Rock the Runway 2018

 

Last month, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools showcased their designs at Kingsway Mall’s 8th annual Rock the Runway show. Over 70 high school fashion design students were challenged with creating royal themed outfits using a selection of limited supplies and preloved (aka: used) clothing.
As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see what each student team created. From off the shoulder jumpsuits to oversized satin kimonos, here’s a preview of the High School students’ garments they designed and constructed:

 

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The #RockTheRunway show day is fast approaching! Next month on April 19th you will have the opportunity to see these designs live on the runway at @kingswaymall. I am overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of talent and creativity these students possess. I feel so blessed to have the pleasure of checking in on these worker bees while they are in their prime. Swipe to check out these stunning designs. Want to see them live? Head to the @epsbfoundation website to buy your tickets today! All the money raised through ticket sales will go towards funding full day kindergarten classes. Talk about a great show for a great cause! See you there my darlings! 👠 . . . @mccollegegroup #epsb #epsbfoundation #yeg #yegfashion #yegstyle #yegdesign #kingswaymall #supportlocal #yegevents

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Congrats to the winner of the MC College tuition scholarship!!

 

 

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

‘Rock the Runway’ is a student fashion show at Kingsway mall in support of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. The event showcases young fashion designers and their creativity.

Innovators of Beauty: Frank Cairo

 

 

In the 1970’s, Frank Cairo was one of the most well known and sought after stylist in Canada. In 1975, he left the salon life and dedicated his career to education. Ask any Alberta Hairstylist of a certain age who their mentor was and you will hear the name Frank Cairo. Frank’s first career was as a successful and award winning stylist and platform artist. His second career was as an innovator in education.

Born on February 24, 1941 in Celico, Italy, Frank’s career started at a young age when he decided to apprentice as a barber. In 1955, he immigrated to Edmonton and by the age of 21 he owned and operated 11 salons across Alberta. By the early 70’s, Frank had achieved everything he wanted in his career but had always aspired for more. He wanted to give back to the industry in terms of education. He took a position with Marvel Beauty Schools where he presented his many innovative ideas to make beauty education better. The company was not ready to implement his ideas so in 1975, after a difference of opinion he decided to purchase his own schools where he could realize his vision.


The first thing he did was change the delivery of the content. Up until he took over the Alberta Marvel Beauty Schools, all beauty schools were delivering theoretical training first and then hands on practice in a school salon. There was no progression to the instruction. It was all in class then all hands on. Frank recognized that this was not in the best interest of the student. He introduced a system where classroom instruction focused on a particular topic and then was followed with practical application. Once mastered, the student could then move on to the next topic following the same process. This was the first progressive learning path in beauty education in North America.

While traveling throughout Europe in the 1970’s, Frank noticed the increasing popularity of spa treatments for European women. At that time, there were no beauty schools in North America offering Esthetics training. In 1978, Frank introduced esthetics education in his schools. He was the first in North America to provide Esthetics as a program offering.


Throughout his career, he had always believed that the future relied on the quality of students entering the industry. For Frank, education was the primary foundation for quality students. So, he invested in the best education possible. His schools were the first in Canada to use the Pivot Point education system. Pivot Point was created by Frank’s close friend Leo Passage. It utilized the principles of art and design to teach Hairstyling. The principles of the program were ground breaking and the resources like full color technical guides were the first of their kind. Pivot Point remains the leader in beauty education throughout the world. Today, Pivot Point’s Hairstyling and Esthetics concepts are taught in over 2000 schools in over 70 countries.

Frank believed that in addition to education, the physical experience was integral in creating quality students. For Frank, it was important to have the learning environment look and feel similar to a salon or spa, so he invested in the space and layout of the school. From a retail and colour area to styling chairs and pedicure stations, each school was transformed to look like a real life salon and spa.

Not only did Frank revolutionize how salon and spa education was delivered, he also changed the relationship between industry and educators. Throughout his career, he noticed a separation between salons/spas and schools. In 1995, Frank created a Partners in Training program. As part of the program, each campus partnered with local and surrounding salons/spas to create an ongoing relationship. Partners visit the school to do demonstrations and workshops for students and talk to them about professionalism and career opportunities. The school would provide salons and spas with work experience students to assist the Partners in finding suitable staff for their businesses. The close interaction between industry and the schools ensured that Frank was always aware of the latest industry trends and could therefore quickly incorporate them into the education. The Partners in Training initiative was a benefit to the schools, the students and the industry partners.

