2012 Long Beach International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE)



As a first-time guest of the Long Beach International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE), I wasn##Q##t quite sure what to expect, but I was enthralled by its beauty. Before even entering the convention, there were hundreds of people in line waiting for their opportunity to explore the thousands of square feet of vendors. Getting inside was worth the wait and the price of admission. Vendors included TIGI, Modern Salon, P&G Salon Professional, and Vidal Sassoon, among many others from around the world.


Once inside, it##Q##s impossible not to get inspired by the tens of thousands of people around you that share the same passion.

Montreal Fashion Week designers and their collections

Recently Montreal hosted its annual Fashion Week. Vancouver photographer Kim Akrigg now residing in Toronto went on behalf of Assignment Fashion to get a look at the shows and shoot the collections.
I am always amazed at the forward thinking of Canada##Q##s Designers and how each one takes into account their cliental and incorporates some of their regions style, while always searching for a greener alternative. We tend to dismiss Canada as a go to fashion country because we are a younger Nation and sometimes have an inferiority complex which keeps us from extolling the virtues of our artists.
This years Montreal Fashion Week only proves that Canada is at the forefront of cutting edge fashion and what better city the Canada##Q##s art Capital to showcase these collections.

Montreal Fashion Week as seen by Montreal new comer Wilber Tellez

Montréal Fashion Week was a great experience, especially as a new comer to this beautiful city. The crowed consisted of easygoing fashionistas who where very enthusiastic about being a part of the event. I didn’t have a problem meeting and making connections with people from the industry. It was so wonderful being at an event where people showed up 45 minutes before the shows to chat or just to lineup, Montréal seems to care about fashion and also want to push it to the next level. I believe that Montréal lives up to its reputation as an international fashion capital.

MFW brought lots to see to its viewers, from gallery presentation to theatrical demonstration to the traditional runway show followed by a standing ovation.  Designers have a lot to win by working with MFW, they truly go above and beyond to try and fulfill the designers need to ensure that its vision is carried through.

The Sweater Song – Rebecca Taylor’s

The Sweater Song

Kari Barrett


Pull on a flannel and dig out your old Doc’s. The 90’s is the way for fall. Sulking down the runway at Mercedes-Benz fashion week, a bit of grunge and a touch of feminine sophistication ran frequent through many collections.


Photo courtesy of Imaxtree


Rebecca Taylor’s collection screamed grunge, although it was not without a few sweeter elements.  Movement was everywhere.

“Celebrating your Size” – Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2012

This piece was written by Model Megan Babee
Photography: Alex Waber Makeup: Jenny Ruth Elizabeth McLeod Sarah Lam Candice Harvey Carole Methot
Models: April O##Q##Peel, Kelsey Watson, Alex Larente, Megan Babee, Viktoryia Kozik, Ron Wear, Cyrus, Kanika Sasan, Devan Geselle Newman, Jabeene Bhimji, Euvie Ivanova .


February is Eating Disorder Awareness month. All over the globe different organizations are doing their part to spread the message that this illness is becoming more widespread and something needs to be done. The fashion industry has had a reputation for using young, thin models on the catwalk and in print; and many feel this is a direct cause for the rise in eating disorders around the world. The issue though, is a lot bigger than that and we need to be aware of out own attitudes toward thinness.