Why CFS? 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply

CAISA Fashion Show is an annual charity fashion show run by students here at Western. Each year, the show attracts an audience of over 1300 to raise money in support of the Children’s Health Foundation, and in the last 16 years, CFS has donated over $265,000 to the organization. With a team of over 60…

A look inside our Executives ft. Social Science Faculty

Western University’s Social Science Faculty offers a variety of challenging and exceptional programs. The faculty consistently ranks among the top 100 Social Science Faculties in the world for research influence and reputation. Here are a couple of our executives enrolled in Social Science programs and how their experiences in the faculty and CAISA Fashion Show…

10 Reasons to GET HYPE FOR ESPIAL

~ALL THE PARTS OF THIS LISTICLE ARE NUMBER 1 BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL HYPE~ ~WE ARE VERY EXCITED~ FASHUN HAVE YOU EVER WORN CLOTHES? THEY’RE REALLY NEAT! WE’RE GONNA PUT CLOTHES ON A STAGE! AND PEOPLE WILL BE WEARING THEM AND DOING STUFF IN THEM! WE GOT SOME REALLY COOL OUTFITS FROM SOME REALLY COOL…

More Than a Fashion Show

CFS is no old-fashioned show. It represents the year’s work of a massive team of motivated executives and models, and a culmination of the efforts the decades of volunteers who came before than. An Amazing Performance Every year I hear the same remarks for people after seeing our show for the first time: genuine amazement at how professional…

A Look Back at Last Year’s Show

CAISA Fashion Show (CFS) is frequently referred to as “more than a fashion show,” but what does that really mean? The term fashion show elicits an image of a low-energy runway with quiet background music playing as models walk the floor in front of an audience. This couldn’t be further from what CFS puts on every…

Oscars 2017 -Style Comparison

At the moment, the 2017 Oscars Best Picture mix-up is all anyone can talk about. However, CAISA Fashion Show is here to cover this year’s red carpet looks, and make sure you don’t also mix up similar outfits that different attendees wore. Brie Larson & Taraji P. Henson Brie: Oscar de la Renta dress, Neil…

A Beauty Expert Gives Us Her Secret to Conquering False Lashes

We sat down with Linda Dai from BLK Lash, who offers Ultra Luxe 3D Mink Lashes that are cruelty-free, can be worn 25+ times, and feature a comfortable cotton band, to give us her advice on how to rock false lashes like a beauty pro. Interested in buying some? Enter the promo code “CAISAFS” at…

Our Favourite Makeup Looks With BLK Lash

Lashes can be a makeup lovers best friend, and can be versatile enough to go from natural to glam with different styles. They are the perfect edition if you are looking for an extra “pop” to your makeup look, or even if you just want to experiment with different kinds of eye looks. To commemorate the…

5 Men’s Streetwear Brands You Should Be Watching

Streetwear is huge. There is an massive amount of brands that may be starting up, reinventing themselves, falling into obscurity, rising to prominence, or becoming stagnant or worse *shudders* uncool . It can be intimidating to try to get a grapple on things, especially when, as positive and friendly as it can be, streetwear culture has always involved throwing shade…

Step Up Your Insta Game

Instagram is my day job. Here are all the tricks of the trade. 1: Lighten Up Lighting is contour you don’t have to buy. It is the spotlight for the post-worthy food you did buy. Shoot in natural light, and adjust the results in an editing app. Play around with lighting (brightness and contrast) to…

Best Ways to Shop on a Budget

  As University students, we don’t have loads of money to spend trying to keep up with fashion trends, or trying to revamp our wardrobes. Sometimes, we can get too carried away with how much we spend, especially on clothes or accessories, and especially when we want to “treat” ourselves. But shopping doesn’t always need…

The Essential Tips of K-Beauty

  Now that we’ve done a couple of Korean Skincare posts, we thought we’d delve into the k-beauty world even more and talk about the essentials of applying Korean Skincare. One of the most important parts of Korean Skincare is the application of the product, not just what the product contains. By applying the products…

