Lucian Matis | Hollywood yohana

“This hair is chaotic⎯it’s an organized mess,” said Paul Pereira, Schwarzkopf Essential Looks Stylist who enlisted OSiS Dust It mattifying powder and OSiS Freeze hairspray to achieve the big volume and tumbleweed-like textured updos that reminded us of the lopsided beehives at Vera Wang’s Spring 2011 show. The organized part revealed itself when the models turned around. “Lucian wanted the nape of the neck to show,” said Pereira, so he created a tight and tiny French braid that ran up the back of the head to meet the messy portion.

“The hair is theatrical, so I wanted the face to be neutral, but gorgeous,” explained Smashbox Pro Artist Lori Taylor.  Her direction came from tear sheets Matis showed her of European designers. “The skin is matte, and there is heavy contouring and highlighting⎯ninety percent of the makeup I used is powder.” Despite the heaving table of makeup in front of her to choose from, she kept Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit close at hand. “This is my baby. Every time I pick it up I think ‘how did I do makeup before?’” Taylor used the three-shade palette that launches next month to sculpt cheekbones and applied it as a shadow, rimming the eyes before applying tiny faux lashes near the outer corners.
Manicurist Leeanne Colley outdid herself yet again creating three entirely different designs. “We applied the embellishments from the collection right onto the nails,” said Colley. Gold tips painted in Orly Luxe were adorned with beads. Others featured metal pieces glued on over a coat of CND’s Hyde in the Dark, a charcoal grey. And, just one model had the honour of sporting nails that seemed to sprout the same black tassels dripping from the jacket she wore down the runway.

Backstage beauty: Attitude at Sears | Hollywood yohana


Sears wanted the hair at their Attitude show to make a big statement. Extra preparation was required to create the frizzy poofy ponys: All the hairstylists took some of the hair extensions home the night before the show and twisted strands around hairpins in a figure-eight shape. Heat was applied with a flat iron to leave the imprint of the pins, says LG Fashion Week lead hair artist Eric Del Monaco. On the day of the show, the crew brushed out the extensions to the create the full effect.



Avril Lavigne breaks into the fragrance world with Black Star | Hollywood yohana


Pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne‘s latest effort–Black Star, her first fragrance–recently landed at Shoppers Drug Mart. We caught up with the singer to chat about it.

Report from Mass Exodus | Hollywood yohana

Every year, we get a new “future of fashion.” Some fifty students—the hopeful designers of next year’s womenswear, menswear, swimwear, whatever-you-can-wear—graduate from Ryerson‘s School of Fashion. It’s the best in the country they say, and we believe.
Their annual show-off, Mass Exodus, is a bigger deal every year. From the fifty, twenty final collections are selected for runway staging. The theatre fills with fellow students and parents, yes, but also people who don’t have to be there: stylists, buyers, and media peeps like us. Plus, an eternal favourite sighting: beloved alum Jeremy Laing.
This year’s titular theme was Zenith & Nadir. Glossy show notes (plus, for the first time ever, a pretty impressive magazine—should we be watching our backs?) explained that Zenith and Nadir is up for exploration, for you to define. Sorry to be all English-y here, but that’s not quite true. Zenith and Nadir are opposite celestial poles, so zenith is used to mean “the highest point,” and nadir, the lowest.
So, we present the highest points of this year’s Mass Ex. But first, claps to all those who showed.

