MC Elite: Karleece Lapointe

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Program: Fashion
Campus: Winnipeg

After graduating High School, Karleece Lapointe enrolled at the University of Manitoba for a career in marketing. “I thought I wanted to go into business but after my first year I realized that it wasn’t for me. That experience made me realize that I’m hands-on and want to be in a creative field. I also didn’t like the class sizes…I felt like a number”.
“Karleece is a very creative designer, she has so many interesting and innovative ideas. Her collection is a mix of so many different fabrics, textures and construction methods and I’m so excited to see it all come together” says fashion instructor, Lisa Dyck.
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“Growing up, my dad upholstered furniture so that got me interested in sewing and the use of different types of fabrics and hardware.. I’ve also always loved art. I grew up in dance and played the French horn in band. Because of my love for art and my need to be hands-on, I knew it was bound for me to have a career in it”


What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love seeing a concept turn into a drawing and then into a real garment… I am learning a lot about myself, my limits and my creativity. With fashion, I get to be myself and I get to express my thoughts and creativity with illustrations and garments.” 

What do you love about MC College?
“The MC Community and the friends I’ve made here. It’s super open and everyone is so welcoming and accepting.”


What Fashion Designer are you inspired by?
“Alexander McQueen.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Pattern making. It’s something that you either understand or don’t understand. There’s nothing in-between. It was really hard to understand the measurements and translating the image and designs from my head and putting it on paper”
Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“It’s inspired by the mixture of textures that wouldn’t usually be mixed together. My collection is called “Antithesis” and tests the boundaries because it incorporates fabrics to create different looks and themes. In my prototypes, I’ve combined faux fur with lace.”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“I want to move to Montreal or Toronto to work with a magazine for styling. I also want to work with local retail shops in visual merchandising.”


Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Post frequently so that people don’t forget about you. Don’t spend too much time worrying about your followers to following ratio and post what you want. Don’t worry about what others are posting!”


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: Winnipeg New Designers Fashion Show 2016

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From fashion retailers such as Nygard International to detail oriented costumes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg has always been one of Canada’s epi-centers for fashion. This past month, MC College introduced the next generation of Designers into Winnipeg’s fashion industry at the 6th annual New Designers Fashion Show.

From silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture to angular detailing, the fashion show included collections by MC College graduates: Linda Kroeker, Carley Wood, Maria Shendrik, Adara Pattersib, Regina Martens and Lauren Howie.

Hosted by Global TV’s Brittany Greenslade, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, local media, government officials, MC College staff and students, and Winnipeg’s fashion scene.

 

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In attendance were, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), Lennard Taylor, Monique Andrews Morrisette (Style Hunter Fox), Black Caviar Productions, Michael Silver (Silver Jeans), Valarie Barr-Jones (Government of Manitoba), Carly Klassen (Marshall Fabrics), Sheri Doyle (Mondetta Clothing) and Merle McDougall Kroeker (Rickis Clothing) to name a few.


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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashions, Ruta Tewelde of House of aRT Fashion and Madison Tooth of Illformal. Huge shoutout  to Manitobah Mukluks for sponsoring the footwear for her showcase.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Carley Wood

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Growing up with family in the industry, Carley always knew she would start a career in fashion. “Fashion as a career felt like it would always just be a dream. It was only last year that I decided to continue in fashion and actually work towards my dream!” 

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While taking the Fashion Technology program at Murdoch MacKay High School, Carley designed and styled costumes for two musicals. Back in June, Carley was named MC College’s  Student of the Month!

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Her collection, Cityscape, was inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture. The collection incorporates a mix of Winnipeg’s old and new buildings.

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From the various shades of blue reflecting off skyscrapers to gray buildings tinted in pinks and purples at sunset, the collection is inspired by the colours that Carley observes throughout the city.

 

Follow her on Instagram! 👉 @Car.31

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Adara Patterson

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Adara has always been a creative person. She sees every project as a puzzle to solve or an opportunity to create something new.

At a young age, Adara was drawn to clean lines and angular shapes. Naturally, the art of origami became an influence in her designs.

She believes that “the universe is based on the golden ratio, and the geometry of the universe is beauty.” Her collection, Edgeglow, incorporates angular detailing and smocking to create visual appeal based on geometry.

