A Pink Tartan-inspired frothy orange crush manicure | Hollywood yohana

The celebration of spring fashion continues on our fingertips! From Pantone’s colour of the year to our spring trend report, things are looking orange. As the official shade of the season, it’s a colour that has quite the range: runways showed tangerine, coral, neon orange and everything in between. But it was a frothy electric orange and white combination from Pink Tartan that suited the needs of Nail Corner best. (While perhaps serving double-duty by slightly looking like a speckled egg, just in time for Easter?)


Partygoing with Diane Kruger, Mia Wasikowska, Uma Thurman, Olivier Zahm, Clemence Poésy and more! | Hollywood yohana

 Here’s a fashion fan party trick: Determine how many pairs of white jeans Olivier Zahm owns. The Purple Fashion magazine editor-in-chief wore a slim-fitting pair at every major event I saw him at during Cannes: The Chanel Cruise 2012 after-party, where he snapped photos of Kristen McMenemy dancing on a chair, and then nuzzled with It Brit Poppy Delevigne; the Calvin Klein beach-side extravaganza, where he wore his sunglasses at night, sipping champagne near Uma Thurman and Rosario Dawson; and, of course, at the late-night piano bar, which Le Baron, the iconic Parisian nightclub, has taken over during the festival, and over which Zahm presided like hipster royalty.

Zahm’s denim allegiance illustrates one of the festival’s enduring sartorial truths: The rules are different here. During the day, it’s all press passes and ballet flats, but once the sun starts to set, out come the shoulder pads, the sculptural hairstyles, the sequins. You can imagine women in their hotel rooms critically examining their ensembles in full-length mirrors and then conceding, “Well, it is Cannes.” (I didn’t get the memo, and played it safe in white lace, grey silk, and polka dots.)
Another truth: After dark, almost every inch of La Croisette is its own party. The lobby of the Hotel Martinez offered sightings of A-list couples like Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson and Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen. I rode the hotel elevator with Mia Wasikowska, watched Clemence Poésy adjust her hair in the café mirror, and brushed past Emily Browning in the hallway.
The official parties were spectacular—you can read more about the Chanel Cruise and Calvin Klein events teeming with model favourites like Lara Stone and Natalia Vodianova in an upcoming print issue of FASHION—but there was also something special about the equally packed Le Baron outpost. Every night, bright young things in black eyeliner crowded into the space: Four storeys joined by a rickety circular staircase. The bottom level was dominated by a bar and a piano. One night, as the clock ticked past 5 a.m., a woman in black curls and red lipstick led the crowd in a spirited sing-a-long. The sight of French hipsters, eyes wet with emotion, crooning “Roxanne” and Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman” seemed to sum up the Cannes experience: Très surreal, yes, and très special.


Topshop enters the affordable bridal market with a new Richard Nicoll-designed capsule collection. Check out the images! | Hollywood yohana


Just in time for wedding season, Topshop, along with frequent collaborator Richard Nicoll, is entering bridal territory with their first capsule collection, Blushing Brides.
The collection, which will launch at Topshop at the Bay Yorkdale in early July, has the easy romance vibe down to a casual T—think blush pink lace, ruffled hems and the like. With prices topping out at $560 for a blush pink lace ruffled dress with a sheer skirt (yeah, there’s a lot going on there), the line is priced well below most traditional bridal lines. Hoping to re-appropriate the wears for every day? You’re looking at designer price points, but heck, this collection’s got designer written all over it.


Check out the complete Marni at H&M look book. Stunning model included | Hollywood yohana

Well kids, 2 weeks and counting until you can get your hands on the sure to be amazing Marni at H&M collection (we’ve seen it, and it is!). Need some (more) tips on how to wear every piece of the collection in one? Check out the complete look book, for more options on how to style your wears.


Red cropped pants, $24 | Hollywood yohana

Rock the red trend with these high-waisted cuffed pants.  The cropped leg makes this pair perfect for showing off your favourite pair of heels.
Forever 21 red cropped pants ($24,


The scoop on Yorkdale’s latest expansion plans, including new stores from Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, Ted Baker and more! | Hollywood yohana

As if Yorkdale hadn’t spoiled us enough by ushering in Topshop and J.Crew’s first Canadian locations last year, now they’ll be welcoming other first-timer brands into the fold later this year. Kate Spade New York, Ann Taylor and Ted Baker London are among a group of retailers that will find new homes in the massive retailer as part of an ongoing major expansion. Holt Renfrew, Lacoste and Club Monaco will all upgrade to renovated, larger spaces as well.
The most recent $185 million retail expansion will increase the shopping centre’s area by 145,000 square feet and will create 30 new stores, which will be open for business on November 15. This is the second of two major expansions for the retail centre, which launched the results of its first expansion this June: Dine on 3, Yorkdale’s new 45,000 square foot dining area, gives shoppers a cozy sanctuary thanks to its skylights, fireplaces and outdoor terrace.


