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.

Unclaimed Fabric

May 25th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

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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!

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 »

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