Nail Corner: Do like Alexa Chung and Sally Singer! Here’s 2 takes on the all-seeing eye manicure | Hollywood yohana

 This week, all eyes are on Nail Corner—or actually, Nail Corner is all over the eyes. Ever since Sophy Robson did Egyptian all-seeing eyes for Topshop’s Spring 2012 show, painted eyeballs have been popping up in the most curious places. Alexa Chung showed off an evil eye manicure while front row at Jason Wu‘s Fall 2012 show—and has since tweeted other variations of the design. Just last week Emily Weiss from Into the Gloss shared a look at Sally Singer‘s nails, complete with pretty lashes and glittered tips. While it may seem like an unusual design, we promise: once you paint an eyeball or two on your nails, you’ll never want to do a regular manicure again.

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.

Ones to watch: J.W. Anderson takes a cue from the boys | Hollywood yohana

There’s no questioning fashion’s love of tomboys. From Diane Keaton’s iconic Annie Hall moment to Paris Vogue editor in chief, Emmanuelle Alt’s pants-only uniform, a little gender bending always has a place among the style set. So what’s next in the way of androgynous dressing? Introducing J.W. Anderson, the Northern Irish designer who graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2007, specializing in menswear. After designing exclusively for the guys, Anderson ventured into womenswear in 2010.

The designer’s experience in menswear was pervasive in his focused Fall 2011 collection, which we were all over during London Fashion Week. The building blocks included relaxed trousers, fitted crewneck pullovers and boxy jackets. Black combat boots grounded all the pieces and were sometimes finished off with whimsical tufts of fluff. The whimsy didn’t end there though as experimentation with texture and print offset the serious tailoring. Playful paisleys made an appearance in the form of silky skirts over pants and fuzzy ankle length sweater dresses looked soft on the skin. Overall, Anderson’s outing felt a bit mod and reminiscent of the Teddy Boys because of the chunky footwear and straight trousers. That being said, the line is not limited to boyish girls only. The pleated skirts would look ladylike paired with the right blouse and a colorful sweater is a classic addition to any wardrobe.

Ones to watch: Felicity Brown deconstructs Picasso for ethereal results | Hollywood yohana

Loud, colourful, and frothy are some of the words that come to mind when describing London-based Felicity Brown’s pieces. Though that doesn’t denote a collection of gaudy ’80s prom dresses; Brown’s oeuvre is much more tasteful than that. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, the designer’s ability to master texture is key to her allure.

Pablo Picasso and cubism were Brown’s starting points for Fall 2011. Materials were deconstructed into strips and shreds, in a similar vein to the modern artist’s skewed conventional representation. Tribal prints were morphed with European corsetry, possibly a nod to Picasso’s appropriation of African masks in his art. With their edgy tears, intense colours, and exaggerated volume, Brown’s frocks are statement-making masterpieces—not to be worn by wallflowers.

We smell a fashion battle in the making… Milan fashion week will overlap with New York and London next year | Hollywood yohana

Fashion week schedules are about to get tighter: Milan is bumping up the dates of next year’s fashion week so that it overlaps with both New York’s and London’s. Attendees barely had enough time to make it from place to place this year (our own Susie Sheffman was rushing the gates at Pearson to make it to Gucci on time).
What’s to blame for this headache? New York fashion week always kicks off on the second Thursday of September, which will fall late in the month next year. NFW won’t move their dates up for fear of working on the Labour Day weekend. Milan suggested Paris move their RTW shows to July, which Paris politely declined. Condé Nast is particularly un-jazzed about Milan’s change and announced that their editors will not skip out on New York and London. No Anna in the Prada front row?
If the schedule stays as is, editors will have to choose between cities and just like gym class, no one wants to be picked last.


Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman: “We at Condé Nast do not want the schedule to be changed. We very much oppose moving the Milan shows earlier so that they overlap or conflict with the London fashion shows—or with the New York fashion shows or those of any market.”
Styleite: “Milan’s got its back against the wall here, but the Italian Chamber of Fashion says it will make a decision “well before the end of the month.” We have to imagine they’ll come to this decision in a dark, smoke-filled room somewhere, where Miuccia Prada and Stefano Gabbana are swearing like sailors at Domenico Dolce and Dean and Dan Caten. But honestly, what better option do they have than to fall back into line?” \
Fashionista: “So, to recap: The U.S. and England are united on one side, while Italy is in clear opposition and France seems cool with whatever, but may side with Italy. (How insane is this??)”