Summer music guide: Our hot list features Metric, Grimes and more | Hollywood yohana


 Because summer is the ultimate time for tunage, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite ladies to listen to while you’re busy sitting on the dock of the bay.


What’s in your bag? The Coachella edition | Hollywood yohana

 Two FASHION editors will be camping this weekend. In the desert. Shocking, yes. But also, true. Come Friday, ginger-haired photo editor Nicole Stafford and I will be hitting Indio, California for the second weekend of Coachella festivities. Opting for the near death full experience, we’re going for broke (not) in a tent during a weekend that’s promising highs of nearly 40° Celsius. We might die, but before we do, we’re bringing you a special peek into not one, but both of our travel bags. While high SPFs are a no brainer, we’ve also thought about other essentials. You know, like culturally relevant graphic tees and designer sunglasses.


With news of Schiaparelli’s relaunch, John Galliano’s name is being thrown into the ring | Hollywood yohana

More than 50 years after its shuttering (and almost 40 years after the death of its brilliant founder), the house of Schiaparelli is set to relaunch just as its name once again reaches the prominence it had in the pre-war years.
To coincide with the opening of the Met Costume Institute’s retrospective exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, Italian business tycoon Diego Della Valle announced the official relaunch earlier this week. Though the brand has remained dormant, even since being acquired by the titan in 2006, della valle plans on giving the old house a contemporary update, saying that it “doesn’t have to get involved in the frenetic world of numbers, accounts and dimensions, but it just has to express itself at its best.”
Since Schiaparelli is expected to surpass Tom Ford and Chanel in price point, we think that’s Della Valle’s way of saying, “Don’t worry about how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it anyway.” With no plans for a prêt-à-porter (only prêt-à-couture) collection, no advertising budget, no wholesale plans, no e-commerce sites and only a single location at Place Vendôme, Schiaparelli is slated to become one very exclusive label.
The Schiaparelli team has yet to appoint a designer to helm the brand, so naturally the fashion community is abuzz with talk of whose creative vision will steer the newly awakened couture house. W’s Stevano Tonci threw John Galliano’s name into the mix, saying, “Very soon they will make the announcement, so I already know a little bit too much. But I thought that it could be fun to have John back doing it—as in, Galliano.” To all those Galliano fans out there, too bad Tonchi was speaking in past tense.
Her World Singapore: “It might have been a good fit, but… Insiders see John Galliano as ‘risky’ and unlikely choice for Schiaparelli.”
Diego Della Valle: “[Just because it] is not commercial, does not mean it won’t be profitable,” he tells Friedman. “There are a lot of rich people in the world who want something very special.”
Randi Bergman, online editor: “Given Elsa Schiaparelli’s penchant for the absurd and the promise of holier-than-thou price points, it seems like the brand’s relaunch will be all about the show. And if a show’s what they want, Galliano’s surely the man for the job. It seems like a great fit, but I don’t know how excited I will be about my favourite label of all time being helmed by a man that I still haven’t quite forgiven yet.”


Alternative Apparel takes laid back dressing to a whole new level | Hollywood yohana

Didn’t get the memo? Mussed up hair aside, wearing your sweatpants in public is probably the most direct way to send easy breezy vibes. For Vancouverites, the best place to get said trendy basics is the Times Profile Shop (231 Cambie St., 604-681-3546), which is showcasing the full, spring/summer collection from Alternative Apparel for just a few more weeks.

Founded 15 years ago by Greg Alterman, the company used to be known for American Apparel-style staples but has become better known for its vintage-soft, mega-comfortable pieces such as the Rocky eco fleece zip hoodie ($70), burnout cotton deep v-neck tee ($43), a modal silky sporty tank ($60), and accessories like the Petey Shoulder bag ($160) and the Berkeley tote ($77). Fans of the label include Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt, Rachel Bilson, and Adrian Grenier—all people who, we’re guessing, would steer away from laid back pyjama dressing if the pieces were anything short of amazing.


