Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vini Lacerda Readies for Fashion Week Debut with Edgy Menswear-Inspired Line

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vini Lacerda Readies for Fashion Week Debut with Edgy Menswear-Inspired Line

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Menswear-inspired line for Lacerda's debut

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TORONTO - Vini Lacerda is ready for his close-up.

After graduating from Toronto's Academy of Design in 2009, and working for homegrown label Line Knitwear, the Brazilian-born, Toronto-based designer is debuting his eponymous label during a March 25 show at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, the 25-year-old designer shared insight on his style inspirations, his aspirations for his budding Lacerda label and why he can't get enough of a certain teen flick from the 90s.

CP: What was it that inspired you to want to be a designer?

Lacerda: I think fashion's always been the one thing I felt like I had a valid opinion on and there was just nothing else that I was really good at, or any other path that I would take.

CP: Tell me about who your style influences were growing up.

Lacerda: I have a crazy collection of vintage Vogue, so basically, a bunch of 90s models. Anything from the 90s I was really inspired by, like cheesy teen movies and things like that.

CP: Did you have a particular favourite movie or model that you can recall?

Lacerda: I mean, Gisele will always be my favourite model, and I think "Clueless" will always be one of those timeless movies that I'll draw something from.

CP: Tell me about growing up in Brazil and how the fashion and culture shape your experiences as a designer now.

Lacerda: I don't think that it's anything that I focus on. If anything, it's more subconscious. I think it comes out in the colours that I choose and the prints that I do -- not so much in the design. But I think after I have pieces done and I look back and I'm like: 'This is probably from growing up in Brazil.' The bright colours, I like a lot of that.

CP: Why did you decide now was the time you wanted to go out on your own and launch a label?

Lacerda: I've been working for another designer for about three years now, and I've been told many times that I shouldn't do it, that it wouldn't work out.... I'm just tired of being on the sidelines. I just want to do my own thing.

CP: Do you have a specific person in mind when you're designing your collections?

Lacerda: I don't know if it's anyone specific. …

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