01/16/2012 02:00 EST | Updated 03/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Style notes: Students vie to design for Basch; new contest for beauty artists

TORONTO - Students compete to design for Basch line

Aspiring designers will vie for a chance to put their stamp on a Canadian label in a contest geared towards students.

Manufacturer Eleventh Floor Apparel is behind the design competition Basch It Up.

The contest aims to engage students and design schools across Ontario. Academy of Design, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Seneca College and Ryerson University are among the participants.

The contest challenge entails creating two original pieces to be incorporated in the fall-winter 2012 collection for Basch.

An expert industry panel will whittle student submissions down to two finalists to represent their individual schools.

Finalists chosen will have access to the Eleventh Floor Apparel manufacturing facility to create their garments. The design and production house is also the proprietary owner of the Lundstrom and Lundstrom Collection brands.

The winner will be announced on March 6 at 99 Sudbury in Toronto. The event will feature a presentation of all of the finalists' garments as well as a runway show of the Basch fall line.

The grand prize will include a six-month paid internship at Eleventh Floor Apparel, a $1,000 clothing allowance from Basch, and a $700 clothing allowance from Eleven boutique in Toronto, where the winning outfit will be sold. The winner's two-piece mini-collection will be marketed across North America through Basch agencies.————

Hair, makeup artists compete to become "Canada's Best Beauty Talent"

Fashion designers typically take centre stage in the style world, but a new homegrown contest is turning the spotlight on another behind-the-scenes creative force.

"Canada’s Best Beauty Talent" will see a dozen beauty artists compete in a series of challenges.

The top hair artist and top makeup artist will be featured in a two-page spread in Flare, Hello! Canada and LouLou magazines, attend the Toronto International Film Festival with L'Oreal Paris and create a beauty blog to appear on

One winner will be awarded the best beauty talent title and earn a trip to Paris.

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