Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Kassandra Camponi

Pastels seem to have a soft spot in my heart all year long. As soon as winter hits everyone seems to forget about them or any other colour for that matter. The streets seem to be filled with blacks & browns, turning an already long winter even more dreary. So nothing excites me more than incorporating my favourite pastel colours into a winter outfit. If you are afraid of looking like an easter egg (not that there is anything wrong with that :)) I would try picking one pastel piece & working the rest of your outfit around that. I threw on one of my favourite blouses in a pastel minty blue & layered it with neutrals. If you seem a little unsure of trying this trend, one way to ease into it is with pastel nail polish.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Barbara Ann Solomon

Winter pastels are a great trend to brighten the dark days of winter. I layered pastels into my favourite winter look—head-to-toe winter white and created a statement look. Blush, winter white, gold and beige styled together creates a whimsical (season appropriate) palette and using silks and a micro-fleece sherpa coat to make a contrast in textures makes this look feel effortless and comfortable.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Kristin MacDonald

As much as I love a jewel tone or two (being the ginger that I am), I’ve become intrigued by all of the Winter pastels that have been swooping over from the runway into the day to day blog world. Grey days are just that.. grey – and we’re in for a slew of them from here until the thaw. To combat this safe colour palette (and the seasonal blahs that can coincide) I chose a cotton candy pink trench that reminded me of Marie Antoinette or one of her darling French sweets. Pairing it with a weather appropriate knit, some corresponding ankle booties, and plain as day black skinnies made me feel winter appropriate, but lightened. Other options include: sweet mints, icy blues, and pale purples – and pairing any of these pastels with a smoky eye & juxtapositional metallic piece would feel just perfect.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Vickie Laliotis

As temperatures drop, there’s no better way to liven things up than with some pastel duds. They’re bright, cheerful and a refreshing change from all those deep, saturated hues typically observed during the winter months. When it comes to incorporating these feminine tones into your cold weather wardrobe, it’s best to stick to lighter shades throughout your look, keeping it cohesive while offering the greatest visual impact. If the idea of head-to-toe pastel intimidates you, however, try taking one pastel piece — like a great coat or dress — and make it the focal point by anchoring it with dark, neutral shades… Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Melanie Morais

I’ve always been a fan of colour but even I could admit it can be quite difficult to wear pastels in the dead of winter without looking like an Easter egg. My approach to wearing winter pastels is to subtly do it and avoid going overboard. This could be as small as your nail colour, jewellery or handbag. I’ve decided to go with a pastel pink top with some fun shoulder details and a bright necklace but kept it winter appropriate with the darker elements. Pinterest, as well as clothing websites are a great way to find out colour combinations you wouldn’t have previously thought of! You never know, you might find pastel being quite easy to work with!

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Kayla Short

Initially when you think of pastels your mind probably goes straight to Easter eggs, and then directly towards chocolate Easter eggs. Bad news, you’ll have to hold off for a bit for the Easter goodies; good news though, this year we are shaking things up a bit in fashion world, as pastels are currently on trend for winter. I’m seriously loving this trend because it is a great way to brighten things up (thank you), and also more importantly break up the black (oh the black *rolls eyes*). To avoid your outfit to looking too summery, the best thing to do is to combine your pastels with winter fabrics. Make sure to combo up with knits, leathers, and heavier drappier fabrics, so people know that you are aware of what season it is out there. In case the minus a million temperatures weren’t already a clue.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Cara McLeay

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Stephanie Sterjovski

The winter pastel trend is so refreshing for the colder months. I feel that pastels work best when paired with neutrals, like white, beige, black etc. J.Crew offers an array of colours in their cashmere cardigans, which are my favourite because not only do they keep you warm but also lend a point of interest to a classic piece. I cinched my waist with a leopard belt just to throw in an unexpected element, which I think looks lovely juxtaposed against the mint.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winte Pastel Trend Sandy Joe Karpetz

