Diane von Furstenberg furthers her attempts to enforce legal and healthy models walk in the Fall 2012 shows | Hollywood yohana


CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg is not going to let anything slide when it comes to health regulations for models. After last year’s fiasco—an underage 15-year-old (16 being legal age for models), Hailey Clauson, walked in Furstenberg’s Fall 2011 show without her knowledge—the designer is determined to ensure all shows follow the CFDA’s endorsed health guidelines. The guidelines were updated on Thursday.f
Furstenberg, scandalized by the incident, pledged, “any model walking in the Diane von Furstenberg runway will have shown I.D. prior to the show,” and is asking other designers to do the same.
To further reinforce this regulation and promote awareness, the CFDA sent a guide to help recognize eating disorders. The lengthy guidelines suggest the industry do things like “Encourage models who may have an eating disorder to seek professional help in order to continue modeling,” and “Develop workshops for the industry on the nature of eating disorders” Extensive list? Yes, but definitely necessary.
DVF has been blazing this trail for a while now, but we fear there’s more work to be done. In the meantime, let’s hope other designers follow in her footsteps for the Fall 2012 shows.

Huffington Post: “It’s a promising step in the right direction, going beyond op-eds and symbolic gestures to real change. But it is worth noting that the guidelines only apply directly to runway models, leaving magazine shoots, advertisements and other fashion media untouched. Can the fight for healthier models be won if only fought on one front?”
Styleite: “We love that Diane is taking responsibility for what many in the fashion industry don’t see as a social problem—she’s absolutely right when she says that the runway has an impact on the lives of women.”


Rani Sheen, features editor: “Proper guidelines about checking I.D. and monitoring model at-risk for eating disorders are a step in the right direction, though the CFDA only really has power to implement them at DVF’s own show. And models deserve a healthy work environment! Our March cover model, Anais Pouliot, told me that at fashion week (all four in a row): ‘You don’t sleep a lot and you eat so badly because the food backstage is disgusting. It’s really bad… Sometimes they have nothing but coffee and tea.’”


Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge does not like your nasty criticism | Hollywood yohana

She debuted at the Crillon Ball, has arguably one of the most covetable shoe collections and counts Kanye West and Karl Lagerfeld as fans. Like most successful bloggers, the key to Jane Aldridge’s popularity is her perfectly curated online persona. However, today the Sea of Shoes blogger is stomping her fancy heels all over the Internet after New York magazine’s The Cut blog published an unflattering synopsis of a profile of Aldridge that appeared in Texas Monthly.
The writer of the profile, Jason Sheeler, spent many weeks with Aldridge (and her mother-slash-BFF, Judy) in order to write his in-depth portrayal—which for the most part is comprised of a sea of praises. However, it also gives readers insight into the not-so-nice aspects of her personal life and blogging business—which The Cut was quick to pick up on.
Aldridge took to her blog and Twitter to do some much-needed damage control. She tweeted, “Fact checking is non-existent and people will make up the craziest things for a story. It’s nice to have words put in my mouth!”
But here’s where it gets confusing: while The Cut’s take on the article can be considered as a crafty work of out-of-context cut and paste, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that Aldridge initially seemed to support the Texas Monthly profile. She even appeared with Sheeler in a TV interview to promote the piece. We’ll be watching to see if Texas Monthly issues a correction or stands behind its work.
The Cut: “[It] begins with Aldridge scolding the reporter, Jason Sheeler, for daring to touch a pair of her Miu Miu glitter booties: ‘Hello! I’m trying to shoot those. Can you put them down?’ He actually gets a bit scared, and perhaps with good reason.”
Fashionista: “The full article is fascinating and definitely worth a read.”
Paige Dzenis, associate online editor: “What’s that saying about not being sorry you did the crime, but being terribly upset that you were caught? It seems Jane thought that this article would stay within her no-TV, no-fashion-people, just Mom-and-me sheltered bubble. But now that everyone’s taking her quotes ‘out of context’ (though, in what context does mocking your sister’s style not sound bratty?), she’s on the defensive. Jane may not need a college degree to get the job she wants, but it would give her a much-needed education in getting along with others.”


We (almost) shed tears for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony while pondering the future of their line at Kohl’s | Hollywood yohana

After seven years of marriage, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced on Friday that they were getting a divorce. The split came as a bit of a surprise: Lopez, Anthony and their three-year-old twins seemed to be the definition of a happy and meant-to-be family. For celeb fashion enthusiasts though, the end of the marriage brought up another concern: What would happen to the couple’s upcoming joint line for Kohl’s? After all, it isn’t everyday that a celebrity power couple collaborates on fashion for the masses.
Well, those who were anxiously awaiting the chance to make the cross-border trek can breathe a sigh of relief. The line will still go on despite the couple’s personal issues. In fact, Lopez and Anthony reportedly signed separate contracts with the retailer back in November when the project was announced (perhaps the relationship was on the rocks back then). All speculation aside, this means that when the lines hit Kohl’s stores, guys can pick up menswear by Anthony and ladies can get their hands on womenswear by Lopez. We’re just hoping she backs off of the python.


