May 17, 2018

SIGNATURE 2018 | LASALLE COLLEGE



Graduation season is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for the fashion students of Lasalle College in Montreal who have completed a 3 year fashion design program.

Upon completion of their hard work, Lasalle's students showcase their final collections on the big runway of Signature 2018. Industry professionals, members of the media and the public are invited to view the refined aesthetic of the newly graduated designers. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION...this is their grand finale however also a big debut into the fashion world. 


Over the last ten years, I've attended many fashion school graduations and the students never cease to amaze me, as media it is important to keep updated with new talent emerging and to explore the train of thought and influences of young designers. 

Lasalle's fashion students have demonstrated innovation and have proven they can reanimate Montreal's Fashion industry. Anyone that has followed the pulse of Montreal's fashion scene over the last few years has seen the rumble and tumble of it. However, these newly graduated designers are coupled with the climatic point of social media, they are part of the new realm of fashion retailing. 

Social media has become undeniably connex to the success of any new fashion business and luckily these students are from that evolving generation and have mastered it. At this point in time, as a fashion graduate, there are even more ways to multiply your industry success.


If you are dreaming of a career in the fields of Fashion, Arts & Design, than Lasalle College should be your ultimate choice. Why? Lasalle College places as the most important fashion school in Canada offering high-quality training and courses in both French & English. Impressively, Lasalle College has 23 campuses spanning over 5 continents. 

Additionally, they are the only fashion school in Canada to offer the work-study program in which you can work paid internships to gain experience in your field before graduating. You can also have a fashionista adventure and study abroad with this institution. I wrote more about Lasalle College in a previous article here.


Nonetheless, let's get on with the show! #Signature2018


My favorite collection of the evening was "Prettiest Girls in Rehab". This display of fashion depicted a tale of an upside down girl that chooses not to follow the corporate norm, she chooses to be defiant. An unconventional mix of different fabric textures and colors paired with hospital like slippers demonstrate the crazy beautiful side of pushing the norm. More photos on my Facebook, Marcia B Creative.


Midnight thoughts, for the grunge girl that is tough as nails but still clutches onto her teddy bear at night. Hard edge details balanced with soft fringe-like texture make this collection very marketable.


Order Project, over sized Korean style luxury coats with a punch. 


Undefined, utilitarian style at it's best.


Urban Fiesta with FOB


Garments from the Creativity segment of  #Signature2018




Lasalle College is having an open house on May 29th, register here

Congrats to all the fashion graduates! 



More photos & videos on my Facebook page @marciabcreative 



Photographer: SDB

May 11, 2018

HAPPY 10 YEAR BLOG-VERSARY!


My blog has been active for 10 years, it's time to celebrate! This year of 2018 marks a decade since I first started off my blog to document my creative journey as a fashion writer, photographer and former model. Social media has exploded since and blogging has given me opportunities to cover events in Canada and abroad, network with fellow fashionistas and collaborate with numerous brands. From photographing celebrities at New York Fashion Week to moving and placing in Montreal's fashion industry, it has been a fun ride.


Here are my top 10 fave blog moments to commemorate my blog-versary. A big thanks to everyone I've worked with and to all that follow me. And yes, the blogging continues! 

1. Being published in 3 different print issues of Metal Clay Artist magazine, which was available in 22 countries and to subscribers in 98 countries. Yes, it was pretty cool to walk into Chapters Indigo and see myself on the cover of a magazine. Read more about it, here and here.


2. Attending media events has been the icing on the cake for me, being a blogger you always get first dibs on new product releases, private restaurant launches and VIP treatment at fashion parties. Over the last 10 years, I've been to so many fun events that have given me the chance to grasp the evolution of social media marketing.  


3. With the growth of my blog, I had to seek out help from interns that would also attend media events with me or in my absence. The fact that I was able to offer networking opportunities to others via my online journal was important to me, as I wanted it to be a collective collaboration of creative individuals. My interns attended shows from Toronto to Tokyo. Read more about the interns I've worked with.


4. As my blog took a life of its own, I was able to network and connect with photographer John Smith who taught me everything I know about photography today. John had officially became my blog photographer and captured the best moments of Ottawa Fashion Week and various other events. 


5.  The ultimate aim of my blog was to feature Canadian talent as much as I could, therefore I worked with local fashion boutiques in Ottawa, as well as many designers from Canada. Covering fashion shows as media is always interesting as you get to see who is new on the local scene. One of my fave events had to be, "I AM FASHION, RIP THE FAB LANE". 


6. I've worked with so many brands, my funnest collaborations have been with Winners & Marshalls, Schwiing and Butter London.


7. My fave post on the blog had to be an honest article I wrote for anyone who aspires to work in the fashion industry.  Check it out, The Truth: Working in Fashion


8. I started blogging all my personal travels to fun destinations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam etc. Hence sharing my travel experience and advice. My most memorable destination so far was Santorini, Greece.


9. One of my fave gigs over the last 10 years was the Place D'Orleans Vlogger search in which I actually placed top 10. It was fun getting paid to shop and vlog! 


10. Launching my online store on Etsy, which was first a vintage shop and now has somehow morphed into a bikini boutique



Thanks for following the blog, lookout for a future travel post soon! 


March 9, 2018

BOOK REVIEWS!


One of my resolutions for 2018 was to read more, so I managed to get through 3 books in February. Here are my reviews on the following books. What books are you reading lately? Please share your favorite reads with me!




If you are into fashion and the real housewives reality shows, this book could be for you. This is an auto-biography of Maria Dominick, former model and socialite at her prime in the 1970's. From her  humble beginnings in Brazil to her tumultuous yet glam life in New York and other fashion capitals, she recounts her emotionless married life. It's actually entertaining but in the end, you kind of don't feel bad for her. There are way bigger problems in life than what she complains about.


Night by Elie Wiesel

As a Holocaust survivor, Elie recounts his horrible experience in the Auschwitz concentration camp, the death of his family and of his innocence. There are really no words to describe this book, just read it. I rate this book 5 stars, I had to buy it on Amazon after returning my library copy.


"La femme qui fuit" (The woman who ran away) by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette:

 This is a french book also available in English, under the name "Suzanne".  All her life, Anais noticed that her grandmother was never in her mother's life and never made an effort to be part of it. After the death of her unknown grandma, Anais is curious and decides to find out who exactly was this lady and why did she not take care of her children? Her grandmother was Suzanne, a lady who lived life on the edge which got her in a lot of trouble. This is a true story.



Any good book suggestions for me? Comment down below.