What’s in your bag, Joanna Track? | Hollywood yohana

Hailed as one of Canada’s e-queens, Joanna Track is the founder of one of the country’s first fashion e-tailers, eLUXE.ca (formerly Dealuxe.ca), which carries the covetable likes of Smythe, Pink Tartan and J Brand. Track was first the genius behind the much beloved Sweetspot.ca, and clearly has a killer taste for talent (our once–fashion director now fashion editor-at-large Susie Sheffman now works over at eLUXE) and a sense of what the ladies want. So without further ado, let’s see what she wants!


Spring beauty report 2012: Add-ons | Hollywood yohana

Spring beauty report 2012: Add-ons

Hair accessories have been elevated beyond the basic bobby pin or pedestrian ponytail fastener. At Jason Wu, Odile Gilbert decorated updos with skinny black feathers for a punk touch. “We don’t want them to look romantic,” she says. At Chanel, pearls were pinned into wet-looking chignons; at Yves Saint Laurent, buns were encased in gold cage barrettes. Embellishment didn’t end there, though; faces were fully decorated too. To characterize “giant living dolls” at Viktor & Rolf, makeup artist Pat McGrath used thick, pink false eyelashes. At Givenchy, she responded to the designer’s request for “metallic flashes of light” by cutting sequins in two and placing one half above the eyes and one half below. When “[models] walked and blinked, it would capture the light,” says McGrath. But makeup maven Peter Philips wins the award for best showmanship: At Fendi, he affixed bits of gold and silver leaf from lash to brow. The look blew our minds.


Spring beauty report 2012: Retro influences | Hollywood yohana

Liquid liner hasn’t lost its momentum, but makeup artists left last season’s ’60s mod influence behind and moved back a decade to the ’50s, with inspirations like Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. At Jonathan Saunders, artiste Lucia Pieroni gave models a Stepford streak, inspired by a mid-century Miami housewife who likes her Valium, she says. At Marni, makeup artist Tom Pecheux applied a cinnamon-coloured flick instead of the standard noir, which was inspired by a terracotta clutch in the collection and brought “a sophisticated finish to the face,” he says. Hair-stylists also mined the past for ideas—from the ’20s to the ’70s, and every decade in between. At Diane von Furstenberg, teased ’60s French twists were “textured so it’s rustic and earthy, and quite simple in shape,” says coiffeur Orlando Pita. But at Jean Paul Gaultier, it was an old photograph that led to the loose wartime rolls that hair guru Guido Palau fastened to the top of the head. Our favourite was the sterile-looking ’50s faux bob at Jil Sander, in all its vacuum-sealed nurse practitioner perfection.


5 products are all you need to try Phillip Lim’s silver and pink look for spring! | Hollywood yohana

When Phillip Lim created his Spring 2012 collection, fond memories of his childhood hobby of constructing and flying kites translated into a feeling of lightness and fun in his predominantly pastel collection. Models breezed down the runway wearing icy cool silver stripes of eyeshadow that perfectly complemented the fluttering fabric
The beauty look is really fresh and easy, so there isn’t much adjusting required to rock it in real life. You can recreate the eyes almost exactly—but add your own twist with a flush of pink on your cheeks and a creamy sheen to your lips. It’s a look that will breathe fresh air into your summer makeup routine.

10 steps to creating your own Miu Miu-inspired print for summer | Hollywood yohana

This spring, Miu Miu stuck to the formula that has kept the label in the closets of fashion aficionados around the globe, with a barrage of playful prints that paraded down the runway. We loved the fun florals in primary colours, so we decided to create our own Miu Miu–inspired print for this week’s DIY installment.  With art supplies that can be found in most arts and crafts stores, you too can create your own Miu Miu hand-printed skirt.

Get the look: Bare your midriff à la Rihanna and Lana Del Rey with 10 picks under $100! | Hollywood yohana

It’s all about the waistline this season—playful peplums and midriff-baring crop tops reigned on the runways, styled in countless ways which have celebs taking part in the resurrection of the 1990s-esque look. Lana Del Rey kept the navel-grazing trend simple, pairing a crisp white crop shirt with a retro polka dot maxi skirt, spotted while leaving her hotel in London. Rihanna dared to bare in a navy and nude striped crop and matching navy maxi skirt with a high slit at the 15th annual “An Unforgettable Evening,” benefiting EIF’s women’s cancer research fund. Want to channel these striking looks? Check out our 10 affordable picks all under $100!


