Style Star Aurelia Cerquozzi

September 27th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

On our Fashion radar – current Fashion Merchandising student Aurelia has been delivering some rocking looks since her first semester here at Blanche’s Downtown Robson campus. Here’s a shot of her outfit from the other day. We’re definitely seeing inspiration from all three of her favourite designers, Ashish Gupta, Louis Vuitton and Jeremy Scott, in this ensemble. Love the unexpected muted peach lip and fizzy, pastel green mani, too. We love your style, Aurelia!

Jacket | Versace for H&M
Blouse | American Apparel
Skirt | H&M
Boots | Jeffrey Campbell
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
Jewelry | Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs

Designer exhibitions: CDG, McQueen and Balenciaga

June 21st, 2012 / Posted by natasha

Designer exhibitions seem to be all the rage these days: COMME des GARÇONS, Alexander McQueen AND Cristobal Balenciaga all in one month!  Check out some of the designer’s greatest hits as well as the chic crowds who adore them.  Is it just us or do we all detect something deliciously historical in all these collections??

Alexander McQueen Exhibition opening at The Corner Berlin, Germany

COMME des GARÇONS Exhibition

Cristobal Balenciaga Opening

Style and Shoot!

June 13th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

It was a super busy week for the Merchandising students.  Midterms, projects and their final photo shoots.  Here are some behind the scenes snaps of our students lapping up a bit of fashion luxury at the Atelier campus.

The rain may have been in full force but that didn’t stop photographer Andrew Volk from creating his epic images!

Student Alyssa Jarvis did two striped back psychedelic music fest looks.

Connie Leung embraced her love of anime and helps her model soar through the clouds.

Erika Kikuchi played with her grown up dolls in these fun and fashion forward looks.

Ivan Jimenez went all man this time around.  His hyper athletic supermodel dripping in animal print and desert storm fashion made all our hearts flutter.

Rebekah Lipsey-Ouimet explored the music fest scene as well as a graphic power woman on the prowl.  Sounds like Rebekah in a nutshell to us!

Fan up our official Blanche Macdonald Facebook page to see the finished results over the next few weeks and to check out more Blanche Fashion Action!

 

Vogue Nippon. Hedi Slimane. Anja Rubik.

May 1st, 2012 / Posted by natasha

Check out Hedi Slimane’s uber graphic fashion story for Vogue Nippon shot on Anja Rubik. Now that the subversive super star Slimane has replaced Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati as creative director, who will be taking beautiful photos like these?

Style Star Bridget Bogdanoff

February 16th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

Click to see full story »

A ‘Very Classy’ Champagne Toast to Derek Blasberg

February 10th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

When he’s not being the Editor at Large for Harper’s Bazaar, globe trotting, lunching with the likes of model Anja Rubik and attending soirees and shows thrown by some of the biggest names in Fashion, New York based Fashion writer Derek Blasberg has found the time to go on a world-wide book tour… and a very classy one at that!

The Bay hosted this swanky little event in their sleek, high-end designer section, The Room, to toast the launch of Derek’s latest book – a cheekily-written New York Times bestseller titled Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady. Having had contributed to Vogue, Style.com, W, and Elle and with years of experience partying uptown and downtown, mingling with the fashion and social elite from near and far, Derek is an expert on perfect social behaviour in every social situation. That’s why his etiquette tip-filled book, Very Classy, is one to be excited about.

Gathered amongst all the Erdem, Proenza Schouler and Mugler were Vancouver’s fiercest Fashion stars, including Blanche Macdonald Fashion staffers and grads and, notably, the guest of honour’s stunning DJ/Model friend Leigh Lezark. Everyone left the party with books signed by Derek (who, btw, seems to also have a special talent in remembering everyone’s names), while Team Blanche (our Fashion students) worked the room and male Liz Bell models served up a choice of oversized classy/trashy pins and champagne and wine for everyone.

That’s pure class in our books!

Thanks to Fashion instructor/grad Lyndi Barrett of Lj PR & our very own Shaina Azad for the party pics!

Follow him and his life on Twitter @DerekBlasberg. He’s hilarious. You won’t regret it.

