EDMONTON, CANADA — The ice palace at west Edmonton mall was transformed into an elegant catwalk in this year’s Western Canada Fashion Week.
The 25th season of Western Canada’s Fashion Week holds the nation’s longest-standing fashion weeks, then counterpart events in Toronto and Montreal. It also celebrates a wide variety of local and international talents.
This year, two of the featured designers hail from the Philippines, Cherry Veric and Julius Tarog.
The inspiring challenge set for these designers is how to showcase traditional costumes in a western backdrop.
“As a stylist, you study a person, and you tend to give them what the requirement for their personality for a certain work maybe, or a certain movie or a certain event, and you just add in pieces to enhance that person,” said Tarog. “As a fashion designer you make clothes for them you make something new that would fit that event.”
Veric, who has clothed Pia Wurtzbach, Kylie Verzosa and Megan Young, comes back in his second consecutive trip to Edmonton, bringing with him a new collection of couture.
“I was inspired by Game Of Thrones, so I took my inspiration from that series and I translated it into daily wear or you can wear in a party or an event,” he said. “I am honored to be back again in Edmonton for the Western Canada Fashion Week for the second time. It’s overwhelming di ko ma explain. I’m excited actually.”
For the Filipino community, to have two Filipino designers recognized in the international scene is massive.
For its organizers, designers, models and supporters — this is fashion that makes a statement, and a much-needed impact in the community.