Friday, December 13, 2013

Coming Home: My Life as a Fashion Student – The Broke and Hungry Edition

Photo courtesy of Tara Marie Rose, a Regina born Fashion Blogger, who is studying fashion
design in Vancouver.

The last time I left off, I was a newbie in the big city. I'm now two months in and I feel like I have gotten into the swing of Vancouver. It took me some time to find a job so I’ll admit, things got a bit tight for a while and I was getting a bit thin. I came here with the idea that I could march into any restaurant I wanted to serve at, throw on my apron, and be laughing with the regulars like I'd been here for years. Although I have plenty of serving experience in the Prairies, it is a different world here. Getting a job at the best spots in town entails you knowing someone in the loop. I was quite taken aback when I marched into the first restaurant that I wanted work at, thinking I'd land the job with ease. I handed the man behind my resume and he the bar slid it back to me and said, “Sister, you may as well keep it, we aren't hiring. See that guy over there? He's been working here for seven years. That girl right there, four years. We don't need new employees because the ones we have don't leave.”  Well, there it was, I was a little fish in a big sea. But, I was a determined little fish; the only fish that swim with the current are dead, so upstream I swam. Door to door, day after day; after a month I got a job at a great restaurant. I may not be slinging beers with the regulars just yet, but I'm still swimmin'.

School began in November, with the loving support from the staff at Blanche Macdonald, I was able to fine tune my classes to fit my every need. It is amazing what you can do when the institution you're attending has hopes and dreams for you as big as those you have for yourself. This was so refreshing, after spending time in university, where I admittedly felt a bit like number. In university I felt pushed through the classes, ‘Get an A or a C, no sweat off our backs; you've paid your tuition, now on to the next one.’ It felt like home the moment I entered Blanche, because they made it feel that way. Whatever I want to do in the Fashion Industry, they want me to do as well, and they want to do their best to provide me with the tools to get there.

As my teachers eloquently sweep about the room each class, I can't help but be utterly engaged in every word that leaves their lips. They speak of the greats: Poiret, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. They teach how everything that exists in the life we live is an influence on the fashion industry; economy, music, art, architecture, nature, and so much more. They discuss the marketing aspect of the industry, which is equally fascinating. How we create imagery and paint pictures in the minds of the consumer. They demonstrate that building the most beautiful and successful brands starts with a team of beautifully intelligent people that can seemingly design products just for you! Every night I race to the library, searching deeper into the knowledge they touch on. Every night I spend hours submerged in books, in awe of industry itself. I can see my teachers, even with all of their great knowledge, are still in love with the fashion industry, still learning. It really is incredible to be going to school for something you are so completely passionate about. The will to learn, the drive, the hunger, is greater than I've ever felt!

I've made some wonderful friends in my classes already. They are people who are in the same position as I am, with the will to be the best, by giving their best. Of course, there are people in my class who think that they'll barely have to show up, be able text their friends through the entire class (when they do show up), and come out being the next Rachel frickin' Zoe. I don't worry about them though; instead I focus on the words someone great recently shared with me, “Keep your vision strong. Choose your vision, not your distractions.”

So here I am, two weeks into school and hungry. Although I've got plenty of vegetarian food in the fridge, it's the race I crave. I’m hungry for knowledge, hungry to succeed, hungry to give everything I have to what I'm passionate about. I passed a homeless man on the street the other day, holding a sign that read, “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you're doing today? Spare change for thought.” So I leave you with a few questions: What are you hungry for? What drives you? When you woke up today, were you excited about what you were about to do? Don't swim with the dead fish, swim against the current. The Sea is only as big as you perceive it to be.

That's all for this week,


That little fashion girl from the Prairies

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Inspiration Behind the White Issue

Here in Saskatchewan, we do this thing every day.  We look up to the sky because it tells us the story of what's ahead.  The colour of the sky is always changing here.  Some days its clear blue, other days it can be pink, grey, white ...

 We make decisions  based on what we read as we look up. The sky is also what connects us.  We are joined by the love of an expansive horizon.  We tend to be a little claustrophobic.  We like to see forever.

If you are reading this and have never experienced a Saskatchewan winter, let me paint a picture.  It can be as cold as -65 Fahrenheit with the windchill.  We experience Arctic Fronts, which is mass of cold descending upon us from the Arctic. We fend off this piercing coldness with fashionable layers of fur, puffy coats, thigh high boots, gloves that reach the full length of the arm and fashionable yet functional accessories.

The White Issue celebrates the beauty of this season of winter, and all the things we love to do, like enjoy good company by a roaring fire, enjoy time with friends, sparkle in sequins and give back to those we love for nothing more than a smile.

The White Issue brings us home to who we are and the Saskatchewan spirit that connects us to each other wherever we are. In my travels I am blessed to work with people who live inspired lives.  Each person with whom I have had the pleasure of working in 2013 reminds me of why I love publishing SKY, and each time I am brought home to a place of shared purpose.

This year in am pleased and honoured that George and Angie Reed would grace the cover and share their love story about the land and it's people.

I would like to thank my clients for joining me in this journey home,



Moustache Bash: A Fashion Exclusive Debut

Sky Magazine proudly sponsored the Moustache Bash, an event hosted by Fashion designer Dean Renwick, to not only launch his new line, but also to raise money for Prostate cancer research.

It was a blue carpet event tailored for men and their special someone. As we entered the event, which was fabulously organized by Lisa Peters, owner of Eye Inspire Events, the men were greeted with a bevy of bowties and neckties created by the masterful Renwick himself. Ladies were adorned with a handmade scarf of their choosing. The Reception was festive, with great food by Walnut Catering and fine spirits.

Inside the Shu-Box Theatre we were treated to a gymnastic episode complete with death defying flying objects and arm balances. The yogi in me was inspired to join in, but my four inch Sam Edelman's were saying no.

Colin O'Brian Mans Shoppe took the stage with their next season's finery. I wished my daughter/fashion designer was there. Her childhood friend Aaron Burnett styled the show and it was amazing.

The room went dark as Dean's Film Noir began to play, telling a dark albeit entertaining tale of a woman scorned who transforms into a devil in a red dress for her bed-ridden husband right before his eyes.  Helpless under her spell, He flat lines, and the fashion show begins.

Look after look, the women wore Dean's designs like they owned the world. And that's the point.

Dean's collection is for the woman who know what she wants and has the means to have it.  There's always a reason to wear a Renwick.

Fade to black. Flatline. Silence.  Applause.

Click here to see the video by Shawn Fulton Cinema & Photography

Film Noir, by Red Hat Studios