Everywhere you turned.
All night long.
Ten minutes before the show started, the grand ballroom of the Westin Bayshore was packed with Vancouver’s best dressed, mingling, admiring each other’s outfits, buzzing away on Twitter, peeking in their goodie bags, and thumbing through their newly acquired issue of Flare.
The crowd spilled over to the waiting area splattered with tall tables draped in two layers of crisp white linen and long stems of fresh ivory orchid centrepieces in cylindrical glass vases, chatting over a glass of wine or cocktail they picked up from one of three stocked bars.
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the school
Blanche staff and Blanche students were dreaming of Yule,
Preparing to take a few days of well-earned rest,
When a certain St Nicholas came to the front desk.
“Excuse me young ladies, this might sound a tad rich,
But my prosthetic beard is beginning to itch,
“’Tis my busiest season, I don’t want to risk it,
I’m hoping a makeup artist would be able to fix it,
“And I’m told that red coat, paired with red pants,
Is just so last season. Is there any chance
“That a student or teacher from the fashion school
Could whip me up something a little more cool?
“Could the hair students help out with poor Rudolph’s mane?
He had highlights in May and it’s never been the same.
“And Mrs Claus always takes hours to get ready,
Any chance of fitting Blitzen in for a pedi?
All these and more were provided for free,
Happy Christmas to all, from your friends at BMC.
Drop and glow. How simple is that? Here are the recipes for a couple of spa treats that you can slip into any hot, steamy bath. I gifted these with a couple of candles (silver candlestick holders with black or midnight blue candles are super chic for this holiday season) so the receiver can soak in style while adopting that great, holiday glow.
1¼ cups baking soda
½ cup powdered citric acid
witch hazel in a spray bottle
30 drops of mandarin essential oil
snowman mold (I used a jello jiggler mold)
small bags and ribbon to package
If there was a theme running through Fashion Forecast, the Graduation Show for the Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Class of 2010, it was one of wild eclecticism.
Luxurious evening gowns enwrapped in chains emerged down the runway after asymmetric avant-garde cutout dresses. Sporty shapes with an energetic vibe sprinkled the line-up followed by elegant historic silhouettes of Victorian-style Duppioni corsets. Frida Kahlo-inspired leather jackets with power shoulders commanded a strong dramatic flare in contrast with a flirtatious, entrancing stream of lingerie.
From the relentlessly wild to the distinctively wearable, in the glamorous surroundings of Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel, in front of 1,300 fashionistas from across Vancouver, Canada and the world, 43 talented designers and their collections illuminated the runway, proving that their year of creativity and hard work at Blanche Macdonald’s Fashion School was time very well spent.
Blanche Macdonald’s Creative Consultant for Fashion Forecast was Tyler Udall, whose incredible résumé includes stints as Senior Fashion Editor in London for publications including AnOther Magazine, AnOther Man and Dazed and Confused, Contributing Fashion Editor for L’Officiel and Teen Vogue and as Creative Director for the Agency Fred and Associates in New York.
“Graduation shows are a really fascinating time to spy on emerging talent,” enthused Tyler. “There is something to be said for the bright eyed optimism and sense of abandon students put into their debut collections before the wears and tears of the industry instil a seasoned designer’s sense of refinement. From street wear to the evening gowns that verge on couture, students are given equal opportunity to showcase their strengths, identify their weaknesses and ultimately learn so they can take their work to the next level. That’s why seeing such a plethora of aesthetics all melded in to one cohesive show is such a rare treat!
“I absolutely relish the opportunity to see the next generation of the fashion community make their mark. Of course not every look is going to be to your specific taste, but any industry professional with a decent eye could recognize moments of brilliance shining through. What an exciting moment to bear witness to!”
Seeing our students and grads volunteering their time, efforts, and talent for the less fortunate always makes us incredibly proud and honoured. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling and check out this uplifting recap of our hair and makeup artists working with the terminally ill patients of BC Children’s Hospital and their families for the Help-Portraits photo session. Thank you to Ofelia, Katie, Krystal, Nindy, and Robyn for putting smiles on so many faces that day!!!!
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