I reserve winter pastels for the skating rink; the soft colours are sure to make you feel like a teen dream gliding along the ice in a floor length fur. Though I normally reside on the darker side of the colour spectrum, when I do lighten up the palette I prefer to go for a pop of pastel rather than a head-to-toe look… best not to appear to have dressed oneself in the baby department.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend Alexandra Nikolajev

Pastels are one of my favourite palettes to incorporate in to my winter style. Although it can be chilly, nothing complements a fresh white snow better than a soft mint green or pastel peony pink. During winter, I always try to keep a pastel piece as the focal point of my look and style around it. Pastels are incredibly bold amidst a sea of dark colours during the winter months. In Toronto, weather is a challenge as well, so I opt for simple but practical pastel pieces in my winter closet. This mint green sweater is a staple: it’s soft and cozy which makes it perfect to dress down with casual jeggings but I also love taking it from day-to-night and jazzing it up with these brown and pink polka dot trousers.

Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend | Hollywood yohana

Winter Pastel Trend

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

Prada Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: Suddenly those shoes ain’t looking so bad… | Hollywood yohana

Prada Spring 2013 Ad Campaign

It’s been a couple of months since we first feasted on Prada’s Spring 2013 collection, but any weariness of those toe sock/thong shoes has all been washed away with the just-released spring campaign.
Simply put, Prada’s Spring 2013 collection was a whole lotta Japan-meets-sixties look, and it seems that streamlined styling was the name of the game for the Steven Meisel-shot advertising images. The modeling A-list amongst its stars include Raquel Zimmerman, Saskia de Brauw, Eva Herzigova, Sasha Pivovarova, who all pose against stark grey backgrounds in furry coats, hot pants, daisy sunglasses and more. The flatform heels with the toe socks make a re-appearance but have been styled in a way that we know when Fall 2013 street style photos come pouring in, these shoes have the potential to shot day after day.

“There is nothing girly or ostentatious about these blooms or these women, whose poses reflect their confident individuality,” said Prada headquarters in today’s press release.
From a one of the more subdued Prada collections (think: pale pink structured silks and a whole lot of black), Miuccia has out-Miuccia’d herself and made this campaign more powerful than the trippy geometric images from Fall 2012. If this is “Prada’s new woman” we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Fall 2013.

Miu Miu Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Arizona Muse star as innocent ingénues in the seductive new photos | Hollywood yohana

Miu Miu Spring 2013 Ad Campaign

Ruby red walls and delicate pink flowers; tie-dyed furs casually slung over shoulders; duchesse satin dresses and dark denim overcoats: Miu Miu’s modern “dishabille” femme fatale is here, in these just-released images from the label’s Spring 2013 ad campaign.
Photographed in New York by Inez & Vinoodh and starring many models of the moment, including Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Arizona Muse, the campaign follows Miu Miu’s tradition of subversive advertising imagery, offering us an updated, very Miuccia Prada-perverse, take on contemporary femininity, rich with nuance and authenticity. Celebrating the Miu Miu woman and all her facets—femme fatale, innocent ingénue, playful belle, nostalgic beauty—the campaign depicts a series of mise-en-scenes in an ambiguous domestic setting. Nonchalant groupings of the girls in various states of (un)dress, crumpled bedsheets, close-ups of a hand here, a high heel there, the campaign is quietly seductive in its portrayal of a new kind of insouciant feminine elegance.

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: See the first photos under Raf Simons’ direction | Hollywood yohana

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Ad Campaign

Christian Dior‘s first ready-to-wear ad campaign under the direction of Raf Simons hit the web this week. And while the images are different from what Dior has done in the past, they are just as eye-catching as Simons’ Spring 2013 runway collection that debuted at Paris Fashion Week last fall.
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the campaign has all the Raf Simons hallmarks: understated but with a sense of surreal-ness. Opting to part with John Galliano-favourite Karlie Kloss as campaign frontwoman, Simons opted for a group of lesser known models including Daiane Conterato, Anna Martynova, Daria Strokous, and Marie Piovesan.

