New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 backstage beauty: Big brows at Thakoon, dripping nails at Prabal Gurung and Peter Som proves rainbow-coloured hair is still going strong | Hollywood yohana

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Peter Som Backstage Beauty Zoya Nail Polish

While the trend so far at New York Fashion Week has been minimal makeup that wasn’t the case at Peter Som. For starters, rainbow-hued extensions (dyed the day prior by colourist Aura Freidman) were tucked randomly in hair, styled by Eugene Souleiman. On the face, Tom Pecheux also wanted randomness and he used his finger tips to apply colour on the eyes, with the goal of looking like a child’s painting. Finally, you know how we feel about French manicures at FASHION. (If not, let me bring you up to speed: ewww!) But when done right (i.e., no acrylics and no white, squared off tips) we can get behind the style. A perfect exception-making example: the creamy orange and mint combo that used two out of the three shades from Zoya’s custom nail polish range for Peter Som.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Dispatches and celeb sightings from a fashion week newbie | Hollywood yohana

Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week

Things I learned today at my first day at the shows: Saturday mornings get off to a slow start. That doesn’t mean that the front row isn’t glossy-haired and well-heeled, but it’s certainly a smaller, sleepier crowd at the tents for 9am.
Weather is a major player. Alternating between scorching, humid sun and torrential downpours, unpredictable September weather wreaked havoc on show schedules with delays holding up start times across the city.
It’s fun to ogle Hollywood celebrities in the front row (Kate Bosworth, Mamie Gummer, Jessica Chastain and Kris Humphries—does he count?—were all spotted in FROW today), but the really exciting people watching comes courtesy of the fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and photographers who are dressed to impress. The Prabal Gurung show only started once Bill Cunningham found his seat.

It’s okay to wear flats. With all of the standing in line, rushing between venues and chasing cabs down the street, a good pair of low-heeled shoes is a fashion week survival tool. Plus if Anna Dello Russo can abandon her mega platforms for a pair of low-heeled YSL pumps, I think it’s safe to say I can too.
Quirky concepts make for memorable presentations. Amongst the myriad of presentations held at MILK Studios, Pamela Love‘s tattoo parlour setup (with an actual artist drawing on the real deal) was busting at the seams. The diminutive designer’s space could barely contain the curious crowd.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Kate Bosworth, Allison Williams and a bunch of jumping editors outside Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang | Hollywood yohana

Editors Jumping, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style

Today’s batch of fashion week street style photos is a doozy of a style star spotter. Shot in New York (duh), our street style photographer Stefania Yarhi captured the biggest and best outside Saturday’s various shows. Outside Prabal Gurung’s Pier 57 Spring 2013 showing, Yarhi caught none other than former FASHION cover girl, Allison Williams. Looking perfectly-Prabal Gurung in a satin origami-print and pleated white dress from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection, the Girls star looked as if to be fitting into the fashion flock quite nicely. True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld was there too, in a frilly Western-inspired silk blouse and geometric-printed shorts from Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2013 collection. The actresses, however, proved no match for the giddy set of street style star editors including Anna Dello Russo, Giovana Battaglia, Miroslava Duma, Anya Ziourova and Michelle Harper, who burst into one big jump upon being photographed. Could they get any cuter?

Later that day, when the rain would have scared off any less able dresser, the stylish set—including Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Susanna Lau aka. Susie Bubble, Shala Monroque and Karen Elson—showed up to Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 show at the dank Pier 94 looking as flawless as always. Sure to be one of the It items of the show season, Yarhi spotted a handful of Balenciaga’s sci fi sweaters and T-shirts (as well as one surely inspired by the look, worn by Into the Gloss’s Emily Weiss).

Exclusive sneak peek: Check out the first shots of The Coveteur’s collab with Holt Renfrew and J Brand | Hollywood yohana

Mickey Sumner Holts X J Brand X The Coveteur

As part of Holt Renfrew’s ongoing 175th birthday celebrations the historic Canadian retailer has teamed up with J Brand and the online style-hub The Coveteur to showcase J Brand’s fall collection. We have received an exclusive peek at the gallery created for this event before it goes on display starting Thursday September 13 at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street location in Toronto. The photo series will also be on The Coveteur’s website on the same day. In case you’ve been living under a not-super-stylish rock, The Coveteur, founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, is a website that has been going behind the scenes and into the closets of some of the world’s most influential style icons, captured by photographer Jake Rosenberg. Some of their recent projects include looking into Vogue Japan’s editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo’s enviable closet full of shoes and sunglasses (fashion shower not included). For this event, they have sneaked a peek into the closets and wardrobes of four fashionable stars (three of whom who are conveniently in town for TIFF).

