Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
In honour of International Women's Day we're taking a look at a few of the many incredible women that started their journeys at Blanche Macdonald. From freelancers to salon and brand owners, the Blanche community has no shortage of brilliant and inspiring women.
Founded by MAC veterans with a combined 19 years of experience in the beauty industry, The Artistry Collective is home to two of the most sought after Makeup Artists in Vancouver. Owners Katrina Wroebel and Zanna Selin , are in hot demand for their ability to create stunning looks centred around natural glowing skin. With their expertise, eye for detail, and unwavering commitment to quality, Katrina and Zanna can pull off everything from ultra natural beauty to stunning bridal and fashion-forward looks.
At our 2020 Graduate Fashion Show, Sugar on the Side, 24 Fashion graduates sweetened up the runway with their immaculately crafted debut collections. The evening was filled with spectacularly chic moments, culminating with awards and the announcement of three Fashion Design graduates who will be representing Blanche Macdonald as Emerging Talent Designers at Vancouver Fashion Week.
Fashion Design alum Peter Zuk is brimming with energy, exuberance and off-colour one-liners. Peter is the living embodiment of what it means to be over-the-top. And you better believe that he bring his outrageous personality to the runway too. Renowned for his wild design sense and theatrical productions, Peter and his label Haus Zuk have quickly gained an enthusiastic following. His label has walked at international fashion weeks, you can find his work featured in Paper Magazine, and his designs have been seen on famed drag icons, like The Vixen. A self-described "liability", we guarantee that you've never seen a designer like Peter before.
Globally acclaimed Makeup alum Lyle Reimer comes home to Blanche Macdonald! Over two moving presentations at our Atelier Campus, Lyle spoke about overcoming adversity, harnessing his creativity, and how his sensitivity is "his superpower". Lyle's inspirational take on beauty has brought him to the pages of Vogue Japan, the film sets of CBC, and has lead to collaborations with fashion house Viktor & Rolf. While Lyle continues to pursue incredible opportunities around the globe, he still finds the time to connect with and inspire other artists that are following in his path. Lyle truly embodies the spirit of paying it forward.
From hair student to the owner of Honey Hair Lounge, Victoria Jazic's quest to find her passion has been a journey. A naturally creative soul, Victoria initially considered studying fine arts before deciding to pursue hair instead. She excelled in Blanche Macdonald's Pro Hair program, finding a position at Volume (Now Honey Hair Lounge) before she even graduated. Now just a few short years later she's worked her way up from rookie hairstylist to salon owner.
Clean beauty Queen, Makeup grad Tayler Rogers and her brand Midnight Paloma are taking the world by storm. A long established Makeup Artist and former owner of local boutique, BeautyMark, Tayler is well-versed in all things makeup and skincare. Her vast experience with traditional formulations lead her to develop an interest in finding clean beauty solutions. This quickly grew from a pastime to a passion project, ultimately turning into a full-blown business. These days, you can find Midnight Paloma in over 100 stores across Canada—plus in the feeds of celebs like Jillian Harris.
Jamie Yin's professional journey to started with a simple realization. When she came to Canada in 2004, Jamie noticed a gap in the Canadian Nail market. So she took her nails into her own hands. Buying over 200 bottles of nail polish, Jamie taught herself everything that she could about the techniques behind the art of Nails. She went onto train in Shanghai, Japan and at the Akzentz Nails' education center, eventually becoming one of their line Educators. Since then, Jamie has won multiple nail art awards and was recently recognized as one of Swarovski's eighty Authorized Nail Art Educators! We are so thankful that she's at Blanche Macdonald sharing her knowledge in our Nail Studio classrooms.
Alejandra Hernandez has a serious skills. She initially planned on becoming a teacher but ended up working as an Industrial Engineer before discovering her dream job in the world of beauty. Since changing careers, Alejandra has proven that just how multifaceted she is as a makeup artist. She has worked on TV and Film sets, magazine editorials, commercial shoots, and even alongside your favourite celebs
Growing up in Victoria, BC, a life in high fashion once seemed like an impossible dream for Emily Buhr. But today she's cemented her place at a legendary fashion house. Emily is the first person to see the new items coming in as the Vancouver boutique's Stock Coordinator. Now her days are filled with back or house coordination and—of course—haute fashion.