5 minutes with Rozemerie Cuevas| Hollywood yohana

Rozemerie Cuevas by Trevor Brady

Twenty-five years in fashion makes you a veteran, but RozeMerie Cuevas and her label, Jacqueline Conoir, are far from retirement. Case in point: Cuevas recently upsized her Jacqueline Conoir Boutique & Studio (164 W. Fifth Ave., Vancouver, 604-688-5222, jacquelineconoir) to an 8,000-square-foot space and launched a younger, edgier line, called JAC.
What type of girl did you have in mind when you were designing JAC?
“A cross between Kate Moss and Chloë Sevigny. She’s urban. She’s modern. She’s subtle. She has her finger on the pulse of things.”

Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
“I have two. One is a biker jacket made of fabric that is felted but pressed together irregularly, so there are holes in the fabric and an interesting finish to the bottom. The other is a looser-fitting pant, cinched in at the leg with zippers all over the place.”
What has 25 years in fashion taught you?
“It’s taught me that pioneering an industry in a city where there’s really no fashion is very doable, but it takes time, persistence and the assistance of many people.”
How has Vancouver’s fashion scene changed since you started?
“When we first started our business, no one would support local [designers]. Now it’s definitely shifting. People have a lot more respect for Canadian designers.”


Oh Canada: Studio Intent Boutique + Gallery | Hollywood yohana

Studio Intent Boutique + Gallery

 Although we were sad to see the Shisomiso Boutique & Gallery close, the opening of Studio Intent Boutique + Gallery (100 7th Ave. SW, Suite 105, Calgary, 403-226-4211, studiointent.ca) in its former space has given us cause to celebrate. This hip little emporium features a motherlode of Canadian talent, such as vintage-inspired pendants from Calgary’s Colleen Cyca and structured dresses from Montreal’s Eve Gravel. Supercute dresses and tunics in a monochromatic palette from Valérie Dumaine are perfect picks for evenings out. And Vancouver-based Erin Templeton’s r


First kiss: Marking her 10th anniversary with Rimmel, Kate Moss unveils a lipstick collection | Hollywood yohana

Kate Moss: First kiss

Kate Moss has some new hobbies. She’s into canning jams and chutneys. She’s also rumoured to be whipping up batches of homemade soap using blooms from her English garden, something she hopes to turn into a business venture. In light of all these domestic projects, it would seem a culinary arts and crafts coffee-table book, perhaps lensed by her long-time friend Mario Testino, can’t be far behind.

It’s clearly a new chapter for Moss, 38, who’s always seemed more rebel than recipe sharer. She settled down with the Kills’ front man, Jamie Hince, last summer; every fairy-dust-sprinkled moment of their wedding was chronicled in the September 2011 issue of Vogue. Now, the model–turned–business mogul kicks off another endeavour: She’s hand-picked 15 lipstick shades for Rimmel. As the face of the British line’s ad campaigns for a decade, she’s helped take the label from local darling to high-profile export, popular across the pond and beyond. In return, Rimmel has stuck by her like a loyal best friend, steadfast through cringe-worthy tabloid stories and scandalous vids.
At the collection’s press launch at London’s Claridge’s hotel, Steve Momoris, Coty Beauty’s senior vice-president of global marketing, explains that it was natural for the company to take its relationship with Moss to the next level. “She knows a hell of a lot about fashion and she’s been around makeup artists her entire life, so it just made total sense,” he says, his arm draped over the back of the couch they’re seated on like a protective older brother.
Lipstick is a fitting choice for the collab, considering the first one Moss bought growing up in Croydon was a tube of the brand’s “Heather Shimmer.” Although eyes rimmed with black eyeliner is her signature look, she’s also partial to lip colour.
“I think lipstick is a really iconic piece of makeup,” she says. “It’s just one of those makeup items that changes the way you’re feeling and your style.” The resulting collection includes a “high fashion” mauve-grey, created to layer over other hues, as well as Moss’s favourite, a true red, with which guests scrawled messages all over a floor-to-ceiling mirror installed at the launch party. There is also a rich berry, a pastel pink and a peachy nude. “They’re colours I know I would use on a fashion shoot, or that I could use in real life,” she says.
After ending her collaboration with Topshop in 2010, Moss seems pleased to have a fresh creative outlet. “I can work with Steve [Momoris] and the creative team—it’s different from being a model. It’s much more inspiring, really. Now I say, ‘I want to wear that lipstick. I like that one, and that one, and that one,’” she says. “It’s great creating new things. I never get tired of that.”


