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JCI Fashion Show Highlights

16
01.2018

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business & Creative Arts and Core Design students delivered a creative and dynamic fashion show on January 12th, 2018 at Performance Works, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Core Design Show

JCI Core Design students Martha Pandelo, Lyndsey Jackson, and Shito Mohammed graduated in September 2017 and made their appearance this Saturday to showcase their latest s/s18 collections.

Martha Pandelo

Martha’s collection showcased minimalistic fashion trends and soft layers. We were inspired by this young designer and her transparent pieces that graced the runway. Martha’s collection was influenced by origami techniques and geometric shapes found in architectural structures.

Lyndsey Jackson

LJ by Lyndsey Jackson is an edgy and daring ss18 collection. Pants with the pockets on the outside? Yes, Lyndsey did that! This Core Design graduate isn’t afraid to step outside the comfort zone of traditional fashion trends.

Shito Mohammed

Ethio Fashion House, a collection by Core Design graduate Shito Mohammed, consisted of relaxed silhouettes that had us dreaming of summer. The long flare pants seem as comfortable to wear as pyjamas!

Tokyo Drift Show

The Tokyo Drift Fashion show hosted by JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts students was unlike any show that JCI has seen. The show began with the entrance of a luxury sports car making its way towards the runway. A few seconds later stepped out the model to begin the Tokyo Drift show.

This show was all about street style with a mixture of modern-day trends. The striking models worked the runway with the hip-hop music in the background. The variety of edgy trends included fitted one-piece suits, body-suits and distressed pieces.

AMAZONAS Show

AMAZONAS Fashion Show hosted by JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts students began with a video about the environment and global warming, leaving the audience in chills. The show included a whimsical backdrop and lights with rainforest music playing in the background.

AMAZONAS collection opened up with contemporary designs and embroidered pieces. Floral was a major theme seen throughout the show, and there’s no denying that florals are a key trend for spring/summer.

The fashion shows would not have been put together without the help of JCI educator Joan De Raucourt and JCI Fashion Director and Industry Liaison Maneli Nourbakhsh.


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Makeup Talk: 2017 A Year in Review

12
01.2018

2017 was an amazing year for John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduates. From second and third place wins at IMATS Vancouver, to all that will inspire us to do creative makeup throughout the year.

This year has seen JCI makeup artists leave their mark in all aspects of the industry. In 2017, Samantha Ravndahl partnered with MAC Cosmetics, Leigh Dickson with L’Oreal, Kimberley Margarita was in the top 6 finalists for the NYX Face Awards, and Samantha St. John did social media campaigns with Smashbox and Makeup Forever.

The list of accolades doesn’t stop there. JCI makeup graduate, Trisha Porter, keyed the long-running television series, Supernatural, and countless JCI artists have worked non-stop on hundreds of productions in Vancouver.

You can find out our artist’s names in the credits of such hits as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Wonder, Prison Break, Super Girl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and in series for Amazon Prime, Netflix, the Hallmark Channel and a long list of feature films. The forecast for the Vancouver film industry continues to be strong for 2018, so plan to be busy!

Samantha Ravndahl

Topping the charts for 2017 is the outrageously successful, Samantha Ravndahl. This gal is killing it from all angles. A collaboration with MAC cosmetics, featuring a custom shade named after her, topping 2.4 million followers on Instagram, the purchase of a new home – all at the age of 24! This girl proves time and time again that hard work pays off, and dreams do come true if you believe in them…

Kimberley Margarita

Kimberley continues to amaze us with her daily posts of incredibly talented makeup! We don’t know how she manages to create so many new looks, but she is a true inspiration to all makeup artists. 2017 was a year of recognition for Kimberley, being highlighted as one of ELLE Canada’s top Halloween Makeup Artists for this Ice Cream Sundae look, and being selected as NYX Face Awards Top 6 Finalists and attending the NYX Face Awards in Los Angeles Congrats Kimberley!

Leigh Dickson

2017 has kept this stunner on the move! From the Eiffel Tower to Madrid, Leigh Dickson has been jet-setting with style. With an impressive 295K following her on Instagram to her work with Smashbox cosmetics and the L’oreal Colorista Squad, 2017 is wrapping up on an impressive note.

