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!
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!
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 »
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 »
Just a small crew of Blanche Macdonald talent gracing the cover of the premiere issue of HUSH Mag. Current BMC Fashion Merchandising student and stylist, Erica DeLyzer, gives us a few quick tips on how to inject chic, office-appropriate pieces into our wardrobe and create fresh looks that will make the best first impression and easily take us from the boardroom to the bar.
Click here to flip through your online copy of HUSH Mag!
Model: Tia Spowart (repped by NEXT) – Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising student Stylist: Erica Ashton DeLyzer – Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising student Makeup and Hair: Jasmine Merinsky – Blanche Macdonald Makeup Grad
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!!
Welcome back to school and HIIII to all our new subscribers!! Hope the new year has been treating you well so far. 2010 was an incredible year for us and we just know that 2011 will be even more amazing – especially with our 3rd campus and retail space to open on Robson Street this Summer! We are so excited and cannot wait to tell you the details about the gorgeous space and all the fun opportunities and events we have planned!
In the meantime, check this out. Makeup grad, Timothy Hung, just posted his latest creation. It’s inspired by Natalie Portman’s makeup (love love) from the 2010 box-office hit, Black Swan.
Seeing our students and grads volunteering their time, efforts, and talent for the less fortunate always makes us incredibly proud and honoured. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling and check out this uplifting recap of our hair and makeup artists working with the terminally ill patients of BC Children’s Hospital and their families for the Help-Portraits photo session. Thank you to Ofelia, Katie, Krystal, Nindy, and Robyn for putting smiles on so many faces that day!!!!