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JCI Core Design Graduates at Vancouver Fashion Week

26
09.2017

John Casablancas Institute’s Core Design graduates, Jillian Isabel and Martha Pandelo, graced the runway on the final night of Vancouver Fashion Week. As their on-trend monochromatic Spring 2018 collections walked down the catwalk, the crowd was left admiring and snapping JCI Design graduate’s soft pieces.

Jillian Isabel 

Jillian Isabel opened the show on the final night at VFW with a collection that sparked up the room. Her first collection, “Shoreline” gives new context to the meaning of tradition. The brand is inspired by Art Deco styles and seaside towns, bringing together timeless silhouettes with modern minimalism.

“It was definitely stressful but exciting at the same time. The organized chaos backstage is pretty exhilarating!” – Jilian Isabel 

Shop Jilian Isabel Designs

Martha Pandelo

Martha Pandelo’s S/S18 collection was inspired by origami techniques and geometric shapes found in architectural structures. From transparent trends seen on the runway to the directional idea of using aesthetic and minimalistic makeup trends, Martha’s collection is our summer dream wardrobe!

“It was a dream come true being at Vancouver Fashion Week. I’m really thankful for John Casablancas Institute for allowing this amazing opportunity and helping me every step of the way.” – Martha Pandelo

 

Congratulations to JCI Core Design graduates, Jillian Isabel and Martha Pandelo, on a successful fashion show!

 


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 / Events / Fashion

Aiki District and LillzKillz at Vancouver Fashion Week S/S18

21
09.2017

Vancouver Fashion Week returned September 18th and we’ve already witnessed breathtaking designs for Spring/Summer 2018. From rising new models on the runway to jaw-dropping upcoming fashion trends, VFW is off to an amazing start!

Aiki District

John Casablancas Institute’s Fashion Director Maneli Nourbakhsh co-founded Vancouver based women’s clothing line: Aiki District, which took the runway on opening day.

Founders of Aiki District: Maneli Nourbakhsh (left) and Anahita Faghih (right) with model

Aiki District’s s/s18 contemporary line brought visual joy to the crowd at Vancouver Fashion Week. From sheer neutrals to bold red pieces, this collection left us dreaming of warm spring nights.

Profanity by Lillzkillz

With vibrant and fun new trends, JCI Fashion Business and Arts and Core Design graduate Lillea Goian, lit up the runway on day two at fashion week. A huge congratulations goes out to Lillea on winning the Nancy Mak Award, presented by the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week, Jamal Abdourahman.

Lillea’s clothing line Profanity has received a lot of attention this year, especially when teen celebrity and artist Noah Cyrus wore a Profanity hoodie at her show in Bethlehem. There was no denying that Lillkillz was born to do this!

Keep up with JCI Alumni, Lillea Goian, on Instagram and catch her in Tokyo on October 20th for Fashion Week!

Catch John Casablancas Institute’s Core Design Program students: Jillian Isabel and Martha Pandelo, who open the show on Vancouver Fashion Week’s final day: September 24th at 5:00 pm. Also, don’t forget to enter in the JCIXVFW contest for your chance to win a $500 gift card to Nordstrom!


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 / Fashion

Instagram Bloggers Take Over NYFW

15
09.2017

If you’re following all the famous and stylish bloggers on Instagram, then you know that this past week New York City was the place to be for Fashion Week.

Fashion Week does not revolve around just models and celebrities anymore. Famous Instagram bloggers created their own runway on the streets of New York where they were spotted showing off their street style.

Check out what bloggers at NYFW were wearing this year: 

Emma Leger / @emmaleger 

John Casablancas Institute’s Fashion Business and Arts graduate, Emma Leger, showed off her feminine looks on the streets of New York! Emma also took over Instagram Live for Sabo Skirt, an Australian fashion label.

Aimee Song / @songofstyle

With 4.6 million followers on Instagram, there’s no denying that Aimee Song is the “it-girl.” Author of New York Times bestselling book, “Capture Your Style,” Aimee knows how to get that perfect street style fashion shot. We love the sassy yellow dress paired with a Fall-ready velvet coat.

Evangelie Smyrniotaki / @styleheroine

Founder of Style Heroine and storyteller, Evangelie rocked a bold red turtleneck sweater for The Row show at Fashion Week. If you read our blog post on Fall 2017 Fashion Trends, then you know that bold reds are definitely the colour of the season.

Camila Coelho / @camilacoelho

This pink look is everything! And the yellow purse really adds to this outfit styled by Instagram blogger Camila Coelho.

Chriselle Lim / @chrisellelim

Hats were another trend listed in our Fall 2017 Fashion Trends blog post! Get ready to rock chic hats this Fall just like Instagram blogger and Youtuber, Chriselle Lim.

More Street Fashion from #NYFW


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 / Fashion

Must Have Fall 2017 Fashion Trends

01
09.2017

The season for Fall shopping is among us which means it’s time to pack your summer dresses away and prepare for a new wardrobe with Fall fashion trends. Get ready to add bold colors, fur pieces and glitter-glam looks to your closet.

Fall Colors to Flaunt 

The Pantone Colour Institute comes out with a color palette for each season. This season, they have decided on these ten colors for both men and women’s fashion:

Bold Reds

After New York Fashion Week, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a lot of bold red fashion pieces this Fall. Here are a few powerful red clothes that were seen on the runway during NYFW from high-end brands: Jil Sander, Fendi, Max Mara, Carolina Herrera and Victoria Beckham.

