MC ELITE: Alexia Kehler

Instagram: @alexia.design
Campus: Winnipeg
Program: Fashion

Favorite designer: DSquared2 and Mark Fast
Favorite fashion blogger: @vikyandthekid

Favorite item in your wardrobe:
It’s not fashionable but I have a sweater that I took from home. It’s from the 80’s. It’s been patched and fixed many times, and the zipper definitely does not work but I love it because it reminds me of home and keeps me grounded.

Tell us something that would surprise people about you:
I grew up on a chicken farm in Landmark! It’s about 50 minutes away from Winnipeg. The town has around 2000 people. In my graduating class, there were around 30 people. That’s the largest graduating class Landmark has ever had!

How did you get started in fashion design?
Growing up, I’ve always been artistic but living in a small town there was not a lot of opportunity and not a lot to do. I always liked fashion and design. I remember flipping through Vogue and imagining what it was like to create outfits for models. As I got older, I realized that there was no way that I could express myself. I knew I had to move and do something completely different and far away from the small town life.

When I graduated High School, I went to the University of Manitoba in general studies. In the program, I didn’t know where I was going. I was so unhappy in University. I realized after a year that I needed to get into something that made me happy: fashion. Ever since I started at MC, I’ve been happier because I am able to express my creativity through design. My friends and family have noticed it too.

What is your favorite thing about the fashion program?
I was one of the students in the program that didn’t know how to sew. I remember getting frustrated with myself because of that. Now, I love sewing because I can see myself getting better and better everyday. I also love illustrating.

What do you like most about the fashion industry?
I like that the industry is so versatile. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes of a collection, garment, fashion show and photoshoot. As long as you are creative and open minded, there are so many opportunities to grow as a designer.

What can we expect to see from your collection at the 2018 New Designers Fashion Show?
Fun fabrics and colour -lot’s of chiffon and crepe combined with faux fur and fringe. The colour palette consists of pink, teal and yellows. My collection is called ‘Visions’. It is street wear inspired tchotchkes I’ve collected since I was young. The collection was also loosely inspired by the 70’s. I called the collection ‘Visions’ because it’s for someone who loves to daydream…someone who is optimistic and someone who just wants to “float” throughout their day.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Take life with open hands

Do you have any social media advice for MC students?
Take pictures with good lighting and only post your best photos!

 

MC highlights of 2017 – part 2

From attending a star studded industry event in Vegas to volunteering in our community, this was a busy year for MC College. Here’s part two of our top highlights from 2017!

MC Elite: a year in review

Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their growth as an industry professional and their use of social media to promote themselves. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and website, and bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the 2017 MC Elites

Younten Tsomo 

Robert Erasmo 

Shauntel Leffler 

 Jasmyne Wishlow 

Karleece Lapointe 

Tamara Hofer 

Natalie Notheisz 

Matt Madill 

Michael Maier 

India Haines 

 

Prosper U

To help MC College Students build their clientele, make more money and give them a competitive edge in the job market, we brought Prosper U to MC College. As the first cosmetology school in Canada to incorporate this program, students learn about personal branding, client retention, customer service, retailing and more. The program was developed by award winning Stylist, Eric Fisher.

For more info, visit: www.mccollege.ca/prosper_u?&edit=1

Industry Partnerships

Throughout 2017, we partnered with industry leaders ‘Brows by G’, and ‘Glam Skin Care Academy’ to offer specialized and advanced education in IPL/laser technician, microblading and micropigmentation.

 

MCXNAHA 2017

From taking selfies with Sam Villa at the NAHA’s to watching the light show on Fremont Street, over 80 MC College Students and staff made their way to Las Vegas this past July for the 12th annual MCxNAHA show and 28th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (one of the biggest events of the hairstyling industry). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE. Thanks to MC Edmonton student, Patricia Lopez for creating this video:

Open House

On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was littt; 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

 

Sharing the love
At MC College, we are a proud supporter of many community events, charities and not for profits. Whether it was doing haircuts for the less fortunate or manicures at a local emergency shelter, staff and students from all 6 campuses volunteered their craft and time at 275 community events in 2017. Because that is way too many to list, here are a few of our favourites:

Kelowna

  • Did hairstyles, makeup and mini manicures at Okanagan Pride.

Edmonton

  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 14th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 800 people visited the campus to get their hair coloured pink.

Red Deer

  • Made monthly visits to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter to provide haircuts and manicures for clients and volunteers. 

