Olympians descend upon Vancouver’s Omega boutique to celebrate the London Games while being ogled by mere mortals sipping champagne | Hollywood yohana

With the London 2012 Olympics kicking off this Friday, Omega (official timekeeper of the Games since 1932, FYI) warmed up for the big event by hosting a British shindig at its downtown Vancouver boutique. The English-inspired evening included faux—yet no less unflinching—Queen’s Guards posted at the entrance and better-than-mum-ever-made Yorkshire pudding appetizers whipped up by Hawksworth Restaurant.

Our slice of the Commonwealth was also well represented, with Canadian super athletes on hand. Local golden girl (golden as in Vancouver 2010 ski-cross gold medalist, and, well the hair too) Ashleigh McIvor brought her boyfriend Jay DeMerit, captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. A 10.0 dive into the gene pool for those two. Other Olympians in attendance included five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks, track and fielder Gary Reed and 2008 Beijing rowing gold medalist Jacob Wetzel, who brought his Olympic bling along with him.
The rest of us mere mortals threw back champagne, admired the new Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 limited edition watch and mumbled under our breath about “working out more.”


Nail Corner: A colourful-to-the-point-of-distraction stripe and zig-zag manicure | Hollywood yohana

 Created by arts organization No.9 and Toronto-based artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Art Train Conductor No.9 is more than just a wrapped GO train—and it’s also the first time I’ve felt envious of commuters! (If you are a Toronto-area commuter, the train is currently running on the Lakeshore line, but is moving to Barrie as of July 31.) The whole design is beyond visually stunning: from blown-out multi-coloured pixels to bold zig-zags of black and white, there’s a lot going on. So when translating the train into nail art, the biggest obstacle was figuring out which elements to use and which to ignore. After drafting a few different ideas, I decided the best route was to focus on using similar colours and mimicking just a few repeating shapes. The result is a graphic set of striped nails that could serve as a great distraction during any commute home.


Hedi Slimane’s new logo for Saint Laurent Paris is hated on Facebook but loved by Karl. What do you think? | Hollywood yohana

After the hate-athon that ensued after Yves Saint Laurent unveiled a photo of its revamped Saint Laurent Paris logo, two fashion heavy-hitters have come to the defense of creative director Hedi Slimane.
Both Karl Lagerfeld and Arizona Muse have given their stamp of approval to the new fuss-free, sans-serif logo, which was pictured atop two black boxes stacked on white marble on the brand’s Facebook page Monday. The logo, which is a nod to the brand’s Rive Gauche era back in the ‘60s, is the exact opposite of the swirly Yves Saint Laurent font that’s been a mainstay for the brand up until this point.

At the launch party of Lagerfeld’s new Olympics-themed collection at Selfridges, the ever-opinionated designer told British Elle that the new logo injected something fresh into the label.
“All of them, Dior and Hedi at Saint Laurent, are friends of mine, so I think it’s a very good thing,” Lagerfeld said. “Paris needs some new things, some stimulation . . . I love the idea. I think it’s interesting and it’s important. Something fresh was needed.”
Muse, who was the face of the label’s Spring 2011 campaign, agreed that it was a wise idea to change it.
“People who aren’t in the fashion world might not know that a new designer has joined the brand, so this is a clear way of signifying that there’s been a big change,” she told British Vogue. “It’s the sort of thing everyone will notice, not just fashion people.”
Their praise of the logo is definitely a different tune than the hostile comments many Facebook users were leaving below the logo image. Here are a few examples:
“Everybody with Microsoft Word could have “designed” that logo[.]”
“Guess you’ll just delete posts you don’t like, just like you did with Yves huh?!” (Aggressive.)
“This is so boring and genuinely disappointing. You have one of the most beautifully designed logos and now your [sic] settling for what almost looks like a cheap stamp. This is a classic mistake of re-branding gone wrong and I think everyone can agree, a bad move.”
Though the public might not love it, the support Slimane’s new direction has received from a number of fashion industry insiders seems to indicate that he’s doing something right. We’re waiting to judge until this fall, when his first collections for the legendary French fashion house will be unveiled.


Karl’s latest and greatest comments on Kate (divine silhouette), Posh (unpretentious) and Choupette (hates anything attached to her body) | Hollywood yohana

Karl Lagerfeld descended upon London for the launch of his Olympics-inspired collection (as well as a men’s and women’s collection) at Selfridges yesterday, showing up a fashionable two hours late to a fĂȘte in his honour. However, as is often the case with Lagerfeld, it was well worth the wait, given that the always-quotable designer soon started spouting off about everything from his Olympics-themed collection (it’s “opportunistic”) to the royals (Kate Middleton’s figure is “divine”). And, of course, no conversation with Kaiser Karl would be complete without mention of the “great beauty” Choupette, who we happened to have the great pleasure of speaking with earlier this month (not face-to-face in case you were wondering—she sent us her answers via her ever-present iPad).

He admitted to Grazia that Choupette’s skyrocket rise to fame might one day leave even his own popularity in the dust.
“She’s like a huge powderpuff with blue eyes. People are stunned by her! I’ve done stories about her with Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine with Laetitia Casta and for W Magazine. I think it’s fun. Soon people will talk more about Choupette than about me!”
When asked if he’d ever design for the kitten (whose eyes purportedly inspired his spring 2012 couture collection), he adamantly turned down the prospect.
“She hates anything attached to her body, not even her neck. Nothing! No, No. Her fur is so beautiful.”
As for Victoria Beckham, who recently tweeted images of herself in Coco Chanel’s apartment for a Lagerfeld-lensed shoot, the Chanel designer only had good things to say about her and her son Romeo, who came with her to the shoot.
“I’m a great admirer of hers. She’s a great example to tonnes of women; to have her four children, an incredible look and she’s clever. I know her from her days as a Spice Girl. Her designs are not bad at all, they’re good. She’s totally unpretentious. She brought one of her sons with her [on the shoot] and he was the sweetest boy, because often children of celebrities aren’t pleasant. This boy was perfection.”
He also had high praise for the royal set, saying the always-lovely Kate Middleton has yet to make a sartorial misstep.
“She knows pretty well what to wear and what to do. She has a divine silhouette so she can wear anything. She has a sense of what’s right for the moment because you can not dress like a mad woman in those situations.”
Another day, another set of memorable Karlisms.