The lovely loose curls of Selena Gomez and Amanda Seyfried | Hollywood yohana

To be fair, loose curls are nothing new, but there’s something so simple about the red carpet hair of both Selena Gomez and Amanda Seyfried. Gomez, at the Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala in Beverly Hills, can sometimes overdo it with extensions and pageant-worthy curls, but here she’s achieved a more natural, broken-up wave. Her stylist used a 1-inch Enzo Milano clipless curling iron, wrapping big sections of the hair horizontally. Seyfriend’s style (done for the premiere of In Time in London) is slightly more polished, but still avoids that “fresh off the curling iron” look—the rest of her hair is sleek, leaving the focus on a few key ringlets around her face.
And speaking of her face, we’re also a fan of her very on-trend monochromatic makeup. The apricot colour on Seyfriend’s lip and eyes is extremely flattering and a definite improvement from the eggplant-y shadows she usually wears. Shine on, young starlets!

First looks from outside the shows | Hollywood yohana

 Here are our first pics from Paris fashion week, from outside Gareth Pugh. Just as we’ve come to expect from the wonderful Lewis Mirrett, these shots are breathtaking. The French just know how to do it well.

We spotted Arizona Muse, Alana Zimmer, Anja Rubik, and more! | Hollywood yohana

And the models keep coming! Today Lewis has spotted a number of beauties, including Arizona Muse, Kasia Struss, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Alana Zimmer, and Anja Rubik running in and out of Emilio Pucci and Jil Sander! Natch.

Yes kids, there is now such a thing as a solid gold (and diamond!) Birkin bag | Hollywood yohana

Foie gras canapés and black truffles galore: It was just another little Hermès cocktail party at the Faubourg store. Out, and I mean way out of the ordinary, though, were the four magnificent haute joallerie pieces created by Pierre Hardy. There were solid gold and diamond Birkin and Kelly bags, both about the size of evening clutch. There was also a gold mesh bag with diamond bit handle and heart-shaped tangle of diamond chaine d’ancre strands. Each piece can be worn on the wrist and or hung on a wall—these are true works of art. Hardy also showed a number of new diamond bangles and cuffs for Hermès —each more classic and covetable than the next.

Backstage beauty: Jean Pierre Braganza does our fall favourite, the fishtail braid | Hollywood yohana

As huge fans of the fishtail, we were very excited to see this braided style at Jean Pierre Braganza. Backstage, Pantene’s consulting stylist Justin German described the look as softer than what Braganza showed in London, with the braid stemming from the base of a very bob-like shape. To achieve this structure, German went through the hair with some volumizer, then blow-dried it into the desired shape. An elastic at the base kept it all together, which German wrapped with hair after the fishtail was finished.

Up front, bold coral cheeks were care of Cover Girl makeup pro Greg Wencel who produced the “geometric but feminine” look with blush, lipstick, and the hard edge of a sponge. Cover Girl LipPerfection lipstick in “Fairy Tale” was applied across the high plate of the cheek, softened with blush, and then highlighted with the white end of a Cover Girl SmokyShadowBlast “Oynx Smoke” stick for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Montreal fashion week diary: Day 3 with Denis Gagnon, Mulcair, and DUY | Hollywood yohana

For his Spring 2012 presentation, Montreal’s fetish designer Denis Gagnon switched gears from his usual stoic strut to a playful prance. Creative mise-en-scene by master Dick Walsh in the ultra-luxe environs of Birks jewellery store saw exuberant smiling models whizzing through a rotating doorway and parading before the camera pit before dramatically shimmying up and down the aisles as if searching for a runaway Pomeranian. All the while, a vintage French soundtrack added a retro feel to the “Marlene Dietrich meets Laura Ashley” look. One model looked ready for a game of tennis in her white sneakers and strapless drop-waisted silk jumper that was belted just above the chest—tennis, that is, in Gagnon’s universe. Despite the show’s Holly Golightly-like optimism, Gagnon’s cutesy floral separates never strayed too from his familiar avant-garde vibe, which surfaced here and there in black and white dominatrix detailing. After the gender-bending finale where the bride and groom shared a sweet kiss, nobody argued that 11 a.m. was too early for Champagne!