Beauty Fix: How to do your own wedding hair and makeup, the best nail polish for brides and a clever way to add “something blue” to your beauty routine on the big day! | Hollywood yohana

 While tales of six figure wedding costs can make any bride-to-be nervous, a little resourcefulness can go a long way to keep a budget under control. For instance: doing your own makeup on your wedding day! (And, as a way of getting in extra practice, for all the related events leading up to your big day!) Consider that even Kate Middleton DIY’d her bridal look—and who can argue that they’ll be more scrutinized than a Queen-to-be? After all, while we all dream of looking like a princess, there’s nothing better than looking like a super-pretty version of yourself. From bridal hair tips to wedding-ready looks that can go from day to night, this week’s Beauty Fix has all the answers.


True Blood’s Anna Paquin on art collecting, family plans and playing Sookie—plus her shopping picks for summer | Hollywood yohana

Anna Paquin

You can learn a lot about an actress by the way she steps on set for a photo shoot. Some stars require the armour of an entourage; others need a personality-devoid space and monastic silence. Anna Paquin is unquestionably neither of the above. Upon arriving at L.A.’s Smashbox Studios on a scalding Saturday afternoon, the Winnipeg-born, New Zealand-raised actress introduces herself to the FASHION crew without hesitation. Serving up a warm, Kiwi-accented “Nice to meet you” to photographer James White—and his troop of all-guy assistants crushing on her—the 29-year-old talent does the rounds as if she were hosting a cocktail party. Of course, there is a reason for Paquin’s accelerated social skills. Having won an Oscar at the age of 11 for her performance in Jane Campion’s The Piano, Paquin has grown up with cameras and handshakes at every corner, starring in a mix of family pictures (Fly Away Home), blockbusters (X-Men), indie flicks (The Squid and the Whale) and, most recently, a ratings monster of a TV series called True Blood.
After changing into her favoured cover look—a Jackie Onassis-like Marc Jacobs dress trimmed with silver studs—Paquin dashes in front of the lens, occasionally cracking jokes and posing without any forced fabulousness. Her good humour remains intact long after the array of designer heels and baubles are put away and we are left alone to talk.

“This is going to be an interesting dance,” she says with a laugh, referring to HBO’s strict no-spoiler policy for True Blood’s much-anticipated fifth-season premiere on June 10. “Plot twists are everything in this show. Everything.”
Paquin’s role in True Blood is, literally, the stuff of legends. As the centrepiece of the series, she plays Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress with a penchant for short shorts, Sun In and the affections of fanged men. Dodging three searing-hot love interests at once—1,000-year-old Nordic vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), former Civil War soldier /modern Dracula type Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer, Paquin’s husband) and virile, hulking werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello)—Paquin has her work cut out for her.
“At the end of last season, Sookie told all those dudes to back off because she needed to be by herself,” Paquin says. “She’s trying very hard to stay true to that goal of independence, of not being his or his or his…and she’s trying to figure out her own life on her own terms without anyone there to catch her every time she falls. Things will be especially complicated with her and Alcide, since Sookie just shot the head off the former love of his life!”
Apart from the gunslinging and the ultra-steamy love triangles, Paquin says she does make parallels between her own life and Sookie’s so that her performances remain fresh. “There have always been aspects of her that I connect to, empathize with and understand—that’s the only way I can approach my job,” she says. “You have to find a common ground with any character. I spend a lot of time with scripts, looking for my truth.”
Another way Paquin conjures up her True Blood protagonist is by exploring HBO’s vast wardrobe department. “For me, costume is a great key to the character,” Paquin says. “What you wear is a pretty big reflection of your personality. Part of True Blood is told through Sookie’s clothes.”
Among the draws for the show’s devotees are a script that packs some serious political subtext (vampire-bashing stands in for racism and homophobia), and the level of aesthetic astuteness seen in each episode. Many scenes in the series—in which Paquin is lit in apricot tones—look as though conceptual portraitist Cindy Sherman is piloting the cameras, intermittently possessed by the ghost of baroque artist Caravaggio.
“This year, we are going to see inside the vampire authority,” Paquin says, hinting at scenes that demand more rich textures and lavish costumes as the show focuses on the places where the fanged elite meet. “The vamps will wear really hot clothes, and Sookie may need to step up her style. We already saw this in season two, where she began to try and live in a sophisticated, big-city world she knows very little about, and her outfits reflect that.”


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, shoeuphoria.ca), 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.