Top Canadian Stylist Amy Lu

September 16th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Award-winning Top Fashion Stylist Amy Lu dove into the Fashion world even before graduating from our Fashion Merchandising program in 2001 and quickly rose to the forefront of the Fashion industry. You may recognize this knock-out talent from appearances on Much Music, Inside Entertainment and Canada’s Next Top Model or from her weekly fashion column “Kool Thing” in the Georgia Straight. Her work has also been published in magazines including Vanity Fair, Z!nk, People and FASHION Mag as well as national advertising campaigns for Nike, Coca Cola, McDonald’s and Air Canada. Not only does she have an eye for styling others, she’s also been voted one of Canada’s “best dressed”! Now, with a successful 10+ years in the industry, and having had worked with world-renowned photographers, top models and celebrities, she hosts a Fashion Styling Boot Camp and continues wow us with her incredible work in print and on TV!

Here are a couple of her recent Fashion editorials for Fiasco Digital Mag’s big September Issue and A Dress To Kill Mag’s Fall Issue!

Click to see full story »

Mercedes-Benz StartUp Semi-Finals

August 18th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Photos by: Mercedes-Benz Canada, FASHION magazine

Well, the Twittersphere was buzzing with enthusiasm Tuesday night. When Mercedes-Benz teams up with IMG – an international mega PR company to host a competition and mentorship program to nurture emerging Canadian Fashion Designers, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Along with major exposure, contestants of the Mercedes-Benz StartUp Competition are given a chance to access help from incredibly experienced Fashion insiders and are given an amazing opportunity to debut their collection at LG Fashion Week in Toronto!

The criteria for entry for Canadian designers is having less than five years of experience and having produced at least one commercial collection.

“The heart of the program is about connecting a select group of designers with an experienced panel of industry insiders to help them navigate real world challenges both on and off the runway while building a sustainable business beyond the initial launch of their collection,” says Jarrad Clark, Global Production Director at IMG. (VanSun)

One of the top twenty designers selected from the hundreds that entered is Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design program graduate, Shelley Ediger. Shelley soon earned her coveted spot in the top ten (five in Montreal and five in Vancouver) following a one-on-one interview in front of a panel of judges (all key influencers in Canada’s Fashion Industry), giving them a closeup on her swim collection and convincing them she has what it takes to succeed.

Next thing she knew, she was selecting eight ensembles from her label, Shelley Ediger Swim, to showcase on the catwalk for the Western semi-finals!

Photos by Blanche Macdonald, FASHION magazine, Mercedes-Benz Canada, ad–idem@live.ca & Shelley Ediger.

Sponsored by FASHION Mag, Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), Mercedes-Benz Canada and IMG, we arrived with high expectations: all of which were met as we were greeted by valet parking, signature Lemon Drop Martinis and wine, endless hors d’oeuvres, and a well-heeled crowd (and, of course, plenty of beautiful vehicles), all within the airy and well-lit showroom of Mercedes-Benz North Vancouver.

Amongst the crowd was the judging panel consisting of industry insiders Yumi Eto (Aritzia’s Design director, journalist and designer whose designs are sold in many high end department stores and boutiques worldwide), Joy Pecknold (Western Editor of FASHION Mag), Catherine Dunwoody (A-list Stylist, Fashion Editor), Michael Minielly (Supervisor, PR, Mercedes-Benz Canada) and Amy Wasserman (IMG, Vice Prez of The Fashion Event Corporation).

Backstage, handfuls of Blanche Macdonald Makeup and Pro Hair students worked hard to get the models runway-ready. The show was fantastic – an outstanding way to showcase the next generation of designers of Canada!

So proud of your accomplishments, Shelley!! Here’s to Canadian fashion design talent and amping up Canada’s fashion position on the global scale!

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.

Click through the jump for photos! Click to see full story »

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…

Subscribe to The Que blog for updates
on the latest beauty, fashion tips,
how to's, Blanche Macdonald news,
contests, promotions and events!



I consent to Blanche Macdonald Centre sending me commercial electronic messages including newsletters and program updates by email.

Follow Blanche Macdonald Centre
Facebook Twitter RSS

 
Older Posts »
Contact Blanche Macdonald Centre
Blanche Macdonald Centre