The participants include Mickey Sumner, who is in town to promote her role in two TIFF films, Imogene and Frances Ha, The Place Beyond the Pines’ costume designer Erin Benach, Karla Welch, stylist to stars such as Olivia Wilde and Imogene Poots, and Hollywood DJ Daisy O’Dell. Check out exclusive photos of actress Mickey Sumner and some of her wardrobe, which will be displayed in the photos in the exhibit. The gallery opens with a private event on Thursday evening and will continue to be on display in store for a week on the contemporary floor at Holt Renfrew.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Karlie Kloss bakes cookies at DKNY, Naomi Campbell walks Zac Posen and more! | Hollywood yohana

Coco Rocha at Zac Posen's Spring 2013 fashion show

Blogger Bryanboy wins the biggest try-hard award. Wearing Alexander McQueen‘s mirrored visor, printed Prada brogues and a neon lime fur camera strap, he’s only an it-bag away from completef must-have overload.
Victoria Beckham‘s collections keep getting better and better. With husband David Beckham beaming from the front row, her new take on tailoring expands her offering beyond the beautiful, but now expected body-con dresses, into tailored separates territory. A pimento mini skirted suit and simple long-sleeve car coat stood out among the otherwise black and white palette.

Donna Karan knows how to make her guests feel welcome. While most designers must be running around backstage handling crunch time crises, she was out front mingling with the crowd at DKNY before they dimmed the lights.  I especially loved that on every seat was placed a vegan and gluten free Kookie, courtesy of Karlie Kloss, who has partnered with the FEED Project to provide 10 school meals to hungry children for every oatmeal treat sold. Fashion and philanthropy never tasted so good.
Diane Von Furstenberg is taking high-tech fashion to a whole new level. Going way beyond the livestream, her special partnership with Glass by Google had a few runway models, Google founder Sergey Brin (seated front row) and even Diane Von Furstenberg herself, wearing the slim frames that let you digitally capture and upload everything you see. Will this be the future of fashion?
The models were having a major moment at Zac Posen. From Twitter’s latest member Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha (who had said she wouldn’t be walking any of the New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 runways) to Karolina Kurkova, Crystal Wren and Lindsay Wixon, he rounded up an all-star cast of top models to show off his stunning collection of structured gowns in the open air (thank goodness the weather held out). There were audible gasps in the audience as each girl made her appearance. Rumour has it that the crew from the new show The Face was there filming too.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Behind the scenes at FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 cover shoot | Hollywood yohana

Carly Rae Jepsen: Behind the scenes

Ever since “Call Me Maybe” hit the top of the charts this spring, Carly Rae Jepsen has dominated every radio station, Youtube channel and dance floor playlist. So the choice to have her on FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 cover was beyond easy to make—and not just because we’ve been humming along to her music for months on end. It’s clear from the pictures that Carly Rae Jepsen has a stylish star quality that’s certain to keep her in the spotlight for a long time to come. (Don’t you just love a good Canadian success story?) After all, not everyone can look perfectly poised in a skintight McQ by Alexander McQueen dress while crouching in leopard-print Louboutin heels. When you watch the behind-the-scenes video from our October 2012 cover shoot, you’ll see even more of Carly Rae Jepsen’s charm, which was confirmed by every member of the FASHION Magazine team who worked the shoot in Vancouver. And after you’re done browsing the behind-the-scenes pictures and dancing along to our video from the October 2012 cover shoot there’s another treat waiting for you! It just so happens that the launch of FASHION Magazine’s October 2012 issue corresponds with the release of Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single “This Kiss.” It’s a bubble-gum pop hit that’s certain to become just as ubiquitous—so get thee to iTunes, pronto!

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Street Style: We spot Victoria Beckham, Jenna Lyons and the Courtin-Clarins girls | Hollywood yohana

Claire Prisca Virginie Jenna Courtin Clarins New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Intro

Next up in our street style coverage of New York Fashion Week, our resident street style photographer Stefania Yarhi has captured more of the fashion flock from outside the shows on Sunday. Yarhi’s savvy camera skills caught the likes of Victoria Beckham (who chatted with us back in August), outside after her Spring 2013 show who looked as chic as ever in all black shorts, T-shirt (likely of her own design) and sunglasses. Also snapped: the enviously impeccable Courtin-Clarins girls looking as chic as ever with Claire wearing a black and burgundy long-sleeved dress, Prisca in a white dress, Virginie in a black shirt, and long blue and white striped skirt, and Jenna in a long sleeved printed dress on the streets of New York. J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons looked quite serious while taking a call, wearing a slick grey blazer and white pants. Model Erin Wasson who seemed to be in a hurry, was snapped in a grey button up and holding a furry (real or fake?) purse.

