Daily steal: Zippered sneakers, $48 | Hollywood yohana

 We love the edgy zippered twist on these classic high tops…almost more than we love the price!


Your epidermis is showing: Check out the sizzling Greta Constantine SKIN for DANIER campaign shots | Hollywood yohana

Hot off the heels of sexy collaborations with Mark Fast and FASHION‘s own George Antonopoulos, Danier continues to prove its star status with SKIN, a capsule collection created in collaboration with Greta Constantine. Landing mid-August in Danier stores nationwide and on danier., Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong’s take on leather goes way beyond the basic bomber.

Toronto’s fashion coterie got a sneak peek of the collection last Monday evening at Neubacher Shor Contemporary, a gorgeous new gallery space where everyone who’s anyone will be holding their next event. Guests were treated to fashion-sized Jamaican beef patties and the chance to rub elbows with Madison, the ad campaign’s dynamo model. Decked out in all six pieces from the collection, Madison’s entrancing face was plastered all over the walls of the gallery in the ad campaign shot by another top FASHION talent, Gabor Jurina.
Buttery soft leather has never felt as good as when it’s cinched at the waist with Pickersgill and Wong’s twenty-first century take on the obi. The duo’s long and loose jackets are perfect for any urban warrior, while the sheath dresses cry out to be worn to the next art gallery party.  With rich, deep reds and purples, Hogtown’s hottest hide is definitely at the top of our fall shopping list.

American Apparel shocks with an uncharacteristically older and…clothed model! | Hollywood yohana

Perhaps the most shocking part about American Apparel’s latest ad campaign is that it’s really not shocking at all, at least not for the reasons AA has become known: instead of high-rise thongs or bared breasts, a “senior” model serenely poses in AA garb, her silver hair flanking her shoulders. Though it wouldn’t be AA if there weren’t at least one gratuitous crotch shot, Jacky (whose last name or exact age hasn’t been released yet) still manages to keep it classy.
“There was something so compelling about Jacky’s look and energy when we first spotted her in a New York restaurant this winter, we introduced ourselves and pulled up a chair. During a long discussion that touched on everything from career choices and nutrition to insights on relationships, age and beauty, we asked if she would consider being photographed by us. We were thrilled when she agreed,” AA posted on their Facebook page, which also has an entire album devoted to the senior beauty’s campaign.
We have to admit that American Apparel’s latest campaigns have grabbed our attention for all the right reasons, which is a welcome departure from some of their tackier fare in earlier years. Take their last campaign, for example, which featured transgendered model Isis King of America’s Next Top Model fame sporting the label’s “Pride” tees and tanks. Instead of a 16-year-old waif who only a tiny fraction of the population can relate to, AA seems to be expanding their market and their demographic, making the brand more inclusive.
Though we’re normally wont to question the sometimes-shady brand’s motives, we’re all for timeless beauty and style, and this campaign and King’s are definitely a step in the right direction for making advertised fashion and beauty more relatable. What do you think about AA’s latest campaign: are they making positive strides in their latest batch of ads, or is this simply a ploy to change the public’s opinion about them?

Ashley Cardiff, The Gloss associate editor: “[…] Even if American Apparel did just cynically cast Jacky for press attention… we don’t care. She is a complete breath of fresh air. Hat’s [sic] off to them.”
Connie Wang, Refinery 29 global editor: “[…] Her silver hair, more conservative styling, and the fact that she actually looks relaxed and happy makes her the fiercest model we’ve seen from the brand lately.”
Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “I think this is a fabulous idea for American Apparel. With Advanced Style already widely accepted and admired, this is the perfect way for American Apparel to shake things up. The series of ads not only shocks the customer but demonstrates that the brand’s designs are basics that can be incorporated into any wardrobe.”


Style Panel: Hats tricks for keeping your head fashionably covered all summer long | Hollywood yohana

 Despite desperate “Wear a hat!” demands from moms and skin doctors alike, most of us shy away from one of our most powerful weapons against summer skin damage. Why? Aside from being cumbersome and sweat-inducing, hats never seem to work well with an easy summer outfit. Enter the Style Panel, here to teach you how to make wearing a hat all summer long a pleasure rather than a pain in the butt.


Take a look at Anthropologie’s latest batch of Made in Kind designer pieces and just try and tell us you don’t want them all! | Hollywood yohana

Anthropologie’s July instalment for its monthly Made in Kind designer collaborations just launched yesterday, and like the past three months, the exclusive collections are nothing if not covetable. MIK vet Karen Walker is back, and this time, the Kiwi designer has created a series of coquettish Parisian pieces for her Hello There! From Karen Walker line. Newcomers like Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen have joined the fold as well; her selected Dusen Dusen offerings were inspired by aerial photography, with pastel graphic stripes and swingy flare skirts.

Brooklyn-based collaborative art group Fort Makers, multi-disciplinary artist Mia Christopher and former Anthro visual director Leslie Oschmann for Swarm are other designers also joining the July roster. The collaboration ranges in price from $78–$388, making these unique pieces an attainable way of adding some one-of-a-kind summer style into your wardrobe.


From Alber to Donatella, we round up the awesomest reactions to Raf Simons’ debut Dior couture collection | Hollywood yohana

To say that Raf Simons had a mountain of pressure weighing down on him for his couture collection for Dior would be an understatement. And yet somehow, Simons managed to pull off the impossible: his stunning 56-piece collection was a reverent nod to Dior’s heritage fused with Simon’s signature modernity. Even more impressive than the collection itself is the outpouring of approval from the tough-to-please fashion crowd, including Simons’ peers. Here are some of the reactions to the collection so far:

Alber Elbaz: “[The collection was] absolutely poetic. It was perfection. Today was a beautiful marriage between a designer and a house.”
Suzy Menkes: “The result of Monday’s presentation was not a triumph, but it was a selection of ideas by a designer who has a rare aptitude: to meld modernity with romance.”
Amy Larocca: “With a collection like this, it’s easy to imagine not only the future of Dior as something far deeper and much more powerful than a name attached to luxury handbags and beautiful flacons of perfume: It’s easy to imagine Dior as the very front of fashion once again.”
Lucinda Chambers: “It was what you hoped for and more — it was such a beautiful homage to Dior, a mix of the modern, clean and unexpected with a real lightness of touch.”
Cathy Horyn: “His clothes are often so simple that you have to look at them for a while before you see the small gesture or the magisterial way of sleeveless black crepe falls over the body. He gets the most and the best out of couture, and this is just the start.”
Donatella Versace: “Before the show, I found it difficult to imagine what Raf would do at Dior, but from the very first look today it made total sense.”


Trendspotting at Pride: 34 shots of the hippest kids beating the heat at Toronto’s most fashionable weekend party! | Hollywood yohana

 While the rest of the city was busy setting off Canada Day fireworks and lining the streets for the annual blowout Pride Parade, Toronto’s hippest were hanging in the beautifully shaded backyard belonging to gallerist Daniel Faria. Co-hosted by Faria and alongside Rui Amaral and Andrea Beechey, the backyard soiree (complete with drag show by Mozza Fierce, tunes by DJ Diego Armand and drinks served by topless The Earl’s Men) was a welcome respite from the frenzied pulse beating through the city’s wears. Instead, guests like Trinity Jackman, Jeremy Laing, Frank Griggs and Catherine Dean favoured easy breezy Ts, loose summer dresses, tropical prints and strapped flats. Check out our favourite shots from street shooter extraordinaire, Textstyles’ Stefania Yarhi.