MC Elite: Michael Maier

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Instagram: @mjmhair

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Edmonton
From HTML coding and building websites to lavender balayage, our July MC Elite is going out to Michael Maier from the hairstyling program at our Edmonton campus!

Michael is an incredibly hard working and dedicated individual. He is talented and full of charisma. In the school salon the clients always leave happy and pleased with the quality of his skills and customer service. When the opportunity arises, Michael is always willing to help out fellow students and instructors. He always has a great attitude and an infectious smile that could turn anyone’s day around. ” says Hairstyling Instructor, Cathy Whitford.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I had always wanted to be a Hairstylist but it was my backup plan because I got into IT and Design at NAIT. When I was almost finished, I realized that I hated my major and that really scared me. When I was younger, I always liked doing my own and my friends’ hair so it was only natural. My twin brother graduated from MC last year and he really loved the experience which helped me decide where I wanted to go. But before I got into MC, I asked him if it was ok that I go too because I didn’t want him to get mad or think that I was copying him. I had previously met the instructors when I was a model for my brother and they are all awesome. They were all so supportive and fun. That also helped me make my decision”

 
*Fun fact: his twin brother, Matthew Maier was a model in our promo video!

 

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“The creativity. I loved colour formulation and I love creeping around the school to see what the other students are up to. I love that everyone has their own way of doing things. It might be the same haircut but the execution is different”.

 

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the instructors – their personalities and their sense of humor. Everyone on campus is different and hilarious, encouraging and helpful. They really make it a really positive environment”.

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Who or what motivates you?
“There’s a Youtuber that I watch, Kyle Krieger. He’s one of the reasons why I went into Hairstyling. His videos showed me a different side of the industry which really pushed me to want to get into Hairstyling…I want to focus on my career as a Hairstylist right now and then I’ll focus on other stuff like competitions”.

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“ugghhh perms and finger waves. It’s one of those things that you have to do but you don’t want to”.

Fresh cut. We took a lot off. #menshair #yeg #mccollege #artego #taper #menstyle #fresh #hair #cut

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do as I say and not what I do – Cathy Whitford”.

 

What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Be personable- you have to interact with clients. Don’t be awkward. People come back to you because of your personality and also your skills too! If you’re awkward and don’t talk with your clients, no one will want to book with you!”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Use lots of hash tags. I always tag MC and Artego because they feature your work on their Instagram. Last week, I had a client message me on Instagram that wanted to book with me because she saw my work featured on MC’s Instagram. That was pretty cool! Also, all students should use Instagram because it’s good to use and keep as a portfolio”

 

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Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

💈 Student of the Month: Adil Ehsani 💈

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From 4am fades to 🔥 hair tattoos, the Student of the Month goes out to MC College Calgary Hairstyling student, Adil Ehsani! He originally wanted to pursue a career as an electrical engineer but decided that “I always wanted to do something I like: barbering” says Adil.
“Adil has shown so much enthusiasm and excitement for this industry…He has a great attitude and is pleasure to work with” says Hairstyling Instructor, Flora Kahyayan.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I never wanted to do a regular desk job…It all started in Grade 8 because my hair kept on getting ruined every time I got it cut so I started doing it myself and people liked it and they started asking me to do their hair too …my parents were against it at first because I was going to be an electrical engineer…. I realized I loved [barbering] and didn’t want to do anything else…I decided to drop my courses and go into Hairstyling.”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Being creative and talking to people. Hairstyling to me is like an art form and you can express yourself”.

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What do you love about MC College?
“The people and the instructors…there is so much diversity here and everyone has their own personality. It’s nice to see a different perspective and work with different personalities.”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much I learned! When I first started here, I was cocky and I thought I knew everything…after the first few days I realized that there is so much to learn about cutting and coloring hair”

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Being one of the few guys in Hair School…at first it was intimidating but now it’s just natural and everything feels right. Everyone is so accepting here!”
What are your plans for the future after graduating? .
“In 3 or 4 years, I want to open a barbershop. When I graduate, I’m going to be working at The Ave YYC Barbershop. I love the clients and the barbers there. The owner, Arey, really helped me with my barbering…he’s who I look up to”

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what you love, don’t ever chase money. If you do what you love, money will come naturally.”

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Show him some love on instagram @francoehsanifades!

RECAP: 2016 Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

Edmonton is home to some awesome local designers who are also our fashion graduates: Workhall Studio, Suka Clothing and Eve + Enoch are just a few!

 

 

Last night, MC College introduced new blood into Edmonton’s fashion scene. Twelve graduates from our fashion program showcased their collection at the New Designers Fashion Show and also launched Western Canada Fashion Week.

In attendance were, MC College staff and faculty members, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), John Chwyl (The Fashion Guy), Amber Victoria (loveambervictoria.com), Tracy Poulin (Edmonton Public Schools), Kingsway Mall, Workhall Studio, LUXX ready to wear and Marshall’s Fabrics, to name a few.

Designed and made in Edmonton, the show included everything from military inspired silhouettes to Zimbabwean inspired prints and floral appliques.