Calgary

  • Kicked off the Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking. Over 500 stopped by to get their hair coloured pink!

Saskatoon

  • Mini manicures and hand massages for stressed out students at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.

Winnipeg

  • Haircuts for the less fortunate at the 6th annual CEO Sleepout. Since the Sleepout began in 2011, just under $800,000 has been raised to end homelessness.

MC highlights of 2017 – part 1

From the gardens at Versailles to braids and buns with Dads, we’re taking a look back at the top MC College highlights of 2017.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
Starting school and studying for exams while juggling personal relationships can be an exciting and stressful time for students. This December, we partnered with Morneau Shepell to bring MC College students the Student Support Program (SSP). Through this program, students have immediate and free access to mental health and wellness support. At the touch of a button, students can anonymously call or live chat, 24/7/365, with a qualified counsellor with years of clinical experience.

For more info, visit: www.mccollege.ca/student_support_program?&edit=1

 

MC ABROAD: PARIS
From September 14 to 21, MC College graduates, students and staff jetsetted to the fashion and beauty capital of the world: PARIS! The trip was the perfect opportunity to travel, network with industry professionals, and draw inspiration from Parisian culture, art and architecture. From climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower to attending one of the biggest beauty exhibits: MCB by Beauté Sélection, take a look at some of our adventures from the trip:

 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW
From bold African inspired prints to faux fur and Japanese minimalist designs, graduates from the fashion design program in Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection this past fall. Each garment was designed, constructed and produced by the graduates. Both shows were sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and alumni, media, fashion bloggers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers.

 

DIY STUDIO EVENTS
Throughout 2017, each campus held a series of DIY Studio events that are free and open to the public. At these events, MC College Students and Staff show attendees how to create gory zombie makeup, apply falsies and more. This year, we had the following themes: the art of braiding, make & take body scrub and oil, lash bar, patch denim jacket, my Dad did my hair and Halloween makeup. Stay tuned for the next DIY event!

MODERN SALON
For this years’ Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Awards, we were honoured to place first in the ‘alumni and advanced education’ category for our submission about our industry partnerships, MC Abroad to Paris, alumni program and the launch of the MC alumni web page. We were also a finalist in the ‘community involvement’ category.

MC ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS
Whether it’s a graduate fresh out of school or a graduate with over 20 years of experience, we are so proud of the MC alumnus who were named semi-finalists, finalists and winners at some of the industry’s biggest events. Congratulations to:

Mirror Awards
Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel Salonspa – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Finalist
Julie Baker, Chel Salonspa – Newcomer of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko The Salon – Alberta Salon Stylist Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairdresser of the Year Finalist

 

Contessa Awards

Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel SalonSpa – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Semi Finalist
Darci Ash, Enigma Salon & Studio – Master Colourist Semi Finalist
Alan Sluser, Koko the Salon – Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko the Salon – New Hairstylist Finalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECAP: 2017 New Designers Fashion Show

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

From internationally recognized brands such as Canada Goose, Manitobah Mukluks and Silver jeans to local designers such as Lennard Taylor, Winnipeg has historically been Canada’s garment manufacturing centre. On October 18, graduates from our Fashion Design program in Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection at the 7th annual New Designers Fashion Show at the Manitoba Museum.

The museum was the perfect venue as it was a walk through the history of Manitoba and Canada. Surrounded by exhibits about Indigenous lifestyles to vignettes celebrating Winnipeg’s historic streetscapes, the fashion show featured collections from Amy Aingidlik, Amy McPherson, Chelsea Sumter, Dimple Patel, Kalli Vera, Karleece Lapointe, Nancy Humann and Wendy Sinclair.

As part of the fashion program, each graduate designed and constructed each garment from start to finish. Graduates drew inspiration for their collection from various aspects of their life and surroundings – from their cultural heritage to the concrete jungle.

Voted as top 3 fashion events in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Nightlife Awards, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and Alumni, media, fashion bloggers, photographers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers such as Nygard International, Reitman’s and Mondetta.
From embroidered details to bold African and Ojibwe inspired prints, here’s a recap of the New Designers Fashion Show:

 

 

After a year of being diagnosed with brain cancer, Tragically Hip Canadian superstar, Gord Downie, passed away on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. As our final farewell and a tribute, we played “Ahead by a Century” during a portion of the fashion show. “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in” – Gord Downie.

Did you catch us on Global Winnipeg? See it here!

 

For more images, visit: http://ajbatac.com/2017-mc-college-fashion-show