by Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN News
EDMONTON, CANADA — Cherry Veric has a repertoire of dressing Philippine icons. He started from humble beginnings, obtained a degree in fine arts, and eventually earned capital from working abroad to start his own business.
Three designers from Portugal, Vietnam, and India also showed their designs at the West Canada Fashion Week — but it was clear from the audience reception that Filipino designer Cherry Veric stole the show.
With over 26 pieces of evening wear, Veric’s collection included gowns proudly boasting Filipino themes in colors of red and blue — with some resembling the vivacity and verdant green of his home country.
“When you do a collection, you need an inspiration. Makikita mo naman saan saan sa paligid lang. I took the inspiration from Sto Nino, the Ati-atihan festival,” said Veric. “Doon lahat nagsimula yong collection ko ngayon.
Veric’s creations have been worn by beauty queens, Miss International Kylie Verzosa, Miss Universe Philippines candidate Maxine Medina, and Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach.
The Edmonton Philippine Consulate presented Veric with a token of recognition from the Western Canada Fashion Week after the show.
Western Canada Fashion Week also made history, when it held the very first fashion show featuring 13 models with disabilities.
It has since grown to become the largest fashion week in Canada. This year, it sent a message that anyone can be fashionable at any age, any weight, any height and any ability.