Congrats to the emerging designers on a fabulous show last night: Anne Hole, Braden Carleton, Gloria Malaba, Lillian Obianuju Onyejiuwa, Mikaela Supple, Martina Hrycun, Nadine Elmarsafy, Aike Zhumagulova, Listah Mutsaro, Shawna White, Maggie Chow and Bayenah Batterjee.

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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Kendra Evertson of ‘Kendra Lee’ and Gabriela Cruz of ‘Cruz Clothing’ and Ange McGill.

For a second year in a row, we invited a squad of High School students from St. Joseph High School and Harry Ainlay, AKA: Beauty Apprentices to assist backstage with dressing models, hair and makeup.

 

Last night’s hair and make up look:

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Braden Carleton

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Braden initially started in the Fashion Industry as an Assistant Merchandiser at Henry Singer. Throughout his time at MC College, he has experimented with sublimation dying, graphic prints and unique hardware details. From Italian culture to Andy Warhol and the Wild West, he draws inspiration from a variety of outlets.

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His collection, ‘Strade Palermo’, is an homage to his appreciation for design and Italian culture. From unique artisanal designs to architectural sculpture, he uses prints and embellishments to blend street style with luxury in his collection.

 

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Gloria Malaba

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With family in the Fashion Industry and her Parisian background, Gloria has developed a unique sense of style and luxury. In the past year, she has competed in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition. Ralph and Russo, Elie Saab and Alexandre Vauthier are a few of her fashion label icons.

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Her collection, ‘Glass’, features structured looks with prints, metallic fabric and accents of faux fur. The collection also features touches of angular details, bold structures and sleek evening pieces with sequined paneling.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Bayenah Batterjee

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Bayenah moved to Canada from Jeddah, the fashion capital of Saudi Arabia. From her cultural background to traveling, she finds inspiration everywhere she goes. Being surrounded by different fabrics, textures and colour in Jeddah inspired her to pursue a career as a Fashion Designer.

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The first garment she designed was her sisters wedding dress. In March 2016, she won third place in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition for her embroidered, faux fur and shearling coat.

Image credit: Western Canada Fashion Week

Image credit: Western Canada Fashion Week

Her collection, “Naseej” includes garments with ornate embroidery and bright tropical colours. Early inspiration for the collection came from a recent trip to the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle.

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Follow her on Instagram! @Bayenah

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Alumni profile: Alisha Schick

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Image credit: Suka Clothing Facebook Page

From teenage misfit to Fashion Designer, Alisha has played an important role in the growth of Edmonton’s Fashion Industry. As a 2001 Fashion Design graduate from MC College Edmonton, she is the Owner and Creative Director of Suka Clothing, and a Fashion Instructor at MC College. Since graduating, she has also:

• Showcased in The Park Show in Edmonton and Calgary
• Showcased at Western Canada Fashion Week
• Been featured in Fashion Magazine, Avenue Edmonton, Georgie Magazine and Alberta Venture to name a few.
• Competed in the 2012 Mercedes Benz start up competition
• Done illustration and styling for local publications.

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“Being an instructor has challenged my design beliefs and refined my skills and abilities as a designer. I learn as much from my students as they do from me” (via Fashion Magazine). As an Instructor, she has mentored Designers as such: Nicole Campre, Sid Neigum and Jessilyn Poole (Eve and Enoch) to name a few.

 
She became interested in fashion in High School. “In sewing class, I was with a bunch of misfits…girls that were kind of the rebel type. One of them was going to hair school at MC College and pushed me to sign up for the fashion program” she says. “Fashion for me was a complete accident…I had initially wanted to be a physiotherapist” Alisha continues (Via InTouch News).

 


Alisha’s career in Fashion started when she completed her internship in Toronto. “I interned with Marcus Fraser, a local business owner whose brand came out of Toronto…he was a real person to talk to because he was from Edmonton and his company started very grass roots” says Alisha. In 2007, she launched Suka Clothing. The garments are designed by Alisha and made in Edmonton, and can be purchased online (sukaclothing.co) or in-stores (Bamboo Ballroom).

 
What is your brand about?
“Inspired by our Alter Ego. Suka Clothing is a lifestyle brand with a strong understanding for music, subcultures and high fashion. The brand offers comfortable, detail orientated design with a focus on wearability. Bold, street inspired looks are balanced with feminine silhouettes and simplicity.”


What has been the biggest eye opener since graduating?
“This industry is tough, it takes a lot of hard work…be prepared for heartache and disappointment, it’s the most important step in success…You can never measure your success with anyone else…you have to DO YOU and build on that every time.”


What advice would you give to MC College students and to aspiring fashion designers?
“Leave your ego at the door…Be yourself, be real, don’t give up, accept challenges and…you got to give a shit! There is no half ass in fashion…and be humble because you will never know everything there is to know.”

