How to style your hair like Carly Rae Jepsen, a new eyeliner trick for summer and the only makeup you need to pack for a vacation | Hollywood yohana

We’re still in a state of pre-summer bliss after a wonderful long weekend of almost unseasonably warm weather—and it’s safe to say that Beauty Fix readers are as well! This week we’re taking on questions that have everything to do with pre-summer prep: what the season’s best hairstyles are, a new eyeliner trick for summer, and how to pack for your vacation while still leaving lots of room for souvenirs.

How to add volume to thin hair in hot weather, why you should embrace your shiny skin and a surefire way to avoid breakouts when you apply sunscreen | Hollywood yohana

 Just as you’ve mastered the art of keeping your dry skin healthy during the winter, summer temperatures come along and turn everything upside down. Humidity wreaks havoc on hair, makeup doesn’t want to stay in place and styling even a simple ponytail can make you break a sweat in an AC-less apartment. Well, Beauty Fix is here to help you keep your cool: from sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout to simple, heat tool–less hairstyles, we have all the answers.

Daily steal: Blush-pink sweater, $48 | Hollywood yohana

Pair this noteworthy blush-pink knit with a pair of black skinnies or cropped shorts for a stylish casual look. ($48,

MEN’S FASHION: Varsity jackets, cufflinks, patterned pants and colourful shoes make the list this spring | Hollywood yohana

Why Julia Roberts’s and Christy Turlington’s L’Oréal ads have gotten the axe | Hollywood yohana

L’Oréal ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington have been pulled in the U.K. following pressure from politician Jo Swinson and the intervention of Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The cosmetics company was accused of digitally altering images of the women advertising Lancôme and Maybelline anti-aging products. Although Swinson is an advocate for realistic, healthy beauty in advertising, her complaint against L’Oréal was based on the ads’ failure to reflect what the products could actually achieve.
In regard to the Maybelline ad (featuring Turlington), L’Oréal admitted that it had “digitally retouched to lighten the skin, clean up makeup, reduce dark shadows and shading around the eyes, smooth the lips and darken the eyebrows,” but felt that the photograph was still representative of the product’s achievable results. The company even supplied the ASA with red-carpet photos of Roberts and Turlington in order to show that the women are naturally beautiful. However, the authority’s request for pre-production photos wasn’t granted due to legal restrictions.
Controversy over retouching is nothing new. Last year, retailer Jacob announced that it would no longer alter the bodies of its models in an effort to promote a healthy body image. The issue with the L’Oréal ads, however, seems to be more about false advertising than unattainable ideals of beauty.
Jo Swinson: “Excessive airbrushing and digital manipulation techniques have become the norm, but both Christy Turlington and Julia Roberts are naturally beautiful women who don’t need retouching to look great. This ban sends a powerful message to advertisers – let’s get back to reality.”  Guardian]
Cheryl Wischhover, Fashionista: “If cosmetics companies are going to hire a non-20-year-old to advertise their products, they need to let the lady’s 40 flag fly. Otherwise, why bother?”
Hilary Moss, Huffington Post: “The ASA previously banned a YSL Belle D’Opium commercial for simulating drug use, nixed ‘indecent’ Diesel billboards and said no to two misleading Louis Vuitton print ads. However, the group decided there was nothing wrong with a particular Miu Miu ad depicting what some dubbed a ‘significantly underweight’ model.”
Charlotte Cowles, The Cut: “While depicting healthy, attainable ideals in advertising is a nice goal, aiming for truthful ads (i.e., ones that portray a product’s actual results instead of Photoshopped ones) is also a worthy — not to mention very reasonable — objective.”
Lesa Hannah, beauty director: “With a few exceptions, most beauty ads are heightened reality, and drawing a direct line from an ad to shoddy self-esteem is oversimplifying the issue. So banning them as a way of protecting us from these images is not the solution. Doing so doesn’t give women enough credit; it’s almost saying we’re not smart enough to know what’s real and what’s not, and I’d like to think otherwise.”

