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!

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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– & 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!

Cosmetic Kitchen: Homemade Face Masks

August 5th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Some great music, sliced cucumbers and a couple of ingredients from your kitchen and you’re set for a great spa night with your friends. Here are three of our favourite masks to make from our Cosmetic Kitchen. Something for everyone!

Excellent for dry or combination skin.

½ avocado, mashed
½ ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp olive oil

step one: mix together till smooth and creamy
step two: slather onto a freshly cleansed face
step three: leave on for 15 minutes
step four: rinse with warm water

Perfect for oily skin. And, because it’s rich in beta-carotenes and pro-vitamin A, it’s also a great anti-aging mask!

¼ cup grated carrot
1 ½ teaspoons mayonnaise

step one: mix together well
step two: apply to a freshly cleansed face
step three: leave on for 15 minutes
step four: rinse with warm water


For all skin types – especially oily, acne-prone skin. It tightens, brightens and shrinks your pores, too!

1 egg white
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp lemon juice

step one: whisk egg white till frothy
step two: add oatmeal and lemon juice and mix well
step three: apply to a freshly cleansed face
step four: leave on for 15 minutes
step five: rinse well

*Follow all masks with moisturizer

More from our Cosmetic Kitchen…

Pineapple Toner
Milk Cleansers
Oatmeal Masks

Have a lovely weekend!! xoxo

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
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Unclaimed Fabric

May 25th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

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Our Youngest Student Yet…

May 20th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

What do you like about Fashion, Evelyn?
“… it’s pretty.”

Who could say no to a Fashion-loving seven year old who asked to sit in on a class for her school project?  Here’s little Evelyn Rees in Peggy’s Fashion Awareness class, watching intently and diligently taking notes on early 60′s fashion for her school report.

Evelyn’s favourite part of the class? Peggy’s legendary show and tell where we oohed and aahed while Fashion Merchandising students Leanna, Erica, Vivien and Tia paraded around the room in select decade pieces from Peggy’s amazing collection.  And after the slideshow presentation on 60’s fashion (a real blast from the past), which included photos of Peggy wearing the same outfits from show and tell, it’s no surprise that Evelyn officially declared Peggy to be her new Fashion muse!!

Evelyn’s fave outfit: “Love the black and white Dress.”

Too adorable. We gotta keep our eyes on her. Could she be the next Tavi in the making?

BMC Makeup Grad x Vogue Turkey

May 13th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Vogue Turkey: Bohemian Rhapsody
April, 2011

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Wrapping Up Robson

May 6th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

My, how things have changed. Just a few months ago, we were ramping up to do our anticipated renovations of our Uptown City Square Campus and lo and behold, like the law of attraction, some gifts came in really BIG packages. Who would’ve thought that we would be taking over our own Robson block? The Blanche Macdonald Block. Now, that sure does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Right beside our Downtown Robson Campus, we’ve landed the deal of the century or dare we say, millennium? Blanche Macdonald has started the build-out of our third campus, Atelier, including our first ever student-operated Hair Salon – Q & A, and our own beauty boutique – CurliQue. Racking up over 25,000 square feet with a huge retail presence on the ground floor, flagship corner space and the entire second floor, watch for the launch in the late summer, early fall!

Already, the celebrity line up of brands has left us breathless.

Outside of Sephora, the LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey)-owned brand Make Up For Ever is being reintroduced to Blanche Macdonald, not only as part of our Student Makeup kits but also as a major presence in our store. Did you know that one of the first cult makeup lines, Kevyn Aucoin, has gotten a little brush up with the stellar Jeanine Lobell, founder of Stila and Celebrity Makeup Artist, as its new Chief Creative Director? Keep an eye out for this prestige line at CurliQue and a Signature Series event with the absolutely fab Ms. Lobell. (Wonder if she will bring her Top Gun/ER hubby Anthony Edwards along for a visit?)

And Bumble & bumble. B&B University + Blanche Macdonald = World Domination of Hair.

Let’s not forget our whole Hollywood North connection and the proliferation of Blanche Macdonald grads with IATSE local 891, ACFC and beyond. Yes. We will also carry Film, TV and FX products for all your gooey gore.

Uptown, we have City Square. Downtown, there’s Robson. Now Midtown, we will have our new Atelier Campus and its stores. As for the next incarnation, rumour has it that things could be blowing East. Hogtown? Now, we’ll have to come up with a better name than that!

In the meantime, check out the rest of the temporary window wraps going up at Robson and Homer! Makeup created by our own BMC Makeup luminary, Timothy Hung.

Before: a glossy new building on the corner of Robson and Homer in need of some love.

Installing the first of the window wraps!

Finishing touches!

The Blanche Macdonald Atelier Campus is almost all wrapped up.
No peeking until late summer/early fall!

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