James Vincent x Kevyn Aucoin x BMC

April 13th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

“How do you define your style to market yourself? What is your brand? Mine is uptown glamour with a downtown edge.” James Vincent

Just wrapped up an awesome presentation by Makeup Artist rockstar James Vincent on one of his favourite Makeup lines, Kevyn Aucoin.  Here are a few pics for now. Much more about him, the presentation and all the tips and tricks he had up his tatted sleeve to follow. In the meantime, check out our live tweets @BlancheWorld!

James with our beautiful Makeup Program Director Karen Esprez!


And hey, it’s James’ birthday tomorrow. Give him some love and follow him at @JVincentMakeup on Twitter!

Face Chart Transformations

February 29th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

We’re loving this series of gorgeous face charts designed by recent Blanche Macdonald makeup grad Marian Mina. Watch them come to life!

Marian translates her designs onto herself. Stunning!

Fierce!

Marc Jacobs A/W 11 Campaign

October 12th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Helena Bonham Carter. Yeah she’s fun, fearless and quirky and that’s why we like her. When she becomes the face of a Marc Jacobs campaign, we turn our heads to check it out.

And the Makeup Artist chosen to complement Helena’s wacky style? None other than the incredibly talented Blanche Macdonald Makeup graduate Janeen Witherspoon!! With a Vogue cover, an exclusive for AnOther Mag (love AnOther!), a huge celebrity and elite model clientele and London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week shows every season, we can’t be more proud of our international High Fashion Makeup Artist rockstar!

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Behind the Scenes: Hobo Mag Fashion Editorial No. 13

July 7th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Guess what’s finally published and circulating around the world?

A glamorous studio is definitely a luxury, but isn’t always needed to land in some of the hottest magazines in the world. Take this photo shoot for example. Amongst the flurry of events back in December, I made sure to check out what it was like to be behind-the-scenes for an editorial for the 13th issue of Hobo Magazine: a super rad bi-annual avant-garde lifestyle mag based in Vancouver and Paris, known to enlist and celebrate the talent of artists inspired by individuality and nature. There’s a good dose of refined fashion, art, film, current issues, and travel with a splash of unexpected celebrity features – all with original literature and beautifully shot, inspiring photos. Definitely a magazine Vancouver should be proud of.

Our brilliant Fashion Instructor, Tyler Udall (International Fashion Editor and Stylist), was the Art Director, Stylist and Photographer for this shoot. He had select pieces and accessories from Chanel, Rick Owens and Marc Jacobs flown in and chose from Ralph Lauren, Mandula and local creations from Anna De Courcy and Obakki. As you can probably tell by following The Que, prim, proper, glam and formulaic isn’t exactly what Tyler does. Raw, refreshing, spontaneous… that’s Tyler spot on.

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Supermodel David Chiang Brings The Runway to Blanche Macdonald

June 23rd, 2011 / Posted by natasha

At Blanche Macdonald, we’re always proud of how our Fashion grads make their mark across the Fashion World.  For Fashion Merchandising grad David Chiang, his mark is being seen by millions every day.  It’s been four years since he left BMC and in that time, he has become one of the top male models in the world.
“Brave Hearts”, Vogue Hommes Japan Spring 2011; Stylist: Nicola Formichetti; Photographer: Steven Klein; Source: The Fashionisto

Between castings in Europe and right before he left to walk for Milan Fashion Week, this busy supermodel brought his gorgeous 6’2, fast-food loving, outspoken, good-humoured and loveable self (head to toe in his signature shades of black) to our Downtown Campus to catch up with the fabulous ladies in our Fashion Department and to hang out with one lucky Fashion Merchandising class.

Here he is with some of our amazing Fashion staffers Donna, Peggy and Mel!

David exploded into the Fashion Scene after his debut in Fall 2010.  His stunning looks quickly made him a favourite for the international runway: Rick Owens, Paul Smith, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni, Richard Chai, Diesel, rag and bone among many others… and even as an exclusive for Dior Homme. He’s also the first Asian model to ever walk for Emporio Armani. His all time fave show? Alexander McQueen’s final Menswear Fall 2010 where McQueen personally asked David to stay for fittings.
(L-R) Alexander McQueen Fall 2010, Diesel Black Gold Fall 2011, John Varvatos Spring 2012 in Key Outfit.

David’s dream is to walk the catwalk with wings on. Victoria’s Secret wings. Specifically, Tyra’s wings. Given the whole gender-bending model trend going on, this just might happen. David’s androgynous looks, and those of his fellow model and bestie, Andrej Pejic, have made them two of the most recognized faces that currently defy the norms in the modelling industry. While we may have to squint our eyes and lean closer to he monitor to see how his handsome features work as a woman, some of the world’s most iconic designers were quick to take note. Even Karl Lagerfeld told David that he was a “very beautiful Chinese girl”!(L-R) Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2012, Dior Homme Fall 2011 Exclusive, Emporio Armani Fall 2010

Read more about David Chiang in his interview with The New York Times’ Fashion blog, The Cut.

Hey Fashion, Makeup & Hair students and grads – recognize these industry pros?

(Clockwise from Top Left) David with Makeup Artist legend Pat McGrath, Fashion Designer (ex Artistic Director of Nina Ricci) Oliver Theyskens, Fashion’s Fave Photoblogger Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, Duffy (top Hairstylist), BMC’s Fashion Queen Peggy Morrison (naturally) and the creator of The Fashionisto, Carl. Source: David’s Facebook page

And for more eye candy… the models. These photos are from David’s “David Loves…” Facebook Album. Check out those cheekbones!

It’s times like this when we take a second to breathe from our busy, exciting lives to remember just how many of the people who have crossed our path have had the honour to meet, mingle and work with so many of the top actors, musicians, models and industry pros, that we are reminded of how small the world really is.

Six degrees of separation? How about one. If Karl Lagerfeld had his own Facebook, he’d probably be showing up on our “suggested friends” list right about now…

Dress Up!

June 14th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

We love our Global Makeup grad Oz Zandiyeh’s work in these shots from hacidMAG, a Barcelona-based online mag with a mission to bring together the freshest talent and content. With traveling to and from Toronto to work for Food Network, Eat St. (airing now), Plaid Magazine, keying the L’Oreal-Matrix Canada Hair Show in Vancouver and having the privilege to work with great talent for many more Editorial, Print, Bridal and Film-work, Oz now has international work to add to her great list of credits!

Cover and Editorial of hacidMAG, “Dress Up!” – June 2011
Photography: Florence Leung
Styling: Vad Davis
Makeup and Manicure: BMC Global Makeup graduate Oz Zandiyeh
Hair: Yuki Lam
Model: Brooklyn Hammel of Key Model Management
See full photos at hacidMAG Online: http://hacidmag.com/

Olé!

Unclaimed Fabric

May 25th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

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BMC Makeup Grad x Vogue Turkey

May 13th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Vogue Turkey: Bohemian Rhapsody
April, 2011

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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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