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Bringing Western Wear to Modern Times

02
07.2019

The Calgary Stampede is almost here and with it comes some country inspiration to take with you. We have made a list of Western Wear Designers and Collections that are sure to give you some great ideas on your outfits for this year’s Calgary Stampede. Check them out:

 

Ricky King 

Bringing Western Wear to modern times, Ricky King creates distinct clothing, all made in-house in Denver,CO, exclusively from thrifted and vintage materials.  Started by artist/designer Taylor Ross in 2015, Ricky King designs items that will stay in your wardrobe season after season, & year after year.

These pieces have also caught the eye of celebrities like Lady Gaga, who wore a bustier made out of cowboy boots in the music video “John Wayne”.

GANNI 

GANNI aims to create a memorable outfit. Since hitting the shopping scene in 2000, the label has been focusing on collections comprising fresh and contemporary spins on timeless silhouettes. Ganni not only creates beautiful garments, but also fun and creative shoe wear , that as you can see, will get any cowboy jealous

ORSEUND IRIS

Inspired by the effortless style of NYC’s downtown It girls, Orseund Iris’ pieces are designed for the confident woman who is adventurous in both her style and life. Founder Alana Johnson aims to create wardrobe staples that feel at once nostalgic and modern.

Minimally over-sized items including the jumpsuits and bustiers are a perfect fit to some rodeo nights, as well as taking your horse to some old town road.

STAUD

In 2015, Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto co-founded the LA-based brand upon the idea that fashion shouldn’t just empower women — it should be accessible, too. STAUD is design, involving a scrupulous attention to detail. If fashion is a never-ending pursuit of style, then STAUD is what happens after you’ve found it.


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!

Maria Velasquez,
Blog / Hair

Summer Hair Care Tips with Renee Geraghty, Managing Partner at AXIS Salon and HairCare

20
06.2019

Hair is definitely one of the main victims for this season. It can suffer from heat and humidity which leads to hair drying out, the loss of shine, hair becoming more brittle, hair getting tangled easily, the loss of strength – and don’t forget about the frizziness!

To avoid all of this, we have teamed up with Renee Geraghty the managing partner and product development manager at AXIS Salon and HairCare, Renee will recommend  this season’s best tips and products to avoid those damages from happening.

But first things first! Why Axis Products?

“AXIS Professional Hair Care is a line free of aerosol, parabens, perfumes and sulfates. Why? Because we care about you and the environment. We’re cruelty free, which means no animal testing and its all made in Canada !”– Renee

Ok, I’m sure we’re all sold with that but how do we use those products and when?!

  1. Prep is Key!

You’re looking to prepare your hair prior to sun exposure rather than just hydrate it after a long day under the sun.

“Let’s start with what you should do before you head out into the sun! I highly recommend wearing a hat to protect both hair and scalp. However, if you’re not into hats, its best for you to apply an spf 30 sunscreen directly on your part line! Some of our products contain a light sunscreen to leave a veil of protection over the hair.  AXIS knot ēē It’s not only fantastic for heat protection but also 2nd day wave/curl reactivation” – Renee

  1. A Good Shampoo + Conditioner is KEY!

The most important thing in taking care of hair is having a good shampoo and conditioner, that’s why Renee suggests “a gentle shampoo to treat both hair and scalp.  This will both soothe and hydrate hair and skin.  Remember a hydrated scalp is the most important aspect of you healthy hair regime.” AXIS tē trē shampoo and conditioner are the most popular for creating and maintaining balance.

“We’ve combined the 3 essentials for a healthy scalp in this effective duo:

  1. Balance- burdock root, tea tree oil
  2. Anti-Inflammation- chamomile, caffeine, cinnamon 
  3. Stimulation- peppermint, eucalyptus 

Once you try these two AXIS favourites you fall in love.” – Renee

 

  1. Good Care Means Healthy Hair

Looking forward to long days at the beach with your hair flowing in the wind? Well you’re going to need something to keep it hydrated. Renee suggests AXIS re’ me dē a leave in conditioner that is perfect for any post- therapy healing your hair might need, AXIS re’ me dē is awesome after being in the sun.  It’s highly concentrated and gives the hair the additional moisture it needs after being at the beach all day.” 

This product contains essential oil aromas of rosewood, lavender and ylang ylang. To make things even better, its super easy to use, wash with your favourite AXIS cleanser and conditioner. towel dry. follow with a small amount of AXIS re’ me dē from ends towards root.

 

 

  1. Waves For Days

Having the most natural and perfect beach waves is what most of us look forward to this season, but what is the goodness in it if at the end of the day instead of getting a beautiful beachy mane we get brittle, tangled and dead end hair?

So, let’s get that wavy texture without any damage, Renee suggests using the AXIS bēach spray which adds texture and activates your natural wave. This product is also extremely easy to use. You just spray and air dry – that’s it!

 

 

So now you’ve got your products , your tips , your how to’s , guess what’s next?

Time to enjoy the sun!

 

Want to know more about the Axis Product Line or even book an appointment? Visit: https://www.axishairsalons.comto get more information.