With over 60 years of experience in the industry as a hairstylist, platform artist, entrepreneur and educator, Frank Cairo is one of the most well known icons in the hairstyling industry in North America and across the world. Frank was inducted into Pivot Point’s Hall of Fame, awarded with the Contessa Life Time Achievement Award and was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Today at MC College, his accomplishments in the industry are celebrated at graduation in the form of an award called, The Frank Cairo Award. This award is given to graduates who best represent the qualities of commitment, integrity and respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank’s success in the industry.

MC ELITE: Ashintha de Silva

Instagram: @ashinthadesilva
Campus: Edmonton
Program: Fashion

Favorite designer: Helmut Lang
Favorite item in your wardrobe: Trench coats are so versatile and are always on trend. I love my classic trench and jacquard leopard print trench coat from h&m.
Who do you follow on social media? @voguemagazine @marcjacobs @helmutlang
Tell us something that would surprise people about you: I was in a dance group called House of Dam. Voguing, freestyling and waacking are dance forms that have played a huge influence on my life, fashion and styling.

Fashion student and yoga instructor by day and performing artist by night, the MC Elite for this month goes out to Ashintha de Silva from the Edmonton campus.

How did you get started in fashion design?
Growing up, I remember spending my waking days sketching gowns and costumes of all kinds but I never knew I could make a career in fashion. There were photographers in my family who influenced me to become passionate and involved in photography. But after High School, I decided to go my own way where I got into a cultural studies program at the U of A. After 3 years in the program, I moved to Toronto for some photography gigs. I ended up doing runway and backstage photos at Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) and did photos at events for Holt Renfrew. It was TFW that opened my eyes to a career in fashion. I never knew about the different possibilities and career choices. When I moved back to Edmonton, I finally pushed myself to enroll in fashion.

What is your favorite thing about the fashion program?
Seeing garments come to life. I’ve always drawn, illustrated and photographed garments but I had never constructed them until I came to MC. The program has given me the tools to create, like pattern drafting!..There’s also a sense of community here. Even though there are 18 of us in the class, it feels like a family. I’ve gone to school at other places and I have never had this experience before. Even between the other programs, there’s a sense of community.

What do you like most about the fashion industry?
Trends are always changing which forces you to always be on point and ahead of the game. I also love the fashion industry because there’s no right or wrong design perspective.

What can we expect to see from your collection at the 2018 New Designers Fashion Show?
You can expect to see a lot of prints and accents of black and gold. The prints are inspired by photos that I have taken, marbling techniques and by the artist, Gustav Klimt.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom has always told me: don’t take things too personally.

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Do you have any social media advice for MC students?
Don’t be afraid to share what you have created and accomplished. I was guilty of this before…I was always telling myself: what if someone judges my work or what if someone steals my idea?. If you’re proud of it, share it!

What are your plans when you graduate?
I would love to start my career at ‘off white’ clothing. What I love about them is that they are experimental in the sense that they incorporate different eras into one garment. My dream career is to create a fashion brand that makes a social impact by providing education and meaningful jobs for communities in developing countries. There is a not for profit brand called Krochet Kids Intl that has really inspired me.

 

DIY Studio: My Dad Did My Hair Recap

It’s a job usually left for moms but sometimes a girl’s got to turn to her dad for some hair love. Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event ‘my dad did my hair’. With back-to-school around the corner, this was the perfect time for dads to practice what they already know and to learn new skills. From a simple pony tail to fishtail braids and the Princess Leia bun, we showed Dads how to step up their daughters’ hair game to the next level! Did you catch us on CTV, CBC and Castanet? Watch our live features here:

 

 

Couldn’t make it to our event? We’ve rounded up the top social media posts from the event!

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”.

 

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”.

 

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”

 


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.

RECAP: DIY Lash Bar

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Falsies. Some people wear them on the daily, while others have never tried them. Whether it’s a date night, special event or just because, anytime is a good time for falsies.

Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event: The Lash Bar. From drama to subtle glamour, the MC Squad (aka: Students and Instructors) showed you how to step up your lash game! At this free event, over 120 people across all 6 campuses attended the event to learn how to apply false eyelashes on themselves and their friends, entered to win a $1000 tuition scholarship and got a behind the scenes look of a lash and brow tint. For the few pros who already knew how to apply falsies, we showed them different techniques, tips and tricks.

Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at the DIY event that was captured on social media:

 

 

 

 

 

Did you see MC College Saskatoon on CTV Morning news? Watch it here:

 

In case you missed out on our DIY event, here’s a step by step guide on how to apply falsies:

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Open House recap

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On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was 🔥🔥🔥; from special effects makeup and live fashion sketching to mini DIY (do-it-yourself) stations. Across the 6 campuses, over 300 people attended the event to experience what the #MCLife is all about, and to learn about career opportunities in the Beauty and Fashion Industry.

 

 

Attendees tested out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, while getting the chance to tour the campus and meet the MC Squad: staff, students, graduates and industry partners. From a braiding and contouring bar to marble nails and spring updos, each campus set up mini DIY stations so that event attendees could try out the latest beauty trends on themselves. Swag bags and a $1000 tuition scholarship were also given out at each campus – congratulations to all of the winners!


Attendees also got the chance to watch a live demo of mermaid hair, alien bleeding glitter, special effects makeup, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to play with mannequins and learn how to apply colour at the colour station.

At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, there were stations set up so that visitors could try their hand at designing their own print, draping, fashion sketching and fashion illustration.
Missed the Open House? Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at Open House that was captured on social media:

DIY Studio: the Art of Braiding

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Have you ever pinned hundreds of images of different braids on Pinterest, tried it out on yourself but ended up a few hours later in tears of frustration with your hair in a tangled mess? #pinterestfail. We know how you feel!


Last night, our Kelowna, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg campus hosted a free DIY Studio event: the Art of Braiding. Our Hairstyling Students and Instructors showed attendees the tips and tricks and braiding hacks to create the braided looks they love while our Esthetics students did mini manicures.
 

 

From the classic 3 strand braid to the waterfall and fishtail braid, stations were set up throughout each campus. We had snacks, prizes, swag bags full of Artego samples to keep attendees’ braids on point and a $1000 MC College tuition scholarship to give-a-way!
 
 

 

At our Kelowna campus, we had students from the Centre For Arts and Technology’s photography, film and fashion program showcase their work and announce the collaboration between the two schools.

Did you catch MC College Saskatoon on CTV? Watch the morning segment below!

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Check out what the attendees had to say about the event!

“Thanks for the super fun event! I learned a lot!” – B.Ross

“My daughter and I had a great time. Thank you for doing this. Also, a special thank you to Kelsey, she was super helpful, patient and was very encouraging.” – Tracey.O

“This was awesome, thank you so much ” – Tina. S

“This was so fantastic!! Thanks to everyone there for the great lessons!” – Tennille.Z

 
From braiding on a mannequin to braiding their friends’ hair, over 300 people attended the event and left #braidinglikeaboss. Missed the Art of Braiding event? Stay tuned for our next DIY Studio event.

Top MC College stories from 2016

We’re taking a look back at the top stories that happened at MC College in 2016! From all 6 campuses coming together for a fundraiser to hanging out with award winning Hairstylists in Las Vegas, and much more. In chronological order:

LEARN ABOUT BEAUTY

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Early last year,  we were the first Canadian Cosmetology school to say ‘bye Felicia’ to carrying around textbooks and hello to  Pivot Point’s  digital learning platform: Learn About Beauty. This exciting new application combines social media, personalized education and a collaborative environment. From any Smartphone, computer or tablet, our students have access to an online collection of interactive materials so that they can learn at your own pace, anywhere…anytime!

For more information, visit: www.mccollege.ca/learn-about-beauty

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Every month, our Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a Student from each program for this award. Only 1 Student is chosen as the Student of the Month based on criteria such as: use of social media for personal branding, academic record and more. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and most importantly…bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the Students of the Month from 2016:

Amber Bell 
Nikki Thorne
Adil Ehsani
Garett McCallum
Danielle White
Carley Wood
Cinthia Tejeda
Danae Desjardins
Taya Tkachuk
Skylar Bakes
Afreen Merchant


MC COLLEGE + BROWS BY G

In 2016,  we partnered with Brows by G to bring a Partial Esthetics class in the latest in eyebrow technology:  MICROBLADING.


