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! And of course, Peggy and Barb showed their Canadian support to Aritzia and made a visit to their fab temp space – “The Shop Before the Shop”. There’s Peggy with Aritzia’s Senior Manager of Retail Marketing Vivian who sent that photo over to Aritzia’s Creative Director and Designer, Yumi Eto, right then and there!

Oh, who am I kidding… these pics just make me want to take the next red-eye flight!
Thanks a lot Sherry, Sladja, Barb and Peggy!

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