One fine photo: Photographed by Chris Nicholls for FASHION’s September 1996 issue | Hollywood yohana

“There’s a sense of anticipation and excitement that leaps out of this photograph. I almost feel nervous for them waiting backstage,” says art director Maarten Sluyter, who joined FASHION in February 2011. “Part of the mystery of this scene is you don’t know which fashion show this could be or where it might be held. It gives the reader a glimpse into this world and allows them to dream. The black and white works extremely well because of the way the light comes into the shot from the stage. I love the models’ hair—the updos highlight their necklines beautifully. The clothes are simple. They will never lose their appeal, similar to a little black dress

How to wear prints: The 3-step how to as we break down the Marni at H&M collection | Hollywood yohana

Susie Sheffman: How to wear prints

When it comes to pairing prints and patterns, our fashion director, Susie Sheffman, is the resident mixologist. She’s also Marni-obsessed: “When I discovered the outlet in Milan, it was game over,” she says. “Cardigans, sexless sandals and printed sweet nothings have been making their way into my suitcase on my twice-yearly pilgrimages to Milan fashion week ever since.” Two weeks ahead of the Marni at H&M collection (launching on March 8), she shares her tips on mastering this spring trend.

“In my imagination, Consuelo styles her collections blindfolded. Bold colours, graphic patterns and tribal-inspired prints all blend effortlessly together. Don’t second-guess yourself. Just dive right in!”
“Take one printed piece and mix it in with your solid-coloured pieces. Try a fabulous graphic print top with a neutral skirt or trousers, or pair your patterned piece with a more familiar print, like leopard.”
“This spring, the new message is dare to match your prints head-to-toe. Wear a floral-print jacket with a matching pant and even go so boldly as to match your bag.” 

Skinny silhouettes and dark denim at Triarchy | Hollywood yohana

Triarchy’s Fall 2012 show kicked off with a cheeky twist: a trio of models baring almost-all sauntered towards a pile of jeans placed nonchalantly at the end of the runway, sliding into slim-fit pairs before taking to the runway.
The perfect tailoring of their classic dark wash pairs reminded us why denim continues to be a wardrobe staple, whereas punches of colour and shiny textures reinvented skinny jeans for the fall. High-waisted jeans in mustard, olive green, plum and deep carmine hit all the right marks. As for the shine, liquid mercury and brazen bronze pairs ended the show. While metallic pants have been trending for a few seasons, Triarchy made them look effortlessly chic. By the end of the show, the message was clear: Triarchy is your one-stop shop for Canadian-made denim.

It’s automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic! Flaming heels amongst the hits at Prada | Hollywood yohana

In case you haven’t heard: Prada was hot! Flaming hot! Miuccia Prada knew she had us when she came out for her bow—a warm and knowing smile on her lips. And had us she did.
Before the show, would I have dreamed of desiring a satin varsity jacket with airbrushed flames shooting out the back? Not on your life. So why is it, hours after the show, I can think of nothing but? Such is the genius of Mrs. Prada—the ability to take something that could be cutesy or kitsch and subtly render it sublime. From the Styrofoam cars and auto-mechanic set, to the last flame-throwing needle-nose stiletto the spring collection was “Go Grease Lightning” through and through.

Just like Grease‘s Sandy and Rizzo, the nuts and bolts were both tough and tender. For Sandy, sweet and fresh soft-pleated pastel skirts, eyelet and lace-applique coats, jewelled retro-rompers, strapless bustiers mixed with slim-cut skirts. For Rizzo, auto appliques, airbrushed “pink lady” jackets, and of course, the flame-throwing stilettos.
By the finale, the normally jaded editors and buyers were swooning from their red cube seats. One thing’s for sure. Mrs. Prada sure knows how to drive a season!

Our top 5 from day one in Milan, including Gucci, Alberta Feretti, and more | Hollywood yohana

With Milan Fashion Week just kicking off, here are my top five obsessions of day one:
1. Gucci‘s opulent romanticism: Judging from the miles of velvet and silk, iridescent feathered frocks, croc saddlebags, leather capes, uniform-inspired dress coats, and innovative fabric mixes (mink inlaid on chiffon, anyone?), Gucci’s Fall 2012 collection begs for a crisp night and a brilliant moon.
2. Brian Atwood: We love the man and the shoes. I popped into Atwood’s showroom to preview his new Fall 2012 collection, which includes his first full line of handbags. Editors and buyers were asked not to tweet, so you’ll have to use your imagination: over-the-knee lace-up leopard-print boots, giraffe and Dalmatian patterns, blue fringed cross-body bags, multi-coloured python clutches with metal rivets, and plush minaudieres. One word: WANT.