Samantha St. John

This girl is on fire! 2017 has seen her wow the likes of cosmetics giants such as Makeup Forever, Smashbox and NYX Cosmetics, all of which she has done contract work with this year in social media. Known for her fabulously gory special effects makeup, you can find @stjohnnnn on Instagram and watch her amazing tutorials on YouTube.

Savannah Way

Since graduating from the Makeup Program at JCI, Savannah has been busy with her freelance career and working with Sephora. In 2017, Savannah’s hard work paid off when she was offered a unique position to become the first ever personal beauty advisor with Sephora in Western Canada. What does she do in this exciting new role? “I am essentially a personal shopper! I educate clients how to apply makeup, skincare, fragrance, and hair and help them choose what is best for their needs!”

Gayle Lett

“Since graduating in May 2017, I’ve been able to collaborate with a lot of amazing talents. A big highlight for me is that I was able to contribute my work with different teams to create gorgeous photos that have been published in several different magazines!” Check out some of Gayle’s work in these publications: VEUX Magazine XPRESSIONS Magazine Realm Magazine Elegant Magazine IMIRAGE Magazine

Brittany Marie

This JCI graduate has found success to the tune over 223,000 subscribers on YouTube. Brittany’s fun tutorials will take you through daily routines on hair, makeup, and anything beauty! Check her out: https://www.youtube.com/user/GettingPretty/featured


 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Meet Michelle Esteras, Visual Merchandiser and JCI Fashion Graduate

10
01.2018

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Michelle Esteras moved to Canada in her teenage years. Michelle grew up in a culture where pursuing a career in the fashion industry wasn’t an option.

“Aside from becoming a fashion designer, I was unaware of the limitless career opportunities in the fashion industry.” 

Michelle began working in fashion when she contributed to her high school fashion show. Later, she worked with Canadian fashion label JAX Company, which has now closed down. Michelle was also hired at Eatons, (currently known as Nordstrom), as a sales associate. Continuing to gain experience in the industry, Michelle knew she wanted to go to school to furthermore educate herself in fashion.

Michelle enrolled in the Fashion Business & Creative Arts Program at John Casablancas Institute in 2003 to learn more about the business side of fashion. Prior to JCI, Michelle had completed a diploma in Design at another institute.

“While working at JAX Company, I also volunteered with other fashion companies. I began networking in the industry and enjoyed every work opportunity I came across paid or not.” 

After graduating the JCI Fashion Program, Michelle landed career opportunities to work as a Fashion Show Director. She was the first Fashion Show Director for Gastown and was recruited through a referral.

“I love being surrounded by beauty, whether that comes from nature or people. Stick with those who have an immense passion to reach their goals.” 

Michelle has traveled to Toronto and New York to coordinate fashion shows. Her most memorable show was working with model Coco Rocha.

“Networking is very important, in all industries. After volunteering for many fashion companies, people began remembering my name because of the good impressions I left.” 

Michelle went back to school to study Communication of Design for a short period of time but soon realized she wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry as a Visual Merchandiser.

“My first job I received as a Visual Merchandiser was for GAP, West Vancouver. I lived in Surrey at this time which meant I would have to wake up at 4 AM to get to work at 6/7 AM every day. This is discipline.” 

After GAP, Michelle got promoted and moved on to fashion company Banana Republic. From gaining experience here, she landed herself the position of Regional Visual Merchandiser for H&M in the Middle East. And so in 2007, Michelle packed her bags and flew to Kuwait City!

“I was trained by the Sweden and Europe H&M team and lived in Kuwait and Qatar, Arab, for a year. I was opening H&M stores and mentoring visual merchandisers.”

Michelle didn’t stop there. She flew back to Canada in 2008 to work at BCBG as the Area Visual Merchandiser for Western Canada (BC/Alberta). She had the opportunity to work in Paris and Madrid with BCBG.

As a visual merchandiser, Michelle has traveled the world. In 2010 she was promoted and relocated to the United States of America, where she worked as a Regional Visual Merchandiser in Southwest USA: including Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

“I lived in Las Vegas and soon got promoted to work at the head office in Los Angeles after a successful visit to the Billboard Music Awards, where BCBG were main sponsors.” 