Just as his runway collections have proved, the ads are more Dior New Look than Galliano decadence. The clothes are downplayed; instead the images focus on the models and bouquets of flowers (a Simons hallmark) that seem as if to be floating.

Inside the first ever Bliss Ball: Jennifer Hudson, Martin Sheen, Selita Ebanks and 500 of Toronto’s best-dressed donors fête the Dilawri and SickKids foundations | Hollywood yohana

Jennifer Hudson, Bliss Ball 2012

Last Saturday night, Toronto’s historic Fort York was transformed into an enchanted spot fit for a diva. A diva and 500 of the city’s most well heeled (and well dressed) donors that is. Grammy and Oscar winning singer, actress and belter Jennifer Hudson headlined the first ever Bliss Ball marking 10 years of philanthropic work by the SickKids Foundation and the Dilawri Foundation. Also featuring Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, who acted as host, Emmy award winning actor Martin Sheen who acted as auctioneer and supermodel and ex-Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita Ebanks who did her best Vanna White alongside Sheen, the night was star-studded, to say the least.

As guests took in a spectacular Mark McEwan feast and Le Clos Jordanne wine underneath a specially-erected and shimmering tent, the night’s various speakers and performers (Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager and YouTube sensation Maria Lourdes Aragon were only a few) continuously drove the foundations’ message home: to protect the health and well-being of children locally and globally, and to alleviate financial burdens to families with sick children. (With over a million dollars in support of the Patient Amenities Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children, we’d say that message came through loud and clear.)
Post feast, guests crowded around as Jennifer Hudson voice took to centre stage and performed a set of Whitney Houston covers, a few J.Hud originals and our favourite: the Oscar winning Dreamgirls solo, “And I’m telling you I’m not going.” Though we’re not sure Hudson knew exactly which party she’d flown in to support, we’ll still give her the ole’ high five. After all: so many octaves, so little time!

Inside the Hermès Swinging Silks party: 16 photos of Toronto’s most impeccably costumed donning varsity jackets, victory rolls and cat-eyes while swing dancing | Hollywood yohana

Hermes Swinging Silks Party

Hermès turned the clocks back to the days of Cry-Baby and Marty McFly last Thursday, as Toronto’s most impeccably costumed hit the Berkeley Church for a rockabilly themed dance party. Thrown for no apparent reason but to celebrate one of the things Hermès does best, the event, entitled “Swinging Silks” had the brand’s iconic silk prints indeed swinging throughout the building: on bannisters, around wrists, from ceilings and of course, from the glammed up ponytails of various attendees. And speaking of ponytails, as full rockabilly guise seemed of utmost importance, Hermès had a mini salon set up shop to transform attendees with victory rolls, red lips and cat-eyes. To boot, there was also a tattoo booth, where apropos designs were painted (I opted for a single teardrop).

As gussied up guests including The Society’s Amanda Blakeley, Style at Home’s Jessica Waks, the Bay’s Christopher Sherman and the entire Beckerman gang sipped themed cocktails and snacked on mini mac and cheese appetizers, the crowd erupted into a simultaneous dance lesson featuring a few classic swing moves repeated to classic swing songs. And with that, mission rockabilly was complete.

Inside the 11th annual Booby Ball: 28 photos of nostalgic partygoers wearing badge sashes and tennis socks while eating s’mores and dancing with a giant turtle | Hollywood yohana

Booby Ball Camp Booby

Last Friday night, Toronto’s most nostalgic celebrated the latest edition of Booby Ball, this time themed in ode to the days of campfires and tuck shops. The 11th annual party-for-a-cause run by Rethink Breast Cancer proved an even bigger blowout success with the massive Sound Academy virtually packed with thousands of partygoers accessorizing with everything from tennis socks to Girl Guides badge sashes to feather headdresses for “Camp Booby.” Just like a scene out of Troop Beverley Hills, the venue was decked out with camp-themed activity stations including mini golf, s’mores-making, warm-ups and more. Of course, there was plenty of breast-friendly messaging strewn throughout the room, including T-shirts emblazoned with the tongue-and-cheek Booby Ball phrase “Save the boobies!” which appeared on volunteer T-shirts.

