The skinny on Narciso Rodriguez’s new role for Banana Republic | Hollywood yohana

After spending the summer wrapping up a line for Kohl’s, relaunching his shoe line and sitting at the helm of his own fashion label, you’d think Narciso Rodriguez would want to take a little breather for a day or two. Instead, Banana Republic has just announced that the busy-bee designer will be starting a specially created advisory role with the retailer this Monday. The new position will have Rodriguez collaborating with Banana Republic creative director and executive VP of design Simon Kneen.

“At Banana Republic, we are committed to delivering modern, stylish work wear to our customers,” said Jack Calhoun, the president of Banana Republic, in a statement. “Narciso’s expertise will be a great complement to Simon’s strengths and to our incredible design team.”
Rodriguez’s devotion to clean, polished silhouettes with an edge will not only seamlessly work into Banana Republic’s aesthetic, but it will undoubtedly give the retailer a dose of high-fashion as well. Kneen has been steadily leading the brand into more style-oriented territory since he started with the retailer in 2008, so the partnership with Rodriguez seems like a natural progression for the direction the brand’s headed in already. Look for Rodriguez’s influence in the retailer’s fall 2013 collection, which will be the first set of designs he’ll help oversee!

London Fashion Week will pay tribute to everyone’s favourite cartoon muse | Hollywood yohana

One of the highlights of this year’s London Fashion Week is going to be inspired by an unlikely albeit adorable muse: Minnie Mouse and her famous polka-dotted ensemble will be the sartorial reference point for a whole slew of designers, who will be collaborating on an exclusive line in honour of the fictional mouse.
“Minnie Mouse Must Haves” designs will be unveiled during LFW, with Richard Nicoll, Katie Hillier, Giles Deacon, Terry de Havilland, Lulu Guinness and more contributing Minnie-inspired looks. Like Daisy Duck and the rest of her crew, Minnie had an unmistakable flare for fashion: bows, polka-dotted dresses and white gloves were always in her repertoire (not to mention her big, round ears), so expect the dot trend to hold strong on the spring 2013 runway.

After the pieces make their debut on the runway, they’ll be put up for auction on eBay with proceeds going to the British Fashion Council initiative Fashion Arts Foundation, which helps foster relationships between different creative fields.

Lana Del Rey’s full campaign for H&M has been released. See the images now! | Hollywood yohana

After the stunning sneak peek last month, Lana Del Rey’s retro-inspired campaign with H&M has finally been revealed in full, and in one word, it’s perfection. The “L.A. noir” inspiration suits Del Rey’s self-described “ghetto Nancy Sinatra” style to a T, and the Blue Jeans chanteuse looks all kinds of beautiful in everything from covet-worthy abstract print skinnies to a sleek and body-conscious tweed dress.

Now that we’ve seen the Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-lensed campaign in full, it seems certain that Del Rey is poised to turn her fashion-star-in-the-making status into a full fledged fashion career. Check out the campaign for yourself, and stay tuned for Del Rey’s remake of Roy Orbison’s classic “Blue Velvet,” which will go live on on September 19 to fĂȘte the new collection!

Pow! Phillip Lim is launching a seriously rad comic book inspired by his latest collection | Hollywood yohana

Though most of our comic book experience thus far has been limited to the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle, we have a feeling we can get behind this new arrival: 3.1 Phillip Lim has just released several sneak peeks of “Kill the Night,” the label’s soon-to-be-released comic book inspired by the brand’s superhero-inspired Fall 2012 collection.

Co-written by Lim himself and John Ostrander, the comic was drawn by Jan Duursema, a famous illustrator who is best known for her work on the Star Wars comics. Like the fall collection, the comics draw inspiration from the neo-noir, badass heroines immortalized in comics like Sin City and V for Vendetta. The storyline is based on duality and metamorphis, with themes like black and white or love and hate explored between the covers. The only way to get a copy is to visit 3.1 Phillip Lim’s site and sign up, with the launch date for the comics slated for Fashion’s Night Out festivities on September 6.
Already in love with the few images that have been leaked so far? Re-tweet, re-post and re-pin your favourite image thus far with the hashtag #killthenight and you could be entered for a prize draw to win a cool $3K shopping spree at the label’s online shop!