Tip and Tricks: Prepping and Surviving Black Friday

Black Friday (Nov. 24) is coming up right around the corner, and to my fellow shopaholics, it’s probably one of the best days of the holiday season. First of all, it’s a sign that Christmas is almost here (t-minus 1 month!), and it’s also the perfect time to treat yourself before finals take over! But,…

How to style: Modern Trousers

Colder weather in Canada means that it’s time to bring out our best pair of trousers. We love leggings and denim as much as the next person, but adding trousers to your closets can give some variety on the day-to-day. Unfortunately, trousers can be hard to style and pair with some of your favourite tops…

A&F: From Controversy to Comeback?

Since the days of preppy looks and chiseled abs, Abercrombie & Fitch has struggled to maintain its dominance in the crowded young adult fashion market. Though the company seemed to fade from the public eye, they claim big things are coming. 4 years after a PR disaster, with a new CEO and creative team, the…

Who is Cara Delevingne?

Cara Delevingne is one of the most recognisable faces in fashion. Every generation has its era-defining supermodel, Twiggy in the 60s, Cindy Crawford in the 80s, Kate Moss in the 90s and now Cara Delevingne. With prior show appearances for houses including Burberry, Channel and Dolce & Gabbana, it’s no surprise she became “Model of…

3 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Cold Weather

As the temperature drops, we wrap up in more and more layers to keep warm while going about our daily lives on campus. My personal struggle with staying warm is very real, and I oftentimes find it difficult to walk the fine line between layering and looking like a burrito. If you have the same…

For $100,000, You Could Sit on a Louis Vuitton Toilet

You read that title correctly. There is now a Louis Vuitton Toilet for sale, asking a lofty price of $100,000. Now while that might seem insane, this is not actually a product designed by LV, but rather an art piece created by artist Illma Gore, who is well known for some provocative art pieces. According…

Here’s the Top 5 Complex Sneaker Shopping Videos of ALL Time

If you are a self-proclaimed sneaker head, or just a casual observer of streetwear, you have undoubtedly come across one of Complex magazine’s infamous Sneaker Shopping videos during your time surfing the web. Currently the #1 sneaker show on YouTube, the series sees Joe La Puma take the most iconic figures in mainstream urban culture…

Our top 5 beauty launches of 2017 (so far)

This post is for all you beauty buffs out there. 2017 has been a whirlwind of beauty releases, new beauty brands, and incredible new beauty products. With the holiday season coming up, we can only imagine that there will be a ton more, (get your Sephora cards ready)!! That being said, here are our top…

How to Style your Stache

It’s November and you know what that means – it’s time to start growing out your moustaches for Movember. Movember is an annual month-long campaign held by the Movember Foundation aimed at raising awareness and funds for men’s health (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention programs). Although you are supposed to…

Who is Big Shaq?

Unless you have been living life under a rock recently, you’d probably have heard about Big Shaq, a comedic rap artist from the UK. Famous for one of the most talked about songs of 2017, “Man’s Not Hot” has now amassed over 22 million YouTube views, and has elevated the artist into the cultural mainstream….

How To Defend Your Skin Against the Elements This Winter

Now that Halloween has come and past, we can’t be in denial anymore: winter is coming. Just as you’re changing up your wardrobe to prepare for the changing weathers, it is important to update your skin care routine as well to protect your skin against the elements. Try making some of the following small changes to your…

5 DIY Instagrammable Recipes!

We’ve all scrolled through our Instagram’s and found some place that has very aesthetically pleasing foods. So how many of you have gone on missions trying to find that exact restaurant so you could post that very same picture. I know I’ve been there – taking subways, busses, and then walking for ages across downtown…

How to Dress for this Fall-Winter: 2017/2018 Trend Predictions

As we begin to enter the halfway point of Fall and the start of Winter (especially here in Canada), it’s time for another shift in our closets! Here are some of our top trend predictions for the upcoming fashion season: Camo’s Comeback It can’t only be us who’s noticed camo everywhere this season. Racks are…

You Could be #Spotted Next

Some people dedicate their lives to a modelling career but for many in the industry, it was not on their itinerary until the unexpected happened. Here are 4 of my favourite scouting stories to date: The Supermarket  “Check Out” The work of South Sudanese fashion model Alek Wek can only be called iconic since her debut in…

The Origins of Streetwear Brand: Stone Island

For decades, the clothing brand Stone Island has been an unmistakable cornerstone of British street style. Originally founded in 1982, by Italian Massimo Osti, the iconic compass emblem became popularised by the Paninaro boys of ‘80s Milan, an edgy Italian youth subculture symbolised by wealth, fun and an underlying love for designer labels. From the…

ATTN: #CFSSTREETSTYLE and #CFSOOTD are back!

Calling all fashion-obsessed Mustangs! Are you interested in being featured on our Instagram, Blog, and Twitter for hundreds and thousands of influencers to see? Want your social media accounts to get more exposure with the help of us? Here’s how you can do that: Dress to impress in an outfit that represents your unique style….

5 Ways to Put a Scarf on It

The weather outside is frightful. For the past few days, it has been cold and damp here on the windswept Western campus. What better time than now to bust out that scarf that’s been sitting at the bottom of your closet forever? Here are 5 ways you can wear your scarf this fall to add…

10 Quick & Easy Halloween Outfits

Midterm season barely ended, yet Halloween is already creeping around the corner. Now there’s a new topic to stress about – what will you dress up as for Halloween? The decision can be hard with new shows and series popping out right, left and centre. We’re here to give some quick, creative, affordable costume ideas…

4 Times Urban Outfitters Redefined Mainstream Fashion

Urban Outfitters is one of the most popular clothing stores of our generation. They’re known for their wide variety of pieces where everybody from the preppy to the rock-chic fashionable can find a new “it” piece addition to their wardrobe. But oftentimes we find ourselves browsing their website, or strolling through their stores, and doing…

Why CFS? Ask Our Espial Models!

Still deciding whether you should apply to be a model for CAISA Fashion Show this year? Read what some of our models from last year’s show had to say about their experiences! Name: Marc Chin How many years have you been in the show? 2 years (3rd and 4th year) Why did you decide to…

5 Reasons to Be a CFS Model

If you missed your chance to apply to a CAISA Fashion Show executive position and are still interested in being a part of the show, CFS is proud to announce that model recruitment is back! If you’re still on the fence about applying, here are 5 reasons why you should fill out an application ASAP and…

Why CFS? Ask Our Alumni!

If you’re still on the fence about applying to CAISA Fashion Show, read what some of our directors from last year’s show had to say about their experiences! Serena, 2017 Executive Director Q. How many years have you been on CFS? A. 3 amazing years Q. What is your favourite part about being on the team?…

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…