 

GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton were featured and competed in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show. Watch their live morning  interview on Global Edmonton TV below!


 

#ALBERTASTRONG: FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY 

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On May 12 2016, MC College organized a fundraiser across all six campuses for the Canadian Red Cross to assist those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. On this day, we donated 100% of the proceeds from our six salons and spas across Western Canada; raising over $7000!  


 

MCXNAHA 2016

From July 23 to 26, over 70 MC College students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 11th annual MCxNAHA show and 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (aka. NAHA). The highlight of the trip? Hanging out with surprise guest speaker from Kansas and 2016 NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year nominee….ERIC FISHER. 🙌IMG_5768-1


 

DIY STUDIO

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We launched the MC College DIY Studio event. This event is a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where our Students and Staff show you everything from creating Insta-worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself to a zombie inspired make up look for Halloween.

 

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Our next DIY studio is January 12 at our Kelowna, Calgary, Red Deer and Saskatoon campus! BYOJ (bring your own jar) as we’ll be showing you how to create your own signature body scrub and shower oil using all-natural ingredients. For more info, visit: DIY Studio


 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW  | EDMONTON & WINNIPEG 
From  Zimbabwean prints to silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:

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Winnipeg

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Did you see MC College on Global Winnipeg Morning News and CTV Morning News? Click here to watch! 


 

SHARING THE LOVE💕

Throughout the year, MC College Students and Staff at each campus volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

Kelowna

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  • Shaved over 120 heads at the 9th annual “Bald Falcon” event at Dr. Knox Middle School. $16,011 was raised for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
  • Students were the official hair and makeup artists for Kelowna Community Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

Edmonton

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  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 13th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 900 visited the Edmonton school to get their hair pinked.
  • Did manicures and pedicures for members of the Edmonton Police Wives Association as part of their “Pamper our Wives in Blue” event.

Red Deer

  • Students at the Red Deer campus did hair and makeup for cast members in the indie film “Break on Through”.
  • Our students volunteered at the Relay for Life in June doing free temporary unicorn hair and braids for event attendees.

Calgary

  • Kicked off the annual Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking!
  • Students and Staff helped the Calgary Fire Department break a world record in mass head shaving. Over 320 people of all ages had their heads shaved simultaneously. The Calgary Fire Department raised over $120,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Saskatoon

  • We get it, exams are stressful! This past December and April, our Saskatoon students did free manicure and hand massages at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.
  • Free hair and up dos for graduating high school students as part of “The Princess Shop”.

Winnipeg 

  • Manicures and haircuts for the families and their children staying at the Manitoba Ronald McDonald House.
  • This past May, the Winnipeg campus did hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Teen Canada.

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We’re so honored to be recognized in Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award 2016! As the only Canadian school recognized, MC College was an honoree and finalist in 2 categories: community involvement and technology. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries for these and many other categories. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by Modern Salon, which is a leading North American trade magazine.

 

DIY Studio: Holiday Hair 🎄

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As the Holidays approach, you’re probably starting to freak out a bit. From deciding which sparkly outfit to wear to getting a kick start on shopping for presents, the last thing on your mind is what hairstyle to rock at your next party. On November 28, our Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon campus held a FREE DIY (aka: do it yourself) studio hair event for the Holidays which was open to anyone and everyone to attend!

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Whether you’re headed to an ugly Christmas Sweater party or Christmas Carol Karaoke and everything in between, our students and staff showed you how to create snap worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself so that you can avoid the dreaded “Pinterest fail” feeling!

Each campus had different stations dedicated to specific hair looks; from chignons to old Hollywood finger waves, Victoria Secret inspired curls and braids.

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At our Winnipeg campus, our Students glammed up each attendee with a free lipstick touch up at their Lipstick Lounge. Swag bags, giveaways and a $1000 tuition scholarship were handed out at each campus.


Missed our DIY Studio: Holiday Hair event? Stay tuned for our next event!

What’s the MC College DIY Studio event? It’s a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where we show you how to curl and style your own hair, create a creepy doll eyed look for Halloween and more!