Tia Styles the Classics: Black Pencil Skirt Edition | Hollywood yohana

Tia Styles a Black Pencil Skirt 
Tia and Tamera may look alike, but the sisters have very different styles. So, we thought it would be fun to give each of them the same wardrobe staple and find out what they would pair with it. We showed you Tamera's looks last week. Now, it's Tia's turn! Last on the list: the pencil skirt...
"A pencil skirt is a very sexy business look. Yes, it's a conservative look, but it doesn't mean you can't be sexy at the same time," said Tia. "It's definitely a nice staple that every woman should have in her closet. It's classic, timeless and whoever discovered or designed it, did an amazing job!" The hot mama said she would style the silhouette with "really, really high dark purple heels," black blazer, animal-print top and small gold hoop earrings.
1. J. Crew Long No. 2 Pencil Skirt ($128 $89.99)
2. Calvin Klein Leopard Cowl-Neck Print Top ($38.99)
3. Topshop Boyfriend Blazer ($70)
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Hoops ($45)
5. Chinese Laundry in Amethyst Patent ($69.95 $53.99)

Examining the alien-like beauty look on the Rochas Spring 2012 runway | Hollywood yohana

Rochas Spring 2012

 Stylized ’50s femininity meets Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks: Extraterrestrial perfection was achieved with hyperreal skin and tall, immaculately twisted updos that looked like elongated beehives.

5 minutes with Natasha Thomas | Hollywood yohana

Designer Natasha Thomas launched her label, By Thomas (, in 2011, shortly after being crowned winner of Fashion Pop, a juried show that takes place during Montreal’s Festival Mode & Design. Known for streamlined silhouettes and muted palettes, the 29-year-old Val-d’Or native has moved into colour and cool prints for spring. Here, she talks accessories and artistic inspiration.
What are the first things you do when you start a new collection?
 “I usually look at different images and then go vintage shopping. I like to take pieces apart and make them look modern. The sleeves in the ’80s were huge, with shoulder pads, so I might shorten them and soften the silhouette.”
Your Jackson Pollock–esque print is really beautiful.
“It was developed from a painting by a friend. When I saw it, I just wanted to wear it. He let me have it scanned, and then I had it laser-printed on organic cotton.”
Did interning at an accessories brand change the way you approach designing clothes?
“I don’t think so, but I did include laser-cut leather bags in my collection. I originally wanted to be a handbag designer.”
Tell me about your trench coats.
“The fabric reminds me of a paper bag. It’s linen-viscose, coated with polyurethane so that it’s a bit waxy, like a raincoat.”
Are you trying to make a statement with your clothes?
“Eventually, I’d like to include fair trade. There’s a way that fashion can be good for communities. I wish I could make this statement now, but I’m not there yet.”

How a British period drama managed to get the reality-TV generation addicted | Hollywood yohana

Browsing the newsstand at London’s Heathrow Airport last November, I found tabloids full of footballers’ wives, all orange of complexion and platform of shoe, and the glossier monthlies stocked with society girls. But whether their readers’ penchant was for players’ wives or the polo set, every magazine I read contained at least one story extolling the brilliance of Downton Abbey.
Meanwhile, in North America, despite winning six Emmys last September, Downton Abbey hadn’t yet broken into the mainstream. The ITV1 television series set in World War I–era England chronicles in equal measure the lives of the upper-class Crawley family and their servants. A quiet but respectable viewership had discovered the show in its first season on PBS’s Masterpiece Classic, but when season two began at the start of 2012, we fell into the grips of a collective Downton fever like a heartbroken fiancée succumbing to Spanish flu. This might be because Downton offers something for almost everyone. There is the wealth and glamour of the Crawley family, who dress every night for dinner as though they’re attending the Met Ball. Downstairs, the servants’ plays for household power mirror the tension of Glengarry Glen Ross, except here it’s “A-Always, B-Be, C-Conspiring.” And juxtaposed against the feeling that you’re watching a classic literary adaptation are elements that reflect a contemporary audience, from caught-in-the-act trysts to the characters learning how to use a telephone. Downton is no Greek drama, with the action happening offstage.
Of course, there is romance. The will-they-or-won’t-they relationships of two sets of lovers have kept viewers tuning in: more than five million watched the season two finale. In Canada, Downton is now enjoying a run on VisionTV on Wednesday evenings.
“There’s a cadre of people who are watching it because it’s an allowable soap,” says New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum. “It’s dressed up in all sorts of fancy class indicators including, but not limited to, England, PBS and historical times, and rich people in large country houses.” And, as Nussbaum adds, it is very well made, costing roughly $1.6 million per episode to produce.
It’s also extremely fun to talk about. With season two came online recaps from New York magazine’s Vulture and Vanity Fair’s The Hollywood Blog (we at FASHION produced a wonderful one). Further signs of the show’s reach include character-inspired Twitter accounts and countless memes—all that’s missing is a Tumblr of Ryan Gosling Hey Girl–ing the women of Downton.

