Vancouver shop notes: J.Crew | Hollywood yohana

J.crew cardigan $210, necklace $175, and shoes $150

The city’s cardigan quotient will see an increase this month: J.Crew has opened the doors of its first West Coast location, in downtown Vancouver (1088 Robson St., jcrew.). The 5,953-square-foot space is brimming with preppy pieces such as ankle-grazing print trousers, bow ballet flats and sparkly statement necklaces.

Daily Steal: Woven-straw wedges, $30 | Hollywood yohana

Not only are these Old Navy wedges comfy, but they’re stylish too. The tan leather and neutral-toned print on the heel make these wedges both wearable and fun.

It’s getting hot in here | Hollywood yohana

 As summer heats up, so does celeb-spotting season.
Hilary Swank and Amelia co-star Ewan McGregor were filming at the Carlu on College Street one lovely Sunday afternoon. The film, based on the life of Amelia Earhart who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, also stars Richard Gere and Virginia Madsen and is being directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding).

Following a sell-out concert at the Molson Amphitheatre, Circa nightclub on John Street hosted an after event for the “Glow in the Dark Tour.” Rihanna and beau Chris Brown were spotted along with rappers Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and N.E.R.D boys Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams.
Canadian designer Joeffer Caoc, with two model-type beauties, enjoyed a meal at new hot spot Spice Route on King West.
The biggest party in Canada is less than two weeks away. This year’s MuchMusic Video Awards takes place on Sunday, June 15, and will feature appearances by Rihanna, Flo Rida, Hedley, America’s Best Dance Crew winner’s JabbaWockeeZ, Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon and Girlicious. And those are just some of the performers! Red carpet starts at 8pm, and this fashionable girl will be back stage and at all the parties to give you all the deets. 

The Weekend To-Do: We hit Toronto’s pop-up tuck shop, Vancouver’s Playland festival and watch Serena van der Woodsen and Tim Riggins collide on the big screen | Hollywood yohana

 Record-breaking temperatures got you feeling like a wilted flower? Down some H2O and resist the urge to camp out next to an A/C vent, because the weekend is finally here. Shop for vintage and designer summer wares, contemplate the Wild West as interpreted by painters and photographers and watch worlds collide when Serena van der Woodsen meets Tim Riggins in SoCal. XOXO.

Naomi Campbell celebrates 25 years in fashion, Lara Stone’s breasts star on Paris Vogue cover, and Westwood does watches | Hollywood yohana

“I am so proud of her, not just because of modeling but for all the work she does for charity. It all comes from a very genuine place, despite her many mishaps shall we say.” Naomi Campbell’s mother Valerie told British Vogue at a party celebrating the iconic model’s 25 years in the modeling industry.
Vivienne Westwood watches are coming to a wrist near you now that the British designer just inked a worldwide licensing deal with Zeon Ltd. To design a collection of men’s and women’s watches.
Seems like everyone’s still obsessed with Lara Stone’s breasts: The Dutch beauty appears on the cover of Paris Vogue’s mammoth 90th anniversary October issue wearing nothing more than a choker, mask and gloves.
Todo o Nada, a 54-piece exhibition celebrating the work of influential fashion photographer Mario Testino opened in Madrid today and features images, both fashion and nudes from Testino’s almost 30-year career. Subjects include Natalia Vodianova, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss.
Eight designers showing at Milan Fashion Week revealed their Spring 2011 inspiration, from Brioni and their “feminine tailoring” to Max Mara and his “minimal marine luxury.”
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has posed for the lens of British photographer Rankin’s new photography book called Ten Times Rosie, which commemorates the Brit’s 10th anniversary in the fashion biz.
1960s sensation Veruschka, now 71 years old, walked in the Giles show in London.
Twenty-two designers, including Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Lanvin and Givenchy, designed one-of-a-kind little black dresses using Swarovski crystals to raise money for charity. The dresses were auctioned off yesterday and raise over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Contre le cancer in France.
Rock & Republic has been thrown a lifeline via $60 million injection from investor Blue Star Alliance. 
Issey Miyake is the latest designer tapped to design a limited edition bottle for Evian.

Pippa Middleton’s Alexander McQueen bridesmaid’s dress is finally available in the UK and its selling fast! | Hollywood yohana

Even though she wasn’t the one getting married, Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid’s dress, also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, received just as much attention as Kate’s wedding dress, and was loved by fashion critics and Royal fans alike. Now, finally after many replicas have been made, you can buy a “less detailed” version of the dress—meaning there’s a zipper back closure instead of buttons, and no lace inserts. Online luxury retailer is selling the Pippa-inspired dress for US$3,100.While the dress is not completely sold out as we reported yesterday, it’s going fast on the UK site. Those of us this side of the pond are going to have to be patient as it is yet to become available on the US site. We can only imagine the hysteria if a replica of Kate’s dress were to become available.