With Lubov Azria (former Creative Director, left)

Michelle has also worked as an International Visual Merchandiser for nine countries with fashion brand Ever New. Even when she was pregnant, Michelle traveled to 48 cities!

“I opened so many stores that I lost count. It wasn’t until 2015 that I moved back to Canada to give birth to my firstborn child.” 

As of March 2017, Michelle left BCBG to work for Louis Vuitton as the Western Canada Regional Visual Merchandiser Manager. She has also been mentoring JCI Fashion graduate Jerome Insorio.

Aside from working in the fashion industry, Michelle has played tennis professionally and also coached the sport. She was a part of several varsity sports teams including basketball and table tennis. In her free time, Michelle loves interior designing/staging and is currently re-decorating her home. She also considers herself a foodie because she enjoys trying new dishes, especially when traveling.

“I’m thankful for the directors at John Casablancas Institute who have supported me each step of the way.” 

All pictures via Michelle Esteras. 


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

S/S18 Hairstyles You Need

09
01.2018

A new year calls for new changes, so get your hair ready for the upcoming 2018 spring/summer season. There are many daring and unique hairstyles for you to choose from in 2018. Check out the latest trending looks for you to try:

The S/S18 Colours 

From tropical tones to shining silvers, s/s18 hairstyles are all about standing out in the crowd.

The Electric Colours 

As we mentioned, spring and summer is your time to stand out. Electric blues and violets will be the two popular tones of this season, according to WGSN. Can’t decide between the two? Blend them together! John Casablancas Institute Hair Artistry graduates have mastered the art of electric hair colours.

Silver and Grey Colours 

Not interested in vibrant hair colours? Don’t worry. For those of you that like dark hair, it’s still safe to stick to silver and greys this season. This winter inspired hair colour is not fading away quite yet. The silver/grey ombre hairstyles are still trending and we are in love!

All hair colours are created by JCI Hair Artistry graduates.

Flames and Flashes

Go brighter and bolder for spring/summer with these daring colours done by JCI graduates.

The S/S18 Cuts and Styles

Be prepared to see sharp and chopped textures and rebellious styles this season. Take a look at some of these creative hairstyles that will definitely have heads turning!


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events

Things to do this January in Vancouver

03
01.2018

Happy New Year! Now that the Christmas festivities are all wrapped up, here is a list of fun things to do this January. Enjoy the first month of the year creating new memories and going on new adventures.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Musical 

Witness a tale as old as time hosted by the Vancouver Art Club. Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s well-known fairy tales and a musical that the Vancouver Art Club has put together for families and friends to enjoy. The show will go on until January 7th. Don’t miss out on this magical musical.

Location: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Vancouver / Buy Tickets Here

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Show

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business & Creative Arts students will be hosting their upcoming fashion show, Tokyo Drift, on January 13th at Performance Works, Granville Island. Admission for the event is $25.00 or $30.00 at the door. All net proceeds from ticket sales go to Covenant House Vancouver. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the show is set to begin at 7:00 PM.

Tickets: To purchase tickets please visit or contact the JCI front desk at (604) 688-0328.

Chinese Lantern Festival 

The Chinese Lantern Festival is held during the winter season at the Pacific National Exhibition. This lantern festival features a display of lights along with magical visual displays. The event is open now until January 21st.

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Did someone say hot cocoa? The perfect winter drink now has its own festival in Vancouver that will run from January 20th until February 14th. Each venue that participates in this event will offer their special cups of hot chocolate, along with treats! Warm yourself up this winter at the hot chocolate festival.

For More Information: Hot Chocolate Festival 

International Vancouver Boat Show

Calling all boat lovers! The annual Vancouver Boat Show will be held from January 17th to 21st at the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina. Witness a boat show like no other, along with live performances and entertainment.

Tickets: Buy tickets here

Dine Out Winter Festival

The 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Winter Festival will take place from January 19th until February 4th. With over a dozen restaurants participating in this event, you will have the chance to experience delicious food from Vancouver’s well-known restaurants.

Tickets: Reserve your seats here.

Canucks Hockey Games

The Vancouver Canucks will be playing four home games this month. Grab your family and friends and support the Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Tickets: Buy Tickets Here.


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

Davneet Dhillon,
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