3. Alberta Ferretti‘s waistland: Next season, the belt will be a girl’s best friend. Whether you choose Ferretti’s pinstriped mannish coats or one of her cooler-than-cool collarless leather coats, fall is all about emphasizing you waist.
4. The Excelsior department store: Milan’s newest department store has the fashion flock buzzing. Think super curated (very Colette!) with an uber-chic design aesthetic—pod-shaped glass elevators will whisk you up to visit lust-worthy friends like Dries Van Noten, Marni, and Jonathan Saunders.
5. My Prada ticket for tomorrow’s show. What does Mrs. Prada have in store for us this season?

We spotted Anna Dello Russo and lots of stripes outside the Moschino show | Hollywood yohana

 Ciao Milano! Our boy Lewis Mirrett arrived in Italy yesterday safe and sound, but alas, his bags did not. After a harrowing five hours waiting for his supplies to appear, his equipment showed up! Now we bring you the best of his first excursion: outside the Moschino show.

Runway to Real Life: 5 easy steps to recreate Jonathan Saunders’ Miami Beach-inspired cat eye | Hollywood yohana

When creating his Spring 2012 collection, Jonathan Saunders had an unlikely muse: chemically sedated Miami housewives from the ’50s. His models, clad in full skirts of Floridian pastels, sauntered down the runway with bronzed skin and flesh-toned lips. It was makeup artist Lucia Pieroni’s bold use of an oversized cat eye, however, that had beauty editors swooning.
By starting with a sunny glow, bringing some drama to the eyes, and slicking on a creamy nude lipstick, you can channel Saunders’ South Beach chic with just five products!

Miu Miu goes for the gold (and silver and bronze!) with an Olympic-inspired accessories collection | Hollywood yohana

For those of us who want to make like an Olympic athlete but don’t have the wherewithal to ever make it to the medal podium, Miu Miu’s latest Olympic-inspired collection lets the sartorially inclined score a proverbial medal by sporting one of its brilliant gold, silver or bronze accessories. The accessories lineup, which will be available in select London stores on July 27 (i.e. Olympic opening day), features Miu Miu favourites like the structured Bauletto satchel and sandals in soft nappa leather.
The Italian fashion house also designed a fall 2012–inspired bijoux collection to accompany the shoe and bag roster, which features hairbands, brooches and more in hand-appliqued and crystal embellishments.

More Spice Girls news! Some of the group’s most iconic costumes are going up on the auction block | Hollywood yohana

All girls (and some boys) growing up in the ‘90s will unabashedly admit that back in the day, we lived and breathed the Spice Girls. We knew all their songs, we learned how to pull off a questionable but convincing British accent and we definitely coveted every single one of their outfits. So news that we might be able to get our hands on Scary’s original leopard-print catsuit or Sporty’s many tracksuits in a charity auction gala has us way too excited. Proceeds from the auctioned off items, which will be sold at a gala event later this year, will go to Save the Children and Children in Need.
“I can’t wait for [my daughter] Harper to grow up a little so she can have some,” Victoria Beckham said (lucky Harper). “But the rest I’d like to put up for charity, I think it would be a fantastic thing to do.” One thing the now-designer is more than happy to put in the past are those tacky-but-amazing wedge sneakers. “She hated them — she wouldn’t wear them,” Geri Halliwell said. Somehow, we’re not surprised.
First there was news of Viva Forever, a new musical based off of the Spice Girls’ hits, and now this? It’s like that famous Carrie scene in Vogue’s fictional closet, when she squeals: “I’m sorry, but it’s just too good! It’s too much… how could this be?!”

Watch where you put that brush! A new report finds incredibly disgusting things in the testers at makeup counters | Hollywood yohana

What exactly are you putting on your face when you use the testers at makeup counters? Good Morning America recently went undercover to determine how safe it is to use communal makeup, and the results make us think that ignorance really is bliss.
Swabs from 10 stores across two states were sent to the microbiology unit at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, and the findings weren’t pretty. One in five (or 20 per cent!) of makeup samples showed significant growth of mould, yeast or fecal matter—yes, that’s right, fecal matter. The worst offenders were brushes and foundations, but eyeshadows and eyeliners also ranked high on the most germ-filled list.
There are a few precautions you can take when testing makeup—avoid communal brushes, only test sterilized lipsticks and avoid pots of foundation where people can easily dip their fingers into the product. On the plus side, we can’t think of better motivation for always washing your hands!

Calla Haynes teams up with denim brand April 77 for spring. We’ve got the look book! | Hollywood yohana

 For the Calla fans who appreciate a little less frill, the Toronto-born and Paris-based designer is now bringing her heavenly digi prints to everyday, with a Spring 2012 collaboration with denim brand April 77. The brand’s cult silhouettes get the Calla treatment in mostly grey and off white, but we’ve got our eye on the deep-cobalt Seurat-meets-Pollack print on the brand’s Marky jean pictured above.

Chanel-ify any cardigan with these 6 easy steps! | Hollywood yohana

There were so many fabulous details in Karl Lagerfeld’s India-inspired Pre-Fall collection, especially considering that the couture mastermind has never even been to India. The crystal-heavy tikkas that dangled from the centre-parted hair of the models were beautiful, as were the luxe silks and tweeds dripping in pearls. We can’t think of anything that is more quintessentially Chanel than pearls, so we decided to recreate the heavily embellished necklines we spotted on so many covet-worthy pieces. With supplies that can be found at any craft store, you too can get a Chanel-inspired look without the couture ticket price.