Back at the Marché Bonsecours ranch, drinks went from bubbly to beer. Mulcair’s Juliana Bennett told me as she casually sipped a Heineken: “I just love being able to chill out and actually see my own show.” Her afternoon cocktail staging featured a dozen or so sweet-faced models, each perched on their own wooden crate. “It’s so embarrassing,” Bennett said of her theme, “but it all really came to me in a dream.” This season her signature tomboy-chic turned “fashionista at sea”—with pet cheetah in tow. (Hey, it’s a dream. Cheetahs are allowed.) The nocturnal vision resulted in a mix-and-match galore, all anchored in nautical detailing. A sea of navy and white flirty tops and bottoms gave way to gold studs, thin marine stripes, and glimpses of sheer black. Interesting details included a high buttoned-up collar shirt with epaulettes, an asymmetrical butterfly-sleeve jersey top, and touches of animal print—that’s where the cheetah came in. Meow.
Finally, DUY by Duy Nguyen executed a welcoming return to the Montreal runway, which hasn’t seen him since 2004. A potpourri of “nature-inspired colours,” which he interpreted as white, black, navy, and a pastel mint green marked his comeback. Some more “Madame” pieces, such as the black shift dress with white frontal panelling and black lace overlay, or the white leather version with black croc detailing, contrasted with more street wear styles. Duy’s notion of “Futuristic Desert Rose” still escapes me, but I admit individual pieces stood out like superstars. The opening, for example, was a true showstopper: a fitted white skirt just barely grazing the knee, topped by an intricate rosebush bodice. Oh, ok. Maybe now I see the connection.

Joanna Hillman, Hamish Bowles, and plenty of brights outside the Peter Som show | Hollywood yohana

We’ve got the motherload of street style snaps today, so stay tuned for lots more where this came from. For now, enjoy your morning cup of coffee with snaps from outside of Peter Som’s Spring 2012 show!

We spot Anna Wintour, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Diane Pernet, and Anna Dello Russo outside Dries Van Noten | Hollywood yohana

 Welcome to Paris, and welcome to another batch of stunning snaps courtesy of our snap star on the streets, Lewis Mirrett! Yesterday, outside Dries Van Noten‘s Fall 2012 show, Mirrett spotted a myriad of delights, from Anna Wintour‘s luxe-beyond-luxe red fur Prada coat, to Sarah Rutson‘s embroidered floral Celine pencil skirt, to Bette Franke‘s extreme orange lids, still in place post show. Brighten your morning with these glorious photos.

Vancouver’s Lifetime Collective launches new website, incites wanderlust | Hollywood yohana

 Perhaps in response to the collective winter fatigue of Canadians, Vancouver-based clothing line Lifetime Collective launched its new website and online store this week featuring the full range of their road-trip worthy Spring 2012 collection. Snaps of Arizona’s sunny desert vistas (Grand Canyon included), where the brand shot this season’s look book and campaign videos, offer a warm escapist welcome on first click. Then there’s all that clothing to go with the wanderlust, like a cotton Tee printed with the Tolkien quote, “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” In addition to selling the casual men’s and women’s collections, the lifestyle-minded brand offers other aesthetic diversions on their new site, such as a zine titled Free Thinkers featuring stories on and images of creative collaborators—Vancouver designers Ken Diamond and Judith Feller are two.

How to channel the best Oscar dresses at your wedding! | Hollywood yohana

 From Michelle Williams’ peplum to Penelope Cruz’s full skirt, we were certainly not disappointed with the array of opulent gowns at the Oscars. Now, Weddingbells shows you how to wear the trends on your big day with similar looks seen on the bridal fashion runways!

Introducing John & Jenn: The new, affordable, and ultra-glittery collection from the designers behind Line Knitwear | Hollywood yohana

 Stripes, sequins, and polka dots? Yes please! John & Jenn, the new collection from Jennifer Wells and John Muscat, the designers behind Line Knitwear, have unveiled their first diffusion line of affordable must-haves all based on their first collection’s signature pieces. For Spring 2012, prints are mixed with pops of bright turquoise, coral, pink, and tangerine, with a fresh twist to lightweight cardigans, oversized sweaters and maxi dresses. Sequined nautical tanks and mini dresses are also included in the line, to take you from the beach to night. As well as on our backs, Line has been spotted on Taylor Swift, Emily Blunt, and Rachel McAdams, so we’re sure John & Jenn will have similar It girl appeal. And with the whole collection priced below $125, it’s sure to have all-girl appeal, too.