Susie Sheffman, fashion director: “This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. It’s hard enough to make the schedule work even with a month long show season.
I highly doubt the shows will ever get pushed back to the summer—as the fashion flock will never give up their precious August vay-cay. What it will do is force retailers and editors to prioritize—attend fewer and only the most important shows, and split their staff up. Should be interesting!”

Letter from the editor | Hollywood yohana

Bernadette Morra

Even someone who chooses a career in the public eye might not be all that comfortable being lavished with attention. “Some actors are very amorphous and transformative, and they need anonymity in order to exist psychologically,” Romola Garai tells features editor Rani Sheen in “Bright Light” (page 59). “And then others have strong, powerful presences and personality, and fame is something they are attracted to and that they need to be happy.”

Fame isn’t something that everyone aspires to? That thought is probably more shocking than cover girl Lady Gaga’s prosthetic cheek “bones.” Isn’t notoriety one reason why Facebook, Twitter and blogging have become such mainstream hits? Anyone can build a fan base, perhaps even be “discovered.”
Which brings us to Gaga, whose 10.6 million Twitter followers and 37 million Facebook “likes” at press time (the numbers increase daily by the thousands) have made her the fame game’s biggest winner. Gaga’s success at getting our attention could even lead us to think that celebrity is her true oeuvre, and music is merely the medium she has used to achieve her goal. The word “fame” has appeared in the title of two of her three albums to date. And while her songs are hands-in-the-air anthems, it’s her jarring appearance that keeps us mesmerized. Would Gaga be such a star if that formula were reversed—avant-garde music presented in crowd-pleasing clothes? No way. At their rendezvous in Montreal, Gaga told senior editor Sarah Casselman (“Mother Monster,” page 94) that her work with stylist Nicola Formichetti is more akin to creating a sculpture than simply getting dressed. Gaga as a living, breathing work of art? Now that makes total sense.
We can only guess what sartorial surprises the singer has in store this fall. For the rest of us, there are trends, which you’ll find throughout this issue. Colour-blocked coats, graphic ski sweaters and checkered suits—there’s something for everyone, whether your moment in the spotlight is likely to occur in a boardroom, a classroom or on a playground.

Cindy Crawford’s daughter will not be doing any more modeling until she’s at least 17 | Hollywood yohana

Well, looks like Kaia Gerber’s going to have to wait at least seven years before following the runway footsteps of her supermodel mom, Cindy Crawford. The modeling legend just announced she’s ending her 10-year-old daughter’s modeling career—at least until she’s old enough to drive.
Gerber was featured in a Young Versace campaign last month and caused a bit of controversy for donning a short skirt. Though the campaign was for a children’s line, it’s wise of Crawford to pause her daughter’s budding career before she was catapulted into underage-modeling territory. After all, even with recent age regulations, designers such as Marc Jacobs are still sending 14 year olds down the catwalk.
The supermodel tells Daily Front Row, “At this point, she’s too young to pursue a career. There aren’t even a handful of jobs for a 10-year-old girl. But if she’s 17 and wants to try it… of course, what can I say?”
We’ve gotta give it to Crawford for considering the well-being of her daughter and not being a pushy Toddlers & Tiaras stage mom or worse, like Dina Lohan. We’re sure Kaia will grace the industry when she’s ready, and when she does, her uncanny resemblance to her mom is bound to make a mark.
Hollywood Reporter: “Given her comments about Kaia’s participation in the company’s past campaign, Donatella Versace will not be pleased that she has to wait for Kaia to grow up.”
StyleCaster: “Guess we’ll have to wait about seven years to see if the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Caitlan Moneta, fashion market editor: “At 10 years old, mommy (in this case, a supermodel and fashion-industry legend) still knows best.”

