Sailor style | Hollywood yohana

Sailor style

Maybe it’s because the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ( is presenting an exhibit on Jean Paul Gaultier next month, but lately I’ve been gravitating toward all things mariner.

Valérie Dumaine (valeriedumaine.) does it her way in a striped bodysuit with structured shoulders (also available as a dress), a perfect match for the gold button-up navy skirt from Betina Lou (betinalou.), a sweet collection by Marie-Eve Emond.

Jacqueline Conway | Hollywood yohana

Saskatoon It girl: Jacqueline Conway

Prairie belle Jacqueline Conway is the owner of Trend Blazer Marketing and a jazz, tap and lyrical dance teacher. But that’s not all this 27-year-old mover and shaker choreographs; she’s also the brains behind the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival (she’s the executive director) and Mix & Match Marketplace, a designer trade show for Regina and Saskatoon artists that targets the province’s nouveau fashion crowd. Conway relies on labels like Club Monaco and Rachel Roy for classic everyday staples and Zac Posen and BCBG Max Azria when she’s looking to create a little after-hours sizzle. Local labels Rebecca King and Laurie Brown—among those Conway has selected for pop-up shops and fashion shows—have found their way into her closet amongst her Joe Fresh and H&M finds. “Retail therapy is the best solution to a stressful workweek,” she says.

Lanvin continues the “real people” trend, casting some seriously fabulous older ladies as fall campaign stars | Hollywood yohana

First Dolce & Gabbana, then American Apparel and now Lanvin have all given their stamps of approval on the real-person-as-model phenomenon, with Alber Elbaz being the latest to prominently feature non-models in his designs.
After images of Lanvin’s Steven Meisel–lensed fall campaign first surfaced online last week, the interweb was desperately trying to pinpoint who exactly the Hitchcock-meets-punk blonde and glamorous advanced age models were. Turns out, they’re part of a motley cast of everyday women, including a waiter, a milliner and a recent U.S. immigrant. The older beauty is the only one who’s been named so far: she’s Advanced Style muse Jacquie “Rajah” Murdock, an ex-Apollo showgirl who’s always dreamed of going to Paris to model (now thanks to Elbaz, she’s finally gotten her moment in front of the lens).
“I was interested to bring these clothes back to the street somehow, and seeing how they look on different ages, different sizes,” Elbaz told WWD. “It felt like a crazy family, and I like that.”
The campaign may not be slated for release until September, but a viral video will be unveiled on August 21. If it’s anything like the last Lanvin video (remember Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann dancing straight-faced to Pitbull?), it will be amazing.

Jason Wu ventures into contemporary fashion with his new line, Miss Wu | Hollywood yohana

Next January, Jason Wu will add his name to the long list of designers that have forayed into contemporary fashion when he unveils his diffusion line, Miss Wu. The collection, which Wu describes as “slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude” than his signature line, is sure to garner a loyal following amongst trend-savvy women who like their fashion feminine and classic. Timeless ‘60s beauties—think Marianne Faithfull and Jane Birkin—served as inspiration for the Miss Wu’s 40-piece Spring 2013 line-up, which features mod silhouettes, groovy graphic prints and covet-worthy floppy hats. Wu, who gained experience designing affordable fashion with his Target capsule collection, told WWD that Miss Wu isn’t just about doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less.’ “I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility,” the designer said. “Miss Wu is my personality.”

Miss Wu will be available exclusively at Nordstrom’s until January 2014, at which point Wu plans on globally expanding the line. Fingers crossed for a couple of Canadian locations!

Now that S.S. Coachella exists, we have somewhere to wear Cruise collections! Get the scoop and see our 10 fantasy clothing picks | Hollywood yohana

Weezer’s Caribbean cruise sounded unreal and all, but the most recently announced concert-cruise blows Weezer’s out of the water (pun intended): Coachella organizers have just announced that they’ll be taking to international waters this December as S.S. Coachella, a 2,800-person capacity vessel packed full of indie favourites like Hot Chip, Girl Talk and Yeasayer. The ocean landscape is a far cry from the festival’s usual arid locale in Indio, California, and we have a feeling the heat exhaustion, up-to-the-knee mud splatters and disgusting port-a-potties won’t be missed too much (though they may be replaced by seasickness for some).

It will be interesting to see what happens with cruise-goers’ style choices as well. While festival style has become such an established aesthetic that lines like H&M have even based collections off of it, we’re hoping that moving the festival to a floating island will result in a new, luxury-meets-boho hybrid of festival chic and resort wear. The sartorial combinations are endless, really: we’d love to see Chanel’s Versailles-inspired resort collection mixed with a festival staple like fringe, or the graphic Prabal Gurung resort designs pattern-clashed with the festival’s ever-present tribal prints.
Sartorial revamping aside, tickets to the two sailings (the first leaving Dec. 16 to the Bahamas for three days and the second to Jamaica on Dec. 19 for four days) are said to start at about $500 per person for four-person cabins and cap out at $9,000 for a “sky suite” with veranda. The prices include lodging, food and entertainment, but sadly, no bar tab.
If tickets seemed to sell out almost immediately for this year’s festival, we can only imagine how much harder this hot ticket will be to land, especially since LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy will apparently be doing wine tastings on deck.

Nail Corner: Keep your cool with icy nail art inspired by Chanel’s new “Sky Line” polish | Hollywood yohana

 With the weather hitting sweltering, record-breaking highs this week, it’s all about seeking relief from the heat in as many creative ways as possible. While a manicure isn’t likely to make you feel any cooler (tempertature-wise, that is!) there’s no denying that even superficial ways of tricking the mind to think about winter can help. So this week, put away your beachy pinks and oranges and turn toward frostbitten colours instead. Chanel‘s new shivering blue shade of nail polish is a great place to start, and the set from their Fall 2012 show provides further direction: the Superman Fortress of Solitude-esque ice crystals inspire an easy bit of nail art.