Ruffian line hits Anthropologie, DWTS rejects Vera Wang designs and more | Hollywood yohana

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The new line Mise en Scene by Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais has hit Anthropologie. The lower-priced collection of clothing and home décor was inspired by starlet dressing rooms in films like All About Eve and Stage Fright. The classic Ruffian style of sharp tailoring and classic, elegant fabrics are still there, but for a price that (probably) won’t give you buyer’s remorse. [Racked]
Coach designer Reed Krakoff will show his new line of accessories in February 2010 during Fashion Week.
Vera Wang opted out of Dancing with the Stars but not because she can’t dance. Apparently ABC refused to let Vera Wang design her own costumes for the show. You just don’t do that.

Inès de la Fressange has been named ‘Most Chic woman in Paris,’ leaving Carla Bruni Sarkozy at the fifth spot on the style list. The former model snagged the number one title for epitomizing the “ultimate chic, urban classiness, and
unflappable elegance” of the Parisian woman.
If you were starting to miss those catchy little 20-second Gap ads–that were always so evidently Gap ads–you’re in luck. After two years of nada on the TV front, the brand will be returning to a commercial lineup near you to help boost sagging sales.

Liam Gallagher to do womenswear, Mark Fast parties with the Queen and John Varvatos’ musical funhouse | Hollywood yohana

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is all set to launch a womenswear line, under his label, Pretty Green, which already has a men’s range. Oh my.
Actually, let’s let Miss J tackle this one with a quote on celeb lines: “My biggest problem is if you’re going to hire a celebrity to design a line and if they don’t know what they are doing, then they need to hire the right person to sketch and oversee the line. It’s an insult to the fashion industry for people who have studied this craft, researched it, traveled the world looking for inspiration compared to someone who just pulls something out of their closet and changes the color.”
Accessories brand Hogan, and Karl Lagerfeld are teaming up to do a one-off collaboration for spring 2011.
The fashion world is thinking of Alexander McQueen today, on what would be his 41st birthday.
If Her Majesty is the life of a party, Buckingham Palace would surely be the epicentre, and last night was just that: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh threw a shindig to celebrate British fashion. Guests included Canadian designer Mark Fast, Manolo Blahnik and Twiggy.
John Varvatos, a bona fide music junkie (wasn’t his rock-inspired clothing a hint?), has launched a music blog! JV’s Funhouse (johnvarvatos./jvs-funhouse) will keep readers in the loop on concerts and parties and even backstage jam sessions, as well as downloads of some of Varvatos’ top tunes!

The star-studded list of M.A.C Viva Glam Fashion Cares hosts and performers has been released! | Hollywood yohana

M.A.C Viva Glam Fashion Cares is one of Toronto’s hottest annual tickets, so it comes as no surprise that the fundraiser gala’s roster for this year’s event does not disappoint. From longtime HIV/AIDS activist Elton John (whose partner David Furnish co-chairs the event with Michael King) to new faces like Sky Ferreira (who we spoke with last month) and Janelle Monáe, the routinely sold-out gala is shaping up to be the go-to event of the fall.
Not only will there be enough musical talent on hand to easily keep you distracted all night (think everyone from Scissor Sisters to homegrown talent like Kreesha Turner), but in true Fashion Cares style, there will be an abundance of amazing fashion as well. Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, who are teaming up with legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista for hosting duties, are sending their designs down the runway at the gala, alongside looks from Vivienne Westwood, Elie Saab, Pink Tartan and more. On that style note, it’s worth mentioning that some of Elton John’s most memorable, famously flamboyant costumes will be on display as well as a quarter century retrospective highlighting the event’s most glamorous looks.

Ticket prices aren’t cheap ($500–$1,500), but given the fact that at least 70 per cent of the profits from ticket sales go directly to programs supporting those living with HIV/AIDS, it’s an infinitely more worthwhile, yet still fashionable way of dropping cash than a shopping spree.