5 Most Debatable Food Practices

Everyone recently has decided that the debate on pineapple on pizza is the be-all-end-all of repugnant (or amazing, depending on your preference) foods. I’m here to tell you this is wrong, and that there’s worse things to be irrationally upset about people enjoying. Also this list is definitely exhaustive and objective and should be taken extremely…

Model Mondays: Emily, Rita, Dillon, Khodor, and Michaela

Name: Michaela Guy Scene: Sportswear Years with the show: 2 years What is your favourite part about CFS to date? all the friendly, fun people I’ve met What made you want to become involved with the show? I wanted to get more involved. Plus CFS is an amazing team that works hard to put on…

Margaret Howell Stays British, Stays Classic

Featured image from catwalking.com. Contemporary fashion designer Margaret Howell kicked off the fourth day of London Fashion Week yesterday, with her first-ever combined womenswear and menswear show. The 2017 autumn/winter collection of this British design house maintained the simplicity that we’ve seen in the past – ties, blazers, and cashmere basics could be seen throughout…

Celebrity Brands You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Featured image from Beauticate. Diddy’s Ciroc and Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit are among the most popular products in the world, let alone in the specific markets they belong to. But they’re not the only items on the shelves made by the entertainment industry. Take a look at some that may be worth looking into: Kora…

Thom Browne On Ice

Thom Browne’s newest FW17 showing featured, oddly enough, a lot of shoes that look like ice skates. Continuing the designer’s themes of varsity and prep-inspired looks, this collection based its looks on figure skating, with models dressed in sporty socks, dress-shirt designs converted into skates, and sports coats and blazers designed with interesting plaid designs. The stage for the…

Mo’ Models: Heidi, Kalika, Rebecca, and Kaelyn

Name: Rebecca Rossman Scene: Casual Years with the show: 3 What is your favourite part about CFS to date? SHOW DAY! What made you want to become involved with the show? I wanted to become involved in the show as a way to meet new people, and make a significant contribution to my community through…

The Brands You’re Mispronouncing

We all make mistakes. Turns out, your biggest fashion faux pas might actually be how you pronounce your favourite brands. At first blush, it could seem pretentious to place any importance on how you say the name of a luxury fashion brand. But the truth is, these labels are the namesakes of real people and cultures. So let’s pay our…

Being Basic is Fine. Being a Normie is Bad.

I find when a lot of men want to start dressing good, they tend to look to certain guides online that call for wardrobe “essentials.” These guides usually look the same, with a couple basic oxford-cloth button downs, a pair or two or chinos, a pair of black and blue jeans, a couple of T-shirts in neutral…

Prabal Gurung’s Feminist Fall Collection

Featured image from Vogue.com. “Revolution has no borders.” “I am an immigrant.” These are some of the political slogans donned by Prabal Gurung’s team of models for his 2017 Fall Collection during Nw York Fashion Week. The American fashion designer has never shied away from voicing his political stances, despite the backlash he’s received on…

Femininity and Empowerment – 3.1 Phillip Lim at NYFW

The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection was all about femininity and female empowerment. Models walked the runway in pieces which Lim describes to express ideas of “new romantics, colour, curiosity, and courage”, undoubtedly achieving his goal to “mak[e] clothes that women want.” Common in the collection are airy dresses and skirts, asymmetric ruffles, and paper-bag pants. Many…

Model Monday: Ljubisa, Chloe, Simon Sherry, and Maria

Name: Simon Dobransky Scene: Sportswear Years with the show: This will be my third year with the show What is your favourite part about CFS to date? Just having the opportunity to bond with other models and executives has so far made my experience this year a really good one #oneteamonedream What made you want…

Grammys 2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Who doesn’t love awards show roundups? Some outfits are dazzling, unique, and cause heads to turn in awe on the red carpet. Others are slightly more questionable, and turn heads for the wrong reasons.  Here are some notable looks that made our list. The Good Adele Adele stepped onto the red carpet in a green Givenchy…

Mo’ Models Mo’ Fun: Kami, Dian, Omar Babac, and Ryan

Name: Babac Salmani Scene: Semi – Formal Years with the show: 1 What is your favourite part about CFS to date? The experience with other execs and models What made you want to become involved with the show? The people involved and everything it does for the community What is your Chatime order? QQ Grapefruit…