Fashion news: Rachel Bilson for Sunglass Hut, the Olsens launch StyleMint and designers talk musical muses | Hollywood yohana

Rachel Bilson will be taking role as the style director of Sunglass Hut worldwide.

Kanye! Florence! Diplo! Designers like Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Frida Giannini and Alexander Wang reveal their musical muses to W magazine.
The GTA’s Kate King talks about her launch into model stardom. We sure know how to make ‘em!
What’s not to love about a good old t-shirt? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have launched StyleMint: An exclusive t-shirt collection designed by the twins.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Andrej Pejic works both men’s and women’s looks on the runway at São Paulo Fashion Week.
Lights, cameras, action! Rachel Zoe’s fourth season of the Rachel Zoe Project will debut in August. Watch the Kim Kardashian-invaded trailer.
Christian Louboutin’s Fall 2011 lookbook is here…Though it looks oddly like a Fall 1511 lookbook.
Carine Roitfeld styled the most recent Jean Paul Gaultier print campaign as she continues to float around the fashion industry

What we think Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will do for Kenzo | Hollywood yohana

Hot on the heels of Roland Mouret’s appointment as creative director of Robert Clergerie, Kenzo announced today that Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are taking over as the label’s creative directing duo. The LVMH-owned Japanese label bid adieu to former director Antonio Marras after his final show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week in June. (We wonder whose musical chair he will take next.) Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of LVMH’s fashion division, considered 25 candidates for the job of creative director, and though he couldn’t decide on just one, the lead duo are practically sure to re-establish the brand in the U.S. after an eight-year absence.
The two 36-year-olds have never been formally trained in design and plan to hire a team of skilled designers to make their creativity come to life. What they lack in pattern-making skills, they are bound to make up for in matters of retail, marketing, collaboration, and overall company expansion. With a flair for knowing how to make clothing with an air of cool and an indescribable allure, there’s no reason Leon and Lim’s fresh take on fashion won’t be successful at Kenzo. The pair will show their first collection in October for Spring 2012.

Leon and Lim: “We are thrilled to take Kenzo, a source of great inspiration for us, into the future with our generation and the next in mind.”
Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of LVMH’s fashion division: “It’s great to bring this young, contemporary generation into Kenzo. They’re really embracing what was the origin of Kenzo—that Jungle spirit. What we need now is something which has more energy, which is looking forward in terms of addressing a new generation.”
Cathy Horyn, the New York Times: “The retailers are good at creating contemporary products and, more, they’re good at communicating what they do, and Kenzo, which needed new excitement, will provide them with a bigger stage, not to mention the resources of LVMH, which has owned the label since 1993.”
Belinda White, Telegraph UK: Could outgoing designer Antonio Marras be next on at Dior?
Julia Rubin, Styleite: “We’re extremely excited to see what these two cook up. If anyone can resuscitate the brand, it’s them.”
Randi Bergman, online editor: Given that OC essentially holds the patent for all things fresh, relevant and cool, Humberto and Carol seem the perfect choice to resurrect a label that started in very much the same vein. The duo are already quite routed in Japanese aesthetics themselves (they held a yearlong celebration of Japanese fashion in 2008 and 2009 and often collaborate with Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo) so I’m thinking they’ll do founder Kenzo Tadaka justice.

Mavi is collaborating with Hussein Chalayan and we’ve got the avant-garde scoop! | Hollywood yohana

Mavi’s wearable styles will be given a dose of the avant-garde as it launches into its first-ever collaboration with Hussein Chalayan.
The collaboration will feature some of Mavi’s most-loved styles from its premium Mavi Gold line, including skinny jeans, high-rise skinnies and denim shorts, tops and dresses, all with an athletic spin. Chalayan’s inspiration for the collection came from the human body, and he gave the denim wares “shape-shifting” touches through the addition of bonded tape, elastic bands and sports mesh panels.
The Turkish denim brand and British designer have slated their North American launch for November, followed by a worldwide launch in 2013. The collection, which ranges from $160–$200, will be available in denim specialty and department stores as well as international Mavi flagship stores (including Vancouver).