Kohl’s: “The Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony brands have always been positioned as two separate, distinctive collections that offer high-quality contemporary style for men and women, and we look forward to a successful September launch.”

Charlotte Cowles, The Cut: “While it’s probably true that the Kohl’s line itself won’t be impacted (were you really expecting them to design it together themselves, anyway?), the marketing strategy will certainly take a hit.”
Ellie Krupnick, Huffington Post: “It’s a smart move for Lopez, who has always been better at selling “Jennifer Lopez”-branded products than staying married.”

Mindy Kaling: “I know you guys are all wondering – I’m just pretending the JLo-Marc Anthony thing isn’t happening. Too much. Too much.”


Rani Sheen, Features Editor: “This was an entirely public marriage, a painstakingly orchestrated PR campaign, so why wouldn’t it be an entirely public divorce as well? By the same logic, any upcoming business transactions (the Kohl’s line, the reality show) are utterly unaffected.”


Celeb poll: Part II of our best dressed roundup from Cannes. Who’s your favourite? | Hollywood yohana

 Though it proved to be a challenge, last week we picked our list of the top ten best dressed stars at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival and asked you to vote for your favourite look. In the end, Vanessa Hudgens, Diane Kruger and Sarah Jessica Parker came out on top wearing Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and Elie Saab respectively. This week, we bring you our best dressed at Cannes Part II — because one list just wasn’t enough. Gowns by Roberto Cavalli and Chanel dominated the red carpet over the past week, but who rocked their gown the best? Check out the gallery and cast your vote!


Brad Kroenig’s 3-year-old son only wears designers | Hollywood yohana

Hudson and Brad Kroenig

Barely out of a crib, model offspring Hudson Kroenig has already starred in a Fendi campaign and walked the Chanel runway with dad Brad Kroenig. He’s also bffs with Karl Lagerfeld and even sleeps with an “Uncle Karl” doll gifted by the designer. (We’re not sure if this is adorable or creepy.) It seems that all eyes are on the little guy so naturally, Hudson got The Coveteur treatment.

The toddler has a closet that even adults would envy, including Fendi, dozens of pairs of Nikes, and not to mention a Chanel tweed jacket. He also gives us sartorial cues on how to layer via daddy Brad. “Hudson likes to get dressed up, especially in jackets and blazers. This is one of his favorites. He loves accessories and loves to layer items. Scarves are his new favorite.” (No comment…)
Brad Kroenig: “Hudson loves to take pictures with Daddy. He definitely looks up to Daddy and thinks it’s cool to participate in special shoots. Hudson always talks about all the ‘pretty model girls,’ already a ladies man. Wonder who he takes after…”
Fashionista: “It’s adorable and ridiculous at once. Daddy Brad Kroenig, Largerfeld’s longstanding muse and pal, provides commentary which sort of reads like a SNL parody of the fashion industry. But it’s real.”
The Daily Mail: “The boy is most likely unable to write his name yet, let alone understand the sartorial concept of ‘layering,’ so it is with a pinch of salt that we take this next comment: ‘Hudson likes to get dressed up, especially in jackets and blazers. This is one of his favorites. He loves accessories and loves to layer items. Scarves are his new favorite.’”
Sarah Nicole Prickett, contributor: “The Eurozone is on the edge of collapse. Unemployment hovers around a sickening 14 percent in the United States of America. Protesters, angry and disenfranchised, occupy financial districts and public parks all over the Western world. And Hudson Koenig, muse to Karl Lagerfeld, face of Fendi, age three, is photographed wearing a Chanel jacket. TIMELY.”


Anthropologie | Hollywood yohana


 Now that Anthropologie, my go-to clothier for summer fete frocks, has a storefront in South Granville (2912 Granville St., 604-734-2529, ), I’m using the dollars I would’ve spent road-tripping to its Seattle location to nab more natty dresses. Be the belle of the garden party in a bold coral shift dress from India’s Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna (shown, $290).