As with any good camp soiree, the dance floor stayed full throughout the night, with guests including Rethink Beast Cancer founder MJ Decoteau The Globe and Mail’s Tiyana Grulovic, Cosmo TV’s Wilder Weir, socialite Ainsley Kerr, MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani (co-host for the night) and a turtle mascot dancing to the DJ beats of a one mister Brendan Fallis aka. Paul Newman (I mean, have you seen that face?) The only thing not typically camp-apropos? The many themed libations that seemed flowing from each corner of the  space all night long. Don’t tell mom!

Inside our 35th anniversary party: We celebrate in style alongside 700 of our chicest friends | Hollywood yohana

FASHION Magazine 35th anniversary party

What’s better than a birthday party? Your own birthday party! On Wednesday night, the FASHION team (well, that’d be us) celebrated the magazine’s 35th anniversary, and as you might expect, Toronto’s most stylish guys and gals were out in full force. 700 of our closest friends packed into the Distillery’s Fermenting Cellar to toast us with Skyy Vodka cocktails, mini burgers and musical performances by Divine Brown and The Parallels.

As gussied up guests including Canadian model legends Yasmine Warsame, Liisa Winkler and Stacey McKenzie worked their signature poses on the dance floor (ahem, notice them sneaky Browns Shoes footprints?), others like Holt Renfrew’s Moira Wright and eLuxe’s Amina Said indulged in a few faux ones courtesy of the Guess Watches photo booth. Meanwhile, our signature L’Oreal Paris lipstick made it onto the pouts of many a partygoer.
As for the clothes (the clothes!), there were several trends in full force, and coordination was certainly one of them. Canadian design power couple Joe Mimran and Kimberly Newport-Mimran were decked out in matching camel getups (even their daughter Jacqueline matched) Meanwhile, Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman twinned it out in matching high-waisted skirts and well…faces. Sequins was another, with our editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra, Knot PR’s Amy Burstyn-Fritz and our beauty director Lesa Hannah all in shimmering metallics.
And as any good birthday gal knows: we couldn’t have gotten this far alone. It was an honour to have so many great Canadian fashion forces in the house to celebrate with us, including Michael Budman, Jeremy Laing, Arthur Mendonca, David Dixon, Sid Neigum, Phillip Sparks and Sunny Fong. The last 35 years have certainly been a slice, and with a quick flip through this gallery of greats we daresay the next 35 years are going to be even better.

Inside Thursday’s Operanation ball: 29 pictures of partygoers and opera singers, Nelly Furtado, the Arkells and more! | Hollywood yohana

Gabrille Miller Nelly Furtado Operanation 2012 Party Pics

Last Thursday opera lovers, patrons of the arts and faces who frequent Toronto’s party circuit came together to support the Canadian Opera Company for Operanation 9: Sweet Revenge. Attendees reflected the event’s theme of high-brow-opera-meets-pop-culture-concert well: Women in floor-length evening gowns navigated the many staircases of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with ease—proving there’s no architectural challenge a mermaid dress can’t master—while others used the Centre’s sprawling steps as seating throughout the night.
Actress Gabrille Miller looked stunning in a peplum’d dress from Lucian Matis Fall 2012 while Nelly Furtado had two costume changes throughout the night, starting with a gown by Denis Gagnon and later switching into a Holy Tee dress. On the third floor a group of Argo players attracted many eligible ladies—perhaps the popularity of The Bachelor Canada has given the CFL a new social standing?—making for a tight squeeze between their huddle and a boxers-clad Calvin Klein model spraying samples of Encounter. Back down on the first floor partygoers were given an intimate look at operatic costumes hand-tailored by Ryerson fashion students and alumni and commissioned specifically for Operanation. There was also a horn of plenty—or at least a large sculpture that many guests called as such. Created by artist Dean Baldwin the “voice amplifier” was a source of curiosity throughout the night and also served as a distinct meeting place for friends lost in the Operanation crowds.
Of course, it couldn’t be a night celebrating the COC without a few unique musical performances curated by the Operanation committee. Nelly Furtado took to the stage with the COC Ensemble Studio bartione Cameron McPhail for almost-acoustic renditions of her popular hits, including “Maneater.” Later in the evening the Arkells performed with some help from COC Ensemble Studio members soprano Ambur Braid and mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb—and another special guest, Jian Ghomeshi. (He was more than eager to repeat his performance of “Psycho Killer” from last month’s book launch.) And while Ambur Braid in no way fits the opera trope of “the fat lady,” her next level vocals were indeed the best way to close out the night.