No After Party Needed

It was written on the invitations, and on the wristbands to get in. Even emblazoned on the models’ tights. “No After Party.” Those invited to Alexander Wang’s 2017 Fall runway had no reason to expect a post-show party. Little did they know, the main event would be a party all itself. Photo from @harpersbazaarmx on…

Fashion Designer Holds Show on an Airplane

Featured image from The New York Observer. Talk about taking fashion to new heights. Rubin Singer, a designer already known for his evening wear that has been donned by superstars like Gigi Hadid and Beyoncé, decided to make a splash in the fashion industry by making an airplane aisle his catwalk. The aerial spectacle took…

Vogue March 2017 Cover Stirs Controversies

Earlier this week, Vogue released its March 2017 cover, marking the magazine’s 125th anniversary. The photo features 7 models – Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner in Prada turtlenecks and printed shorts posing together on the beach. The cover was aimed to celebrate modern American women by representing diversity…

Calvin Klein: Revamped

Notice anything different about Calvin Klein recently? It’s a small but also significant change that may be hard to spot unless you know what you’re looking for. Most of the general population are accustomed to the iconic logo on their signature undergarment collections, with high public demand for their underwear due to the wild success…

Model Monday’s: Amir, Nitasha, Vicky, Allahnah, Jordan

Name: Jordan Im Scene: Casual Years with the show: 2 What is your favourite part about CFS to date? Being a part of the final show last year! It was awesome seeing everyone’s hard work all come together at the end. What made you want to become involved with the show? It seemed like a…

Bernie Sanders Acknowledges Balenciaga

Who would have thought that Bernie would become a fashion icon in 2017? The Vermont Senator’s signature style and presidential campaign symbolism was prominent in Balenciaga’s recent menswear show in Paris (*cough*that we covered *cough*). Some looks even seemed to be riffing off of Sander’s “Kirkland Signature” look, such as this one, which heavily draws from the…

Lady Gaga Sports Versace at Super Bowl Halftime

Lady Gaga changed the game. On Sunday night, the singer performed her highly-anticipated halftime show for Super Bowl LI. From atop the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas, Gaga opened with a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Jumping dramatically into the crowd below, Gaga touched down in custom Versace, and performed a…

Anjali Lama: Indian Fashion Week’s First Transgender Model

Featured image from Getty Images. Anjali Lama makes history at this year’s Indian Fashion Week by being the show’s first transgender model ever. As a child, Anjali was outcasted by her family in rural Nepal when she told them that she wanted to live her life as a woman. “Growing up in Nepal as a…

Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy

It was announced and confirmed today that Riccardo Tisci, artistic director of Givenchy, would be leaving his role at the fashion house after 12 years. According to WWD, the amicable and mutual parting came at the end of his contract on January 31st. His last collections, the Fall-Winter 2017 menswear collection and Spring Couture collection, were both…

Instagram Makeup Spotlight -Thigh Faces

Instagram is a creative platform for many aspiring makeup artists, and has seen numerous different and quirky trends crop up over the years – the 100 layers challenge, glitter freckles, lips with dripping gloss, and even unicorn inspired looks (braided horns are certainly on the wacky side). However, the most recent development in artistic cosmetics features…

A Hero, A Villain, and Some Fast Cars

Whether it’s Johnny English’s Rolls Royce Phantom, Ethan Hunt’s BMW M3 or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, fast cars have always been tied to our favourite espionage films. That’s why, for CAISA Fashion Show’s “Espial”, we have outfitted our leads with some slick wheels. Take a look at the cars of choice for our hero…

Brett Johnson at New York Men’s Fashion Week 2017

Brett Johnson returns for his third season at NYFW with a collection inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains in his hometown of Virginia. The designer used a colour palette of brown, navy, and grey hues to represent the landscape. Showcased in his collection are cashmere-wool blends, tweed, woven mohair fabrics, as well as pebbled textures. The…