Brad Goreski on growing up gay, his biggest fashion faux pas and the end of Fashion Television | Hollywood yohana

Since breaking into the public eye as Rachel Zoe’s quick-witted (and incredibly patient) styling assistant, Brad Goreski has built an empire of sorts. The Canadian export has his own Bravo TV series It’s a Brad, Brad World, an A-list clientele including Jessica Alba, and is the exclusive stylist to Kate Spade. Most recently, Goreski wrote a candid, self-effacing memoir called Born to Be Brad, in which he details his progression from a high school outsider in Port Perry, Ontario to a fashion insider warming the front row seats at Fashion Week. We chatted with the stylist when he was at Brooks Brothers in Toronto to promote his new book, Born to be Brad, (with Heather Marks, to boot!) about everything from Bono sunglasses to shaggy fur to Japanese house slippers:

In your book, you talk about Fashion Television being your first introduction to the fashion world. How did you feel when you heard the show had been cancelled?
“All good things must come to an end. I think change is always good, I’ve experienced it in big ways. I think its unexpected cancellation is kind of sad, but I’m excited to see what she does next. And I’ll be avidly following her.”
What was it like growing up as a gay man in 1980s small town Ontario?
“It was tough; I kind of dressed the same as I do now. I didn’t really know any other way. I tried to disguise myself and blend in and it just never worked. I eventually found my tribe with the theatre group I was involved in. It’s not to say that my experience is so unique but I think being able to express to people that if they’re going through something like this and feel super alone like a geek or an outsider—if you believe that, that’s what the problem is.”
Have you ever looked back at any personal fashion faux pas?
“Oh my god, all of my teen years were a fashion faux pas. I used to shop at the Buy the Pound on King Street and there was a long, yarn, ombré shag furry sweater. It was furry. Everywhere. Green velvet bellbottoms were another favourite of mine, with a green sequin T-shirt. I made my own pants out of funny fabrics with vacuums and eggs and bacon [printed] on them. And I would do things like stand in garbage pails and have my friends take photos of me. That’s the kind of teenager I was. It was kind of nice writing the book because I got to look back on all these fond memories. Like I worked in a video store.”
What are five words to describe your style?

“I would call it ‘geek chic with a touch of showgirl.’  That’s too long [Laughs]. Geek Chic Show Girl. And colour. There.”
We’re so used to seeing you in the bowtie and jacket. What do you wear on a Sunday, for example?
“PJ pants and vintage T-shirt and my Japanese house slippers.  But, oh god, that stays within the confines of my home. I usually put on a little look—a cashmere sweater and pair of jeans.”

From freckle woes to stubby eyelashes, we have tips and tricks for all sorts of insecurities | Hollywood yohana

When it comes to our insecurities, it’s easy to dismiss “mind over matter” as a viable solution. But, when it comes to beauty problems that’s definitely half the battle! For every zit you’ve assured yourself was so embarrassing, endless others have suffered through the same fate—and realized it could have been much worse. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to get a little help along the way, and that’s why this week we’re sharing tips and tricks for coping with five common beauty insecurities.

From Inès de la Fressange to Rachel Roy, icons share their thoughts on living well and looking great—no matter what your birth certificate says | Hollywood yohana

Beauty | The Age Issue

It’s a cliché, yes, but age is just a number. To prove it, we’ve rounded up some of the most influential women in fashion and beauty and asked them about everything from how they celebrate birthdays to the products they swear by.

Getting hitched next year? Peruse the frilliest fantasy dresses from Spring 2013 Bridal Fashion Week | Hollywood yohana

 Whether you are getting hitched next year, or just want to peruse the fantasy styles, it’s Spring 2013 Bridal Fashion Week in New York. The team over at WeddingBells has all the latest news and galleries from the shows, from Vera Wang to Oscar de la Renta and more.

Estrella Archs leaves Ungaro, Vera Wang + David’s Bridal, and Rodarte’s carnival game | Hollywood yohana

The dusty Ungaro drama is far from settling, with the announcement today that Estrella Archs leaving the label. “Estrella Archs announces that she has left her job as chief designer of Emanuel Ungaro due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand,” a spokesperson for the designer confirmed.
Anna Wintour spoke at the Pratt Institute last night in a tribute to Irving Penn, and we got a glimpse into the softer side of the Vogue editor-in-chief, calling Penn a “seductive” man who she immediately had “an intellectual crush [on].”  She concluded her speech quite emotionally, saying “He made me a better editor. He was always in my head…. Irving’s gifts to us will not end.”
The bankrupt brand Rock & Republic also has some extra baggage to deal with, as founder Michael Ball has gotten himself tangled up in a love triangle. Read slowly to follow this mess: Fernanda Romero, a model for the brand, married pizza deliveryman and musician Kent Ross, allegedly for U.S. residency. Ball reportedly helped arrange the union. First however, Romero dumped fashion photographer Markus Klinko for her pizza guy. Klinko was none too happy and revealed the scheme to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in jealous revenge. So where does this leave Ball? The case is moving forward and his involvement is being investigated.
Vera Wang+David’s Bridal=a budgeting bride’s dream come true. For those brides-to-be that appreciate Wang’s work but find the price tags a bit pesky, the collaboration brings dresses that top out at $1,500. It launches in the U.S. for Spring 2011.
The volcanic ash cloud has scuppered travel plans for some of fashion’s elite players: Ralph Lauren is stuck in Paris, Giles Deacon endured a 21-hour journey from Milan to London, Net-a-Porter shipments are delayed, and Giorgio Armani, who has already postponed the launch of his first hotel in Dubai three times (for unrelated reasons), has again had to push back the event.
To celebrate their new “High Style” exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum has tapped Opening Ceremony co-owners Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to create a carnival. The duo have brought in six labels—Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrick Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte and Slow and Steady Wins the Race—to make individual carnival games like the classic ring-toss and tarot card reading.
LG has managed to seduce Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria to endorse their mobile phone, LG Fashion Touch. The two appear in a YouTube video giggling and prancing around racks of clothing.

