How we feel about the whole YSL PSL thing… | Hollywood yohana

Well, this is certainly a game-changer: Yves Saint Laurent has just announced that under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane, the fashion house will be entering a new era, complete with a new moniker.
In the next few months, the legendary French fashion house will undergo its transformation into Saint Laurent Paris, a nod to “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche,” the name YSL’s first-ever ready-to-wear collection was produced under in 1966. The rebranding will first hit sales floors as the S/S 2013 women’s collection later this year.
A YSL rep told WWD that Slimane wanted to recapture the original “impulses” that led Saint Laurent himself to make his foray into the RTW world: youth, freedom and modernity. The rebranding’s aim is to bring the house back to its “truth, purity and essence.”
Obviously, you can’t make a big change like this without eliciting some strong responses. Saint Laurent died relatively recently (in 2008), and understandably, a lot of people are still very attached to the image of the man behind the label. Taking the eponymous brand’s name in a new direction has been met with a certain degree (i.e. a lot) of outrage so far. The Twitterverse in particular was blazing with anger, with big-ticket fashion players from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to Independent Fashion Bloggers tweeting their distaste.
“Yves Saint Laurent is changing their name… Not gonna lie.. I’m a little upset,” MBFW tweeted.
“Why anyone would want to name change the classic Yves Saint Laurent is beyond us […],” IFB opined.
We’re a bit torn on this one: calling the “YSL” moniker iconic is almost an understatement, and anyone with the slightest inclination to fashion is probably a bit attached to the fashion house’s name and logo (which, thankfully, Slimane isn’t changing). Then again, maybe Slimane is right — maybe it is time to breathe some new life into a brand that’s long been shadowed by its founder’s legacy.
What do you think: can you get behind SLP or will you always be a YSL type?


Connie Wang: “[Slimane] plans to drop the “Yves” and add on “Paris,” giving the age-old design house a strange, nearly luxury-sounding name — the kind you’d find in the back of a basement department store in Hong Kong.” ]
Tales From a Bar Stool: “So, my vintage YSL just went up in value? ;)”
Shawn Chrystopher, rapper: “yves saint laurent changed their name to saint laurent paris. someone tell rick ross before his album comes out. im sure theres a ysl line.”

Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “I can’t quite wrap my head around the name change. YSL is among the most iconic brands that continues to dominate the fashion industry in terms of outstanding design and classic fashion. This is one brand I do not feel needs a makeover. However, I am curious to see what other changes will be implemented in the rebranding strategy.”

Our tips and 12 must-have shopping picks for surviving music festival season | Hollywood yohana

Festival fever

To those about to brave summer music festival season, we salute you. You’re about to enter the void of abnormally oppressive heat, witnessing filthy bodies flailing from side to side and a steady barrage of nudity, whether you like it or not. It’s all for the music, man—though for the sartorially inclined, it’s really all about the clothes.

Every year around this time, thousands of music lovers flock to locales across North America and Europe for weekend-long celebrations of peace, love and cut-offs. Think Woodstock 2.0, where the new brand of flower children wear hair wreaths purchased at Urban Outfitters, performers don Céline (ahem, Kanye), and the only cause is having your picture taken by a street-style blogger.
Music festivals such as Coachella (California), Bonnaroo (Tennessee) and Osheaga (Montreal) have become important trend-breeding grounds for designers and retailers; festivalgoer fashion items like crop tops, feathered headdresses, knit vests and flowy maxi dresses have become almost as relevant as what comes down the ready-to-wear runways. “It’s like another season in fashion—you’ve got fall /winter, spring /summer, and festival,” says Tiyana Grulovic, fashion editor at The Globe and Mail. “A music festival is street style gone wild. There’s a certain mood out there, this bohemian free-spirit vibe that allows people to let loose in a lot of ways, fashion being one of them.”
That vibe has resonated since the original rock gods put their stamp on festival style at Woodstock during the summer of ’69—Janis Joplin’s circular rose-tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s lace-up leather pants and Jimi Hendrix’s headscarves. But its transference into our collective style consciousness can be chalked up to one now-iconic look: Kate Moss, Glastonbury, 2005. Wearing tiny cut-offs, a black buttoned vest and—the festival pièce de résistance—mud-covered Hunter wellington boots, she redefined the look of a supermodel as she traipsed across the show grounds with then-boyfriend (and Babyshambles frontman) Pete Doherty. That paparazzi shot of Moss inspired leagues of lookalikes, propelling the British heritage brand’s wellies to the forefront of cooldom. And the love fest continues. Two summers ago, H&M released a Fashion Against AIDS festival-centric capsule collection of fringed tops, bleach-dyed paper shorts and printed sleeping bags. This spring, Dsquared designers Dean and Dan Caten showed cheeky festival-ready wear (waist-tied plaid button downs, studded belts, aviators and cut-off rock tees) on a muddy runway, with models carrying bottles of beer. Elsewhere on spring’s runways, Isabel Marant’sbrand of easy elegance took the form of crafty thick-knit hoodies, breezy sheer cover-ups and pink patchwork jeans; Michael Kors showed hand-dyed multicoloured maxi dresses; and Burberry Prorsum mixed raffia and woven leather into its summerweight parkas.

Style Snaps Trend: 23 vibrant floral shots that would put even Miranda Priestly in her place | Hollywood yohana

 While the fictional editrix Miranda Priestly may think spring florals are a thing of the past, there’s no doubt that the feminine print comes back each and every year with a fresh and new vibrant take, and we’re totally loving the latest iterations (hellooooo PS1!)