Jenna Lyons talks designer crushes, life in Brooklyn and her quest for Zen | Hollywood yohana

My style: Jenna Lyons

What was your first job at J.Crew?
“I started 20 years ago. I was an assistant to an assistant.”
Are you bringing back company loyalty?
[Laughs] “I never in a million years dreamed that I would be at the same [place]. I spend more time at my job than I do with my family, so my job does feel like a family.”
What’s your secret to becoming a fashion powerhouse? What advice would you give to someone starting out?
“Love what you do. The people who I see as successful [are those who] stay in the moment and try and do the best they can. Those are the people you want to promote. They’re the ones who are thinking about new ideas and trying to do their job better.”

Who was your first mentor?
“Emily Cinader Woods, who [co-founded] J.Crew. She was the one who hired me. She had a huge impact on my career, especially in the beginning.”
If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you do?
I would love to do interiors or have a horse ranch.”
How would you describe your personal style?
“A little bit tomboy and a little bit grandma. I like boys’ clothes and sparkly things.”
What are some of your fall must-haves?
“Every day I have J.Crew on. But I love clothes so much—I’m a voracious shopper. I have lots of Céline on my fall wish list. The Row had some really beautiful pieces, and I’m a huge Marni fan.”
How do you shop?
“I use personal shoppers all the time—it’s the only way that I can really shop. Whether it’s a personal shopper at Bergdorf’s or Barneys, I work with someone and then plan my wish list after I see the shows.”
Which designer are you currently most excited about?
“Phoebe Philo for Céline. She’s incredible at making huge changes in the industry, along the lines of Yves Saint Laurent in the early days. Her attention to detail and trim and cut is really inspiring.”
What are your go-to beauty products?
“P50V tonic from Biologique Recherche. My facialist [Aida Bicaj] uses it, and I swear by it.”
How do you combat stress in your life?
“I just started doing yoga. I can’t even touch my toes—it’s really pathetic. I have a remarkably supportive family, and being with my son is an absolute battery recharger.”
What’s the best thing about living in Brooklyn?
“Sitting on my stoop and watching my son ride his scooter up and down the street.”
What is the most inspiring place you’ve travelled to?
“I’m still completely obsessed with Paris: the city, the architecture, the language, the food. There’s something about that European aesthetic that I’m incredibly drawn to.”
Where do you stay?
“At the Meurice. In their lobby they have this mirror that they freeze—[my son] Beckett loves to put his hands on it. We can stay an hour [there]. I can have champagne and he can just play with the mirror.”
Do you have any hidden talents?
“I used to be a synchronized swimmer. I didn’t have to wear a nose plug, but I did have to wear this really ridiculous hat.”


And the battle of the red sole rages on | Hollywood yohana

And the case of the infamous red soles continues. After Christian Louboutin was denied from keeping his signature-hued soles from use by Yves Saint Laurent in a ruling this past August, the designer has fired back. Louboutin claims that the colour is central to the brand’s DNA, and to help his argument, he garnered the support of Tiffany & Co., whose “Tiffany Blue” is similarly used.
Today, a brief filed in support of YSL has been filed by 11 Georgetown University law professors, stating: “This court should recognize that the shadow cast by a mark in a single color on a fashion item creates enormous uncertainty for other designers and should regard claims of single-color trademarks in fashion with considerable skepticism.” According to the brief, Louboutin’s attempt for sole ownership of the red soles “should be rejected in order to preserve freedom of innovation and competition.” We guess all’s fair in love and war in the world of overpriced footwear.

The Cut: “No comment from the lawyers on how the “particular meaning” of red-soled shoes may be forever altered by this case. By the time it’s done, it’s entirely possible no one will want them anymore” 
British Vogue: “A woman who buys red shoes is doing so for a reason,” the brief argues. “Red shoes have a particular meaning to her, and to others, that cannot be supplied or even approximated by shoes of a different colour.”
WWD reports: “The professors said Louboutin and its supporters are arguing against the doctrine of “aesthetic functionality” which prevents companies from using “trademark as a kind of back door to perpetual patentlike protection for attractive but non-novel product features.…[If] the relevant consumers want a product feature because it is especially attractive, then that feature is not a proper subject of monopolization by a single producer — unless it meets the demanding novelty requirement of design patent.”
Jordan Porter, fashion market editor: “I understand and can appreciate parts of the dispute from both sides, but also see the argument resembling three-year-olds vying for the same toy on a playground. Is it bad that, in the end, what I really want to know about this whole ordeal is how many red-soled shoes I could have bought with the legal fees of those 11 lawyers?”


Alberta shop notes: Shoeuphoria | Hollywood yohana

Shoeuphoria. Photography by Harvey Miedreich

 Step aside, there’s a new shoe-tique in town. Owner Shannon Bizon has relocated her just-over-a-year-young store, Shoeuphoria (Grenier Place, 200 St. Albert Rd., St. Albert, 780-418-7785, , to a sophisticated new space but kept the same affordable prices. This season’s standout styles include colour-block wedges and strappy metallic sandals. The wide selection of labels include Jessica Simpson, Rockport, Steve Madden and Canadian line Blondo.


