Toronto: Swapping for one-of-a-kind finds | Hollywood yohana

The thrill of hunting for one-of-a-kind gems is only part of the allure of vintage shopping. When we source style inspiration in reclaimed garments, our ecological footprint is reduced and as an eco-conscious country, many Canadians wear vintage pieces as if they were badges of honor. Stop any Toronto trendster on the street and ask what they are wearing, chances are they will snobbishly respond, “It’s vintage.” It’s most adorable!

Just last month, said trendsters were spotted at 69 Vintage By the Pound (1234 Bloor St., West, 416-516-1234, in the midst of the Cowgirl Clothing Swap, an event that allows you to trade in pre-loved clothing for something that’s new to you. Here’s how it works:
With each item you bring you receive a blue ticket that entitles you to swap for one of the other items that have been dropped off at the event. If your piece is considered to be vintage, you get a purple ticket, which entitles you to swap for something sold at the store. Each swapper may exchange a maximum of five items, though you can buy more by the pound. At the end of the night, everyone left with satisfied smiles and a hoard of stylish finds. Here is the best part: the ladies at the store will happily perform alterations to your purchases with the on-site sewing machine. This was eco-friendly, maximum shopping fun with a zero-dollar price tag. Be sure to catch the store’s pre-Halloween swap on October 23.

Calgary: Knit one, Purrl two | Hollywood yohana

 As fall draws near, Calgarians tend to hold their breath, bracing themselves for a quick and abrupt end to summer. While savouring every last moment of warm weather can be disheartening to some, for others it means an opportunity to check out the latest in fall fashion. In autumn, the air is crisp and leaves are a riot of colours. For me, it’s a perfect recipe for handholding and a warm embrace.

Walking into Purr’s new 17th Avenue location (601 17th Ave. SW, Suite 100, 403-244-7877), it was clear that romance was in the air, thanks to delicate knits, moody prints and antique effects. I was immediately drawn to an elegant grey dress from the brand new label Left on Houston (leftonhouston.). There was no way I could resist this heavenly knit hug. The dress is feminine, with a scoop neck, a woven belt, and a hemline that flutters right above the knee. And at $150, it seems a reasonable price to pay for a dress that is sure to turn heads this fall.
And what whispers romance more than husband-and-wife team Danny and Carla Hogg, the couple behind the Vancouver-based knitwear label? This fashion duo share 20 combined years of experience and have forged a fashionable mark on the industry, hand in hand. 

Calgary: Domestic Diva | Hollywood yohana


There’s nothing I love more than throwing a dinner party.  I fully admit, I have an inner Martha stirring inside of me, just dying to serve up elegant hors d’oeuvres and lavish spreads to guests sidling up to homemade place cards.  I’m pretty sure I get this burning desire to entertain from my mother.
So, you can just imagine my domestic delight when I stumbled upon the Kitsch’n Glam (kitchenglam.) collection at I Appeal (634A 17 Avenue SW, 403-271-3696 and 1109B Kensington Rd NW, 403-270-3611). These retro-whimsical aprons ($42 for the halter style), give a sexy and fashionable twist to an age-old kitchen accessories.  Who says glamour isn’t for the kitchen?  There’s nothing worse than scrambling to look presentable when guests arrive, but these are so darn cute you can wear them into the evening. (A couple of styles are even reversible!) Emblazoned with prints that give a nod to ’50s nostalgia, these vintage-style aprons come in half and full length with flirty cuts that can’t help but bring a smile to your face.  With names like “Frosting,” “Love Nest” and “Jubilee,” (shown) they put a playful spin on the phrase “What’s cookin’, good lookin’?”.

Leggings, ahoy! Lindsay Lohan joins Emanuel Ungaro | Hollywood yohana


 OMG. The rumours were true–La Lohan has been appointed artistic advisor to the the house of Emanuel Ungaro. This news comes with the installation of Estrella Archs as chief designer for the label, replacing wünderkind Esteban Cortazar, who left the house amid swirls of the LiLo coming aboard. This is all very…odd.Archs herself comes with a decent pedigree. She attended Central Saint Martins and has worked with Miuccia Prada and the houses of Nina Ricci and Emilio Pucci. Lohan, on the other hand, has lent her skills to leggings and self-tanner.
The company is positioning this as a muse situation: “Twenty-first Century muses are extroverts whose personal style and experience gives them a strong creative and artistic focus.” says Ungaro president Mounir Moufarrige. “Thus was our vision of combining the eye of a fashion creator (Ms. Archs) with the eye of the ultimate luxury consumer, a celebrity (Ms. Lohan).” Time will tell whether Lohan will be what, say, Loulou de la Falaise was for Yves Saint Laurent. We doubt it, but she’s at least proven herself articulate about fashion–witness her recent turn as a Project Runway judge. We can all hold our breath till October, when the fruits of the collaboration will take to the runway at Paris Fashion Week.