Calgary’s Topshop tease | Hollywood yohana


 Unlike our friends out East, we probably won’t be seeing a stand-alone Topshop for a while, but Calgary is one of two Western cities to see this hot UK brand infiltrate the Bay (200 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, 403-262-0345, ). In this exclusive and affordable capsule collection, you’ll find fall’s polka-dot trend on trousers and culottes alongside bold printed skirts and colourful fur coats. Judging by its past collab collections (we can’t forget the Kate Moss alliance), something tells me we’re in for a real ready-to-wear treat.

4 looks to break out on New Year’s Eve | Hollywood yohana

Dress code: 4 looks for the holidays

 The holiday season calls for a mix of show-stopping shimmer and shine—and a whole lot of texture.

Benches break at Balenciaga and—gasp!—everyone has to stand | Hollywood yohana


Balenciaga’s SS 2012 show is all over Twitter and fashion news sites this morning, but not for the reasons you would expect. The headlines were enough to make any fashion editor cringe with sympathy: “Broken Benches Send Editors and Buyers Crashing to the Floor at Balenciaga Show” and “Balenciagea Attendees Forced to Stand Throughout the Show Because of Faulty Benches”. No one was hurt, thank God, but standing during a runway show? How terribly gauche!
Thanks to live Tweeting, we get to experience the event almost as if we were there. Runway show veterans the Traina sisters were the first to hear the bench creaking, and jumped up seconds before it came crashing to the floor. (Kate Lanphear and Eric Wilson weren’t so lucky!) But despite the surprise of a standing-room-only presentation (and difficulty for the shorter members of the audience), the show did go on. Everyone present, including the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Salma Hayek, and François-Henri Pinault, stood like champs, and watched the show as though the models were brides heading down the aisle. We can’t even imagine how horrible it would have been had Anna Wintour been one to fall on the floor.
Even with the unexpected drama, the show was a success for everyone involved. In the grand scheme of things, it will be Nicolas Ghesquière‘s designs that will be remembered, and not the benches—and besides, don’t groups tend to bond in the face of adversity? What a way to bring fashionistas together!
Fashionista: “There are few designers who can expect editors to not only stay at a show, but stand, after multiple benches creak, crack, and finally give way, sending fashion notables to an ungainly heap on the floor.”
Alexandra Shulman, Vogue editor: “It created quite the spirit of camaraderie.”
@emma_whitehair, Selfridges fashion PR: @Selfridges team first to hit the floor @Balenciaga. Still can’t quite believe that the all benches broke… #PFW
@BazaarUK: Even legendary Catherine Deneuve took it in good grace..Could it mean the death of the seating plan… #PFW #Balenciaga
Jordan Porter, fashion market editor: “Just in case the fashion flock needed an added excuse to fret about their figures, Balenciaga’s benches collapsing under the weight of show attendees will certainly have editors worrying about that early morning macaron! Thankfully nobody was hurt, except for maybe a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.”

Patrick Robinson is out at Gap… but why? | Hollywood yohana

We’re barely halfway into 2011 and the fashion world has already seen our fair share of industry shake-ups: the Galliano scandal, Carine Roitfeld’s exit at Vogue Paris, Christophe Decarnin’s mysterious mental illness/ousting at Balmain, and now Patrick Robinson has been booted from the Gap.
While most of the recent switch ups seem to make sense⎯Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst couldn’t very well go un-reprehended and Decarnin’s health issues were clearly in need of medical attention⎯we found ourselves puzzled upon hearing the news that Robinson had been presented with a pink slip due to lackluster sales in the first quarter of this year. We’ve seen many a powerhouse figure reinstate retail dinosaurs (Bonnie Brooks at The Bay , Jenna Lyons at J.Crew), so why not Robinson at the Gap?