Crayola takes manicures to a whole new level of fun with 8 crayon-inspired mini polishes! | Hollywood yohana

This is basically a dream come true for all of us who tried and failed to scribble on our hands with crayons as kids (the unrelenting-yet-colourful wax drove us to markers and whiteout time and time again). Crayola has unveiled an adorable line of nail polish for our digit-painting pleasure, giving us a handy excuse to indulge in a multi-coloured manicure.
Packaged inside Crayola’s signature yellow box (so cute!) the set features eight different polishes, ranging from glittery robin egg blue to metallic orange. Best of all, it retails for just $12 at Fred Flare (and yes, they ship to Canada!).


Olivia Wilde and Alternative Apparel team up on an awesome new charity bag, proceeds of which will help promote education in Haiti | Hollywood yohana

Olivia Wilde’s latest activist endeavor has the actress teaming up with her friend Barbara Burchfield and Alternative Apparel to create the “Message Bag,” a unisex, convertible backpack/cross-body style. Partial proceeds from the sales of the $148 bag, which is available on ShopBop. will go to the Academy of Peace and Justice, a secondary school in Haiti. The military-inspired bag features chocolate brown pebbled leather detailing, antique brass hardware and army canvas.
The Academy of Peace and Justice is funded by the similarly named charity Artists for Peace and Justice, where Wilde sits as the co-executive director. Gerard Butler, Ben Stiller and founder Paul Haggis are also part of the board of directors. The charity’s primary goal is to promote education in the poorest areas of Haiti by building schools and providing food, water and medical treatment to the children living there.


Style Panel: How to appropriately (and stylishly!) dress for a summer wedding | Hollywood yohana

 Ah, the summer wedding. It’s one of the most special events of the year, and yet it poses one of the biggest fashion challenges. Can I wear white? Is floor length too much? How much skin is appropriate? Do I look like a doily? To answer your these dilemmas and others like it, we’ve turned to our Style Panel for some much needed help.


Inside the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Refinery late night party: Edmonton’s finest tastemakers sipping cocktails on the rooftop and painting with blindfolds | Hollywood yohana

Another three months have passed and with that, a new cycle of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s late-night Refinery art parties, this time with creative director Tim Rechner at the helm.
The theme rooted itself in the latest feature exhibit running until October 14, The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960, which includes a collection of 60 works of art, as well as photographs, books and other ephemera documenting the history of Quebec’s Automatiste troupe, and Canada’s first truly avant-garde art movement.

Although E-town is known for its art parties, Refinery might be the biggest and boldest of them all (check out our archive), and the Saturday night summer soirée seemed to bring a new, but comparably fashionable flock of tastemakers to the scene.
Apart from the blind painting stations, fresh maple syrup toffee and installations by local Edmonton artists, my favourite part may have been the punk-rock show from Rechner’s two-man band, sKiN, which sent some not-so-typical sound waves throughout the grand building. Or, perhaps it was the fact that, finally, we had an evening warm enough to flood the rooftop terrace, sip cocktails on the balcony and feel like we’d escaped to a far off place that’d never felt a snowflake. See? A total and complete revolution.


Inside Lainey Gossip’s latest Toronto SMUT Soiree: Dirt diehards get lash applications while dirty Skarsgård and Travolta details are leaked! | Hollywood yohana

Dirt diehards came from Thunder Bay, Ottawa, London and even Montreal for Toronto’s 7th Annual Smut Soiree to hear Elaine “Lainey” Lui dish with Dan Levy as her wingman. Held at Evergreen Brickworks, and hosted by The Society and Laineygossip., the event was rampant with girls putting on their try, with a sea of jersey, towering heels and neon accessories as far as the eye could see. Stations offering press-on manicures by Broadway nails, lashes by Ardell, makeup applications by Stila and hair primping by John Frieda stylists were being mobbed like a Twilight premiere.
But gossip was the main event, and promptly at 8:30 p.m., the talk was flowing. Among the revelations:

1. Beyoncé most definitely had her own baby.
2. Alexander Skarsgård swings both ways.
3. Julia Roberts is a bitch and during a press junket, sent back a coffee because she didn’t like how it was presented.
4. Everyone needs to accept the fact that John Travolta is gay.
5. When Halle Berry is doing an interview and doesn’t feel like answering, she gives her rep baseball signals that are code for answers and the rep delivers them to the journalist.
6. Hugh Jackman is in an “arrangement” with his wife.
7. The new Friday Night Lights movie is definitely in the works and will centre around Tim Riggins (OK, that’s not smutty, but news that FNL fans can use).
And just like that, we were cut off, and it felt as if an I.V. that was nourishing our gossip-hungry bellies had suddenly run dry. Lainey may like to say gossip is a buffet, but she left me unsatiated last night.