Sunday, January 27, 2019

Photos and post by Treasure Seeker Colleen 

Such excitement for the John Casablancas Institute Grad Fashion Show at The Roundhouse, a spectacular community space that despite being a large venue, wraps itself around a runway and truly highlights celebrations and brings its audience close. The big, box cameras were set up early and photographers gathered at the foot of the runway. Naturally, phones were out and texts were sent continuously. I sat with a proud Grandmother, who was observing a first modelling assignment by her young grand daughter. Grandmother, a stylish model herself, is considering writing a blog about her travels as she follows her grand daughter's career. Fantastic that she was seated in the front row, where I would like to see all parents and grand parents of such talent.

Loved the one page pink program with CORE Grads and FAD Grads listed on one side and fantastic Sponsors, on the other side. Thanks to inspirational speakers: Mark Savard and Andrew Slusar, too. So important to recognize and acknowledge Staff, Sponsors and Supporters! Dianna Drahanchuk and I would like to thank Instructor, Melanie Kroeker McIntosh, for the invitation to John Casablancas Grad Fashion Show and for the opportunity to see such confident, statement making designs and one of a kind looks. Loved the colors, the print messages and the expert tailoring. Great to know that these clothes are meant to be worn and worn with energy and pizzazz. John Fluevog shoes not only complimented the styles but also ensured a stylish, strong walk down the runway.
Such happy Grads! Such an enthusiastic, responsive audience. Repeat, please!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

RAW is always an exciting introduction to established and new Artists who paint, illustrate, animate, decorate, adorn, perform, make movies, take superb photographs and much more. Held over two evenings Celebrities Nightclub, this was our great opportunity to be completely surrounded by talent and more talent. I was especially pleased to meet GeorgiaGoto, currently in third year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is planning a career as a Graphic Artist and this is her first show. I loved the vibrant colour in her work, and her display attracted many visitors for the evening. Art is very much a part of her family, as her mom is Designer Giovanna Ricci.

Dianna Drahanchuk and I, cameras in hand, were warmly welcomed to RAW, by Rocky JeSuisRocky, musician, writer, snack eater and great greeter. Music, performances, get your portrait painted, have your best photo done, meet the Artists, buy local, learn how to get your own career started, so much to do in this two day, annual event that is not to be missed. Here are some of my favourite images and people:

Georgia Goto, Graphic Artist, King of Hearts Clothing, Make-Up Artists: Kimberly Rocamora, Izo Alegro, Karam, Artist Mari Ono, Art by Mari Ono, Dianna Drahanchuk (Media), Art by Sam Schembri, Henna Art by Soni, Colleen Tsoukalas (Media) reflected in Art by Sarah Long, Artist Mitch Tharp, T-Shirts by King of Hearts Clothing

See more from Raw Artists Reflect - Day 1 - Here.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

This was a dynamic showcasing of excellence in Hair Artistry and Product Design by Leonardo Redavid and stylists, Heather Enders and Shawn Scheepers. We saw men's and women's cuts, corrections, shaping, blow drying, texturizing, and lots of techniques to try at home. To provide shine and control, the luxury hair products, Redavid Salon Products,  eco, and made and packaged in B.C., really finalized those glam looks. This line is inspired by nature, and cruelty free. More here. I loved the video about REDAVID that showed the company from the beginning and how it has expanded and grown since then. Fantastic to see Leonardo Redavid and his son, Marco, in business together. Each stylist skillfully and quickly created hair perfection for a number of models. Scissors flew and even the curliest hair obediently fell into the best place. This was my first hair class and what a master class it was. Many thanks to Nery Monzon and Marilyn R. Wilson for a special invitation to a very special event.

This was an entire evening of bests, from the warm welcome and champagne at CABANA, to a room full of local and international business professionals, all with great hair and stylish attire. Even the models were wearing the most beautiful dresses by Joanne Ricci.

There was Hair, Fashion, Food catered by Maison Clement and live music by singer, Kayla Christine. And, there was a book launch/presentation by writer and illustrator, Pearl Low, a Chinese-Jamaican Artist with curly hair. I bought two copies of her book: TENSION, for my daughters, who also have big hair and deal with the question: "Where did you get that hair?"

This event celebrated excellence in so many areas, especially in mentoring and financially contributing to emerging Artists like Pearl Low, but also to another, who saw her collection of wigs, including many for children who have lost their hair to cancer, stolen. There was a $5300 cheque ready for Eva of Eva and Company Wigs, to help her begin to replace her products and supplies. Further supporting young people in transition, $2050 was donated from ticket sales, for Covenant House.
Thanks again for a lively and lovely event!

Photo credit: Nery Monzon (NM Images) Leonardo and models dressed in Giovanna Ricci Designs

Photo credit: Nery Monzon (NM Images) Marco ReDavid, Heather Enders, Leonardo ReDavid, and Shawn Scheepers

Photo credit: Nery Monzon (NM Images) Nery and Myles Murphy

Kayla Christine

Heather Enders and Shawn Scheepers

Joanna (Giovanna) Ricci and Marilyn R. Wilson

Leonardo Redavid and Marilyn R. Wilson

Shawn Scheepers

Leonardo Redavid

Heather Enders

Writer and Illustrator, Pearl Low

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