Inside Joe Fresh’s Saturday night screening of Versailles ’73: Legendary models hit the ROM Museum and mingle with Toronto’s fashionable elite | Hollywood yohana

Pat Cleveland, Miki Taylor, Joe Mimran, Karen Bjornson and Alva Chin, Versailles '73 Screening Toronto

Though it marked a monumental shift in fashion history, November 28, 1973 has passed through history with none of the mythological treatment as 1962’s Black and White ball or even a single Met ball. Until now that is. Brought to life by director Deborah Riley Draper, Versailles ’73 tells the story of a fashion show of French and American designs which was originally meant to simply fund the palace’s much needed repairs but became the moment that brought American fashion into the forefront. With legendary fresh-makers Liza Minelli, Kay Thompson and Pat Cleveland at the forefront of the American presentation, the show of designs by Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows and Anne Klein rocked a guestlist of Princess Grace of Monaco, CZ Guest, Andy Warhol, Lee Radziwell and Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and more to its feet with simplistic and impactful presentation and lively African American models (spearheaded by Pat Cleveland, who literally spun from one end of the stage to the next).

On Saturday night, Versailles ’73 was brought to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum by Joe Fresh who sponsored the film’s first Canadian screening. In the house to celebrate the film’s debut were three of the original show’s stars: living model legends Pat Cleveland, Karen Bjorson and Alva Chin. Vintage connoisseur come book writer Cameron Silver of Los Angeles’ Decades boutique, who narrated the film was also in the house with mega-stylist Annabel Tollman in tow. Just your average Saturday night out, wouldn’t you say?

Inside the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M launch party in New York: Kanye West, Sarah Jessica Parker and interpretive dancers take over a 9-storey dilapidated building | Hollywood yohana

Maison Martin Margiela H&M New York Launch

Leave it to Maison Martin Margiela to choose a dilapidated 9-storey building hidden within New York’s financial district to house the launch event for its upcoming collaboration with H&M. To say “event” is to put it simply—performance art installation/dance party/pop-up shop would explain last night a little better. Each floor of 5 Beekman Street was reimagined as some sort of exhibit, with dancers choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker making art pieces from the aftermath of dancing around on a floor covered in white sand. Elsewhere, installations by Daniel Arsham, Frederique Chauveaux and Noemie Goudal brought the Margiela collaboration pieces to life, by projecting tableaus and hand gestures right on the pieces themselves. Atop the building, a pop-up shop stocked with the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection was swarmed by the 1,500 guests trying to snag a purchase in advance of the re-edition collection launching in stores on November 15.

Around midnight the event reached its crescendo, with dancers in Maison Martin Margiela for H&M creating a circular floor sculpture on the first floor to the sounds of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance me to the End of Love” as guests peered over each of the floors to watch. At the performance’s end, the sky erupted in confetti that fell to cover each of the nine floors in shimmering silver.
Everything about last night was just…different. Celebrities including Kanye West (yes his jacket was Margiela), Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Helena Christensen and Leigh Lezark didn’t walk a red carpet, but stood in front of a hazardous looking wall to give interviews. There was no VIP section, and celebrity guests were left to navigate the never-ending stairs like the rest of us (at one point, Julianne Moore was sandwiched between a security guard and me. Shockingly, I felt no pain). Walls collapsed mid-party though no one seemed to care. Thrilling to say the least, last night’s events only helped to build anticipation for the collection’s in-store arrival.