Tamera Really Loves to Play Up Her Eyes & Rock Bright Nails | Hollywood yohana

Tamera Mowry 
 From makeup to nails, the mom-to-be and star of Tia & Tamera (airing Monday nights at 8/7c only on Style) gave us the scoop on her beauty philosophy and must-haves...
What do you do to keep your skin looking so radiant?
You have to drink a lot of water. You have to stay hydrated. I know that when I drink a lot of water, my skin always looks great and fresh. You also need to use lotion, period. I also have ChapStick handy to keep my lips moisturized.
Which lip colors do you like to wear? Do you prefer lip gloss or lipstick? Which brands do you love for lips?
Oh, wow, I love all kinds of color. I love a red lip, but for spring, I'm loving the pink and fuchsia tones, so it's kind of a mixture of orange and red. I used to be a lip gloss girl. For everyday, I am still a lip gloss girl. But if I want to vamp it up, I'm a lipstick girl. I love Stila and anything by MAC.
What's your preferred method for brow maintenance?
I'd prefer threading, but I can't find someone who does a great job. It lasts longer. It's also better for your skin. Waxing takes off that first layer of skin, and ruins your skin.
Are you bold or classic when it comes to your nails?
I always want my hands and toes to look great, so the gel manicures are amazing, especially when you travel, because you know you won't have to worry about them chipping. I like to be adventurous with my nails. I love color! The recent color I had was orange. It was sick on my hands! I'm not into nail art, but I love bold colors.
What cleanser do you use to wash off your makeup?
I swear by Cetaphil. My skin is very sensitive. I've tried anything and everything and, honestly, after awhile my skin starts to break out. So, I'd rather just wash my face with something that's really clean and Cetaphil does that.
What's your secret weapon in terms of your hair?
My conditioner is Terax. It's actually Italian, because a lot of Italian women have that curly hair like mine.
What is your favorite facial feature to highlight?
My eyes! I love eyes! I love looking into them. When you act, you act with your eyes. Eyes are the windows to someone's soul. I always say that if someone can't look at you in the eye, either something's going on or something's weird. It might be their issue or someone's issue with you and they just don't want to say anything. That's how you connect. You connect with eye contact, so I love highlighting my eyes with smoky eye makeup.


Health news: A pleasurable side-effect of exercise, how to fudge an athlete’s muscle tone, and water bottles so adorable you’ll be dying to hydrate | Hollywood yohana

Health news

This month, we’re reporting on a trend that will take over living rooms everywhere during the Olympics, a sexy new study about the pleasurable side effects of working out and the latest high-intensity workout craze—though get-slim-quick-seekers need not apply. Read on!
For most of us, the Olympics mainly involves sitting on the couch while we watch the world’s fastest and strongest people duke it out. Surprise, surprise, a recent study linked TV viewing to consumption of more unhealthy snacks and drinks, and fewer fruits and vegetables. But we are a more active audience—at least in terms of communication—now that we take to social media when something momentous occurs. London 2012 is the first Summer Olympics to happen since this phenomenon took hold. It’s already being dubbed the “Twitter games” (athletes are encouraged to tweet their experiences; volunteers are not), and there are even predictions of service disruptions due to the massive volume of data flying around. We’ll be sitting back to enjoy the ride—let the Games begin.


Marchesa’s doing a designer collaboration with… the NFL? | Hollywood yohana

Though football apparel doesn’t usually bring to mind thoughts of high-end fashion, that notion is about to change. The NFL is taking on the boys-only mentality of the league’s fandom by focusing on women’s apparel, including a collaboration with Marchesa.


Anna Wintour speaks out about Vogue’s glamourized profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad | Hollywood yohana


At long last, Anna Wintour has finally spoken out about the controversy surrounding Vogue’s glamourized portrayal of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad last year, as well as addressed the atrocities that are ongoing in Syria today.
“Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue,” Wintour said in a statement Sunday.
The “Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert” feature, which was penned by former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief Joan Juliet Buck, described the beautiful, British-born al-Assad as “glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies.”
Almost immediately after the feature went live, news of the conflict and violence happening under her husband Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship became public, and the situation in Syria has only worsened over the past year and a half. In fact, yesterday the UN’s annual shame list on children and armed conflict was released, naming Syria as one of its worst offenders.
Buck herself spoke out about the feature in the wake of all its uproar.
“I think that Vogue is always on the lookout for good-looking first ladies because they’re a combination of power and beauty and elegance…that’s what Vogue is about. And here was this woman who had never given an interview, who was extremely thin and very well-dressed and therefore, qualified to be in Vogue. And they had — Vogue had been trying to get her for quite a long time,” she told NPR. Should have stopped at “lookout.”  