Style Panel: How do you wear flats without completely dressing down an outfit? | Hollywood yohana

Next up in Style Panel, we’ve challenged our experts to one of the most existential questions in fashionland: to wear flats, or not to wear flats? And more importantly, if you’re going to wear flats, is it possible to dress them up? To answer, we’ve welcomed three new style allstars into the group: To Vogue or Bust‘s (and our intern for the summer!) Alex Grant, Curvy Geekery‘s Mo Handahu and Dentelle et Fleurs‘ Gabrielle Lacasse!

We weigh in on the double-wow at the Givenchy and Chanel couture shows| Hollywood yohana

After Monday’s Dior mess, we could only hope to have our faith restored by the rest of the collections at Paris Couture Week. And we got our wish with the stellar back-to-back Givenchy and Chanel shows last night.
In his typical presentation format, Riccardo Tisci showcased, yet again, why his designs could more accurately be described as works of art. Ten painstakingly detailed gowns were adorned with feathers, fringe, plumes, pearls, zippers and beading, and ranged in colour from beige to white (a break from the designer’s usual proclivity for darkness). Accented waistlines, bodice cutouts and sheer skirts exemplified Tisci’s own description of his collection as “pure couture.”
Later in the evening, Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Chanel was showcased against a sparkling, neon-outlined recreation of Place Vendôme at the Grand Palais. In the centre, a glass statue of a suited Coco Chanel held court. A grand showcase of the enduring Chanel suit (shown in navy, fuchsia, grey and black), the collection effortlessly straddled the classicism of the storied house and the modern strides of its current designer. And did we mention that the heels lit up?
Derek Blasberg on Givenchy: “To anyone who is curious about the relevance of couture in a modern age, I encourage them to see the Givenchy couture show. Wowza!”
Karl Lagerfeld on Chanel: “I like the idea of metamorphosis—a female evolution from boyish to woman.”
Suzy Menkes, the International Herald Tribune, on Givenchy: “Mr. Tisci’s vision of asking the impossible from his ateliers is part of the story. But the main thread of his collection is the link to those few, rare customers who are searching for the exceptional. And that suddenly seems like 21st century haute couture.”
Jeanne Beker on Chanel: “Elegant, mysterious, and ultimately seductive.”
Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, on Chanel: “The main thing was that it was very Mary Poppins-like—an extravagant governess, it was strict.”
Susie Sheffman, fashion director, on Givenchy: “Ricardo Tisci brings us a brave new world of fantasy dressing that’s just right for uber-chic, modern day fairy princesses. It was, at the same time, undeniably frothy and feminine yet super-streamlined.”

Battle of the It bags: Which takes the cake for the most coveted? | Hollywood yohana

The It Bag

The Kelly, the PS1, the Speedy: It bags have become so major over the years, that they scarcely even need a designer name attached! We discuss the appeal at length in our Winter 2012 issue, but today, we’re putting these bags to the test: in the battle of It bag supremacy, which comes out on top?

Versace for H&M shows up on eBay a week before it launches in-store | Hollywood yohana

While not-yet-released Versace for H&M wares showed up on Chinese e-tail sites a few days ago, a more trustworthy option has now surfaced for the fast-fashion fans who just can’t wait to get their hands on the collection. With over a week to go until the Donatella-designed pieces are officially available, select styles and sizes of the coveted wares have been popping up on eBay—and with the majority of sellers living in New York City, the main culprits are Tuesday night’s party goers who are selling off their swag-bag items.
The launch party was the only time clothing and accessories from the collection have been available so far, and the gift bags and purchasable items from the party quickly appeared online, marked up by almost 50 percent. While there hasn’t been much bidding action yet, there are still a few days remaining. We can’t wait to see how much the already-popular floral pleated dress is going to sell for—but with the current bid at US$159 we’re sure it will skyrocket.

The Cut: “It’s perhaps more of a problem that fashion folk don’t like the line enough to keep the clothes for themselves, but surely any real demand for the pieces online will be reflected in store sales next week too.”
The Cut: “Of course, they’re set to sell for far more than they will in H&M stores — most starting prices have a 30 to 40 percent markup from the figures H&M lists online.”
Fashionista: “Here’s a wonderful opportunity to pay significantly more money than you need to for Versace x H&M pieces. Pay $349 for a dress you might have purchased for $200 less.”
Jordan Porter, fashion market editor: “Tsk Tsk! Selling swag is a fashion editor no-no and grounds for getting the haute heave-ho.”

