The scoop on Carly Rae Jepsen’s MMVA manicure! If there was an award for “Best Nails” she would have won it | Hollywood yohana

 Not only did Carly Rae Jepsen sweep last night’s MMVAs, taking home three awards and performing twice—she also took the nail art spotlight away from manicure enthusiast Katy Perry. Jepsen’s sparkly tips were hard to miss on stage, and given her multiple wins and performances there was plenty of on-camera time to scope them out.

Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Perez Hilton and more! See all the pictures from two of the biggest MMVA afterparties | Hollywood yohana

While every teenager in Toronto flooded Queen and John to cheer on Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry and more at the 2012 MMVAs, once the show was over MuchMusic viewers who still remember the era of Rick the Temp descended downtown for the afterparties. Performers and notable names alike divided time between two of the larger parties: Universal Music got LMFAO to continue their co-hosting duties at their official Maison Mercer “After Party Rock” jam, which drew the likes of the Far East Movement crew and newly married singer Lights. Despite Universal being Bieber’s label, the teenage heartthrob didn’t make an appearance, though every time his name was announced by the MC—as in, “Up next! Justin Bieber…’s official DJ is performing!!”—you could hear the entire club collectively gasp, which, considering the reverberating loud bass, was a feat within itself.
Around the corner, gossip blogger Perez Hilton hosted his own party that was more of a mini-concert, with Jepsen, Perry and Dragonette performing for crowds. A separate VIP area saw musicians, TV stars and other bold-faced names mingling, including Canadian 90210 star Shenae Grimes, Glee‘s Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss and Australian pop star (and rumoured boyfriend of Kardashian sister Kylie Jenner) Cody Simpson. We’ll consider this star-studded night a proper warm-up to TIFF, which may seem far away, but will be here sooner than you can say “A-lister.”

Music festival style snaps: NXNE 2012 | Hollywood yohana

 Festival season hit Toronto this past week with the annual North By Northeast taking to Yonge-Dundas Square (as well as several city-wide venues) for performances by the Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal and more. In and amongst the crowds, photographer-about-town Stefania Yarhi was snapping the best and most creative styles. Click through to see our faves!

Not all faux glows are created equal. Here’s our self tanning how-to guide to get you through summer the healthy way | Hollywood yohana

Self tanning How-to

 Today, it’s all about customizing your tan,” says skin-care expert Nichola Joss, who created a variety of caramel tones for models at the Spring 2012 shows of British designers such as Issa and House of Holland. Designed to work with the spirit of each collection, Joss’s handiwork illustrates the idea that one hue indeed does not fit all. By adding, omitting or changing the way you apply a product, you can create a completely different-looking tan. Here, we break down the shades.

Nail Corner: 3 ways to a glitter mani with the galaxy nail, broken disco ball, and our Britney Spears “Toxic”-inspired design | Hollywood yohana

This week in Nail Corner, we’re bringing you glitter in three ways: as an accent, in an artistic design, and in a whole new format. The holiday season is always a great excuse for wearing glitter polish non-stop, especially since almost all the brands include a few glitters in their holiday collections. It also takes the stress out of matching your attire to your manicure—glitter is, in a way, somewhat neutral.

Get ready: Your first look at Chanel’s Spring 2012 polish collection| Hollywood yohana

We received some titillating news yesterday afternoon: the shimmering white-pearl polish seen at Chanel’s Spring 2012 show on Tuesday will be released as a limited edition colour in the Lèvres Scintillantes collection. Its name: Attraction. The dreamy shade and was created by Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, and was originally rumoured to be an exclusive mix just for the runway. It’s due out next year, so you’d better start plotting your rush to line-up at Chanel counters now.
But that’s not all the intel we have for the lacquer-obsessed: the other polishes Phillips used are part of a trio collection that will also launch next year. The warm shades—a rosy burgundy, pastel fuchsia, and a seashell-hued orange—are named for the spring months (that’s April, May, and June, respectively), which has us hoping—are polishes for all the other months to come? We’d love to have a whole calendar of Chanel colours on hand.

Canadian women in the big apple | Hollywood yohana

NY times

From celebrity stylists to models, this chic group of Canadian expats is painting the big apple red (and white).
See these women and read about their fashion careers, their favourite New York haunts, and what they miss the most about Canada »

Ones to watch: Tze Goh moulds a simple statement| Hollywood yohana

Though temporarily overshadowed by Spring’s ode to the thrills and frills of the decadent ’70s, have no fear: Minimalism is still being championed by the likes of Phoebe Philo at Céline, Raf Simons at Jil Sander, as well as a number of young designers such as Central Saint Martins grad Tze Goh. Born in Singapore, he moved to New York to study at Parsons New School for Design and eventually relocated to London, where he is currently based.

This newcomer’s recipe is all about the simple statement makers, but what makes his styles interesting is how he cuts the jersey, his fabric of choice. It appears as if it’s moulded around the body; the material famed for its stretch appears stiff. For Fall 2011, Goh has bonded his jerseys with cashmere and wool in black, navy, and charcoal for added luxe appeal. Equal parts Audrey Hepburn and avant-garde, Goh’s collections are strong yet anything but overpowering.
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Style Panel: How can you artfully layer jewellery without looking overdone? | Hollywood yohana

 In the age of the arm party, layering jewellery can start to look a bit of a mess when it’s not piled on with artful ease. To help with the layer conundrum, we asked the ladies of Style Panel to help!