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Maria Velasquez,
Blog / Features / Hair

Summer’s Hottest Hair Trends ’19

13
06.2019

Summer is here and with it comes new ways to style your hair! Although we’ve had the whole start of the year to give some #hairinspo, we felt that summer was the best time to go give some new advice to either colour, style or chop away the hair!

If you’re thinking about a haircut, going for a completely new look is a popular thing ! According to Glamour, the most requested hairstyles in 2019 have been layered lobs, asymmetrical undercuts as well as cool shags. We’ve created a fun slideshow to give you some inspiration to what our JCI Hairstylists have been creating as well as colouring – Take A Look!

 


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Maria Velasquez,
Blog / Events / Makeup

Bree-Anna Lehto and A Series Of Unfortunate Events Team Win Leo Award for Best Make-up in Dramatic Series

30
05.2019

 

JCI Makeup Grad Bree-Anna Lehto and the Series of Unfortunate Events Team have won a Leo Award for Best Make-up in Dramatic Series. Bree-Anna has been working in A Series of Unfortunate Events Series since 2018, she took on the role of Makeup Assistant of effects for Neil Patrick Harris’s character Lemony Snicket.

Bree-Anna graduated from the JCI Makeup Artistry Program in 2013. She graduated at the top of her class and won first place twice at the Vancouver IMATS competition in the Battle of the Brushes for the Character/Prosthetic category, as well as the Beauty/Fantasy category.

She has worked in various makeup fields including fashion shows, photoshoots, headshots, weddings and theatre. Nevertheless, her overall passion for makeup is dedicated to Film & TV. She has worked on TV Shows like Prison Break, Arrow and the latest one A Series of Unfortunate Events. For which she has won a Leo Award for Best Makeup in Dramatic Series on Lemony Snicket’s – A Series of Unfortunate Events . She has a huge passion for the arts and continues to build on her experience in every different facet of the business.⠀⠀

Congratulations to Bree-Anna and the team of A Series of Unfortunate Events, consisting of: Rita Ciccozzi, Krista Seller, Tanya Hudson and Caitlin Groves. You all did, and do, amazing work!


JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.

 

Maria Velasquez,
Blog / Fashion

Has Streetwear stopped being original?

23
05.2019

Is street style what it is because of the accessibility it has? Is it interesting because of the community it brings with it? A feeling of rebellion, just like Punk and Grunge had in the 1970s?

Streetwear – Also known as Urban-wear or “Fashionable Casual Clothes”, has found itself “Moving beyond the counterculture that first defined it” (Vogue. May 2019).

As Angelo Baque, the former brand director of Supreme indicated to Vogue “streetwear barely existed before 2010 (prior known as urban wear) when brands favoured rappers, surfers, graffiti artists and skateboarders became interesting to the fashion industry” (Vogue. May 2019). Street wear was used by a particular community with its own values and reasons to use the product. Moving forward a few years, Influencers have been the main marketing ambassadors for this type of trend, or at least this is what the industry has thought.

A Streetwear Impact Report has been published by Hyperbeast and Strategy&, where 40,096 streetwear enthusiasts have been surveyed in order to better understand the place and the influence this style is having on society. The report showed that 65% of the surveyed saw musicians and “industry insiders” as credible figures in streetwear. While only 32% chose influencers as the true inspiration for using the product. Not only that, but “half of the respondents said that they would stop buying a brand due to inappropriate behaviour by a label representative” showing a bad activism of not only the brand but of the style as well.

Although the way streetwear enthusiasts hear about the latest trend is interesting, the report also focuses on why this community chooses to follow this particular style. “70% of today’s streetwear followers revealed they liked the category because its “cool”, while only 24% believe in the community values behind the products” (Vogue.2019). This sounds merely familiar… Kind of like what happened in the 70s & 80s when bands like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols were the main idols and forms of aspiration for this particular style. Punk was a form of anarchy, a rebellion to the masses and to the corporate establishments. Punk Fashion started in a community where street clothes and working class outfits were adopted by the Punk enthusiasts.

The trend became even more popular given the introduction to high fashion and luxury brands such as Vivienne Westwood, while other brands like Converse created the famous Chuck Taylors and Dr.Martens brought hard rock to army boots. The initial values of Punk were undermined by popularity of the style and the amount of capital behind the trend.

Could we say this is similar to Streetwear Style? Street Style has been greatly marketed through Social Media by Influencers and Celebrities like Bad Bunny and J Balvin, but Brands have also taken part in creating Street-wear products to increase credibility and create a space in this growing community. Brands like Off-White, AMBUSH and Vetements have become widely popular, “…Streetwear is backed by two thirds of the consumers.. That the product will never go out of style” (Vogue. 2019)

Although, we are assured that Street Wear will never go out of style, how do we feel about certain trends undermining the initial values that they were created on? Should it be normalized? Should we follow through because that’s what happens? Or should Street-Wear enthusiasts in the industry include people from the original Street Style communities and place them as the true Brand Representatives?

Let us know what you think!

 


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!

Maria Velasquez,