Inside Paul Hardy’s 10th Anniversary party in Calgary: The who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry celebrated one of its finest designers in style | Hollywood yohan

Paul Hardy Anniversary Event Calgary

Party Hardy! Finally—I’ve been waiting to say that ever since FASHION received an invite to Canadian design star Paul Hardy’s 10th anniversary bash in Calgary on Saturday. It was an exclusive guest list, after all, (including Dragon’s Den billionaire W. Brett Wilson and his date, the Real Housewives of Vancouver’s Mary Zilba as well as Vancouver’s blonde and bubbly country singing sisters, Carly and Britt McKillip of One More Girl), and might have been the biggest, brightest, boldest birthday party to ever hit the Alberta fashion scene.
Mr. Hardy, Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta flew in fashion’s top editors, bloggers and VIP’s from Vancouver to Toronto, including the Globe & Mail’s Tiyana Grulovic, Hello! Canada’s Tara Henley, FASHION’s resident street style photographer Stefania Yarhi, and Style Panel’s Gracie Carroll. After waking up in the swanky Hyatt Regency Calgary and chic-boutique Hotel Arts, the first snowfall of the season made our trek to the island River Café feel like some kind of wonderland—or as Hardy perfectly positioned it, “Narnia”.

From prairie roots to international runways, Hardy thanked everyone who’d helped him reach the 10-year milestone, like his grade 7 teacher (who was in attendance), interns, stylists, and celebrities Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan, Diane Kruger, Alanis Morrisette and Chantal Kreviazuk. The brunch was over-the-top delish, with hot apple cider, champagne, and four gourmet courses.
But the big Hardy party didn’t start until 6 p.m., when we were shuttled over to the designer’s brand new Inglewood studio and walked a red-turned fluffy white carpet before cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, a whopping 45-minute fashion show, and a lively afterparty that seemed to have an endless supply of rouge.
Amidst bejeweled chandeliers and rustic furnishings, famed country singer Paul Brandt, Greg Sczebel and the Calgary Philharmonic Ensemble performed a song for each segment of Hardy’s intimate Spring ’13 show, called “Breaking Amish” (there were eight “chapters” in the collection and a grand total of 60 looks). The designs followed the evolution of a plain, nameless girl who, wrestling with the confines of her reverent traditional environment, emerges in glittered couture with blissful illusions of the big city she visits (I’d like to read this as Hardy’s own journey through the fashion industry). Eventually, she accepts her flawed humanity and is softened—in flowing, light pink and to-die-for nude gowns—by embracing who she is, and understanding that her circumstances are not what define her.
But we’re pretty sure that the night’s circumstances were the definition of success: Paul Hardy is one of the most iconic Canadian fashion figures of this generation.

Inside the LG Innovators’ Ball: 14 pictures of partygoers enjoying the out-of-this world-themed gala the Ontario Science Centre | Hollywood yohana

Ontario Science Centre LG Innovators Ball 2012 party photos

Last Thursday night Toronto’s most passionate science lovers descended into the ravine at Don Mills and Lawrence for the Ontario Science Centre’s annual LG Innovators’ Ball. This year’s theme was Fly Me to the Moon, a celebration of the museum’s newest exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration on loan from the American Museum of Natural History until January 1. The space-age décor was like travelling to another solar system, with planets hanging from the ceiling and walls covered in glittering stars. After a retro-glam cocktail reception, guests were treated to a performance by singer Matt Dusk who opened with a rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Matt Galloway of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning stayed up way past his bedtime to provide hosting duties for the ball, even getting chided by Innovator Award recipient and former premier of Ontario the Honourable William G. Davis, who joked that his wife’s listening to the early morning radio show “delayed his breakfast.” The futuristic dinner, with a flashing salad course followed by deconstructed soup, was followed by a tour of the exhibition. Houston, we have a party.

