5 Reasons to be a CFS Model

CAISA fashion show is back and bigger than ever! With a record breaking number of executive applications for the 2018-2019 school year, CFS hopes to break even more records. If you missed the opportunity to apply to be an executive and are still interested in joining the family, CFS is back with model auditions! Here…

Deciem Stores Reopen After CEO is Dismissed

After news that popular skincare brand Deciem would be temporarily closing all its stores, it has been announced that Brandon Truaxe, the chief executive of Deciem was removed from his post on Friday. This was brought to action in court by Estee Lauder Companies Inc., which holds a one-third stake in the company. Truaxe is…

2018 American Music Awards – Fashion Forward!

This past week held the American Music Awards, an award show beloved by many for its recognition of popular music, and its fashion. Celebrities were sporting their shiniest, brightest, and most sophisticated looks for the evening, really setting the tone for fashion trends this Autumn 2018.  Here are a couple of the highlights for you…

All About Frank and Oak’s New Clothing Subscription Service

Many of us can relate to the excitement of receiving a package in the mail – whether its clothes you bought online, or your most recent Amazon purchase, nothing beats the ease of getting something delivered to your doorstep and finally getting to open that package you have been waiting so long for. Now, you…

The Top 5 Study Spots in London (that aren’t Weldon)

It’s the most wonderful dreadful time of the year – midterm season. Whether we’re ready  for it or not, reading week is almost over, which means that it’s time to head back to London and face the crazy amount of assignments and exams waiting for us at Western. Here is a list of five cool study spots in…

Reading Week: Getting Back on Track

It’s Friday. Originally, you were determined to study during reading week, but after multiple shopping dates, going out for food with friends, and chronic procrastination, you’re now faced with the first chapter of readings you were supposed to finish by today. Have no fear! You can still ace your exams, with the help of these…

How to get the perfect Autumn photo

Autumn is upon us friends and that means one thing, and its not pumpkin spice lattes and warm fuzzy sweaters (even though it kind of is). This season is great for so many things, including getting the perfect photo to give your instagram an extra bang to close out the year. So here’s a few…

The BOSS Behind Kylie Cosmetics

$900 million cosmetics QUEEN Reality television star, Kylie Kristen Jenner built an empire out of lip kits and a massively loyal following. Her journey began three years ago when she launched her first lip kit that sold out in under a minute. Since then, she has been on the cover of Vogue, made Forbes list…

Director Introductions: Grace Guan| External Executive Assistant

Grace Guan, External Executive Assistant Program/Year: Philosophy/2 Number of Years on the Show: This is my first year! Why did you join CFS? For friends and IG followers. But of course, for charity! What are you most excited for? Meeting people and seeing the show come to fruition. What was your favourite scene from last years…

Director Introductions: Prachir Pasricha | Internal Executive Assistant

Prachir Pasricha, Internal Executive Assistant Program/Year: HBA/3 Number of Years on the Show: 3 Why did you join CFS? Ever since I learned about CFS in the summer before coming to Western, I was blown away by the fact that such a high-quality and professional event was put on entirely by students. I knew I wanted…

Director Introductions: Karrie Zhang | Creative Assistant

Karrie Zhang, Creative Assistant Program/Year: Health Sciences/4 Number of Years on the Show: 3 Why did you join CFS? I heard about CFS before I even came to Western and after watching the show in first year, I knew I had to be a part of it. Being able to meet new people and work together…

Toronto Skincare Company Deciem to Close All Stores

Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem, known for the popular brand The Ordinary, revolutionized the skincare game by selling affordable, high quality products. Brandon Truaxe, the founder of Deciem announced on the company’s official Instagram page that he will be closing the company until further notice due to “major criminal activity”. If you’ve been following the company, you’d…

Things to do in Toronto During Reading Week

With reading week already halfway through, there’s still ample time to take advantage of the last few days of freedom before exams begin. Whether you want to take a chill day to relax, or have a bit of fun, this list is perfect for you! 1. Halloween Haunt What’s scarier than exams? Halloween Haunt at…

