DIY: 3 Romantic Spring Hairstyles

March 31st, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Now that spring is here, we thought it’d be fun to expand our hair repertoire by recreating some spring ‘dos inspired by the runways of Alice & Olivia, Phillip Lim and Lela Rose. I grabbed three Blanche Macdonald staffers with long tresses and we picked out some lovely, DIY-worthy hairstyles – a windswept side braid on Sam, a romantic twist on Amanda and a whimsical chignon on Shaina! Here are three of-the-moment romantic and modern hairstyles that will take your hair off your neck and will keep you looking fresh and cool for spring.

For the Lela Rose spring ’11 runway, hairstylist Ted Gibson wanted to create a look that was easy and fun – one that exuded a carefree personality. Think riding horseback with your hair down and then pulling it into a quick braid. The more loose, messy and disheveled the better.


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All you need is a texturizer.  This is where Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and Bumble & Bumble’s new hair(un)dressing creme step in. Great products! I adore how this ‘do will save any bad hairday and how it gives an unfussy attitude to everything it’s paired with. Gotta love this voluminous face-framing plait!

1. Rub and scrunch in a texturizing product so that your hair is one hot mess.
2. Blowdry your hair.  Lift at the roots and use your fingers to create more texture and volume, especially near the front and sides of your head. The bigger the better.
3. Gently sweep all of your hair over to one side using your fingers.
4. Without crushing the volume, loosely braid. If you have longer hair, braid more tightly near the ends.
5. Strategically pull out some chunky strands from the braid.
6. Spritz with hairspray to hold.

This romantic twist as seen on the Alice & Olivia fall ’11 runway is soft, sweet, sophisticated and super easy to copy. It works great for medium and long hair lengths and upgrades the ol’ ballerina bun in a bit of a whimsical way. Click to see full story »

Presenting: Fashion Forecast

March 25th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Find out more about our 2010 Fashion Design graduates and award winners @ Fashion Forecast Hints at Fabulous Futures.

And if you haven’t already, check out the Fashion Forecast scene – a whole lotta photos of our cool, gorgeous and well-heeled guests, the fab Blanche Macdonald team of students, staff and volunteers behind the scenes, the models getting prepped for the runway and the stars of the night: our talented Fashion Design grads and their designs!

What a night.

25 Snapshots from London Fashion Week

March 18th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Thanks to our beautiful Makeup grad and instructor, Leah Elliston, we’ve been given a little peek into the FW/11 London Fashion Week!

That’s Leah standing in Piccadilly Circus where she took these great shots of the 2011 Burberry Prorsum Live Stream on the big screen. Loooove the coats and silhouettes! Leah’s fierce sense of style and expansive knowledge of the latest makeup techniques, trends and products (which she shares as co-editor of blog Smudge Style) earned her a press pass for Fashion Week.  She joined the rest of the world’s fashion force of designers, editors, buyers, socialites and industry pros in London’s spectacular and historic Somerset House, which is where she perused and took the following shots of the fresh, fall collections of over 150 brands in a close-enough-to-touch sort of way.

You can see the handcrafted gun-metal accessories from Fannie Schiavoni, the artfully constructed multi-coloured layered gowns from Felicity Brown, a silver and gold striped dress by Craig Lawrence and a fun sequinned vision from Holly Fulton.  There’s also an eye-catching scarf installation, a pearly white number by David Koma and a super cool display of Chunwei Liao’s popular PAPERSELF cut-paper eyelashes! Leah even wrote a quick blog post from the exclusive desks of the Somerset House’s press office. Take a look! Click to see full story »

Empire State of Mind

March 9th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

While the rest of us wish we could have visited NYC for Fashion Week, we’ll just have to live vicariously through the photos of those lucky enough to have been there in person. Fortunately, a few Blanche Macdonald grads and instructors were able to take a few bites from the Big Apple and they’ve been kind enough to share some fun pics to satisfy our travel cravings!

Remember our incredibly talented makeup grads Sladja Markovic and Sherry Chen who battled it out back in November and became the only Canadian official 2011 Sephora PRO Beauty Artists?  Well, they’ve been jetting in and out of Canada ever since! Amongst the whirlwind of fun and excitement, these beauty experts bundled up and showcased their talents at New York Fashion Week!! But, of course, not without a little bit of sight seeing, shopping and great eats. One of the judges from the competition, Beauty Editor Emily Dougherty of ELLE Magazine, even invited the Sephora Pros to tour ELLE’s headquarters, which included a visit to their “beauty closet” which pretty much consisted of jaw-dropping wall to wall shelves of the latest beauty products. If two Sephora Pros were in awe, how amazing must it be for the rest of us?

In between, the Pro team trained at the LVMH Headquarters and learned how to mix mediums at the Make Up For Ever Academy. Fun stuff. Extending the eyebrows in both directions (as you can see in the bottom right beauty shot) is one of the next trends in the makeup scene. And as for NYFW, our girls were in arms reach of many celebs and had an amazing time hanging out and working with their Sephora PRO team members backstage for the Edun, Charlotte Ronson, Dennis Basso and Cynthia Steffe runways!

Plus, Blanche Macdonald’s Esthetics Goddess, Barb B, won a trip to New York City (lucky lady!!!) and took our brilliant Fashion Queen Peggy with her! For walking fashion encyclopedias like Peggy, no trip to NYC could be complete without hitting up some the shops of some of the world’s most respected fashion labels.  Gotta love how fun they are! Bright, whimsical balloons at Lanvin, tons of hearts on the doors and light fixtures of Moschino (feel the love!), gorgeous flower headed mannequins at Stella McCartney (the dark purple one is Iris!), a fun red stairway right next to the Opening Ceremony shop (which is probably the most welcoming flight of steps ever!) and butterflies at McQueen’s! Click to see full story »

It’s Zombie Fever with Howard Berger!

March 3rd, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Academy Award-winning Makeup Master, Howard Berger, dropped by our Uptown Campus a couple weeks ago to visit and demo some quick blood work. We fell in love with his hilarious stories and overall awesomeness. So we brought him back for a couple of full-fledged presentations! Not only did all makeup students have the opportunity to observe Howard’s fantastic Zombie demos on Monday, a day later, 18 Blanche Macdonald students and grads who were hungry for more signed up for a full day of advanced special FX personal training with him!

Those students received one-on-one instruction to help create their choice of casualty characters or the living dead, along with tips on making it in the industry, blood work and colouration. And as Howard is the co-owner of KNB EFX Group, Inc, one of Hollywood’s busiest special makeup effects studios, he brought in a bunch of KNB 3D Transfers in giant pizza boxes for the students to create all the bloody wounds they wished. Take a look at some of the pics we took from the workshop!




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Work It, Baby.

March 2nd, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Just a small crew of Blanche Macdonald talent gracing the cover of the premiere issue of HUSH Mag. Current BMC Fashion Merchandising student and stylist, Erica DeLyzer, gives us a few quick tips on how to inject chic, office-appropriate pieces into our wardrobe and create fresh looks that will make the best first impression and easily take us from the boardroom to the bar.

Click here to flip through your online copy of HUSH Mag!

Model: Tia Spowart (repped by NEXT) – Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising student
Stylist: Erica Ashton DeLyzer – Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising student
Makeup and Hair: Jasmine Merinsky – Blanche Macdonald Makeup Grad

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