How Couture Queen Sylvia Mantella Gets Ready for The CAFA Awards

Photography by George Pimentel

Her appearance, created by Stephen Caras, looked like a cross in between a wood nymph and Lady Godiva.

“In my vision, I wanted to feel like I was walking out of a forest,”Sylvia Mantella states of the slinky, Garden of Eden- motivated dress she used to the 2019 CAFA Awards Designed by StephanCaras, the close-fitting, ecru lace number was covered in strategically-placed purple applique flowers, and made the Chief Marketing Officer of the Mantella Corporation (and among Toronto’s most significant benefactors) look like a cross in between a wood nymph and Lady Godiva.

The dress was the topic of a 3-month long partnership in between the Mantella and the designer. “I’m surprised I haven’t given him a heart attack,” she states. Caras had actually at first created a dress including a rippling skirt, however 2 weeks out of the occasion, Mantella had actually decided on the concept of using something … slinkier. Thankfully, Caras was video game. He approximates the gown, loaded with over 3000 Swarovski crystals and hand-sewn flower appliques, represents over 100 hours of labour.

Mantella selected Caras to create the gown since she has the utmost rely on his vision. “I find that the designers that I am attracted to or engage with, there has to be some sort of a connection…He’s very open-minded and is able to take anything that I think of or envision to another level,” she states. According to Caras, “It is every designer’s dream to deal with somebody like Sylvia since she has a lot self-confidence in the method she uses [your dress].”

Mantella, whose comprehensive closet has actually been recorded by TheCoveteur, discusses her love of fashion belongs to that of a collector. “I don’t collect art, I collect gowns. That’s my Picasso, you know? That’s my Renoir,” she states. Though Mantella decreases to put a dollar worth on the quantity of loan she’s purchased Canadian fashion this year, she explains herself as “fortunate” in her capability to support emerging designers. “If you can’t get behind the people believe in, well, why should anybody else?”

One the afternoon of the CAFAs, Mantella invested the afternoon in her year-round suite at the St Regis Hotel getting glammed up with her group of makeup artist Patrick Rahme and hair stylist KirstenKlontz Though her makeup appearance was relatively basic, Rahme personalized Mantella’s eyelashes by cutting up 2 various sets of falsies and layering them till the preferred impact has actually been attained.

Iffashion has to do with the spirit of partnership, then Mantella’s attire was maybe the supreme testimony to the skill, enthusiasm and energy of the Canadian fashion market.

Photography by George Pimentel