Director Introductions: Jennifer Ngo | Creative Assistant

Jennifer Ngo, Creative Assistant Program/Year: BMOS-Finance/4 Number of Years on the Show: 2 Why did you join CFS? I really wanted to be a part of a team that makes such a big contribution to charity each year, and I was genuinely amazed by CAISA Fashion Show’s production value and quality. I had heard a lot…

Director Introductions: Natalie Chow | Creative Director

Natalie Chow, Creative Director Program/Year: Science/4 Number of Years on the Show: 3 Why did you join CFS? Stage Design! I was reeled in with the idea of a club where I could build sets. What were the highlights from last year? Model auditions and group food orders. What was your favourite scene from last years show?…

Director Introductions: Kimberly Wang | Creative Director

Kimberly Wang, Creative Director Program/Year: MIT/4 Number of Years on the Show: 3 Why did you join CFS? I watched Paragon 2016 in my first year and was blown away. I wouldn’t stop talking about the show or listening to the soundtrack so my friends were like, “you should just be a part of the show”…

Director Introductions: Roy Fu | Executive Director

Roy Fu, Executive Director Program/Year: HBA2 Number of Years on the Show: 4 Why did you join CFS? Originally, I joined CAISA Fashion Show because I thought this was the most unique experience offered on campus. After being on the show for a year, I realized that what made this experience so unique was the people…

5 REASONS THE FOMO WILL BE REAL FOR INNOVA

1. THE INNOVA PLAYLIST GET A FIRST LISTEN TO THE HOTTEST MIXTAPE OF 2018 (COMING SOON TO SOUND CLOUD). SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF REHEARSAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THIS WORK OF ART. TO PREPARE FOR TOMORROW NIGHT, TREAT YOUR EARS WITH LAST YEARS PLAYLIST.   2. IT’S THE 20…

INNOVA: Not an ordinary fashion show

From choreo to charity, CAISA Fashion Show is not your typical runway show. More than 120 individuals have put thousands of hours into INNOVA to make it nothing short of spectacular. Not to mention you can count on some surprises this year as it is our 20th Anniversary Show. Our Vision The phrase fashion show can…

Model Monday: Chloe, Babac, Nitasha, Justine, and Camila

  Chloé , Semi Formal Number of years in the show: 3 Why did you join CFS? I wanted to be a part of of an amazing family of like-minded individuals dedicated to raising money for charity What is your favourite part about CFS to date? My favourite part of CFS to date was exceeding…

Director Intro: Creative Assistants

Rachel, Creative Assistant  Number of years you’ve been on the show: 2 years A description of your position: Mainly worship our creative directors, Abby and Rosie, but we occasionally scope out cool venues for our lookbooks and recruit super talented hair and makeup artists to style our models Why did you decide to join CFS? I saw…

Guo Pei’s Secret Garden Fantasy

Enchantment filled Cirque d’Hiver’s stage as 23 handcrafted pieces of the finest Swiss embellishments made its appearance at Paris Fashion Week. Each unique in nature and individually sewn to the last crystal, Guo Pei stuns the world again with her meticulous works of art. Through a modern interpretation of flowers and roots, Pei portrays a mystic…

Model Monday: Jon, Tya, Alysha, and Forrest

  Jon, Formal Number of years in the show: 1 Why did you join CFS? CFS was always a hit when I was in undergrad. When I came back to Western, I knew I wanted to take part in CFS since I’ve seen so many good things come out of it. What is your favourite part…

Trending Now: Teddy Bear Coats

There has been a new coat trend making its way around, it’s cozy, it’s fluffy, it’s warm – it’s a teddy bear coat. Various influencers have taken to Instagram to show off their much-loved jackets, and not only do they look extremely comfortable, they’ve become a staple piece in their OOTD’s. In particular, I.AM.GIA seems…

