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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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…

BMC Makeup Grad x Vogue Turkey

May 13th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Vogue Turkey: Bohemian Rhapsody
April, 2011

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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 »

AnOther Mag: Great Expectations

January 27th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

One thing that I love about working here at Blanche is the constant stream of inspiring and creative sites, ideas and information flowing between all of us. Today, it was an exclusive for AnOther Mag – these incredible interactive and animated photos that just make us go “wow”. And hey – London-based BMC makeup grad Janeen Witherspoon, currently represented by Julian Watson Agency, did the makeup! Seriously beautiful.

OK, these screencaps don’t do the photos justice at all so click HERE!!

Blanche Overseas Love

October 5th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

We had tons of fun and laughs hanging out with Japanese students from the KTC Highschools who were studying at iTTTi Vancouver for a couple of weeks!  For three Mondays, we hosted an interactive International Presentation Event at our Uptown City Square campus.  After a presentation (in Japanese) by the lovely Cheryl and Cody followed by a short campus tour, the students hopped from station to station where a handful of Blanche’s own star students and grads gave interactive makeup demonstrations!

In the bridal and fashion studio, Leah explains how to create a beautiful bridal look and paints some bright hot lips!Watching Andrea’s intense and sexy smokey-eye red carpet makeup demonstration on model Halston! Now, off to the the special effects and airbrushing room!
Lyren expertly paints on numerous realistic gore on the students. Where did his finger go?!
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Plenty of Fish

September 23rd, 2010 / Posted by natasha

It’s a cute story how Markus met Anne eight years ago.

Just recently, the local millionaire, Markus Frind, founder and CEO of the globally successful personal dating site, Plenty of Fish, exchanged vows with Anne (his front desk girl) in the beautiful stretch of beach of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!!  To compliment the scenery, the couple flew in our Makeup grad, Jayna Bussiere, to do all the hair and makeup for the entire wedding party at the wedding destination!
This was definitely one of those moments where Jayna had to pinch herself, “Is this for real? Can I seriously call this work?”

Unfortunately, the rain would not stop pouring on the day of the wedding so the pictures in front of the endless blue backdrop had to be postponed until the following day. In other words, Jayna had to stay an extra day.  But of course, who wouldn’t mind that? Especially when it’s in the company of such a close-knit group and on a resort! Everyone was so much fun, too! After the shoot, since the gowns had served their purpose, the whole wedding party jumped into the sea behind them (yes, gowns on and all), splashing and laughing!

The couple loved working with Jayna so much, she was booked to do the bridal makeup for their Vancouver reception. Take a look at the pictures of Jayna’s makeup from their masked ball soirée on WedLuxe!

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