Are those sunglasses in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? | Hollywood yohana

For those of you who are really into that Natasha Bedingfield song, you know, like Emma Stone in Easy A, we’ve got the perfect accessory for you! Introducing Sunpockets, the recently relaunched line of foldable sunglasses. Available in two original models and a multitude of shades, the mirrored lenses are ultra light (we mean it) and noticeably more comfortable than most sunnies.

Sunpockets come in a teeny case that can fit almost anywhere, including said pocket. Not that we’ve tried all of these things, but we venture to guess that the adorably packable lenses will survive being buried in sand, sat on—oops!—and thrown in the bottom on any tote bag or clutch. The compressible shades are practically begging for a home occupied by accident-prone fashionistas. (You know who you are…)
Karl Lagerfled can wear sunglasses with every outfit, so why can’t we? Need a punch of colour? Try “Turquoise.” Want to keep it cool and casual? Go for “Matte Black.” We officially deem these statement sunglasses a must-have for the rest of the summer.

Ever seen couture up close? We get intimate with Chanel’s latest collection in New York| Hollywood yohana

 While in New York last week, I had the chance to check out Chanel’s Spring Couture collection at an exclusive showing at the brand’s Upper East Side office. And if you’ve ever seen that kind of handiwork up close, you’ll understand me when I say wowza! The last time I saw such exquisite beading…  actually, what am I talking about? I’ve never seen such exquisite beading! With that kind of visual splendour, the question is never really “how much is too much?” The all-blue collection looked as coolly serene as ever in the replicated airline setting. The pieces would float on air, that is, if the fifty-pound beading didn’t bring them down to earth.

Condé Nast reportedly forbids its contributors and employees from working with Carine Roitfeld | Hollywood yohana

In a move that could be straight out of The Devil Wears Prada, the New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that Condé Nast is pulling out all the stops in its attempt to freeze out former Condé editor Carine Roitfeld.
A source told Page Six that Condé Nast CEO Jonathan Newhouse sent out a friendly “reminder” to contracted contributors like Mario Testino, Craig McDean, David Sims and the Mert Alas/Marcus Piggott team about their exclusive contracts with Condé, and that contributing to Roitfeld’s new biannual glossy CR Fashion Book would violate their agreements.
Even those who are not under contractual obligation with Condé Nast are being strongly “discouraged” from contributing to CR, which will be published by Fashion Media Group LLC.
After having left her post as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris amid a flurry of rumours (most hinting at tensions between Roitfeld and Newhouse), the fashion industry was abuzz with excitement over what direction the always edgy and fascinating Roitfeld would take. So far, all her ventures have been far from disappointing.

Given Roitfeld’s popularity with the who’s-who of the fashion world, it will be interesting to see how this rumoured power struggle unfolds. We can only imagine the number of advertisers, brands, editors and photographers who are caught between a desperate desire to collaborate with Roitfeld and the fear of some serious backlash from publishing heavyweight Condé Nast.


Cheryl Wischhover, features and beauty editor: “We can’t help but wonder if brands—who would hate (read: can’t afford) to lose the support of Anna Wintour and the Condé machine—may be strong-armed into not working with CR Fashion Book.”
Vanessa Pilar Grannis, blogger: “What ever happened to ‘Work hard and Be Nice to People.’?”
Samantha Randazzo, writer: “When it comes to Condé Nast, you’re either with them or against them.”

Rani Sheen, copy and health editor: “That a publishing powerhouse of this size is worried about its people contributing to a start-up is a huge compliment to Carine. She’s nurtured incredible talents before—here’s hoping this spurs her to do it again and help a new generation of star shooters and editors emerge.”

Adidas pulls Jeremy Scott “Handcuffs” sneakers after being deemed racist | Hollywood yohana

Despite sticking behind the design, Adidas pulled the plug on a pair of outlandish sneakers Jeremy Scott had created for them following a torrent of public outrage. The orange, purple and grey Roundouse Mid “Handcuffs” kicks were topped with orange plastic shackles, the doomed addition that ended up causing an uproar about the shoes’ alleged racist connotations.
A sneak peek of the sneakers was uploaded onto Adidas’ Facebook page with a playful tag line that read “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” The pic was almost immediately greeted by a wave of backlash, the comment count quickly climbing into the thousands. “Jeremy Scott is renowned as a designer whose style is quirky and lighthearted,” a spokesperson for Adidas insisted in a statement. “The design . . . is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery.”
Scott spoke out about the design as well, tweeting in all caps “MY WORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN INSPIRED BY CARTOONS, TOYS & MY CHILDHOOD…” and linking to a picture of…My Pet Monster? So, the shoes everyone was up in arms about were actually inspired by a plush toy popular in the ‘80s? For those who aren’t familiar with him, the exceptionally colourful Mr. Monster had his own pair of orange plastic handcuffs, which makes Scott’s reference point pretty clear.
Adidas decided to pull the design from its market release date in August anyway, presumably to do some damage control. What’s your take on the Jeremy Scott x Adidas “Handcuffs” debacle? Were Adidas and Jeremy Scott not being careful enough about minimizing offence or are people simply overreacting?

Andre Harrison Jr., black rights advocate: “Today I’m withdrawing all of my support for @ITSJEREMYSCOTT, any designer that’s nostalgic for slavery will Never have my support.”
Reverend Jesse Jackson: “The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive.”
Fashionista: “You know those Jeremy Scott for Adidas “slave” sneakers?? They were actually inspired by a purple cartoon monster…”
Randi Bergman, online editor: “Every public figure/brand needs to be aware of the semiotic message their words and wears send out, but in this case it just seems a bit blown out of proportion to connect such a cartoonish-looking shoe with something as serious as slavery. Especially when handcuffs are so often associated with everything from jail time to kinky sexual proclivities.”