How British Rap Artist Stormzy is Changing the Game

On the 21st February 2018, the U.K.’s biggest music awards ceremony: The 2018 BRIT Awards took place.  While Kendrick Lamar continues to be snubbed by the Grammys, their British equivalent seems to have finally turned the corner. Stormzy triumphed over the most commercially successful Ed Sheeran for two of the night’s biggest awards – best…

Introducing: Our Innova 2018 Makeup Artists

With our show approaching in roughly 2 weeks, we’d like to take this time to introduce you to the artists behind the amazing makeup we see in our show! This year we have 6 artists – Diyana, Maryam, Ashlyn, Jennifer, Nivi, and Melissa. 1. What fuelled your passion for makeup? Ashlyn: I continue to run my…

Director Intro: Finance

Kim, Finance Director Number of years you’ve been on the show: 2 A description of your position: I manage the budget, grants, bar nights, ticket sales, etc …very exciting stuff!!! Why did you decide to join CFS? Love CAISA, love fashun, love shows! What are some highlights from your experience with CFS? All the inside jokes…

Model Monday : Ginny, Dillon, and Katie

Ginny, Formal Number of years in the show: 2 Why did you join CFS? I wanted to be part of the CFS family! What is your favourite part about CFS to date? My favourite part was definitely the final show. I loved spending the whole day with people I grew so close to throughout the year….

Giorgio Armani Goes Political​ in Milan

Known for the shows he has staged in the city for over half a century, Armani used this experience to produce a minimalistic yet powerful showing at Milan Fashion Week 2018. The co-ed collection was thematically premised on the idea of sophisticated simplicity. The designer explained his thinking behind the more conservative collection by critiquing other designers…

Model Monday: Maya, Nancy, Daniel, and Rachael

Maya, Formal Number of years in the show: This is my 2nd year Why did you join CFS? I had seen videos from previous fashion shows and it looked like so much fun. I thought it would be a great way to get involved and make new friends, all while raising money for a great cause….

Director Intro: Creative Director

Abigail, Creative Director Number of years you’ve been on the show: 2 years A description of your position: Develop the creative vision and artistic themes of the show. We get to work and collaborate with almost every department to make the vision come to life! Why did you decide to join CFS? I’ve always been passionate about…

Michael Kors’s Love Letter To NYC

The Michael Kors’ runway show took place at New York Fashion Week yesterday, from the Vivian Beaumont Theater at the Lincoln Center. On this very special Valentine’s day, Michael Kors is determined to show the vibrant city some love. “I wanted the show to be a love letter to New York,” says Michael Kors. “I’m…

Model Monday: Rebecca, Kwesi, and Jessica

Rebecca, Formal Number of years you’ve been on the show: 1 Why did you join CFS? I’ve seen how much fun my friends had in it in previous years. I also love the idea of combining fashion with dancing to raise money for such a great cause. What is your favourite part of CFS to…

Tom Ford Brings Back the ‘80s at New York Fashion Week

Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2018 line is full of late ’80s inspiration combined with true female empowerment. The designer debuted his latest 2018 collection in front of a packed house at Park Avenue Armory during New York Fashion Week and it didn’t disappoint. A variety of animal spots, sequins and psychedelic colors filled the runway with…

Director Intro: Creative Director

Rosie, Creative Director  Number of years you’ve been on the show: 3 years A description of your position: Creative Director is a lot of fun and imagination in being able to set the story and themes of the show. They also get to work closely with almost every department and collaborate together in executing a great show…

Designer Spotlight: Moon Choi’s Devotion to Gender-Fluid Fashion

A 2017 graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Moon Choi is a talented, rising designer to watch for at New York Fashion Week. To Choi, fashion is the manifestation of a person’s attitude pertaining to life. She believes clothing is not defined by gender, and her aesthetic blurs the boundaries between masculine and feminine. “I try to not…