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In the future, Adara plans to work in the fashion industry focusing on pattern making and garment construction where she can apply her love of problem solving and attention to detail.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Maria Shendrik

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In 2012, Maria and her family immigrated to Canada from Russia. Growing up, she was always interested in Fashion Design. Maria has childhood memories of her and her family getting dressed up for dinner and family outings.

 

These memories have since influenced her designs and styling choices. Her love of horseback riding, oil painting and playing the violin has also influenced her designs and her collection.

When she moved to Winnipeg, she decided to realize her dream career and enrolled at MC College.

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Maria’s collection, Grace, was inspired by royalty and the art of dressing royal woman for all occasions. With sleek silhouettes and clean lines, the collection features high quality fabrics and a feminine colour palette.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Regina Martens

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Regina was born in Dolinsk, Russia but grew up in Germany. After immigrating to Canada, she started her career in the Beauty Industry as a Hairstylist. For the past 4 years, Regina has been the Lead Hairstylist and Manager at Double Images Salon in Morden, Manitoba.

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Her love for fashion and sewing came at a young age. At 10 years old, Regina started designing her own clothes and has since refused to use any commercial patterns. It was after the loss of her older brother that Regina decided to pursue her dream of being a Fashion Designer. At 22, she moved to Winnipeg to launch and build her career in fashion.

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Regina’s collection, Formal Rocker, was inspired by celebrities pushing the style boundaries at events. From geometric cut-out lace to embroidered tulle and asymmetrical hems, the collection is an edgy take on formal wear.

 

 

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Linda Kroeker

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Growing up, Linda loved thrifting and shopping for vintage clothes. She would often buy something that didn’t fit and take the garment apart to see how it could be reinvented. Although she didn’t always know what she was looking at, the most interesting part was how the garment was constructed.

It’s not a surprise that Linda’s collection, Leaving the Station, has a vintage theme. She drew inspiration from train travel in the 1940’s. Back then, the train was the primary choice in transportation. Because of this, garments for travelers had to be timeless, tailored, stylish and constructed of fine fabrics. Linda used this inspiration and incorporated modern colours, prints and fabrics to her collection.

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As a recent graduate from the MC College Fashion Design and Apparel Production program, Linda hopes to open a tailor shop called Stitch & Treadle Custom Designs. Her focus is to customize clothing to fit her clients’ body. She’s strongly believes that a person can only be their best when they feel good in what they’re wearing.

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Follow her on Instagram 👉@stitchandtreadle👈

 

 

Gold at Skills Manitoba: Aurora Donaldson

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From Independent Fashion Designer to Entrepreneur, there are so many career paths in the Beauty and Fashion Industry. At MC College, we offer tuition scholarships, transfer credits to our programs and industry opportunities to help and support High School students achieve their dream career. On average, we award over $100,000 worth of tuition scholarships across Western Canada. As part of our Beauty Apprentice program, High School students get the exclusive chance to experience the hustle and bustle of a fashion show backstage. Our Try-A-Trade booths at Skills offer students a hands-on look into Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion.

 
Last month, hundreds of students across the country competed in Skills Canada. One of those students was Fashion Technology High School student, Aurora Donaldson from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in Winnipeg.

 
Her journey in the competition kicked off at Skills Manitoba this past April. With an audience watching her every stitch and seam, Aurora designed and constructed a tailored jacket in 6 hours! She competed against dozens of Fashion Technology students across Manitoba and won the coveted gold medal; allowing her to be the face of the Province at Skills Canada. In addition to placing first, she won a $3500 tuition scholarship to MC College to further her training in Fashion Design.

 

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As a Judge at the Provincial competition and Fashion Instructor at MC College, Brenda Speirs-Fryatt, offered Aurora guidance and mentorship for the Nationals. “Aurora is extremely talented and driven too excel. She works above and beyond to perfect her design; spending hours, spares, evenings and weekends preparing for the Nationals. I am so proud of what she has achieved!” says Brenda.

 

From June 5th to 8th, Aurora travelled to Moncton, New Brunswick for the Skills Canada Competition and placed 4th across Canada for Fashion Technology. This week, she was announced and congratulated by Transcona MLA, Blair Yakimoski, and received a standing ovation (the only item on the agenda that received an ovation!) for her achievements.

“This passion doesn’t grow without the support, encouragement and direction of her teacher Denise Miller and Brenda Speirs-Fryatt of MC College who saw her potential and fostered it…she took her skills and that gold medal with the guidance of her mentors, she was part of team Manitoba at the skills Canada national competition…although she finished just off the podium, we are all very proud of her” says Blair Yakimoski.

