The Fairmont Royal York was transformed into a fashion house for the arrival of the very first International Fashion Encounter, hosted by the Toronto Fashion Academy and Just Creative Services.
The exclusive show was an invite only, private event which featured a magnificent runway show with designers from abroad bringing a fun and fancy mix of couture and culture to Toronto.
The designers consisted of talent from Mexico, the Middle East, and South Asia who showed the audience the flavour of their roots through their collections.
The featured artists from the evening included: Daniel Syiems Ethnic house of Fashion, Abril Cervera, students of fashion at Universidad Ibero Puebla, Kshitij Choudhary Label, Mohite by Mohit Sachdeva, Payal Singhal, Rajdeep Ranawat, Surya Sarkar, and White by Dinaaz.
The collections contained many different fabrics, giving a variety of textures and prints.
Before heading into the elaborate showroom, Abril Cervera ( whose clothing was featured on Mexico’s Next Top Model) had a chance to chat with Metropolis 5 about her success and how she got into the industry.
Cervera left her career as a lawyer to become a full-time fashion designer, a very risky move which requires some serious guts. While her father disapproved greatly, Cervera had faith in herself and created WedHaus, which solidified her name in the wedding industry and has made her a household name in Mexico.
However, she didn’t know that a special phone call would push her career up to the next level.
“I was watching a boxing fight with my boyfriend when I received a call from the makers of Mexico’s Next Top Model and Project Runway Mexico, and they asked me to be a part of the 9th challenge. I was very pleased to have the amazing opportunity,” says Cervera.
She describes arriving to the shoot with her dresses as a bit stressful because the makers of the show knew exactly what they wanted and were very particular. Thankfully, they loved her dresses and fitting with the models went well, resulting in her line being in the show.
While WedHaus is already an established brand, Cervera did notice an increase in popularity after her line made its television debut.
“It Helped. Everyone knows Mexicos Next Top Model. They’re international, so it helps with brand awareness,” says Cervera.
The Mexican designer and her colleagues delivered spectacular shows and certainly left a footprint in Canadian fashion.