Take us back to the days we’ve never lived…

April 28th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

I spent the day at a creative photo shoot hanging out with a few of Blanche Macdonald’s most creative minds including Artistic Director, Photographer, Stylist and BMC Fashion Instructor Tyler Udall and Makeup Pro and BMC Instructor Jon Hennessey. Being a late 60’s/early 70’s-inspired photo shoot, it was awesome watching the collaboration and seeing how these pros put their twist on a decade we never lived or were too young to remember. We shot at the Waldorf Hotel, which is decked out in Teak wood, palm trees, random Tiki art, 1960’s wallpaper and shag carpet – a pretty perfect place for the shoot in a quirky sort of way.

This is Alicia, our model for the shoot.

Tyler was artistically inspired by the incredible American Photographer Stephen Shore and the constructed angular pieces of the late 60’s by Fashion Designer and legend, Pierre Cardin. When young Alicia arrived, he quickly adapted to her young and sweet appearance, keeping with the colour scheme and softness of textures explored. The concept transformed, in Tyler’s words, to “an early 70’s disgruntled pre-teen on holiday with her parents and not wanting to be there”, which you can totally imagine when you see these final shots!

Take a look at the series of behind-the-scenes pics along with the final, developed photos!

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BMC Celebrates with Chanel and Meets Rag & Bone

April 14th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

On Tuesday night, Blanche Macdonald’s very own Retail Queen and Makeup Career Director JenD and super fabulous Executive Program Director Debbie kissed and hugged their way through the crowd of old friends and familiar faces at the Grand Opening of the gorgeous new Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Space at The Bay Downtown! ¬†There’s JenD with members from Chanel’s National Makeup Artist Team¬†Gerald (top middle) and Makeup grad Breanne (3rd row left), Debbie with BMC’s amazing Esthetics grad Anu Varma who has worked at Chanel for 9 years (2nd row right) and The Bay’s General Manager Dana Hall (bottom left), our mind-blowing Makeup grad Tim Hung (2nd row left) with Chanel’s Counter Manager Carol, and the pretty Events Coordinator Kiran Kharia and The Bay’s Assistant General Manager Karen Skogland.

Right after, JenD and Debbie hit up the Rag & Bone party at Holts where they got to meet designers Marcus Wainwright (Rag, left) & David Neville (Bone, right)! With cocktails in hand, they shopped the Rag & Bone S/S ’11 collection, caught up with Holts managers (JenD’s old coworkers) and Blanche Macdonald interns, students and grads and hung out with the beautiful Meena – host of FMA Entertainment Weekly who is wearing a Rag & Bone dress (2nd and 3rd row middle)! Plus, aww – JenD got a peck from Fashion Merchandising grad and hot local blogger Peter (AKA The Starving Stylist). Love!
Always fun in the company of such passionate and lovely friends. Thanks for the photos JenD and Josh!

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