 
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What is Skills Canada?
Skills Canada is an Olympic-style competition that promotes and highlights careers in skilled trades such as: Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Technology. Winners of the provincial competition in several trades compete against each other for the title of ‘National Champion’ and the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi in July 2017.

Student of the Month: Carley Wood

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From collecting vinyl records to designing moto jackets, our Student of the Month is Carley Wood from the Fashion Program in Winnipeg! “Carley has come a long way…and she is always on top of her game. She is hard working and…is committed to the program and it shows in the garments she creates” says MC College Winnipeg Director, Anna McGregor.

 
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“I grew up with my mom sewing and it caught up with me…I always knew I wanted to be in the industry and took the fashion technology class in high school. Fashion as a career felt like it would always just be a dream. It was only last year that I decided to continue in fashion and actually work towards my dream!”

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What do you like most about Fashion School?
“I love it all, especially designing and illustrating! When I started here, Illustrating was new to me but now I LOVE it… We are doing a merchandising course next month that I’m super excited about…I’ve created a white knee length skirt with gold lace, a cropped blouse, tailored jacket with pleated sleeves, corset, dress with deep v armholes and a tulle skirt. The most exciting project for me was the skirt…it turned out beautiful and I love the lace I used.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I feel comfortable and at home here. Everyone is amazing. The teachers and my classmates are 100% supportive of everyone.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“Right now, it’s the business courses. It’s an eye opener and it’s hard, but in a good way. There’s a lot that goes into starting your own business.”

What has surprised you the most about Fashion School?
“It’s much more than just learning how to sew…you learn about the history, business, starting your own collection…also, everyone is helpful and happy all the time. You always want to be here. You don’t want to be anywhere else!”

Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“My collection is called Cityscape and I was inspired by Winnipeg…it’s a mix of new and old buildings.. There’s coats, knit wear and crop tops…a cropped bomber and a moto jacket with shearling lining”.

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Who is your favorite Designer?
“YSL and Versace. They make beautiful gowns!”

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
“Just continue working towards your dream. Always have a goal in mind and work towards it”.

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What are your plans when you graduate?
”I keep switching but I know that I want to work in Toronto or London for merchandising or styling…or BOTH! I hope to gear my internship towards that.”

 

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MC Alumni Profile: Andrew Van

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Some know him as Andrew while others know him as “Lord Chink”. As a 2010 Graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Winnipeg campus, he is the face behind the Instagram account with 10,000+ followers, @chinkthebarber. “I’m just an everyday Barber….I’m not trying to get famous. I’m just trying to master my craft and share it with others. Just chase your dreams.” he says.


From Winnipeg to Toronto and Edmonton to Montreal, Andrew has traveled across Canada to compete and learn with the best of the best. Since graduating, he has:

  • Won first place in ‘Best Design’ at the Golden Gloves Barber Battle in Winnipeg
  • Placed in the top three in ‘Trendsetter’ at the Heavy Hitters Barber Battle in Toronto.
  • Competed in the ABA’s Battle of the Barbers and Major Fade’s Barber Battle to name a few.
  • “Blessed heads” (cut hair) of celebrities such as Redman and Evander Kane (NHL hockey player)
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Today, he is a Barber at Blacklist Boutique.

 


His career in Hairstyling started when he was going through a turning point in his life. His mentor and friend, Scott Ramos (one of Canada’s most famous barbers) introduced him to the world of fades and razor parts. “Scott Ramos introduced me to Hairstyling and I thought it looked fun…he convinced me to be a Hairstylist after seeing me at my worst” says Andrew. “Thank you [Scott] for being my inspiration, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be a deadbeat by now” he continues.


He decided to enroll at MC College after our graduate, Guy Lemieux, referred him to the school. “This is embarrassing..roller sets was my favorite part…it taught me how to manipulate hair just by heat and very little products” says Andrew.


What’s been your biggest eye opener since graduating?
“Being a role model for students and seeing how far you can get from being a stylist/barber”
What’s been most exciting?
“Being recognized for what I do in Winnipeg and other cities by random people…instead of telling people who I am or what I do…I can finally say I made it!!”


What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Keep networking and take in as much education. The hair industry is never ending. Go bless some heads!”