Chanel Pre-Fall 2013: The dispatch from inside Karl Lagerfeld’s Scottish spectacular | Hollywood yohana

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

“Dress warmly. Wear flat shoes.” The lead up to the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 M├ętier d’Arts show in Scotland on Tuesday had a foreboding tone. The setting was Lin Lithgow, a crumbling 15th century palace that was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Whiskey toddies, blazing fires and wool lap blankets ensured none of the hundreds flown in for this special event suffered.
Coco Chanel discovered Scotland’s superior yarns and fabrics during her fishing sojourns with the Duke of Westminster on his Highlands estate. The romance didn’t last but Chanel’s fondness for tweed and plaid did, signatures designer Karl Lagerfeld has long played on but never in such a forthright way.

Scottish model Stella Tennant opened the Chanel Pre-Fall 2013 show in a tartan-lined coat with beaded cashmere scarf and there were argyle knits, plaid knickers and jeans, fair isle cardigans, leather sporran pouches and tam o’shanter caps, but all more luxe and decorative than you would find in any Scottish kilt shop. Feathers sprouted from hats and were splayed over necklines, jewels were strung through finely braided hair, thistle brooches were pinned to giant white bows. And in true Karl Lagerfeld form, there were saucy mixes—a sheer top with Fair Isle beading over a sober Harris tweed skirt, for example. The finale of cream gowns with a period feel could have come straight from the wardrobe of Queen Mary, who outlived two husbands before being decapitated in 1587 for treason.
Guests were then piped out to a banquet of caramelized hog cheeks and sheep cutlets set up in sheer huts beside a placid loch (lake). The setting was right for a knight in shining armour to emerge from the mist. Instead, applause greeted Karl Lagerfeld who arrived for dinner in black jeans and blazer with twinkling lapels.

The fashionable way to reduce, reuse, recycle: Introducing H&M’s new garment collecting initiative | Hollywood yohana

H&M Garment Collecting Initiative

With every solid closet clean out, when the never-worn clothing gets separated from the over-worn, there’s always the question of what to do with pieces after they have been pulled off the hangers and out of the drawers. Donate, throw away or give to friends?
Now, H&M is offering the solution to this on-going problem and providing shoppers with the opportunity to return used clothing in any state—tattered, barely worn, and from any brand—to select stores so they can be reused, recycled, or donated to be re-worn.

H&M is the first fashion company to offer a garment collecting initiative in attempt to reduce textile waste, which is harmful to the environment. Every year textiles end up in landfills when in reality up to 95 per cent could be recycled and reused (that’s a high percentage!). For every bag of used clothing that is returned to select locations, you’ll receive a $5 voucher off your next purchase of $30 or more. The collected clothing will be handled by H&M’s partner for this initiative, I:Collect, which is in charge of processing the textiles so they can be reused.
We could call this one of H&M’s New Year resolutions because the program kicks off in February 2013, just in time for the pre-spring closet clean out.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013, Emerald: We celebrate the jewel tone’s influence with 34 runway and shopping picks | Hollywood yohana

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

Farewell Tangerine Tango! Emerald has officially been announced as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013. In a press release published this morning, Pantone said of their new favourite hue:
“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

All that and Oz’s Emerald City that is. As per usual, much of this hue’s recent popularity can be directly tied to what’s going down on the runways. Since Fall 2011, the jewel tone has been making an impact both on the runways and the red carpet (ahem: Golden Globes 2011). More recently for Fall 2012, emerald touched down on runways at Gucci, Lanvin and Kenzo. Reaching its fever pitch as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013, the jewel tone is being spotted everywhere for Spring 2013, most notably at Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Christian Dior, where it was used to cut eyebrows and eyelids into jewels of their own. To prep for the emerald onslaught, we’ve selected several of Spring 2013′s most telling runway looks as well as several fashion and beauty products you can buy right now to get you in the emerald move.