Monday, September 2, 2013

Canadian Arts And Fashion Awards - Calling For Emerging Talents Nomination

Canada's First Canadian Arts And Fashion Awards - Calling For Emerging Fashion Designers Nomination
Great things are coming to the Canadian fashion scene with the announcement of the 1st annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA). Yes, you read it right, our very own fashion awards dedicated to people in the Canadian fashion industry, very much like the Juno Awards for Canadian musicians and Gemini Awards for Canadian actors. I think it’s about time to celebrate Canadian fashion scenes, and give a thumbs-up to all the fashion designers, stylists, editors, and models who have worked so hard maintaining Canadian identity in the fashion world. The award ceremony is to be hosted in February 2014 in Toronto (More details to come as time for the event gets closer). It is a great pleasure to also announce that myself (, as well as Kara Chomistek from PARK are two of the Calgarians invited to be on the nominating committee. The award categories include 1) The Womenswear Designer of the Year, 2) The Menswear Designer of the Year, 3) The Emerging Talent Award, 4) The Outstanding Achievement Award, 5) The Accessory Designer of the Year, 6) The Canadian Style Award, 7) The Image Maker Award, 8) The International Canadian Designer of the Year, 9) The Stylist of the Year, and 10) The Model of the Year.

The Emerging Talent Award is the only award that can be self nominated. I absolutely encourage emerging or new fashion designers to apply:
The Emerging Talent Award is the only CAFA Award category eligible for self nomination. This Award will be presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion. The Emerging Talent Award winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, complimentary production of a look book and gain national and international exposure and recognition.” For eligibility and application, please visit:
As Vicky Milner, the Managing Director of CAFA said: “It’s about time Canada hosts its own fashion award, and to acknowledge the great achievements we’ve made in the fashion industry”. Selecting the winner for each category will not be easy, so of course this task is handed down to a panel of fashion professionals, which includes:
            Angela Campagnoni
: Director, Atlantic Fashion week
            Anick Redburn: 
Editor-in-chief, Fashion, Clin d’oeil
            Bernadette Morra: 
Editor-in-Chief, FASHION Magazine
            Bronwyn Cosgrave: 
Best-selling author, broadcaster & luxury brand consultant
            Carolyn Quinn: 
Head of IMG World Canada
            Darcy Killeen: 
Executive Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
            David Clemmer: 
CEO of Judy Inc
            Geneviève Borne: 
TV host
            Glenn Baxter: 
Canadian television journalist & former host of Fashion Television
            Hans Koechling: 
Fashion Show Producer & Creative Director of The Image Is
            Jean -Francois Daviau: 
Producer, Montreal Fashion Week
            Jeremy Freed: 
Editor-in-Chief, Sharp Magazine
            Jeanne Beker: 
Fashion Personality & Host, Writer & Producer
            Lisa Tant: 
VP, Fashion Editor Holt Renfrew
            Nicholas Mellamphy:
VP & Buying Director of The Room, The Bay
            Noreen Flanagan: 
Editor-in-Chief, Elle Magazine
            Robert Doyle: 
Celebrated Set, Stage and Costume Designer and recipient of The Order of Canada
            Robert Ott: 
Chair of the School of Fashion, Ryerson University
            Sara Diamond: 
President of OCAD U
            Shauna Levy: 
President of the Design Exchange
            Susan Langdon: 
Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator
            Suzanne Rogers: 
Photographic Artist & Fashion Director Blanche Macdonald Centre
Tiyana Grulovic: 
Fashion Director, Flare

Be expected that this will be a fashion-star studded event, with attendees including many great fashion talents from all over Canada (and internationally) and fashion industry insiders. I will be posting more information on in the following weeks, so stayed tune! For more information about CAFA, please visit:

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