While awards season has wound down, film festivals and TV upfronts are underway—meaning once again we’re inundated with amazing red carpet looks from our favourite stars. So, ’tis the season to try a new trick with your makeup or figure out how to achieve a look that’s trending in celebrity circles—and we’ll help you along the way! This week we’re talking about Diane Kruger‘s dewy complexion, Lauren Conrad‘s perfect ponytails and other polished summer looks you’ll surely be inspired to try. | Hollywood yohana


After rolling through Halifax and Edmonton, Mercedes-Benz Start Up will be pulling up to Quebec City this month in search of the city’s newest crop of design talent.
Though there can only be one winner at the end of the design initiative’s run, if last year’s cycle was anything to go off of, it’s a win-win for everyone in the running.
The initiative, which is in its second year, is aimed at finding Canada’s brightest emerging talent, fostering and mentoring their design skills and giving them a unique opportunity to gain some national exposure.

By partnering up with FDCC and the folks here at FASHION Magazine, designers in the running will have unique avenues of support and mentorship to tap into, not to mention a pretty A-list lineup of new contacts.
After Start Up wraps up in Quebec City early next month, the initiative will head to Ottawa in July to uncover what our country’s capital has to offer. Each city holds a separate semi-final runway show for its top five designers and the four semi-finalists from each city will then compete for the big win later this summer.
The coveted win includes a show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, an editorial in FASHION and continued mentorship as they prep their work for the runway.
If you think you’ve got the design chops and are in the Quebec City or Ottawa area for the initiative’s judgment dates, then you can download an application from Mercedes-Benz Start Up’s homepage!

Beauty Fix: The reason you should use oils on your face, how to perfect a ponytail and other celebrity-inspired hair and makeup tips! | Hollywood yohana

While awards season has wound down, film festivals and TV upfronts are underway—meaning once again we’re inundated with amazing red carpet looks from our favourite stars. So, ’tis the season to try a new trick with your makeup or figure out how to achieve a look that’s trending in celebrity circles—and we’ll help you along the way! This week we’re talking about Diane Kruger‘s dewy complexion, Lauren Conrad‘s perfect ponytails and other polished summer looks you’ll surely be inspired to try.

Clint Eastwood’s daughter puts her Birkin on fire for art’s sake | Hollywood yohana

Being the daughter of Clint Eastwood affords you certain luxuries—like burning a bag that costs more than what most people earn in a year and calling it art.  Since sex tapes are obviously passé—we haven’t seen the private regions of some celebutot or another in what seems like forever—Francesca Eastwood has gone ahead and changed the fame-whoring game.
In a torturous series of events, the 19-year-old Eastwood burned, bit and chainsaw-ed a red crocodile Hermès Birkin bag while her shock-photographer boyfriend, Tyler Shields, snapped away.  In one image, the red-lipped teen blows on the burning Birkin bag to further fan the flames. In another, she uses a chainsaw to shred the bag to pieces.
It turns out that the public has not been so receptive to Francesca’s interpretation of “art.”  Perhaps it’s the fact that she burned a bag that costs roughly the equivalent to feeding 900 African children for a year, and considering a lot of people die everyday from hunger-related issues, we get why a lot of people are pissed.  What casts doubt on Francesca’s claim that the demise of the Birkin bag happened in the name of art is the fact that the celebrity-spawn used the photo shoot to promote her E! reality T.V. series, Mrs. Eastwood and Company.  Last night Francesca tweeted, “make sure to watch mrs Eastwood and company tonight at 10 pm on E! to find out why we lost Birkin…so sad.”


The Soup: “When Francesca Eastwood had $100,000 to burn…she burned it. Then chainsawed it”
Huff Post Style: “Turns out, people don’t like it when you set a $100K purse on fire”
Leah Chernikoff: “Do we smell a Kardashian rival?”
Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “Modern and performance art often test extremes in order to evoke emotion and reaction. Francesa Eastwood and Tyler Shield’s actions can surely be interpreted a number of ways. Shield’s photography series Fashion Kills, Love Kills documents the destruction of designer items. Although interpretation is individual, in this case, I would consider the items themselves more artistic and functional than the photographs.”