Yarhi was also able to capture other street style photographers as they walked the street to catch people coming from presentations by Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Thakoon, and Diane von Furstenberg among others on Sunday. Blogger and photographer Bryanboy was all smiles, and of course legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham was outside waiting for the perfect photo. Yarhi’s lens also captured the likes of Elin Kling, Joanna Hillman, Michelle Harper, Miroslava Duma, blogger Susie Bubble, Taylor Tomasi-Hill and Waris Ahluwalia throughout the city coming and going from the shows.
And of course it wouldn’t be a street style post without a sighting of editor Anna Dello Russo leaving Victoria Beckham’s show looking classy in a beige and black form-fitting dress from Beckham’s collection, gold jewellery and a black hat and veil. She was later spotted having fun wearing a reflective visor (sunglasses?) over her eyes, and it was back to the quirky and wonderful Anna we know and love.

Did you know it takes 83 days to hand-embroider a Chanel couture jacket? Here are 10 things we learned while checking out their Fall 2012 collection in New York | Hollywood yohana

Chanel Couture Fall 2012

Every little bit counts: Arriving early for my 9am appointment in New York City to check out Chanel’s Fall 2012 Couture collection, I was ushered into the elevator along with Chanel employees clad in head to toe tweed. Even the elevator decor had been thoughtfully attended to, with an oversized portrait of Coco Chanel that matched Karl Lagerfeld’s drawing on my invitation card.
Okay, maybe not entirely head to toe tweed: I knew the agony I went through when selecting my outfit was not in vain when I discovered that the Paris-based PR girl showing me around was wearing the same pair of Alexander Wang sandals. Phewf!
Inspiration can come from anywhere: Marie Laurencin, 19th century painter and personal friend of Coco Chanel, provided pastel pink palette inspiration.
The collection was unusual in two ways: There were LOTS of pant options and it was accessories heavy. Karl reasoned that brushed metal details on shoes, bags, belts and fingerless leather gloves kept the look modern.
No detail was too small: Cuffs, collars, hems, buttons and linings all got the couture treatment.
Couture is certainly worth a closer look: Innovative fabric treatments and techniques were beyond what I even thought possible. A stiff lace and leather patchwork fabric had been beaten to keep its voluminous shape without the help of a crinoline. A sky blue sequined jumpsuit was hand painted to create an ombré effect. Subtle silver glitter was sprayed onto tweed to give a shimmering effect. Snipped black feathers were shaped and embroidered onto eveningwear.
There was a strong vintage influence: Draped jackets, mid-calf hemlines and higher collars all alluded to the collection’s “new vintage” theme.
Trompe l’oeil was the name of the game: What I initially though was classic Chanel tweed was in fact beads, sequins and wool embroidered onto tulle in tiny squares. A pleated hem peeking out from under a jacket wasn’t a light layer, but a panel meant to create a faux-layered look. And a white bib at the neck of a dress was actually a modesty panel sewn in as yet another vintage reference.
Take your time: Exit 41, a floor grazing trompe l’oeil tweed jacket and silvery sequined dress took the prize for most hours put in by les petits mains. In order to create the hand-strung strands of sequins and delicate embroideries it took 2000 hours. (That’s the equivalent of 83 days!)
You don’t mess with couture: When a hanger broke and a suit fell to the floor, there was an urgent scurry of activity as everyone lunged to retrieve it.

Style Panel: How 5 of Canada’s most stylish bloggers are wearing their fall essentials | Hollywood yohana

More than any other season, fall seems to be the time for choices. For both the budget-tight and the style-conscious, it all boils down to a few key pieces will get you through the mild-to-frigid temperature transition while mining through the season’s biggest events. As or New York Fashion Week street style shots have already begun to illustrate, the fashion elite has already spoken up for Balenciaga’s sci-fi prints and Shourouk’s see-through purses. As for the Style Panel? Our fashionable group of bloggers seems to be favouring its own group. From Kassandra Camponi’s (Kastles) boyish baseball T to Alyssa Lau’s (The Ordinary Peoples) on-trend faux-leather accents: the fall essential choice certainly seems to be a democratic one.