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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Millie Bobby Brown Is The New Face of CK

This February, Raf Simons will debut his first collection as the newest chief creative officer of Calvin Klein. In the meantime, Simons has unveiled big changes for the brand. Ahead of the label’s much anticipated show at New York Fashion Week, CK has announced a new made-to-measure service. By Appointment will openly offer customized collections, once…

A Breakdown of Balmain’s Latest

Olivier Rousteing stormed Fashion Week with a new collection today, and we’re breaking down the trends the famed Balmain fashion house has set for the new year. BEJEWELLED & BEADED The collection dazzled with scintillating rhinestones and sequins, and the impressive beadwork we’ve come to expect from Balmain. MILITARY Balmain has assembled a military. Storming Paris Fashion Week with a…

Maison Margiela Men’s FW2017

Margiela’s show this season drew inspiration from intellectual movements, reimagining the styles associated with the Beat Generation and modernizing them. The collection serves as an interesting break from the brand’s minimalist associations (though Margiela’s association with minimalism has always been slightly off-the-mark). Frayed and unfinished details create a sense that Margiela’s aesthetic is straying away from the…