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Her look, designed by Stephen Caras, resembled a cross between a wooden nymph and Girl Godiva.
“In my imaginative and prescient, I needed to really feel like I used to be strolling out of a forest,” Sylvia Mantella says of the slinky, Backyard of Eden-inspired robe she wore to the 2019 CAFA Awards. Designed by Stephan Caras, the close-fitting, ecru lace quantity was coated in strategically-placed purple applique flowers, and made the Chief Advertising and marketing Officer of the Mantella Company (and one in all Toronto’s most notable philanthropists) resemble a cross between a wooden nymph and Girl Godiva.
The robe was the topic of a Three-month lengthy collaboration between the Mantella and the designer. “I’m shocked I haven’t given him a coronary heart assault,” she says. Caras had initially designed a robe that includes a billowing skirt, however two weeks out from the occasion, Mantella had settled on the thought of sporting one thing…slinkier. Fortunately, Caras was recreation. He estimates the costume, replete with over 3000 Swarovski crystals and hand-sewn floral appliques, represents over 100 hours of labour.
Mantella selected Caras to design the costume as a result of she has the utmost belief in his imaginative and prescient. “I discover that the designers that I’m interested in or have interaction with, there needs to be some kind of a connection…He’s very open-minded and is ready to take something that I consider or envision to a different stage,” she says. Based on Caras, “It’s each designer’s dream to work with somebody like Sylvia as a result of she has a lot confidence in the best way she wears [your dress].”
Mantella, whose in depth wardrobe has been documented by The Coveteur, explains her love of style is akin to that of a collector. “I don’t accumulate artwork, I accumulate robes. That’s my Picasso, you realize? That’s my Renoir,” she says. Although Mantella declines to place a greenback worth on the sum of money she’s invested in Canadian style this yr, she describes herself as “lucky” in her capability to assist rising designers. “Should you can’t get behind the folks imagine in, effectively, why ought to anyone else?”
One the afternoon of the CAFAs, Mantella spent the afternoon in her year-round suite on the St. Regis Lodge getting glammed up along with her workforce of make-up artist Patrick Rahme and hairstylist Kirsten Klontz. Although her make-up look was pretty easy, Rahme custom-made Mantella’s eyelashes by chopping up two totally different units of falsies and layering them till the specified impact has been achieved.
If style is concerning the spirit of collaboration, then Mantella’s outfit was maybe the last word testomony to the expertise, ardour and vitality of the Canadian style trade.
Pictures by George Pimentel