cree's mommy accessorized with enchanting Michael M. diamond drop earrings and eternity bangles.
Gorgeously smoked out eyes, a glossy lip, radiant skin and winning smile completed the elegant, electric look.


Stylist Hellin Kay Talks Dressing Tia for Season 2 Photo Shoot | Hollywood yohana

Hellin Kay, Tia Mowry-Hardrict 
We were right there as Tia and Tamera shot the ad campaign for Season 2 of their hit reality show, which returns to Style on Monday, June 11, at 8/7c. It was then that we met the fab Hellin Kay, who styled the beautiful Tia and her adorable baby boy Cree. Read on to find out how her experience working with the mother and son team was like!
How did you decide what kinds of pieces to bring to the photo shoot? How would you describe Tia's style?
I chose looks that not only complemented Tia's body but also her personality. That meant bright, positive and stylish dresses, separates and heels. I loved the bright colors and the unexpected mixing and matching of the nude colored shirt with the red jeans. That was a favorite look of ours from another fitting that we did a while back, so we were thrilled to play with it again! I would call Tia's style feminine and chic with a modern vintage undertone.
Tia & Tamera, Twitter
In what ways did the various outfits embody Tia's spirit? What did Tia love about the different looks?
There is a fun flair to each look that I think embodies Tia's energy as a mom, an actress and a woman. The green Geren Ford dress really showed off her legs and has that girlie, fun energy that she loves and carries well. The red jeans with the nude-colored shirt was a bit more sophisticated, but definitely still in tune with her upbeat energy. I think she loved how the outfits made her feel and how great she looked in them with her killer post-baby body! The outfits were modern, stylish and forward in a manner which brought out her personal style in a new way.
Did Tamera's looks influence your choices for Tia?
Honestly, since I had absolutely no idea what Tamera would be wearing, I just focused on looks that I knew Tia would love and left the rest up to the universe. I knew, in the end, things would come together as they always do.
How did you go about choosing outfits for Cree?
I loved shopping for Cree! I wanted to find things that would pair up well with Tia's outfits, so paid close attention to colors and patterns that I knew would work with the looks I was pulling for his mom. A lot of the pastels and plaids that I got for him were neutral enough to work with a variety of other outfits, so I really just focused on those.
(Tia's numerous colorful shoe options at the photo shoot!)

Tia & Tamera, Twitter
                                  (Tia's husband Cory Hardrict trying to get Cree to smile for the camera.)
Cree snatched Tia's earring from her ear! Was that a concern of yours at all going into the photo shoot?
Not for a minute! Like with most things in life, you kind of just have to go with it. Having a baby definitely means having some surprises along the way. That is simply part of being a working mom and taking things as they come. Cree was an angel on set. You cannot blame a baby for wanting to play with his mom's shiny new earrings!