10 best buys from the summer designer sales including Kate’s engagement dress and more! | Hollywood yohana

Forget the pool — for the fashion folk, summer is a time for mega steals and deals! Some of the designer pieces that we salivated over during runway season have now hit the double or even triple discount level and now is the time to dive into sales. There are some great online specials currently being offered, like J.Crew’s Canada Day free shipping weekend (on through Monday, July 2, 2012) and eLUXE.’s Spend and Save. To help wade through the actual purchasing madness though, we’ve selected a few of the best bets.

Alberta shop notes: Born to be wild | Hollywood yohana

Wildfox Couture

 Spring visit to the Wildfox Couture (wildfoxcouture) showroom in downtown Los Angeles ignited visions of summertime festival fashion at the Calgary Stampede and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This L.A. brand is available at Calgary’s Coco+Violet Boutique (17-2500 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-244-6234, cocoandviolet.), one of only a few shops in Alberta to carry this celeb-adored label. The light knit, strategically shredded sweaters (right, $320) and cowgirl graphic tees balance pretty Coachella grunge with the perfect dose of home.

3 ways to pitch perfect holiday dressing | Hollywood yohana

Holiday Style Studio

 The holidays are officially here, as are the many parties and events the season brings. Instead of stressing out over your wardrobe choices, we’ve put together the best ways to incorporate this season’s trends—including colour blocking and metallics—into your all of your soire√© outfits, whether you have a holiday brunch with the fam, cocktail party after work, or ringing in the New Year with your besties.

Angelina Jolie’s right leg sweeps the internet after its debut at last night’s Oscars | Hollywood yohana

To those who thought Uggie the dog, of The Artist fame, would have upstaged last night’s Academy Awards, it seems that you’ve underestimated the power of Angelina Jolie. And her right leg. The movie star repeatedly—and that’s an emphatic repeatedly—showed off her gam through the up-to-there slit in her strategically-fitting Atelier Versace velour gown √† la Wonder Woman (read: hand on hip, right leg far, far, far out). The superhero stance had people everywhere asking, “Doesn’t she have a million six children (not to mention a stylist) to tell her to close her legs?”
Alas, there was nobody to coerce the leg into a friendly retreat as it popped out again and again and finally made its way onto the internet and became a meme. Before the end of the show, there were 3,339 tweets per minute about the “Angeleg,” a bona fide Twitter account with 12,500 followers, and a do-it-yourself ‘Legbombing’ tool. Even the forward-thinking screenwriters of The Descendants popped an exaggerated Jolie pose during their acceptance speech (which, dare we say, was hands down the best of the night).
We’re hoping that “Angelegging” won’t become the red-carpet equivalent of the famous Claudia Schiffer runway walk. But hey, anything to liven up a somewhat predictable red carpet, right?

Fashionista: “We’re not sure if it was to ensure that we all knew about the big slit on the right side of her dress, distract us from how skinny she is or make her Versace gown look like more than a big blob of black fabric.”
Huffington Post: “It was the pose seen ’round the world: Angelina Jolie stepped onto the Oscars red carpet, planting her hands on her hips and forcefully jutted her right leg out in front of her, like she was George Washington crossing the Delaware River.”
NY Daily News: “Angelina Jolie’s right leg wasn’t about to let Jennifer Lopez‘s alleged wardrobe malfunction steal the show.”

Randi Bergman, online editor: “I see so much potential in this little guy. First, I want her to insure it. Second, I want her to put a ring on it. Third, I want her to carry a baby on it.”

Anna Wintour’s five-word acceptance speech, James Franco shoots Agyness Deyn and Lanvin’s children’s collection | Hollywood yohana

Anna Wintour gave a five-word acceptance speech last night. Brill, as usual.

Think Rihanna’s latest album was loud? Check out her tour costumes! Stylist Mel Ottenberg breaks down the looks for fashionably inclined fans.
Miuccia Prada’s spidey senses must be tingling… Tobey Maguire is now the face of Prada’s Fall 2011 ad campaign.
It seems as if James Franco is nonchalantly good at everything. Most recently, he shot Agyness Deyn for Elle.
Coloured fur! Sky high collars! Sheer gowns! See it all when you watch—yes, watch—Tom Ford’s Fall 2011 lookbook.
Uh oh! British Vogue couldn’t tell the difference between Asian models Lui Wen and Du Juan in their June issue. A simple mistake or a controversy in the making? [Racked]
To celebrate the big one-five, Jimmy Choo is launching an icons collection of fifteen legendary shoe designs. The reissued heels will be in stores this fall. [Racked]
Peep Lanvin’s children’s collection. Try not to be jealous of the children that will get to wear it.