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Student of the Month: Cinthia Tejeda

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Growing up in Mexico, Cinthia always believed that everyone deserves a chance. “I worked as a volunteer for an orphanage in Mexico City. In a city with at least a million kids living [on] the streets, it was hard for me to ignore that growing problem…”. After studying law for a year and immigrating to Calgary from Mexico in 2008, Cinthia decided to follow her passion and start her career towards becoming an Esthetician. “Cinthia has impressed us at the campus with her open and positive personality. She is an extremely hard worker that consistently goes above and beyond the call” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I love making people feel happy. When they come here, they might be stressed out from life but I get to help them feel their best and I love that feeling…I always knew I wanted to be an Esthetician but it took me awhile to realize it. For so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. I studied law for a year in Mexico…but I wasn’t passionate about it….I love beauty products and making people happy. When I came to Calgary, I started investigating Esthetics”.

 

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“Facials and body treatments! I love the theory behind why facials are good for your skin and body. I can’t wait to learn about advanced facials…It’s so interesting!! I also like working closely with customers. They trust you with their looks and their secrets.”

 

My latest job #today #spa #mccollegeyyc #estheticianstudent #estheticianlife #estheticiandaries #calgary #estheticiandaries #Canadianesthetician

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What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much you can do and learn in one month. After one month in school, I learned how to do facials and manicures. To me, this is amazing that we could learn so much in just one month.”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“Everything about MC is OMG. Everything is amazing. Destiny (Esthetics Instructor) is amazing! She makes the place shine and she is entertaining, passionate and knowledgeable. Everyday we learn something new and everyday is different. I have been given so many tools to learn different things.”


What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Balancing life at home with school. I love all of my instructors and classmates but at the same time, you get stressed out because you see them more than your family.”

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Follow your passion. Put your heart into it and try your best and always work hard…for so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. But when I moved to Calgary, I realized that it wasn’t my calling.”

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Follow her!!
Instagram: @canadianesthetician
Snapchat: canadianestheician

READY TO SHINE 6: A Cut Above the Rest

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From bougie dresses to blouses channeling Coachella vibes, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools got the chance to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine event. Now in its 6th year, the event challenges High School students to design and construct garments for evening, career and casual wear. They also made garments out of unconventional materials such as recycled newspaper, shopping bags and bubble wrap.

 

As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see the designs of Edmonton’s next top fashion designers. The garments were modelled on the runway by High School Students and local celebrities such as: Nicole Crosbie (95.7 Cruz FM), Kimberley Wynn (CTV), Stacey Brotzel (CTV), Dana Giesbrecht (Shaw TV), Nancy Carlson (Global TV) and Ami Amato (Up 99.3 FM). The show did not disappoint….it was LIT!!

Another photo of my design from Ready to Shine 6! #rts6 #readytoshine6 #yegdesign #yegstudent @kimwynnctv

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Last years’ winner of our scholarship and current MC College Fashion Student, Aike Zhumaglova, was on location to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, McNally, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns and Jasper Place High School.

 

Did you miss the live segment on Dinner Television? You can watch it here: http://www.kingswaymall.com/ready_to_shine.asp
‘Ready to Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. This year, the event raised $20,000 for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social communities.

 

💁 Student of the Month: Taya Tkachuk

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From balayage to “granny hair”, this lady is slaying it on Instagram! Born and raised in a small town, you may have seen her at last week’s MC Pop Up Salon  as a feature Entrepreneur/Stylist. 💇

Our Student of the Month is Hairstylist-to-be, Taya Tkachuk 👏 👏 from the Edmonton campus. “Taya is a lovely student inside and out. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has an eagerness to learn” says Edmonton Director, Analia Rubie.

1). Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“It’s always been a passion of mine. Back home in Lac La Biche, there weren’t many opportunities for me to explore hair. I was always the one my friends and family went to for hair and makeup…and it just became my thing.”

2). What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Making people feel good about themselves. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s the best feeling ever and it makes you feel like you can do anything.”

3). How was the Pop Up Salon?
“It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon….I learned different techniques in blow drying…and running/managing a salon”.

4). What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“Unit 3. I wasn’t expecting to learn about anatomy. I hate that people stereotype hair school as dumb but that’s not true. You need to know your stuff…even anatomy. All the studying and hair that you do puts a lot of stress on your body. You put so many hours into doing one clients’ hair to make them happy and studying on top of that! Its not just applying color or cutting hair…it’s much more”.

5). What do you love about MC College?
“I love the teachers and the people…it’s so welcoming here and I wasn’t expecting that when I started school! Every day is a fun day at school even if you’re in class or not.”

6). What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Clients can be a bit overwhelming…you learn how to work with people of all personalities and know when to end a conversation politely…and saying no to clients can be hard too. Especially when it comes to hair color”

7). What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to stay in Edmonton for the opportunities when I graduate. But in the future, I would love to move to Toronto or Montreal, and start doing hair competitions. I want to see how far I can get with my career”

8). What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Hairstylist?
“Make sure it’s a passion of yours and not just a job…You need passion and drive cause you can’t just do a half assed job in this. You gotta be all in.
9). What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“You can’t please everyone…do the best you can and work with your own knowledge.”

Follow her! 
Instagram: @Taya.Hair
Snapchat: tayatkachuk
Twitter: @tootie_19