With his own experience as a designer, working everywhere from Armani to Paco Rabanne to Anne Klein, and industry connections (he’s married to Vogue’s fashion market and accessories director, Virgina Smith), it seemed like it had all the makings of a successful re-brand when he was hired on in 2007. And indeed throughout his reign, Robinson did a lot of good for the company and had made constant attempts at injecting the company with doses of elevated aesthetics. Gap’s series of collaborations with the CFDA gave incredible exposure to young designers like Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Thakoon. Footwear collections by the cult French designer Pierre Hardy as well as childrenswear collections by Stella McCartney were universally drooled over. And the inclusion of high fashion models like Lily Donaldson, Liu Wen and Catherine McNeil in recent campaigns gave the store’s windows and displays more of an editorial feel. His laid back designs were also decidedly different from the brand’s usual offerings of sweatshirts, sweaters and ill fitting bootcuts.
When everyone from fast fashion and bargain retailers to soft drink manufacturers are collaborating with everyone from storied fashion houses like Lanvin and Missoni to revered designers like Karl Lagerfeld, maybe the Gap is the one place customers are after nothing but the basics. But who could walk such a delicate tight rope? The brains behind Uniqlo, the Japanese basics brand who copied Gap’s business model once they had their sights set on expansion could have a shot. Contemporary heroes like Maria Cornejo, Phillip Lim, Rachel Comey or the girls at Vena Cava? At this point, it’s truly anyone’s game!

Favourites from the finale of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week | Hollywood yohana

The second half of fashion week brings some of the buzziest shows—notably Dion Lee and Josh Goot who are known at home as well as abroad as the new kings of Australian fashion. Both put on an impressive and memorable show for their adoring subjects, and their joint reign remains unchallenged.
Dion Lee has come back to the Sydney Opera House’s glass front foyer for his Spring show—and why wouldn’t he? Of all the images from last season, the ones of rows of models in pastel draped minidresses, framed by the soaring glass structure, are the most enduring. Local PR powerhouse Holly Garber, in a navy Dion Lee dress and complicated-looking headset, directs seating with military precision, but can’t control the searing beams of morning sunshine assaulting the eyes of the front row on the lower level. Happily, I’m facing the other way. Models walk along the two levels and up and down the shallow stairs in stiff, short dresses with moulded shoulders and skirts—even bootleg trousers have strategic volume behind the ankle, like rounded alien shin-fins. Shoulders and hips appear through Lee’s signature cutouts, keeping things light and allowing natural movement. He’s added brightly coloured prints—one resembles a photograph of a sheet of crumpled metal foil. There are shiny black accents, and metallic ones. Makeup impresario Napoleon Perdis has delivered wondrously illuminated skin that gives the sunlight some reflective competition. Flat Camilla Skovgaard Grecian sandals quickly give way to vertiginous ones, and metal breastplates provide a layer of glimmering protection. At the end, the models line up like a resolved and very pretty army—if Lee continues this show format, these money shots will provide an interesting slideshow of his development as a designer.

Ellery is a fashion show more ridiculous than sublime. Held in a two-level gallery after a protracted schmoozy reception, it starts eons late, and even later for those of us on the lower level: after the pre-show music has been turned off, we hear clomping footsteps on the floor above for what seems like ten minutes before we actually see any clothes. Eventually the models emerge, two at a time, overly choreographed, turning to each other and back and then walking forward at a glacial pace. (There are only about 12 looks, total.) But Kim Ellery’s signature look is dramatic in a fun way, often layered with light cottons and a thick, nubbly linen/silk shot with sheeny thread—the polished and put-together buyer next to me says the clothes sell very well. There is a pair of white layered outfits, then acid yellow, then pink. A spectacular pair of evening looks stand out, especially model Julia Nobis in a heavily beaded silver tank with a feathery white skirt made of shredded pieces of gauzy fabric.
A cavernous concrete former car workshop in East Sydney with chairs around the edges sets a starkly beautiful scene for Josh Goot’s nighttime show—though we have to walk up a lot of steps to get to it. At show time the space goes pitch black, then fluorescent panels flicker on slowly, one by one. Models make their way around the lengths of runway in structured, voluminous knee-length dresses adorned with Goot’s famous colourful prints, which are more sophisticated than usual—there are vivid brushstrokes on white and what appears to be spray-spattered paint within a stencil of stripes. Colourful heels with contrasting straps and interesting shapes have tall, covered platforms. The afterparty upstairs is awash in Moet and Belvedere, and draws all of the week’s most colourful front-row characters, like MTV glamour-girl Ruby Rose, who’s known for dating models like Freja Behar Erichsen and Catherine McNeil; the glossiest upper echelon editors from Australian Vogue and Harpers; and the omnipresent gaggle of international bloggers Susie Bubble, Tommy Ton and Phil Oh of Streetpeeper. Goot himself mingles about, looking relaxed and relieved, as well he should.