Leah Chernikoff, Fashionista.com executive editor: “Got ties to an oppressive regime committing crimes against humanity? Not a problem for Vogue as long as you’re ‘extremely thin and very well-dressed.’”
Tim Rich, freelance writer: “The headline the government in Syria feared most: ‘Vogue’s Anna Wintour disowns Asma al-Assad’ […]”


Caitlan Moneta, fashion market editor: “I think this is a a misstep on the magazine’s part. However, how could they have predicted the atrocities that were about to befall the Syrian population? Pointing an accusatory finger only attempts to simplify a complicated situation.”


Adrian Wu could be the next homegrown great | Hollywood yohana

As natural as it may seem, it’s hard to find a designer these days whose aesthetic is rooted in the shape of a woman’s body. Adrian Wu is breaking boundaries by embracing it. Born in Burlington, Ont., the self-taught 20-year-old designer is already becoming known for the dichotomy of his subtle accenting versus his signature waistlines built up with voluminous piles (and piles) of upholstery. Opting mostly for draping and cutting into patterned raw silk, Wu’s pieces feel inventive, fresh and totally unique.
After teaching himself how to sew in 2009, and deferring acceptance to the Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion in London in 2010, Wu showed his Fall 2011 collection at the Vancouver and Ottawa Fashion Weeks. Recently he opened a boutique and studio to call his own, and we suggest picking up a Wu creation now. He’s likely to become the next great.


February 2012: Letter from the editor| Hollywood yohana

Bernadette Morra

This month, we have devoted 16 pages to the extraordinary Bosnian-born Australian model Andrej Pejic, but there is still so much more to say. Pejic is a man who dresses like a woman—sometimes. However, he is not a cross-dresser in the way that some men dip into their wives’ panty drawers for a thrill. He is not a drag queen, like RuPaul, who routinely took three hours to transform from freckled Southern gentleman to seven-foot-tall glamazon in size 13 pumps. And he doesn’t like to say whether, like Chaz Bono, he is on his way to the other side.
So who is he?
For starters, Pejic is a blond bombshell whether he is walking a woman’s runway or a man’s. “His ability to bring the clothes to life out-supers the supermodels,” remarks our fashion director, Susie Sheffman, who accompanied stylist George Antonopoulos to FASHION’s cover shoot. “He moves with such grace and he has a dancer’s awareness of every muscle, nerve and fibre. He creates these long lines with his body that you don’t normally get from a male model. So you want to think he’s a woman, but he has the strength of a man, with a very masculine jawline.”
Both Sheffman and features editor Rani Sheen, who interviewed Pejic for “Boy Meets Girl” (page 92) agree Pejic is not deliberately provocative or attention-seeking. He just is what he is: a beautiful being who blurs gender lines. “He defies judgment, which is what makes him so modern,” says Sheffman. “He’s modelling outside the box.”
And living outside the box, which some might find hard to deal with. In fact, Pejic was rejected by most of the modelling agencies he saw because they didn’t know whether to put him in their women’s division or men’s. But I would hope that in this age of same-sex marriage, gay characters on Glee, and Ellen DeGeneres as a Cover Girl spokesmodel, the world is ready to accept Pejic with all the love and humanity he deserves.
Speaking of love, there are seven beauty products that you are so crazy about, we created a Beauty Hall of Fame to pay special tribute to them. Find out which products made the cut in FASHION’s Annual Readers’ Choice Beauty Awards (page 61), along with the rest of your best beauty buys.
Here at FASHION, we all realize that putting a man on the cover of a women’s magazine might spark some discussion.


FASHION designer giveaway: Enter to win a Lucian Matis dress! | Hollywood yohana

Designer giveaway: Lucian Matis

2012 marks FASHION Magazine’s 35th Anniversary! To celebrate, each issue, we’re pairing up with a different Canadian who is also celebrating a milestone. We invite our readers to enter for their chance to WIN the designers’ featured show pieces. Good luck!

