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.
Handfuls of guests hovered over the mass of tables at the far end to peruse our graduates’ portfolios neatly spread out for viewing!
In the lobby, hosts guided the crowd to the appropriate table where guests received their reserved lanyards (their ticket of entrance).
No confusion here, our Blanche team was ready to show you a great time!
Over in the backstage department, done-up models gathered together, rather relaxed in the hall after having visited each of the hair, makeup, and nail rooms. Their hair was fabulously enormous. Brushed out curls. Avant-garde. The makeup, designed by our Makeup instructor, Jon Hennessey (AKA Mr. McQueen/Westwood runway Mup artiste) did not fail to impress us with his combination of bright (dare I say universally flattering?) orange lips and smokey turquoise eyes. The instructors and Fashion Design students consulted the organized list of order and outfit in the changeroom one last time. I snapped a few quick photos of some closeups on the racks before heading back to the ballroom. From my literal thirty second visit, I instantly fell in love with the juxtaposition of draped chains and silk chiffon, the contrast between soft-focus handcurled ostrich feathers and bold black and white stripes, and the well-thought out, carefully placed details!Back in the ballroom, friends, families, S.O’s, and guests found their seats, ready to enjoy a healthy dose of our generation’s freshest talent. Spotted in the front row, looking particularly stylish, were our local style mavens! HEEEEEEY!!!
*Snap snap!*The show featured the works of 43 of our 2010 Fashion Design students who, by the pattern of success of previous Blanche Macdonald graduates, will be helping shape the nation’s fashion scene in the near future. We look forward to keeping our unflinching eye on our grads to see how they apply their skills in the various facets of fashion design! Inspired by the military to superheros, rock bands to the First Nations, graffiti art, sports, historic periods and Japanese street culture, the audience enjoyed an incredibly dynamic range of styles and designs. And the construction and variety of fabrics! Well, I’ll just let the clothes speak for themselves:
Congratulations to our Fashion graduates of 2010!!!!!
And, we cannot thank the following enough for all their help!!! All the staff members, instructors, volunteers, students, and graduates who make up our amazing Blanche Team; our sponsors: Lancome, YSL Cosmetics, Maybelline New York, L’Oreal Paris, The Bay, and Flare; and Ron Sombilon, Pac Blue Printing, and Peter Jensen for the photos above!!!
Psssst! Read about our graduates and the award winners here!