Lights, Digicam, Strut! This Friday, Might 13, the Richard Robinson Academy of Trend Design presents the grand premiere—Ottawa’s version of Milan Trend Week, that includes homegrown designers and native scholar expertise. We chatted with Renee Berezovsky, the Academy’s new proprietor, about this thrilling occasion and the Ottawa vogue scene.
“The Grand Premiere is an annual vogue present that highlights the unique designs of our college students. We invite a panel of judges to decide on the ‘greatest’ in numerous design classes. On the finish of the present, we reward the respective winners! It is so thrilling!” says Berezovsky.
The Richard Robinson Academy is the one Haute Couture vogue design academy in Canada, based by Robinson greater than 50 years in the past. Famend vogue designers and vogue designers would be the judges this 12 months. He shall be joined by Ottawa blogger Marilou Moles; Judel Janoska, an influencer and content material creator; Frank Sukhu, a designer and proprietor of Sukhu Sukhu; MJ Naeem Brown, a socialite; Angie Sakala-Seymour, proprietor of AMTI Administration; Lux Journal editor Pam Dillon and Canadian artist JP Bex.
Berezovsky purchased the academy from Robinson in Might 2020, and as she grapples with the challenges of the pandemic, she is filled with power and optimism: “I stay up for the way forward for the college! We’re haute couture-focused. This implies we take satisfaction in high quality ending and hand-sewn strategies. A lot of our graduates have labored for giant firms like Coach and Le Chateau, and plenty of of them have began profitable vogue manufacturers of their very own! We stay up for seeing your subsequent huge designer breakthrough within the vogue world!”
We took this chance to ask Berezovsky a couple of extra questions:
apt613: How has the pandemic affected your work and skill to current at this occasion?
rb: We have not introduced a Grand Premiere since 2019, in order you may think about, we’re very excited to current our stay occasion this 12 months! Our college students have labored by way of a very difficult schedule. As a result of lockdown and distancing, I needed to make a number of adjustments within the programming. We have been in a position to pivot to a hybrid system the place some lessons have been taught on-line and others in particular person. Academy workers have turn out to be consultants in disaster administration! We have been in a position to preserve everybody secure and there was no main COVID outbreak. Not solely did the pandemic have an effect on our day-to-day lives, however the protests and blockades within the Metropolis Core took a toll on the psychological well being of the scholars, particularly after such an extended two years.
Apt613: What do you wish to see in Ottawa’s vogue scene sooner or later?
rb: The style designer scene in Ottawa is powerful. We have now some critical expertise on this metropolis. Ottawa is not often often called the Trend Capital, however we imagine we will take it there! Ottawa is a rising metropolis with nice range. There’s a number of alternative right here! By means of vogue reveals and occasions, we will create extra consciousness within the metropolis, and hopefully folks will come out and discover that Ottawa is trendy too!
Who can we count on to see on the runway this 12 months?
rb: Be prepared for some actually wonderful new and revolutionary designs! Firstly, we’ve got invited a few of our alumni to current from 2021, as they by no means obtained to do a stay vogue present as a result of pandemic. We’re excited to see them current their designs on the runway. Our headliners and present openers this 12 months are Megan and Morgan, “The Finn Twins,” our alumni from 2018! They’re breaking into the style scene in LA and New York, with their house base in Ottawa. Lastly, however most significantly, we’ve got 35 college students from our 1st and 2nd 12 months applications able to current their authentic designs on the catwalk. All these designers are going to be the brand new upcoming Canadian designers that everybody will wish to see!
Tickets for the Grand Premiere, hosted on the Infinity Conference Heart, could be bought right here. It’s a gala-style occasion with a proper gown code.