On Monday evening, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) revealed the distinguished nominees for its annual awards that celebrate the top talent in Canada’s fashion industry.
“Canada is having a significant fashion moment—our talented designers and our growing retail landscape is making an impact on the industry,” says Suzanne Rogers, CAFA jury member and Canadian fashion supporter. “I am very proud to support CAFA and all of their efforts to ensure that our established and emerging talent receive the well-deserved recognition both nationally and internationally.”
The winners will be selected by the 2017 CAFA jury, comprised of national and international fashion leaders. Award winners will be announced at the red carpet gala, taking place on April 7th, 2017, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The gala and ongoing programming is made possible by CAFA’s generous sponsors, including returning sponsors Rogers Communications, Sephora, Mantella Corporation, Hudson’s Bay, Swarovski, Joe Fresh, The Kit, National Post, Palettera, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Porter Airlines, as well as new sponsors Simons, MLSE, Yorkdale, and Facebook.
Official CAFA 2017 Nominees
The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian womenswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.
- Lucian Matis
- Sid Neigum
The Menswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian menswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.
- Christopher Bates
The Fashion Impact Award will be presented to a Canadian designer or brand that has made a significant social or philanthropic impact in the Canadian and/or international community.
- Christopher Paunil
- David Dixon
- Far and Wide Collective
- Wear Your Label