The chronicles of John Galliano and the quickest pardon in fashion history | Hollywood yohana

As is the case with virtually any news story these days, the developments in the John Galliano story⎯the designer being accused of hurling anti-Semitic insults at an (incidentally non-Jewish) couple while drinking at the Paris cafĂ©, Le Perle⎯can be measured in tweets, quotes and snippets. Given the proliferated speed at which these bits are published and publicized, it’s amazing to witness how quickly the industry’s reaction has gone from appalled to forgiving to looking forward to the designer’s imminent replacement at Dior. Given the industry’s propensity for forgetfulness⎯history has made fools of those who once condemned Coco Chanel for her involvement with the Nazis or Kate Moss for being caught with cocaine⎯we have no doubt that Galliano will be back at the top in no time. All references to the frankly horrifying severity of his remarks will vanish and whereas Chanel’s and Moss’s actions took years to do the same, Galliano’s have almost done so in a matter of 14 days. Meanwhile, as rumours swirl for a possible replacement by Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz and Marc Jacobs, we take a look back at the quickest judgment turnarounds in fashion history.

Style Panel: 11 easy ways to transition your wardrobe into fall without saying goodbye to summer just yet | Hollywood yohana

Love it or hate it, fall is quickly approaching and it will soon be time, once again, to break out the sweaters, jackets and closed-toe shoes. So, what’s a summer-dress loving girl to do? We turned to the ladies of Style Panel, which now includes Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair, for their unique approaches to wardrobe transitioning.

Ones to watch: Amsterdam’s Avelon has us crushing hard | Hollywood yohana

Dutch designer Erik Frenken knows a thing or two about manning a high fashion label. After working as the head of womenswear at Viktor & Rolf, the designer relocated to Amsterdam to take the helm at Avelon early last year. The label, which was on the brink of bankruptcy when Frenken took over in early 2010, has since extended into some of the most solidly covetable womenswear and menswear lines we’ve seen in ages.

Known for reconstructing basics by playing with proportion and volume, Frenken mixes pretty materials with rough touches to create his seasonless, uptown downtown mixed pieces. This season, Avelon reflected a new interpretation of classic silhouettes, with drape-y cuts appearing in leather paneled leggings, sheer cut-away tops, oversized button downs, silk onesies and asymmetrical leather dresses.

Celeb vote: Leighton Meester rocks and LBD. Is it a classic do or a don’t? | Hollywood yohana

Leighton Meester wore a pleated velvet Versus dress with Pierre Hardy Circle platform sandals in Madrid at a Herbal Essence photocall. What do you think of Meester’s ode to the LBD? Vote after the jump.

Gallery: Anna Dello Russo walked with a poodle in last night’s Lanvin x H&M “couture” show | Hollywood yohana

Alber Elbaz has said, regarding Lanvin’s collaboration with H&M, that he wasn’t looking to make Lanvin cheaper, but to make H&M more haute. In an interesting twist on the cheap-chic concept, H&M staged an “haute couture” runway show in New York last night, which featured customized, high-end versions of Elbaz’s and Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver’s creations for the Swedish fast-fashion house. [View the full gallery] In tradition of a couture show, there was even a bridal look–a winking face tee paired with a short off-white ruffled skirt and a puffy headpiece with a long veil. The show was full of the fun that Elbaz is clearly going for with this collection–Anna Dello Russo sashayed out in a hot pink dress accompanied by an equally poufy poodle, and the closing look was the Lanvin x H&M garment bag, which looks quite cute when belted.
The pieces from show, as well as some original sketches are currently being auctioned off at lanvinforhm. (until November 26), with proceeds going to H&M and Unicef’s All for Children charity. Currently, the original sketches are topping list, with the highest bid at $600. Some of the dresses are still at prices that are less that they’ll go for tomorrow in store. (That won’t last long.)
If you need reminding, the Lanvin for H&M collection hit select Canadian stores tomorrow (see hm.) and the first 320 people in line will receive a wristband and a specific time to shop for 15 minutes.

Designer DIY: Recreate Prada’s zany geometric-print heels for only $35! | Hollywood yohana

Prada Fall 2012 Shoe DIY

From the nutty geometric combos to the head-to-toe zig zag pantsuits, it’s safe to say that Prada’s Fall 2012 collection packed several visual punches. The details that began from the ground up (we’re talking about that beautiful rug) included chunky beading on jackets, pant hems, and shoes, not to mention the intricate prints that were worn top-to-toe. We chose what may be the most straightforward item of the bunch: a pair of leather-embellished platform shoes that were visually striking but, as it turns out, relatively simple to re-create. In four steps (and for just under $35!) you too can trace-cut-paste your way to geometric heaven.