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!”

We’ve proverbially flipped our lids over the news of next year’s Met tribute to Schiaparelli and Prada! | Hollywood yohana

Ever since the Met Costume Institute’s record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit closed, we’ve been itching to know what its successor would be. Well hear ye, ladies of quirk: Miuccia Prada and the legendary Elsa Schiaparelli are the next in line to be celebrated. While an official release from the museum has yet to be released, we’re thinking that WWD is a pretty credible source.
Both women brought Italian fashion into the spotlight but are known for very different styles. Schiaparelli was a close friend and collaborator of Salvador Dalí and repeatedly plucked from his surrealist inspirations. In fact, she is most known for her lobster dress of 1937, which was created in collaboration with Dalí (and once worn by Wallis Simpson). Prada, on the other hand, might need less of an introduction. Her titanic influence on the industry has been solidly felt across the world (as if spring’s infamous stripes didn’t say it on their own).
Curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton no doubt have some surprises up their sleeves, and we are dying to see what they have in store. Are they as excited as we are?

Fashionista: “The accomplished female designers are both trailblazers and art lovers with bodies of work that are far from boring. Their originality made them two of the most influential designers in women’s fashion and we can’t wait to see what the Costume Institute’s Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton have planned for them.”
Styleite: “There isn’t a person working in fashion today who can discount Prada’s influence on the way everyone from Milan to Milwaukee picks out clothes … and Schiaparelli’s influence on modern fashion lasted well after her house closed in the 1950s.” 
Randi Bergman, online editor: “Short of Andy Warhol’s reincarnation, I don’t think there could ever be sweeter news to my ears than this. As a massive Schiaparelli (I even wear lipstick that’s named for her!) and Prada fan, I have no doubt that this will be my favourite exhibit yet. Or certainly close to Savage Beauty.”

From the stark to the colour-blocked, we present 24 black-and-white outfit combos | Hollywood yohana

This stark colour-combo (or rather, lack-of-colour combo) made it big on the spring runways and now it’s made it to the Toronto streets. Simple enough to emulate for those who are brights-challenged, and graphic enough for those who like to make a bold statement, click th

Is Maison Martin Margiela going to be H&M’s next designer collaboration? | Hollywood yohana

In news that will undoubtedly set many fashion hearts aflutter, H&M’s next collaboration is rumoured to be with none other than the Antwerp-based Maison Martin Margiela.
Though WWD admitted that the Swedish retail giant has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours, they said they have it on good authority that H&M will be announcing the one-off holiday collection collaboration “soon.”
Most of H&M’s early collaborations have been with high-profile designers like Karl Lagerfeld or Donatella Versace, but lately it seems like the retailer has been focusing on industry favourites with less of a mass-market presence, like Lanvin or Marni.
The notoriously publicity-shy Martin Margiela studied at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts alongside the legendary and visionary Antwerp Six (which included Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester). Like Commes des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo and his Antwerp classmates, Margiela focused on conceptual work rather than mass-appeal pieces (case in point: the cleft-toed boot).
What will be interesting about the Margiela collaboration is that its namesake creator isn’t even in the design business anymore after having walked out on the label in 2009. With no one left at the helm, a team of designers has been working together to carry on Margiela’s trademark aesthetic since his departure.
If the rumours are true (and they probably are, given that WWD didn’t hesitate to break the news), one thing’s for certain: whoever is working the launch day for the collection will be in for a real doozy thanks to MMM’s cult-like following.

Ariel Foxman, editor, InStyle: “It IS a good morning: WWD reporting on a possible collaboration btw H&M and Margiela for the holidays #amazing”
Tony King, luxury brand strategist: “H&M Collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela isn’t a good idea. Some brands are best left alone.”


Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “The possibility of this collaboration is exciting. The Maison Martin Margiela aesthetic would offer the H&M customer something completely new. While I’m interested in the potential collaboration, I’m even more excited to see how they may execute an advertising campaign.”