The scoop and the best street style snaps from Edmonton’s 4th annual Al Fresco Block Party | Hollywood yohana

Super Saturday hit downtown Edmonton last weekend with the rainbow-coloured floats at the Gay Pride Parade, TEDx Edmonton talks at the Citadel Theatre, and food truck fare at What the Truck? on 104th Street. For a chockablock day—or, for as long as the rain would hold off, at least—the city came alive.
The most fashionable event, however, was the 4th Annual Al Fresco Block Party, which took place in the old warehouse district on the 4th Street Promenade, one of the most hip, happening, up-and-coming strips in the city.

Before the evening downpour washed us away (last year’s warm, summer soirée had us dancing in the streets until the early morning hours), Edmonton’s most stylish crowd came out for beer and wine tastings, a local designer fashion show, graffiti street art, DJs and stage performers (featuring local gem Mitchmatic and long hours on the extended street patios.
Some of our favourite stores, like Coup {Garment Boutique}, poured champagne, and eyewear shop Eyecare Group hired go-go girls for its display windows and hosted designer trunk shows for Tom Ford and DSquared.
But not all was in vain. Al Fresco is a grassroots fundraiser too, and this year, it set out to raise $15,000 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre.
A good cause brings good clothes. Our Edmo-street style photographer for the day, Harvey Miedreich, captured some standout looks amidst all the action. From brightly coloured pants to copious amounts of denim, summer fashion is in high season.

Fashion news: Anderson Cooper’s fashion foray, Ralph Lauren’s first interview and Shanae Grimes’ new gig | Hollywood yohana


The silver fox himself, Anderson Cooper, is hosting the highly anticipated CFDA Awards on June 6th. Umm… yes!

Oprah (who else?) has landed Ralph Lauren’s first interview in 20 years! This Wednesday’s show is dedicated to the fashion mogul and his family.
Toronto-born actress Shenae Grimes is spending the summer away from the cameras to intern and blog for Teen Vogue.
Britney Spears covers Harper’s Bazaar for their June/July issue and looks radiant in the spread!

Bhldn: Saving bridesmaids everywhere | Hollywood yohana

For a good swath of us, right now is bridesmaid season, which can be a trying time—if not as hilariously eventful as that of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. It’s those months leading up to summer when showers and bachelorettes have to be planned, decorations consulted upon and, of course, matching dresses bought. Unless your bride-friend is going the “just get a black dress” route (yeah right), this can be torturous exercise in body shape assessment, silhouette negotiation and perusal of thousands of geriatric satin numbers, many of which are composed of highly flammable fibres and aren’t lined properly. Need we mention that those will never be worn again?

It’s a big business, one that J.Crew does rather well at, and the company that owns Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters has noticed; it recently launched, a savvily designed U.S.-based web store (brick ones are to come later in the year) offering atypically whimsical, actually stylish bridesmaid dresses. Exclusive designs from Tracy Reese, Fleur Wood and Catherine Deane can be ordered in multiples and in sizes 0–14, starting at $200. It also sells actual—and very lovely—wedding dresses, as well as vintage-y accessories, lingerie and jewellery by the likes of Erickson Beamon. We’re fond of the mod-ish Gin Fizz Shift, the jazz-club-ready Starburst pleated shift and the simple wasp-waisted Beribboned dress—and the glittery silver Pippa brogues. And there’s not a stitch of polyester in sight.

Ryan Gosling, Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, and every star ever hit the Soho House again last night | Hollywood yohana

 Once again, the Grey Goose Soho House was home to just about every star you’d ever want to be home with last night, as the casts from Drive and A Dangerous Method celebrated their screenings. Who, pray tell, is all the hype about? Just Ryan Gosling, Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Emily Blunt, Bono, George Clooney, Jon Hamm, Evan Rachel Wood, Anna Faris, Dave Matthews, Sarah Sadon, David Cronenberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Mara, Emile Hirsch, Albert Brooks, and Brian Cranston is all. Wish you were there? We’ll give you the next best thing…

Inside last night’s Power Ball: Kobos on trees, a mock television talk show, a bison on a spit, a performance by Dragonette (and much much much more) | Hollywood yohana

 Lauded as the hottest art party of the year, the Power Plant’s annual Power Ball fundraiser certainly lived up to expectations last night. Complete with wall-projected animations, Kobos hanging on trees, an old fashioned swing and a pre-party hosted by the much-hyped Soho House, almost 2,000 partygoers danced into the wee hours while carving off pieces of Marc Thuet’s bison on a spit. Some of our favourite duos—The Society’s Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakely, designer Philip Sparks and NOW’s Andrew Sardone, Knot PR’s Amy Burstyn-Fritz and Tatiana Read, designer Jeremy Laing and Frank Griggs, and eTalk’s Tanya Kim and CP24’s Melissa Grelo—flitted around the scene. There was a mock television talk show (which we took part in) with a dancing robot sharing hosting duties. There was a performance by Dragonette. There were ladies dressed as sailors and men dressed as women. There were, always, many types of cocktails a-flowing (shout-out to Grey Goose, who created a timely Diamond Jubilee mix at the pre-party). Surely, more highlights will come to us throughout the day, but we can’t be asked to recount them all, given how late we were up.

Fashion news: Gaga’s meat dress lives on, Snooki pickles her footwear and Kate Moss does cosmetics | Hollywood yohana

Lady Gaga

Where’s the beef? Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress is to go on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Racked]

Sorry Kate, there’s a new gown in town. Carolina Herrera will be designing Kristen Stewart’s wedding dress in Breaking Dawn.
Kate Moss to collaborate with Rimmel on a line of cosmetics.
Gucci continues its partnership with UNICEF, designing a new bag for the charity.
Snooki’s pickled footwear? The Jersey Shore star designs a collection of flip-flops.
Swimsuit model Jessica White’s charges for demonstrating some not so model behaviour have been dismissed.
British label, Mulberry, celebrates its 40th by quadrupling profits.