Kanye West gets style honours, Taylor Swift to launch fragrance, and is Joe Fresh opening a New York store? | Hollywood yohana

Kanye West was named Stylemaker of the Year at last night’s Accessories Council Excellence awards.
It seems the Joe Fresh Style takeover could be moving south of the border. The fast fashion retailer is the front-runner in the bid to own the “glass jewel box” retail space in New York City. ]
Kate Moss launched her last Topshop line in London yesterday, followed by the predictable mayhem.
Though Alber Elbaz collaborated with H&M for the Lanvin x H&M collection,  a Lanvin diffusion line is not on the horizon. “I have always said that we are not a cool brand. It’s not about being cool or not. We try to be relevant. I’m not going into the cool club. It’s not my address,” said Elbaz. [Fashionologie] See a video of the Lanvin x H&M collection
Could an in-house line be coming to the Gilt Groupe? According to WWD, the flash sale site has been secretly interviewing designers.
The art of mixing casual pieces with formal wear (think ball gowns and leather jackets) has a name thanks to J. Crew‘s president and executive creative director Jenna Lyons: Intentional Screw-up.
Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone will be appearing on Dr. Phil this Thursday. [Racked via Twitter]
“I once boarded a plane and Sophia Loren was sitting next to me. I stayed awake all night staring at her. It would’ve been pretty creepy for her if she had woken up,” Helena Christensen told the Observer.
Country pop singer Taylor Swift has signed a deal with Elizabeth Arden to launch her first fragrance.
Add Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo to the ever-growing list of fashion people who are pregnant. Santo Domingo joins Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, Nina Garcia and Anne Slowey in the Baby Bump Crew.

Tavi styles her first editorial, Lilo’s courthouse costume changes and there’s a new no-pants in town | Hollywood yohana

Good things come to those who blog. Tavi Gevinson just got her first styling gig–a 10-page editorial for the September issue of BlackBook
Lindsay Lohan updated her outfit three times during her day in court. Does she expect the judge to reevaluate her sentence due to her ability to accessorize?
Why does the Alexander McQueen tribute book cost $295? Apparently, its embedded with real wild flowers, the pages are made of seeded paper and the box is coated in a metallic brocade from McQueen’s spring/summer 2010 show.
Long sheer skirts are apparently the new no-pants. Were we looking for a replacement?
An archive of Valentino’s work has just been unveilled. The exhibit, at the Chateau de Wideville in France includes over 200 sketches from 1959 to the 2000s and iPads showing the designer at work. How very 2010.
Rhianna‘s outfit at a recent gig a resembles flotation device. Perhaps she’s trying to find something that Lady Gaga hasn’t done yet?
For its sexy body issue, V Magazine is featuring five different covers (cover girls include Adriana Lima and Lily Donaldson) with a strategically placed “V” that can be scratched off to reveal their naughty parts underneath. Subtle.
Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant has designed a 20-piece line for QVC. There are cardigans, faux-snow leopard capes, pillbox hats and other items you would expect from a designer for a show set in the early ’60s.

What we loved at New York fashion week | Hollywood yohana


The reopening of Chanel’s SoHo store. The guest list included S.J.P., Liv Tyler, Jessica Stam, Blake Lively, DJ/It girl Alexa Chung and the man of the hour, Karl Lagerfeld. Guests channelled their inner Basquiat by grabbing a canister of Chanel-branded infrared spray paint from one of the handsome cater waiters and unleashing on the digital graffiti wall.
Michael Kors’ sunshine state of mind. I can’t get enough of his cool-as-a-cucumber crinkled linens, tissue cashmeres and hand smocking.