Must Have Trends

Colorful Faux Fur: 

Stand out with bold colored faux fur this upcoming season. This trend is becoming popular with the influence of Instagram Bloggers. Colorful fur trims on coats will also be seen in stores for Fall Fashion.

According to Elle Magazine, fur stoles will also be a big hit for Fall. For the love of fur, would you rock this look?

Vintage Plaid:

Plaids are always trending for Fall, however, this season take your plaid back to the ’90s and show off new grunge flannels and neutral tones.

Glitter Boots:

It’s time to get your glitter on and shine brightly with this new shoe trend! According to Fashionista Magazine, glitter boots have appeared six separate times throughout the Fall 2017 runways.

Deconstruction Trend:

Remember last season when deconstructed tops were trending for spring/summer? This trend consisted of slashing shirts, slit bottoms and lots of cut-outs. Make sure to keep these pieces in your closet, because this style isn’t leaving anytime soon.

Who would’ve thought that sweaters torn into pieces would be a trend!?

Accessories Trending for Fall 2017

According to the Fashion Bible, Vogue, these are the top trending accessories for Fall:

Hats: 

Fall is the best season to show off your stylish hats. Here are must-have hats that you need this season:

Artfully Shaped Earrings: 

This summer we’ve seen a lot of big hoop earrings taking over street style. The bigger, the better trend continues with a few new updates. Check out these artfully shapped earrings that you need to get your hands on:

Rise of Talismanic Jewelry:

“In troubled times, we’re taking uplift wherever we can get it, but especially from the rise of talismanic jewelry on the catwalks. Prada’s shell necklaces seem like just the thing to ward off evil spirits in style.”

There you have your complete guide to stay stylish and in-trend for Fall Fashion. Update your wardrobe with these quality pieces and you’ll be going back-to-school with bold trends!


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 / Body Spa / Fashion / Hair / Makeup

How to Take Better Instagram Photos

17
08.2017

Capturing a picture for social media requires patience, good apps for filters and a lot of editing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional camera, you can use your old iPhone 5 and still make a photo look bright and sharp as if it were taken with an iPhone 7.

The Tips and Tricks to Taking High-Quality Instagram Pictures: 

The Basic Rules:

Before you take any picture with your smartphone, make sure you have the grid feature turned on and try to use natural lighting as much as possible. Keep an eye on the subject you are trying to capture for your photo, and play around with the angles. Taking pictures from unusual viewpoints tend to come out very interesting and different.

The Background: 

The background where you take your photos is crucially important. Choose an appropriate background that will go along with your Instagram feed and one that doesn’t have distractions. A great image can often be ruined with a Starbucks cup or other clutter in the back.

Here’s some inspiration for different styles of photos: 

Hair Photos: 

When using a ring light for hair photos, make sure you are up close and personal with your client! The closer you are, the clearer the picture. Using natural light is also a great option. Get your client to laugh, play with their hair or shake it around to add some movement to your feed. With those action shots – use the burst function to get a clear photo.

Up your Instagram hair page by using decor with clients pictures. See these inspirations photos from John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate and instructor, Elissa Wolfe:

Fashion Photos: 

Fashion photos are always tricky, because finding that perfect background that suits your outfit is time consuming. Take a look at where local bloggers around you take their pictures by clicking on the location tagged in their photos. That should give you some inspiration on where to find good backdrops around your area! Try a mix of urban settings, natural backgrounds and plain walls to capture the perfect #OOTD post.

And don’t forget to take pictures from all angles!

Nail Photos: 

Before taking pictures of your nails, or your client’s, many bloggers say that their secret tip is to use baby wipes to moisten any dry bits on your hands and have it looking clean before taking pictures. Lighting is also super important! Try using a ring light or taking your pictures outside to get the clearest image. Make sure your nails are the focus in your pictures and use these pictures as inspiration:

Makeup Photos: 

Whatever you do, do not use the Instagram camera to take pictures, especially when taking pictures of close-up makeup looks. Makeup pictures always have to be extra clear in order to view crease lines, eyebrow colouring and all other products used on your/your client’s face. See below for examples:

The Smartphone Rules:

  • Always use the Rule of Thirds
  • Keep HDR off: Photos may turn out unnatural and overdone
  • Try a clip-on selfie ring light for your smartphone when taking close-up selfie pictures
  • Shoot during cloudy days: lighting is diffused and these days are perfect for photography

The APPS:

Here are the must-have editing apps that you will need:

With these tips and apps, your Instagram pictures will be better than ever! Remember to stick to an Instagram theme and you’ll start gaining more likes and followers.


(JCI) is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years.

Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind top professionals in the areas of fashionmake up, hair and esthetics. With note-worthy careers as award-winning makeup artists, international fashion stylists, skilled spa technicians and cutting edge hairstylists, graduates of JCI continue to shine.

Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educational experience.

Our faculty is comprised of leading industry professionals and guest instructors from various aspects of their respective fields. Our instructors and graduates continue to win awards and gain recognition for their work and contributions to their industries. Just 1 block down from the Waterfront Station, JCI sits surrounded by cafes, design studios, art galleries and photographers’ studios – the perfect place for students to absorb creativity and find constant inspiration.

Davneet Dhillon,
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