Fashion’ween: 5 steps to a “Teenage Dream”-worthy Katy Perry costume | Hollywood yohana

 It’s day two of Fashion’ween and we’ve moved from fashion personality to fashion plaything. Katy Perry might not always dress on trend, but from the red carpet to her music videos, she’s proven that her off-the-wall outfits are just as catchy as her (many) #1 songs.

Dressing as Katy Perry for the night is the best way to a) get some more mileage out of a dress you wore once to a bachelorette party and swore never to wear again, and b) indulge in as much glitter as possible.

We share first impressions of the Impossible Conversations exhibit and ask: Are you a Prada or a Schiap? | Hollywood yohana

Last night on livestream, when one Met Gala-goer after another swore they were only really wearing that $50,000 look to the Oscars of fashion so they could sneak-peek “Impossible Conversations, I almost believed them. The Metropolitan Museum’s daring pairing of a designer exhibit is that good: Schiaparelli, meet Prada; Prada, meet Schiaparelli. Hello, two most seminal fashion designers who also happen to be badass women. Themes of beauty, vulgarity, femininity, labour and play are explored deftly, with sometimes-ingenious curation and a script that tells you just enough to make you want to go to the library. The similarities between the two designers, whose work was separated by a half-century, are remarkable. Their differences are fascinating.
Baz Luhrmann‘s film, which pairs a real live Miuccia with a startling facsimile of Schiap, played by Judy Davis, plays those imagined “conversations” in segments throughout. The looped aphorisms bring to mind another iconoclastic fashion ghost, Diana Vreeland, whom you might call the Phantom of the Met (it was she who introduced such exhibits to the Costume Institute, and curated them for 12 years). I imagine that Vreeland, with her contradictory ideas of chic, could have mediated their disputes about whether fashion is art, for example. The rest of us will have to pick sides.
And so, welcome to Impossible Choices, in which you decide whether you’re Team Prada or Team Schiaparelli. Everybody wins! Bonus: the answers reveal secrets about the exhibit, which runs at the Met from May 10 to August 19.

Inside the 10th annual Booby Ball: Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup, a bouncy castle, and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator | Hollywood yohana

Last Friday, all things breasts took over the two floors of Andrew Richard Design’s stylish east-side Toronto studio for Booby Ball, the annual benefit supporting Rethink Breast Cancer. Flaunting their assets for an important cause, guests were decked out in prom-like brights, polka dots, poofs, and the like.
90210‘s Jessica Stroup and Toronto-native Shenae Grimes flew in for the 10th anniversary of the ball, a birthday party–themed bash with quite the appropriate party dress and fascinator ensembles for the festivities. They were seen heel-ing up the dance floor in between the arrival of a life-sized cake and live dance performance. (Yes, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator popped out of a cake). Complete with a bouncy castle, storm troopers, candy floss, and balloon animals, the event was fit for booby enthusiasts of all ages.

Calgarians get their chance to celebrate on November 9, when Booby Ball takes over Calgary’s The Bank.

Inside Fashion’s Night Out’s pre-party in Vancouver: Jason Matlo’s stellar fall showcase, stylish partygoers and more! | Hollywood yohana

Vancouver announced it’s coming out of the closet and into the streets and stores to throw its own official Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 6 of this year. The invite for the launch-come-fashion show decreed “afternoon elegance” as the dress code to suit the Shangri-La Hotel location, and most attendees obliged.
At the press conference, details of the event were announced by Vancouver Fashion Showcase, the licensed local organizer of the global initiative instigated in 2009 by Anna Wintour, and advisory team Alexandra Suhner Isenberg of Searching for Style and designer Jason Matlo. The September event is expected to include the participation of 90-some fashion and beauty retailers, as well as restaurants.

Since press conferences aren’t exactly titillating, there were pre-cocktails and an après fashion show for Matlo’s Fall 2012 collection (he’ll show his Spring 2013 collection on the evening of FNO). Guests that heel-shuffled from lobby to front row of the outdoor runway included actress Carly Pope, stylist Leila Bani, and FASHION Style Panel contributors Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista and Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess. Fittingly, some of Matlo’s black over white lace overlays seemed to create a cityscape outline. Perhaps that’s what we’ll wear to shop till we drop come September.

Inside the National Ballet’s Diamond Gala: Karen Kain, Rufus Wainwright and oodles of designer-clad doyennes toast 60 years of ballerinas and pliés | Hollywood yohana

The National Ballet of Canada must be feeling quite royal this year because it’s celebrating a diamond anniversary (that being 60 years) of pliés, and toasted as such at last night’s glittering Diamond Gala. The special edition of the company’s annual Mad Hot gala featured five performance works, including premieres of two spellbinding works, Polar Night (choreographed by Robert Binet and danced by real-life couple Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté) and Silence Screams Venom (choreographed by Côté and danced by Greta Hodgkinson alongside Giorgio Galli, Keiichi Hirano, Patrick Lavoie and Christopher Stalzer) and finishing off with the most glittering of all: an excerpt from George Balanchine’s Diamonds, complete with the entire company decked out in jewel-encrusted costumes.
After the performances, the full house, including the ballet’s artistic director Karen Kain, Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrödt and the fabulously feathered Lynda Prince (who was overheard giving Kain posing directions) mingled all around the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The designer-clad doyennes, Victoria Webster, Trinity Jackman, Cleophee Eaton and Amy Burstyn-Fritz, made Katrantzou/Erdem/McQueen sightings seem as simple as it could be with vodka cocktails and rock candy stir sticks in hand.