Canadian designer Lucian Matis celebrates a milestone and shares his Johnny Depp moment.
By Sarah Casselman
If there were a fashion gene, Lucian Matis would have it. Growing up surrounded by yards of fabric and trim in his mother’s tailor shop, this Romanian-born designer (he moved to Canada in 1999) fell in love with fashion at an early age. In 2007, he presented the first professional collection of his eponymous line, followed by Daphne by Lucian Matis in 2009, a collection of chic yet practical pieces designed exclusively for the Shopping Channel. His more-is-more approach to design (appliqué flowers, bursts of tulle, jewel-encrusted necklines) evokes a joie de vivre—something we could all use a little more of, non?
What is the inspiration behind the dress on FASHION’S cover?
“Henri Matisse’s Green Stripe painting inspired my Spring 2012 collection. This particular dress represents the abundant texture and the luxuriant characteristic of the painting. I felt a bit like Edward Scissorhands working on it, sculpting its silhouette.”
What keeps you excited about the world of fashion, season after season?
“Telling a story is what excites me the most. I’m constantly inspired by clients and the small moments in my life.”
What’s next for your brand?
“We’re launching a collection of handmade eyewear for Spring 2012. I’m also working on a line of home furnishings.”
How will you celebrate your fifth anniversary?
“I dream of a vacation in Bali for at least a couple of weeks.”


Taylor Swift’s Cover Girl ad got banned, but it may not be for what you think | Hollywood yohana

Taylor Swift for CoverGirl

Taylor Swift is known for her knockout red carpet beauty looks, but today her work for Cover Girl’s Nature Luxe Mousse Mascara is coming under fire for the not-so-natural lashes in the ad’s photo. The National Advertising Division in the U.S. has banned the ad for excessive photoshopping and noted the disclaimer at the bottom of the ad that states Swift’s lashes are “enhanced in post production.” The ban was also based on the ad’s superior performance claims, which claim the mascara will give your lashes “2x more volume” and is “20 per cent lighter” than other mascaras.
Unlike the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority, which has been on a banning spree this year, cracking down on both Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu for the inappropriate depiction of children in their ads, this is the first major ban by the NAD. The ban marks the beginning of the NAD’s supposed crackdown on excessive photoshopping. So is the NAD playing follow the leader? While there are other ads with far worse images out there, we understand the point about being mislead about a product, especially when you’re hoping for thick and luscious lashes like Swift’s.


Andrea Levine, National Advertising Division Director: “You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then—in the mice type—have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really.’”
Huffington Post: “That sounds about right to us—who wants to be lied to? (Although generally we take any product that claims to transform us into Taylor Swift with a giant grain of salt.)” 

The Gloss: “It is preposterous that a campaign can promise Youth! Beauty! Glamour! Flattering Sunset-y Lighting! Lashes That Could Crush Your Ex-Boyfriends! and then in tiny, almost imperceptible script, have the freedom to say, “Obviously not.” We’re for it.”

Styleite: “In other words, if you thought Swift’s lashes looked too good to be true, you’re right.”

Lesa Hannah, beauty director: “Is it just me, or did people actually believe these ads anyway? I guess the ruling is to protect the less intelligent?”


Downtown goes Hawaiian at Alexander Wang and Altuzarra | Hollywood yohana

Forget Courtney Love or Alicia Keys. How to Make it in America star and one of my maj crushes Bryan Greenberg was sitting front row at yesterday’s Alexander Wang show and I wasn’t sure how I was going to concentrate on the show. But as the first girls walked out onto the incredible mirrored runway funhouse in day glo–lined, laser-cut leather utility vests and miniskirts it was clear that Wang’s upbeat downtown cool factor trumped a celeb crush any day. Hawaiian floral prints adorned sporty, motocross-inspired separates and Aztec prints got a modern makeover on skin hugging jersey. Perforated leather do-rags and motorcycle helmets were added as a tough-girl touch.

The Hawaiian theme, and leather theme to boot, continued later into the night at Joseph Altuzarra‘s, once again, ‘90s inspired collection. On a backdrop of stark black and whites, neoprene-structured dresses and birds of paradise prints were paired with laser-cut leathers (are we sensing a trend yet?), and nylon-webbed harnesses finished off the looks. Safety first? Keeping the ‘90s wild child in check? Although Altuzarra’s showing was on a slightly more grown-up scale (Wang was seen downing Jell-o shots at his post fete after all), it seems these two minds were cutting from the same cloth.


Tom Ford’s Spring 2012 collection photos are finally released to the public. What say you? | Hollywood yohana

