On Friday, April 15th, the who’s who of the Canadian fashion industry were gathered at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto to attend the Canadian Art and Fashion Award (CAFA). Coming back for the third year, CAFA has shed some light on the top homegrown designers, models, stylists, and innovative companies and has given them the recognition they deserve.
We are thankful to be nominated for this award and meeting some of the top shakers and movers of the Canadian fashion industry. Here are some of the influential people we had the honour to meet with at CAFA 2016:
Canada’s first lady and one of the biggest advocates of Canadian fashion, Sophie Trudeau, hit the red carpet at CAFA dressed head-to-toe in Canadian designers and rocking a tailored jumpsuit by Mikael D. Sophie Trudeau announced the nominees for the Fashion Impact Award at CAFA to celebrate the Canadian designers and brands that are creating a shift in their communities.
One of the highlights of our night at CAFA was having the fashion darling, Karlie Kloss, announcing the nominees for our award category, the Fashion Innovation Award. As a successful super model, philanthropist and social influencer, Karlie was announced as the top 100 influential people in the world in 2016 and was described as the “epitome of the ideal American millennial woman” by the American designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Lisa Tant, the Vice President and Fashion Editor at Holt Renfrew and the former Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Flare magazine, looked stunning in a fiery red gown by Toronto-based designer Greta Constantine at the CAFA awards.
America’s Next Top Model contestant, Chantelle Winnie, known as Winnie Harlow is a homegrown fashion influencer and model who is redefining the standards of beauty. Diagnosed with Vitiligo at four years old, Winnie has been the victim of verbal abuse since a young age. Now, she is making an impact through social media by raising awareness regarding this skin condition and helping millions of girls who are struggling with body image issues.
Walking on countless runways of top designers including, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent, and being on the cover of numerous high profile fashion magazine like, Vogue, the Canadian beauty and super model, Coco Rocha, hit the CAFA red carpet in her own clothing label Co. & Co. In 2009, Coco was named as one of the top 30 models of the decade by Vogue Paris and she was selected as the “Canadian Model of the Year” at CAFA 2014.
One of the girl bosses of Canadian fashion and the co-founder of CAFA, Britteny Kuczynski is an inspiring woman who is providing a platform for the emerging and established talents in Canada to flourish. Brittney announced the inception of the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards in 2014 with Vicky Milner, CAFA’s President, and has successfully brought together the best of what this country has to offer in fashion for the third time.
The former sex and the city star, Kim Cattral, was the host of the Canadian Art and Fashion Award 2016 looking stunning in a Pink Tartan menswear-inspired suit. In her interview with Hello Canada, she mentioned: “It is a privilege to be a part of this exciting platform that engages and supports emerging artists who are forging new paths in fashion, and to be amongst such amazing and inspiring Canadian talent. CAFA is truly starting a movement within Canadian fashion and has assisted Canadian designers in making waves around the world. CAFA continues to raise the profile of Canadian designers, and I am proud to be a part of such a prestigious celebration of their achievements. I am committed to wearing and supporting Canadian designers on and off screen,”
TV personality, Youtuber and the star of the reality show Hockey Wives; Maripier Morin was also shining at the CAFA awards in a fabulous golden deux-pieces by the Canadian-based luxury label UNTTLD. Maripier shares her passion for clothing and beauty in her Youtube channel Pardon My French.