Inside the Mugler event at the Bay Vancouver: 23 photos of partygoers skipping out on election night to meet Nicola Formichetti | Hollywood yohana

Mugler Event The Bay Vancouver

A good-looking crowd of Vancouverites elected to put on their Tuesday Best (lipstick, heels, an exaggerated shoulder) last night and head to The Room at the Bay rather than sit at home in sweatpants glued to the Obama-Romney battle royal. What lured them away from CNN? Two other men, Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti and women’s designer Sébastien Peigné, plus an exhibition of out-of-this-world dresses from the archives.

The handlebar bustier from George Michael’s “Too Funky” video, the black dress Demi Moore donned in Indecent Proposal, a gown from the Fall/Winter ’97-’98 Couture collection akin to iridescent insect armour and scores more had a number of jaws locked in permanent drop. Guests included former principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, Chan Hon Goh, senior vice president Patricia Abergel, designer Jason Matlo and stylist Helen Krispis. Those who didn’t land an invite to the event still have a chance to see the pieces up close and personal—they’ll be sticking around for a week.
The U.S. election was never far from everyone’s minds though. During a private dinner at L’Abattoir following the party, Nicola Formichetti yelled “Obama!”—declaring sweet victory just after dessert—and all his dining companions cheered.

Inside the Toronto Life Most Influential party: 37 pictures of stylish guests celebrating the city’s top-ranked people | Hollywood yohana

James Harrison Robert Weir Chloe Wise Toronto Life Most Influential party photos

Last night Toronto Life celebrated the reveal of their Most Influential list by toasting Toronto’s 50 most influential people at The Ritz-Carlton. The lucky heavyweights—ranging from politicians to bankers to TV personalities—were profiled in the magazine’s December issue and, as the evening’s emcee Amanda Lang was eager to point out, also given a definitive rank. (Her 41st place spot obviously not affecting said eagerness.) Upon our arrival it was clear how those on the list have become so successful: they’re certainly not the familiar faces of Toronto’s late-night party circuit. The mood was much more about networking than clamouring for a cocktail, despite the impressive array of Ketel One and Tanqueray creations. Tailored suits and black dresses dominated—though oxblood items and fur accessories proved to be just as popular, including many a lush stole and a pair of furry booties on Leesa Butler. Partygoers joked about the possibility of Drake (who was ranked 32nd) showing up and rumours circulated that his friends had RSVP’d. Perhaps they meant fellow Degrassi alum Lauren Collins? By 8pm the mood of the Toronto Life Most Influential party had shifted (the premium Johnnie Walker tastings may have helped) and Andrea Bolley started a mini dance floor in the centre of the room. So it was to the dismay of many guests when the lights turned on a few hours later, announcing that the night had come to an end.

Lunch with Margaret and George’s Derek Lam charity fashion show: 25 photos of the fanciest lunch-goers we’ve seen all year | Hollywood yohana

Lunch with Margaret and George Derek Lam Event

Designer Derek Lam was stuck in New York thanks to a Nor’easter that grounded many flights. But he was there in spirit at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel for the Lunch with Margaret and George fundraiser for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Some of the city’s most stylish donned the designer’s sleek white leathers for the occasion and hostess Lisa Corbo sparkled in Lam’s sequined deco shift. Models in 20 looks from the Spring 2013 Derek Lam collection wove through the tables, making for a yummy feast of boxy T-shirts in geometric guipure lace, a gold leather skirt whose panels seemed to be held together with black macramé and a silvery sweatshirt over a skirt of  burgundy plastic curls. A cool $120,000 was raised for the cause, bolstered by another 15% of sales from the Derek Lam trunk show at George C later in the day. Adding more to the coffers? A gold-flecked lipgloss named “Believe,” conceived by Lisa Corbo.