Menswear we kind of want to sleep with. A cool handful of boys showed clothes for their own, but our favourite was John Hillifer. If you recognize the name, it’s cause he won last year’s Danier Leather Design Challenge for his rad leather jacket (think Todd Lynn, simplified). His grad collection combined Japanese mood with Western ruggedness;
Bare feet on the runway. Nathaniel Laux played down his preppy menswear with no shoes at all, giving it a Muskoka-kegger vibe that makes us all nostalgic for Southern Ontario high school. It’s far better/less Hollister than showing flip-flops with your suits (you know who you are).
Shoulder cut-outs. We’re feeling the cold shoulder for spring (see: everything Tania Martins designed for Pink Cobra) and so wish a few of these it-girlish collections were on racks, like, now. Jimin Lee did a right-shoulder-only cut-out on a white tee; nice twist. Diana Baba‘s cropped, cut-out tees looked a bit stiff, but the vibe’s there.
Afterparty-worthy playlist. When you start with classic Radiohead and mix in everything we loved last year, from Robyn to Glasser to Sleigh Bells to Adele, you basically win an invitation to our next house jam. Oh, and a Death From Above 1979 song? Call us.
Material mash-ups. Over the past few years, innovation in fashion has shifted from structural extremes to radical texture-play, and a couple of the grads have caught on. We loved the opener, Kayoko Kawano, who applied a fine artist’s touch to her eveningwear: think silk chiffon daubed onto dresses or layered like paper sculpture. Later, Eric Tong showed a leather top that swung like a soft cage, a sheer version of last spring’s Givenchy striped jacket, and a hybrid LBD/raincoat that would look great in a Rihanna video.
The set. Abstract geometric sculptures, lit up from the inside, looked like paper mountains on another planet’s moon.
Clothes we could actually wear to work. Mooniness aside, this was a pretty down-to-earth season for Mass Ex. Only, like, two designers looked like they learned their trade from Zoolander. And there were two other designers who made clean, well-tailored, monochromatic separates we could see “real women” wearing: Pamela Card and Eunsil Ahn. The latter, especially, worked her angles and asymmetry into a clever deconstruction of office dress codes.

A night at the opera | Hollywood yohana

Hillside Villas. “Morning!” Audrina chirps as she enters the kitchen. Lauren, clearly not a morning person, responds with a grunt. “I have to tell you something!” Audrina says excitedly. “Tell me,” Lauren mutters, but she perks up when she hears Audrina’s news: Spencer’s heretofore-unseen sister Stephanie told Audrina off at a club last night. “I’ve met that girl before… she’s a loony,” Lauren says. Lauren fears the “She-Pratt” more than she does Spencer: “At the end of the day, a guy can’t hit a girl. A girl can hit a girl.”

Heidi and Spencer’s. The She-Pratt enters, watches Spencer and Heidi argue about paying the electric bill, and proclaims that she has “never seen two people so in love.” Clearly she has high relationship standards. She’s also a romantic; she agrees with Spencer that church weddings are boring and wants to get married in Croatia herself. Finally, she’s a woman of faith: “Oh my God! Roxy and I went online to become ministers!” she exclaims. “I could marry you! Please let me do it.” Spencer looks happier than he’s been all season, now that somebody’s not only agreeing with his wedding ideas, but actually one-upping them. “I don’t want… I don’t want that,” Heidi stammers nervously, trying to escape the gaze of two pairs of unblinking crazy eyes.
Opera Nightclub. Lauren, Brody and friends are happily enjoying drinks when who should approach their table but Stephanie Pratt and her friend Roxy. “Brody! What are you doing here?” Steph exclaims. “You’re on the evil side.” Roxy feels the need to throw in her two cents: “Stop messing with Heidi,” she tells Lauren. “Stop being mean girls.” Ms. Conrad, to her credit, stays calm. “You don’t know me,” she says. “I don’t get along with Heidi; that’s kind of our business.” Steph can’t be deterred that easily. “Heidi’s my family now. They’re getting married. When you hate my brother, it makes me hate you,” she proclaims, evoking memories of Spencer’s eloquent “rolling around with my enemy” speech. Brody’s not putting up with that twice. “Heidi’s business and her business is their business. Stop getting involved. Just stop,” he orders.
As if this wasn’t enough drama for one outing, Justin (wearing a hood that doesn’t seem to be attached to an actual garment), who has basically been ignoring Audrina all evening, takes this opportunity to (maybe; the camera’s view is obscured) kiss a black-lipstick-wearing redhead at the bar. Audrina’s had enough. She confronts Justin in the parking lot and tells him that they’re done. He says probably the sweetest thing we’ve ever heard him say: “Honey, you’re in my heart and I care about you so much more than you’ll ever know.” He undermines this proclamation, however, when he implies that he doesn’t believe it’s possible for her to cut him off (admittedly, she has made the same baseless threat multiple times), then gives her an ultimatum: either she gets in the car with him, or he walks away for good. Audrina gets in the car.
Heidi and Spencer’s. Steph is visiting again, and she excitedly relays the previous night’s events… sort of. “I was like, ‘Look, I’m Heidi’s best friend,’ and Brody’s like, ‘Oh, please,’“ she says. Spencer laughs, and he and Steph tear into Lauren and Brody with glee as a silent Heidi looks increasingly more uncomfortable. Finally, “I’m so sick of talking about these people, so let’s change the subject,” Heidi interrupts, on the verge of tears. “Let’s get Heidi some earmuffs,” Spencer suggests, and Steph cackles maniacally.
Epic. Audrina tells Chiara all about the previous nights events, and says that – surprise! – she dropped Justin at home and told him it was really over. “You can only take so much… abuse, to a certain extent,” Chiara says. “You respect yourself more than that.” Good on Chiara for calling it like it is! Audrina says she has to see Justin one last time and end it for good. “You have to hold strong to that, though,” Chiara says. “Don’t give in.”
Villas. Justin, possibly in a last-ditch effort to sway Audrina, has cleaned up… more than usual, anyway. He’s pulled his hair back into a ponytail and is mercilessly free of army gear and unfortunate headwear. He’s still the same old Justin, though – he maintains that he didn’t kiss the redhead, telling Audrina that she must have been hallucinating and that the friends who witnessed the kiss are lying. “It’s hopeless,” Audrina says. “It should just be over, and we should just be friends.” No! Don’t say the F-word! This only works if you cut off all contact! Justin knows this, and he simply half-smirks, hugs her and exits. Audrina cries. Isn’t it nice that we can always rely on this show to end on an uplifting note?

