On July 12th, 2014, I got to strut the runway in the Splash Fashion Show that showcased notable designers such as Federico Manriquez by Raul Manriquez, Malika, and N.R.T. Fashions (nrtfashions.com). The runway was exquisite - built over a swimming pool with fluorescent beach balls floating in the water. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection featured bright colours, sexy leathers, and sailor-inspired pieces; Hair was done by Jason Mellor of Edges Salon and Spa; makeup by the team of Mira Pucchi - who have worked on set with former Miss Universe Canada 2013 Riza Santos.

Calgary is a city where the fashion world is booming rapidly. With the help of founder of YYC Fashion Group, Troy Young, and former international model, Magdalena Wawrzonek, the show could not have been more of an accomplishment. Internationally published photographer and Media Director, Zev Viltaly Abosh, was also spotted in the crowd and captured memorable moments on the runway.

As a model and blogger backstage, I got to interact with some very magnetic and thought-provoking personalities that left a lasting impression. I asked one of the featured designers what it means to be successful in the fashion industry - the answer was simple and down to the point: "Attitude. It's a highly competitive industry where evident passion and strong ambition is the only way to success. You have to show that you want it and that nothing will stop you from achieving your dream." I am sure that many fashion designers, photographers, and models who have made it big can all relate to that statement. After all, isn't that the key to all things that one desires?

The evening was a huge success, leaving the crowd hungry for more. Working with all these talents was a great pleasure and an unforgettable experience. YYC Fashion Week occurs once every couple of months with intriguing themes that never fail to impress. YYC Fashion Group welcomes prospective and ambitious fashion designers, photographers, and models. Be sure to follow YYCFW on Instagram and Twitter @YYCFashionWeek.
For more information on events and sponsorship, visit yycfashiongroup.com.

Fashion Designer Raul Manriquez
Model: Chelsea Tomecek
Designer: Federico Manriquez
Model: Benjamin Lucas
Designer: Federico Manriquez
Models: Maria Shmerko and Chelsea Tomecek
Designer: N.R.T. Fashions