Man Repeller hits Vancouver’s Secret Location: 20 photos from inside the party, plus our interview with Leandra Medine herself | Hollywood yohana

Man Repeller Hits Vancouver's Secret Location

She may be The Man Repeller, but Leandra Medine draws a crowd of both ladies and gents. This time, it was a legion of Vancouver admirers that lined up for her Wednesday night appearance at Gastown boutique Secret Location.
A bounty of her kin, and by that we mean well-turned-out fashion bloggers, turned out including Little Fashionisto’s M’c kenneth Licon, A Fashion Love Affair’s (and Style Panel’s!) Cara McLeay, Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ Katharine Horsman, Alicia Fashionista’s Alicia Quan and Partly Sunny’s Sunny Shum.

She styled five lanky mannequins in Man Repeller-approved holiday looks, and posed for a gazillion Instagrams (so maybe not a gazillion, but two hours worth of filtered fan photos), and she did it in style—a white button-up, blue jeans, black Gio Diev heels and an assortment of neck ornaments to be precise.
Earlier in the day, pre-party pandemonium, we queried the blogger and soon-to-be published essayist (her book is slated for April 2013), on, what else, fashion stuff.
How has your personal style changed over the years? “Yes, definitely, but I don’t know if that’s because of my blog or just because I’m getting older. I was definitely more prone to experiment with brighter colours, and more obnoxious silhouettes, whereas now I’m so much more content in just a pair of ripped jeans and a denim shirt—my Canadian tuxedo! It might just also be the overstimulation of the industry; I’m around clothing so much that all I want to do now is wear the same jeans and t-shirt everyday.”
You’re married now. Does your ‘man-friend’ comment on what you wear? “Almost everyday he does. But it just fires me up. If he likes something, I’m inclined to take it off, you know what I mean, [like] I’m not doing it right! But he’s a free thinker, he appreciates most of who I am.”
Any tips for holiday dressing the Man Repeller way? “I’m never about the little black dress.  I think with wearing conventional sequins, which is very typical for a holiday party, [do it] a little more unusually—like sequin pants instead of a sequin dress. There’s a cute Sass & Bide t-shirt in there [Secret Location] with a sequin pocket, that’s like a fun holiday quirk to wear with a skirt you already own. You got a party on the boob and just me everywhere else. Also jeans, ‘cause why not.”

Inside the Design Exchange gala: 30 photos of Toronto’s creative elite soaking up the latest and greatest art party | Hollywood yohana

Design Exchange Gala

Toronto’s creative elite was treated to a veritable feast for the eyes at last Friday’s annual Design Exchange gala, this year revamped and restyled under the theme of “Intersection.” Surely meant to rival the glittering reputation held by the Power Plant’s annual Power Ball gala for being the art party of the year, the event succeeded in being everything it wanted to be—part art exhibit, part auction, party VIP hobnob and part knockout bash—complete with guest of honour Douglas Coupland posing for pictures, making speeches and even imitating a Canada goose.
Various phases of the night stretched across parts of the DX I didn’t even know existed. Case in point: a pop up mystery dinner put on by Matty Matheson of Parts + Labour catering, which took place in a dimly lit library overlooking King Street. There was trout roe, but where were the books?

And the air of mystery raged on, with curious pieces made from Ikea products being auctioned off to those with the deepest pockets. Worthy of Wonderland, pieces included a toppling pile of dinner plates by artist Bruno Billio, an all Seeing Eye cabinet by Zeidler Partnership Architects and chandelier made of light bulbs that too were bright to psychically stare at by designer Phillip Sparks.

By night’s end, the crowd of 1,200 danced underneath a larger-than-life newspaper installation created by multi-medium artist, Niall McCLelland and musician/artist Alex Durlak paid homage to the space’s first incarnation—the trading floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. If the piece was meant to reference our shaky economic standings as of late, the moneyed crowd of doyennes would surely not have noticed.