If you want to know what the most amazing couture salon looks like, have a peek at Schiaparelli’s new digs | Hollywood yohana

The Schiaparelli revival is going strong, and the resurging label has opened couture salons on the exclusive Place Vendôme in Paris to prove it. The “prêt-à-couture”  brand has yet to hire a designer, but if the magnificent interiors of its new salons are any indication of what’s to come, the fashion world is in for a visual treat.
Drawing on the house’s surrealist roots, the colourful rooms offer a quirky take on luxury. The main salon boasts a beautiful lobster-shaped chest of drawers designed by Vincent Darré— a nod to the famous lobster dress hat Schiaparelli designed alongside Salvador Dalí — as well as a sphinx sculpture that once perched in Schiaparelli’s original atelier. The salons will provide the backdrop to the luxury label’s first show, which will take place during Paris Couture Week next January, and with all the rumours swirling around the yet-to-be-appointed designer, we can hardly wait to see what marvels will come from house Schiaparelli.

From top knots to jewel-encrusted face masks, we look at the 10 beauty standouts from Couture Week | Hollywood yohana

Couture being one of the last unattainable bastions of the fashion industry pretty much guarantees that the beauty side of things will be appropriately thrilling. From the gravity-defying ponytails at Alexis Mabille to the jewel-encrusted face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, here are 10 of the most beautiful and extreme beauty looks from Paris’s latest Couture Week installment.

All the photos and backstage beauty scoop from Rad Hourani’s first couture collection | Hollywood yohana

Montreal native Rad Hourani managed to make fashion history not just once, but twice last week: not only was he the first Canadian to show during haute couture week in Paris, but he was also the first designer to ever show a unisex haute couture collection.
He described his collection as “unisex, pure and complex” to FASHION Montreal editor Patricia Gajo last month, and the collection was all that and more: luxurious, sleek and meticulously tailored. The makeup and hair was also true to the Jordan-born designer’s bare-boned, androgynous style. At the hands of senior M.A.C artist Luc Bouchard, models were sent down the runway in a palette of neutrals inspired by “angelic creatures,” their slicked back hair baring their minimalist faces.

Though Hourani won’t find out if he will be anointed as a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture until December, he was in high spirits after his momentous first haute couture collection. “I feel extremely happy and thankful for everything. It’s been magical!” he told Gajo after the show, adding that he was looking forward to tackling the next collection. “Of course, it was very hard to do, but now that I did the first collection, I’m OK for the next one.”

ee-haw! 32 shots of the raddest bike-riding cowboys, designer-clad partygoers and guitar-playing cool kids at the Calgary Stampede | Hollywood yohana

 When you think about street style, the first streets that comes to mind are most likely not those that host the Calgary Stampede. But from the natives dressed in traditional garb over at the “Indian Village” to the various patio parties, there’s diverse vibrancy as far as the eye can see. To document, we had Calgary photoblogger extraordinaire and resident cool girl Ania Boniecka snap the raddest stampede styles. And as they say, the proof is in the pudding. And by pudding, we obviously mean photos