Ultimate Canadian Men’s Shopping Guide

A Reddit user, thefireontop, has produced an excellent and thorough guide to online men’s shopping in Canada. Rewriting a guide last updated in 2015, thefireontop’s guide provides a nearly exhaustive list of where Canadian men can shop. Organized in a list, the guide even provides the price range one can expect from, the brands carried…

Model Monday’s: Alex, Anastasia, Aidan, Allan, and Konnar

Name: Konnar Lue-Kim Scene: Semi- Formal Years with the show: 2 What is your favourite part about CFS to date? The Show! What made you want to become involved with the show? I wanted to be part of an organization where I could both meet new people and help fundraise for a great cause What…

Our Favourite Lifestyle Pinterest Accounts

Pinterest: the application great for those who love to be creative, explore, gain inspiration, do some research, or gain some insight or advice on how to do things. As a Pinterest advocate myself, I can safely say that I have spent countless hours on the site pinning posts to my various boards ranging from school…

The Tips and Tricks of Online Shopping

Image from Techno FAQ. Online shopping has rapidly become the quickest and easiest way to shop for a university student to shop for clothes. Here’s a look at some tips & tricks to make sure you’re making the most out of your online shopping experience: Outdo dynamic pricing. A strategy used by companies that shows different prices…

Maison Margiela Haute Couture SS17

John Galliano’s Haute Couture collection for Maison Margiela centred around the concepts of filters and deconstruction. Inspired by Snapchat filters, Galliano covered his models’ heads with embroidered faces, hiding their identity. These masks are seem like a perfect expression of the brand’s identity, which emphasizes anonymity both through its design (which feature logos that can be…

UNIQLO x Hana Tajima Debuts Canadian Modest-Wear Collection

Last fall, Uniqlo made its debut in Canada and this season, the Japanese clothing retailer recently announced its collaboration with UK-born designer Hana Tajima to launch an exclusive spring-summer modest-wear line in Canada. The Hana Tajima LifeWear collection will feature casual pieces such as full-length skirts and ankle-length pants, as well as traditional wear, including hijabs,…

Guo Pei Goes Royal at Couture Spring 2017

Pictures from Vogue.com. Guo Pei is much more than a Chinese fashion designer. Known for designing Rihanna’s iconic 2015 Met Ball gown, she is recognized by Time as one of the World’s Most Influential People. So it’s no surprise that her collection was highly anticipated at Couture Spring 2017. The “medieval princess” theme was prevalent…

Creative Spotlight: Ashlyn Mark & Melissa Wong, ESPIAL Makeup Artists

Photoshoots have been underway here at CAISA Fashion Show! On the CFS blog today, we’ll be highlighting two of our amazing student makeup artists, Ashlyn and Melissa: When did you start learning about makeup, and why did you decide to pursue doing makeup artistry? Ashlyn: Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a knack for…

Everyday Diversity: Vetements for Haute Couture Paris

Haute Couture. The words themselves illicit an aura of superiority in fashion, price tags that boast more zeroes than one could possibly imagine, and outfits that the average citizen wouldn’t dream of being able to lift off of a rack. However, Demna Gvasalia has always been a rebel in his role as a Vetements head…

Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 In a Nutshell

By Veronica Tang Milan’s fashion industry prides itself on designers and brands that successfully balance boldness and practicality. Every year, viewers return from the runway shows full of ideas about trends and pieces that they will be sporting in a few months. Fendi Did someone say fur? This Roman fashion house has redefined mens’ fashion,…

The Best Moments from Chanel’s Couture Show

“And I must say,” said Karl Lagerfeld, “I love feathers!” Lagerfeld’s couture show for Chanel embraced Spring 2017 with pastels, plumage, and fresh flowers. Take a look at the most outstanding moments from the show: 1. The Mirrored Set The mirrored set at Chanel’s 2017 Spring Couture Show | Image: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters  Models walked this…

Palm Angels: FW17 Milan Men’s Fashion Week

By Veronica Tang Calling all ‘90s kids! Francesco Ragazzi’s collection embodied the urban style of the decade, but added a modern twist. The collection was a combination of traditional preppy and rebellious streetwear. Staple collegiate pieces including polo shirts and varsity jackets were given a makeover to match the overall style of the collection. Baggy…