Cozy up: Fall jackets we love | Hollywood yohana


 Some of us in the office are mourning the end of summer (if indeed it ever arrived), but this reporter is always quite happy to welcome the nip in the air that accompanies the end of the silly season. After the jump, we round up our picks for the best fall jackets to buy right now.

Peel slowly and see Baptiste, lipgloss for your RPattz fantasy, and more | Hollywood yohana


That Baptiste Giabiconi Wallpaper cover is out. Thoughts? [Refinery 29]
No doubt Twi-hards are thrilled with the opening of, which hawks the series’ two makeup lines, Luna Twilight and Volturi Twilight. (You’ll have to fill us in on what those mean.) Included in the lineup is the much-hyped Twilight Venom from DuWop lip stain/conditioner, which looks like blood in suspended animation and a lot of sparkle everything.
Gap Creative Director Patrick Robinson will co-chair the annual Met Gala and Costume Institute’s exhibition with Anna Wintour and Oprah Winfrey. The iconic frontwomen are the ideal pair for this year’s theme of “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” which will feature about 75 outfits on loan from the couture collection at the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. Pieces from Lanvin and Chanel that have been hidden in the closet for almost 30 years will finally be on view to the public.
Threeasfour have collaborated with Yoko Ono on their spring 2010 collection. The line features clothing inspired by Ono’s dot drawings, with a colour palette of black, white and ice blue.
America’s next top magazine editor? Tyra Banks jumps into the stream of web publishing with her new online magazine dedicated to beauty, fashion and healthy living. Tyra: Beauty Inside and Out will feature behind-the-scenes footage from America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Show. She just couldn’t help herself, could she.
The Montreal-based (and online) shoe-haven salon Mona Moore is set to have its U.S. debut. Known as the spot to snag fresh footwear from such designers as Lanvin and Marni, the new boutique opens in Venice for lucky California dreamers.

Toronto Fashion Week heads to King West | Hollywood yohana

Nada Shepherd will show her Spring 2010 collection at Toronto Fashion Week in October. Photography by Jess Baumung

 The Fashion Design Council of Canada has announced a new location for Spring 2010 Toronto Fashion Week: King West. The FDCC cites the growth of the event as the reason for the move to the site of the former Downtown Plymouth Chrysler Dealership. Says FDCC president Robin Kay: “The event has grown significantly and we are exhilarated by the opportunity to expand the space and allow for more participating designers, audiences and to keep our runway to the world totally fresh and current.” The two-acre site will have a larger runway area, a window into the backstage beauty room and 15,000 square foot networking area, which we assume means the bar. Among the new names at the tents this season are Halifax’s Katrina Tuttle and Project Runway Canada Season2 runner-up Jessica Biffi. We’re excited to see Pat McDonagh back after a few seasons away from the tents, but noticed that Joeffer Caoc is missing from the list of usual Fweek suspects.

That’s one bad ombré: Drew Barrymore and Audrina Patridge both showed off unfortunate dye jobs this week | Hollywood yohana

Ombré, ombré, ombré! This hair-colour technique is slowly moving away from being just a fad and becoming a long-haul trend. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that all hair stylists have mastered how to properly do an ombré dye job. Case(s) in point: Drew Barrymore and Audrina Patridge. Both were snapped this week with dark-to-light tresses, and we can’t say we approve of either.
Patridge, at the Immortals 3D premiere in Los Angeles, doesn’t even seem to have hit the dye bottle—it looks like the former Hills star simply swapped her brown extensions for blonde. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that this quickie approach to ombré doesn’t catch on.
Then there’s Barrymore, who is usually so good at switching hair colours. So we’re going to assume the brassy ombré style she debuted at the LACMA Art + Film Gala is actually still in transition—because there is no excuse for bleaching the bottom half of jet-black hair and not toning it to a proper shade. None.

Beauty Fix: How to hide tan lines while wearing a strapless dress, mascara with the best curl and prevent your bike helmet from causing a breakout | Hollywood yohana

Beauty Fix

Sometimes even the best beauty intentions go awry. A perfectly curled lash can be ruined by a too-stiff mascara or the safety of a bike helmet can lead to something actually worse than flat hair. However, there’s as many fixes out there as there are beauty products! This week we’ll tell you how to hide your end-of-summer tan lines, keep dark under-eye circles at bay and share a new eyeliner technique you need to try.