Telegraph UK: “Unsurprisingly, those keen to get their hands on the pure silk gown will have to move quickly as the smallest size has already sold out.”

Catwalk Queen: “Sizes are already starting to sell out, so don’t hang around if your wedding dreams rest on this dress.”
The Cut: “Pippa’s dress included some customized details—like white lace inserts at the bust-line (and maybe even some butt padding) but even without those elements, this gown is still instantly recognizable. Just hurry before it inevitably sells out.”

Paige Dzenis, associate online editor: “Frankly, it’s nice to know the original McQueen design is actually available—because the thought of someone getting married in a knockoff Princess-sibling dress is, well, just as sad as it sounds.”

Bieber fever hits the fashion world, more Proenza to covet and a replacement fakeout at Dior. | Hollywood yohana

Bieber fever has now spread into the fashion world infecting Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Proenza fanatics rejoice! The duo have added yet another covetable piece to their e-commerce offering… All hail the Continental wallet
More scandal for Christian Dior. Rumoured successor Costello Culo will not be replacing John Galliano. The reason? He’s not real!
Watch fashion royalty, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, make our with her boyfriend on screen in YSL heels and Matthew Williamson dresses in this online mini movie for XXXX Magazine.

Kelly Osbourne sprouts wings. Do you like it? | Hollywood yohana

Last night, Kelly Osbourne attended the Divine Design Gala in Beverly Hills and channeled Old Hollywood glamour in a blue Georges Chakra dress paired glittering accessories. It’s a simple dress, but the wing-like shoulders made us take a second look. Are you a fan? Vote after the jump.

The figures behind Chanel’s spring presentation | Hollywood yohana

Ever wondered why haute couture is so expensive? We mean, it’s obviously expensive, but there are at least a few good reasons for the price tag. Couture uses the best fabrics (period) and everything–everything–is created by hand. Behold, some numbers from today’s Chanel Haute Couture show that reveal just how much goes into creating these garments.
3: The number of hours it takes to create one metre of the collection’s hand-sewn “hidden seams.” Some garments took 35 hours for the seams alone.
1,300: The number of hours it took to create the wedding dress and cape worn by Abbey Lee
200: The number of metres of tulle and silk crèpline used for the wedding cape
350: The number of hours Maison Lesage spent embroidering the wedding dress
700: The number of hours it took Maison Lemarié, specialists in feathers, flowers and other couture details, to craft the “grenade cape,” shown above on Iris Strubegger
13,000: The number of satin flowers created by Lesage–for one look
0: The number of gold buttons Karl Lagerfeld told he used. He did however use mercury- and chrome-coloured buttons. Some pieces used up to 80!
And that’s just the collection. While our fact-sheet doesn’t reveal how much silver lamé went into creating Baptiste Giabiconi’s suit or all those fingerless gloves, but the show designers used 1,200 square metres of aluminum fabric on the ceilings and walls and 1,000 square metres of actual aluminum for the floors, benches and columns at Pavillion Cambon Capucines.
P.S. If you really want to see how a couture show is put together, check out Loïc Prigent’s documentary mini-series Signé Chanel, which follows the life of the house–from the Kaiser to les petites mains–as they prep for Couture Week. The first segment is below and you can watch the rest here.

Unyielding elegance at Vera Wang | Hollywood yohana


Like a true New Yorker, Vera Wang continued the black-out theme of the week with her Film Noir fall collection. Wang cleverly mixed sleek silhouettes, sporty underpinnings and feminine elements like sculptural ruffles and elbow-length gloves. For day, she showed wool jackets with organza corsages paired with paperbag pants, while her night looks ranged from sheer to scalloped dresses to the ultimate show-stealer, a one-shoulder lace and sequin bustier dress with tulle skirt. Truly a vision.

Emma Roberts mixes Topshop with Hermès. Is it a do or a don’t? | Hollywood yohana

Emma Roberts attended the Lanvin x H&M “haute couture” spectacle last night [See a gallery of the show] in her own version of high/low. The actress wore a grey bandeau dress from Topshop, which she she cinched with a navy blue Hermès belt. What do you think of this slate grey look? Vote after the jump

Style Snaps Trend: 28 shots of the most vibrant hair dye jobs spotted around Toronto | Hollywood yohana

From candy colours to the oh-so-hot-right-now ombré to Poision Ivy red, the sky seems to be the limit with hair dye jobs as of late, and Toronto’s most fashionable inhabitants seem to be embracing the trend  that we saw on the runways and the streets of fashion week full stop. Need proof? Just feast your eyes on the recent shots Lewis Mirrett snapped of the zaniest dos in and around the Toronto streets.