We don’t have to tell you that Tom Ford has special powers in the world of fashion, and that everything he’s touched—since making his name at Gucci in the mid-nineties to starting his own eponymous line a few years back—has turned to literal and figurative gold. For the past four seasons he has done a semi-private runway show during fashion week, invitation going to select press only, making his adoring fans wait at least two months to see the coveted wears. His collections usually garner great reviews, but for Spring 2012, and the first time probably ever, his grand plan might not have gone as well as planned.
Today, Vogue.com released photos of the collection, but based on reviews from editors and critics back in September, it already had a tainted reputation to contend with. Criticisms of the line were that the clothes drew too much on what Ford, and other designers, had already shown, but Vogue argues that these criticisms can be quieted on seeing the collection up close: “most revealing in this exclusive, first close-up look at Tom Ford’s new collection is the detail lost to the original viewers who saw the clothes momentarily swish by in the runway presentation.”
We think Ford caught wind of this gaff, and along with the photos of his collection he told Vogue that for Fall 2012 he’ll be holding ten small and personal presentations where he can explain each look to the press.
Vogue.com: “And, quite mesmerizingly, there’s the level of craftsmanship which has gone into the intricacies of minute feather embroidery on delicate open-work woven net on an ivory dress—really, that kind of luxe workmanship can only be properly marveled at when someone takes the time to explain it. Which is exactly what Mr. Ford has resolved to do when he invites his audience to his London showroom next February.”
Tom Ford: “I’ve streamlined things more this season. I think I’m very classic, because what I do is always based on something you’ve seen before. And yes, maybe there’s something YSL about it. When I left off designing for women, I was at YSL so I’m working through that to be me, asking myself, What do I like? What defines your brand?”
Fashionista: “As for the clothes, well, you will have to wait until mid-January when the collection arrives at the stores to see images from this show. I sat so close to the models that I could actually see the detailed work of each garment. I can assure you that the women who buy these clothes will have a wide range of Mr. Ford’s signature silhouettes to choose from. Furthermore, I will say that customers will not see dramatic changes from one season to another–instead this collection seemed to progress from the one before (albeit at a slower pace than what is now expected of designers to churn out new collections every two months).”
Randi Bergman, online editor: “I would actually agree that the criticisms were a little harsh. No, the collection wasn’t directional or complicated in any way, but I’m not really sure that that’s what Tom’s about anymore. He’s about creating luxury, and the seventies appeal of this collection speaks to luxury in its most potent sense. As someone who saw the pieces up close myself, I would vouch for their appeal too.”


Will the real John Galliano Dior successor please stand up? These rumours are getting ridiculous | Hollywood yohana

Last week it seemed that Marc Jacobs’ replacement of John Galliano at Dior would be announced any day. Now, it’s being rumoured that, wait for it, Alexander Wang is the newest frontrunner to take Galliano’s job. A source close to Louis Vuitton told Vogue UK that Vuitton wants Jacobs to stay put and Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci, who were also being considered, are out because Ackermann is “too edgy” and Tisci is just not interested.
If Ackermann is too edgy for Dior, what does that make Wang? He’s surely been successful with his own collections, but his downtown wears are certainly not anything close to the frothy couture gowns that are Dior’s signature.  While the news about Wang is most likely just a rumour, one thing is for sure: we’re tired of all the hearsay and just want some factual details released!

Vogue UK: “Wang’s tenth collection at New York Fashion Week—unveiled earlier this month—received favourable reviews, but industry experts may scoff at the idea since the young streetwear and sportswear-specialist has never tackled anything approaching couture before.”
Fashionista: “Indeed, since Alexander Wang has far less experience then the other designers being considered—and since his designs veer more towards streetwear than couture—he seems an unlikely successor.”
The Cut: “This seems far-fetched for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Wang has never attempted anything even close to couture. What’s more, he probably wouldn’t even want the job, considering he’s currently making a killing with his surefire formula of slouchy streetwear.”
Randi Bergman, online editor: “What is this, ‘Who shot J.R?’ the fashion edition? While John Galliano’s former position is obviously one of the most coveted in the biz, isn’t it a bit absurd that someone with the complete opposite aesthetic with barely 5 years at the helm of a label would even be suggested for this role? If this actually happens, I am no longer laughing about Lindsay Lohan’s turn at Ungaro. Maybe they knew something about shock tactics that we didn’t.”


Milan heats up with a strong Versace collection fit for a modern mermaid | Hollywood yohana

Billy Idol‘s “Hot in the City” played on soundtrack as Donatella Versace‘s modern mermaids paraded the catwalk in under-the-sea neoprene gold studded scuba jackets, white hot short suits, and bandeau brassieres with slim pencil skirts in pretty pastel, sea shell and sea-horse prints. Save for the pageant worthy finale gowns, it was short, sexy and ultra feminine—certainly fit for a new-age Ariel.

Earlier in the evening, I stopped in for a quick glass of champagne and Piazza Sempione‘s preview of their 20th anniversary capsule collection designed by Milan’s favorite duo for hire, Thommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. The collection was full of pale pinks, pleats and floral print pant suits and was a brave and modern approach for the line. Word has it that moving forward, the duo will be at the design helm of the entire collection for next season.
Next, it was on to dinner with our favorite Canadian contingent in town for the weel—designer Wayne Clark, and Holt Renfrew‘s Fashion Director Barbara Atkin. We dished on both collections over dishes of risotto for hours!