Sanchez-Kane: Sexual References and Strong Messages

On the “about” section of Barbara Sanchez-Kane’s website, she defines her label as a “Mexican clothing brand curated by emotional chaos.” For the Men’s Fall 2018 collection, Sanchez-Kane presented a set inspired by the lack of sexual education for youths in her native country. Her models symbolized the school boys who learn early on that…

Model Monday: Madison, John, Kelly, and Aidan

Madison, Casual Number of years you’ve been on the show: Just this current one! Why did you decide to join CFS?  I wanted to join CFS because I saw the show last year and I fell in love with the creativity and cause it supports. I love dancing and think I dress alright, so I…

Director Intro: Assistant Director

Nicole, Assistant Director Number of years you’ve been on the show: This is my 2nd year on the show! A description of your position: I’m Assistant Director – this means I’m like the mom of the show and I nag people in order to get everything done on time (also I do admin stuff and help…

Friendship Never Ends: The Spice Girls Two Decades Later

The nostalgia is real right now. The Spice Girls recently reunited and it was everything. The photo surfaced on the girls Instagram pages just a day ago. Within hours fans had gone into a frenzy “liking” the posts over 2 million times and creating a firestorm of rumours. British media outlet, The Sun, is reporting that…

Here’s What Went Down at The 2018 Grammy Awards

This year saw the 60th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast live from Madison Square Garders in New York City. With much hype going into the ceremony, JAY-Z entered the night with eight nominations but it was Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar who were the biggest winners of the night. Bruno Mars won the award of Album…

Givenchy Takes Paris Fashion Week

Givenchy debuts its first collection by British designer Clare Waight Keller at Paris Couture Fashion Week 2018. We were wow-ed with sculpted silhouettes and monastic necklines – a more modern approach to traditional couture. Without a doubt, Givenchy’s Haute Couture collection showcased the mettle of a woman. “I wanted to use the strength of tailoring, but…

Director Intro: Executive Director

Edward, Executive Director  Number of years you’ve been on the show: 3 A description of your position: I oversee everything involved with the show and coordinate all the departments. I also direct the more big-picture/long-term stuff. Why did you decide to join CFS? I made the sets and props for my high school’s big annual production…

The Valentino Spring 2018 Collection is Flamboyantly Chic

Paris Fashion Week continues to deliver dreamy runway looks and today’s Valentino show was no exception. This is a special year for Valentino, as it is Pierpaolo Piccioli’s tenth year serving as Valentino’s creative director. Over the past 10 years, Piccioli has modernised Valentino’s couture to better meet the modern consumer’s needs, allowing every year’s collection to shine…

Surrealism in Christian Dior SS18 Haute Couture

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week has officially begun and if you’re not familiar with Haute Couture Fashion Week, it’s a biannual week-long event unique to Paris. Haute Couture pieces are made by hand and tailored for a single client, whereas Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear) fashion is mass produced and available to a wide variety of consumers. Haute couture…

From Fashion to Philanthropy

As you probably have heard, most of Hollywood showed up in black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards just two weeks ago to show their support for victims of sexual harassment/assault and the ongoing #MeToo campaign. Now, 39 dresses and tuxedos wore on the red carpet are up for sale on the auction site eBay….

The Ascent of Palace Skateboards

Palace Skateboards has grown to become of the most instantly recognizable emblems in the streetwear world. In the space of a few short years, Lev Tanju has cultivated a brand that has gone from Supreme’s scrappy London sibling to a worldwide cultural force, worn by multiple celebrities and musicians. The brand has gone onto challenge…

Best Time to Buy Clothing

Boxing day is long gone and we’re already counting down the days until Black Friday 2018. Our thoughts are with all those that currently suffer from retail therapy withdrawal. Sure, you told yourself on New Year’s that spending less on clothes and keeping retail therapy to a minimum was one of your goals. We’re here…