5 minutes with Primary’s Cleo Schroeder | Hollywood yohana

Photography: Primary Look Book by Greg Swales

Only one year in business and Big Apple–based label Primary , has two big benchmarks bagged: the endorsement of a star style blogger (The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel) and a resort collection. Raised in Vancouver and schooled at Parsons, designer Cleo Schroeder talks West Coast roots and quirky fashion hits.

Who is the Primary woman?
“She is a constant traveller who needs to streamline her closet with high-quality modern basics. She appreciates affordable luxury and loves to have fun with fashion. She doesn’t take herself or trends too seriously.”
What inspired the Fall 2011 collection?
“The Stardust collection was inspired by a trip to Art Basel Miami Beach. You would think it was the art that would be inspiring, but really it was the rockstar attitudes of the artists themselves. That, plus the fact we were staying at the recently redone Tides hotel by Kelly Wearstler. The entire trip was complete visual heaven.”
How did you dream up your clever two-in-one Zig jacket?
“It was dreamt up on a trip to Barcelona. I had only packed one jacket and was dying to cut it into a crop for a night out. Not having my proper scissors with me saved that jacket’s life and fuelled me to design a proper two-in-one the next morning.”
Did growing up in Vancouver influence your aesthetic at all?
“Absolutely. I always try to design with a certain ease and nonchalance for the wearer. It’s just that West Coast, laid-back attitude towards dressing. I also sketch out most of the collections in Vancouver, so perhaps it shows.”


10 tropical-printed picks inspired by Proenza, Stella and Altuzarra all under $100 | Hollywood yohana

Gone are the days when Hawaiian prints were only worn by middle-aged men touring through Oahu. From Altuzarra to Alexander Wang, tropical patterns have taken on a new, infinitely more chic form this spring. Jaime King kept her saturated flora and fauna skirt by Proenza Schouler from looking kitschy by opting for sleek black, while Liya Kebede took a pared-down approach to the trend with a nude Proenza Schouler dress flanked by tropical birds from the duo’s fall collection. Yasmin Sewell, on the other hand, opted for an eclectic spin on the trend by pairing her tropical Stella McCartney top with a black-and-white patterned skirt.

Floral skirt, $40 | Hollywood yohana

We love the impact of this floral H&M pencil skirt. For $40, you could stock up on some accessories from the Swedish retailer while you’re at it!


Pop your collar with 10 shopping picks under $124 inspired by Nina Dobrev and Hilary Rhoda | Hollywood yohana

 We’ve been spotting collars everywhere lately, and our favourite recent iterations are Hilary Rhoda‘s adorable collared and pleated sun dress worn at last week’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic and Nina Dobrev‘s frothy white collared Max Mara dress worn to the brand’s Women In Film cocktail event last night. We love the mix of textures, patterns and colours we’ve seen, and we think an embellished collar is an easy way to make a statement while staying on trend for the season (just check out all the collar options that paraded down the Carven runway this spring). With so many cute collar options available, we’re sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your style personality.


Style Panel: How to wear vintage, for beginners | Hollywood yohana

 Despite how widely worn and loved vintage clothes are, some of us still get that familiar icky feeling when entering a second hand shop. The racks seem endless (and not in a good way), the air seems stuffy and the amazing finds are not a sure thing. Nonetheless, vintage shopping is still one of the cheapest, most eco-friendly and fun ways to get in on the trends you love. Moreover, it will ensure that you wont see your outfit doppelganger around every corner. To ease you into the treasure hunt, we asked our Style Panel, now including Vancouver’s Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista how to wear vintage.


Inside Luminato’s opening festivities: Artistic royalty (Wainwright! Furtado!) converge onstage for one of Toronto’s favourite summer festivals | Hollywood yohana

The 6th annual Luminato festival kicked off with major buzz on Friday night, as word spread through the opening night party that Nelly Furtado had joined K’Naan at his free concert at David Pecaut Square.
The swishy event at 25 York St. had its own surprises. Martha Wainwright jumped onstage for a sultry take on “Stormy Weather,” and spin duties were handled by Koala Kid (who must have ended the evening a few pounds lighter after sweltering in his faux fur koala costume). Yves Saint Laurent hosted the party, offering makeup touch-ups, samples of Opium and the new L’Homme Libre fragrances and the opportunity to write messages on an iPad that were then projected on a wall.

Meanwhile, Einstein on the Beach creators Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, choreographer Lucinda Childs and members of the cast popped in after their opening performance, which brought the house down. And even though they were fresh off a marathon four-plus-hour show, no one seemed drained. Even nine-year-old Jasper Newell, the youngest cast member, worked the room with style and grace.