Monday, February 24, 2014

Interview with Emerging Talent Winner Sarah Stevenson - CAFA 2014 Highlight

Interview with Emerging Talent Winner Sarah Stevenson - CAFA 2014 Highlight
(photos by: Binzento)
The first annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) was held recently at the Royal York Fairmont Hotel in Toronto. The night began with a red carpet and cocktail reception, where CAFA nominees and Canadian celebrities had glam-up for photographer lenses. Six fashion designers who were nominated for this year’s Emerging Talent Award set up pop-up displays. Each display was uniquely created showcasing each designer’s unique style.

The following award gala was performed over an elegant dinner. There were a total of eleven awards given throughout the evening. Here is the CAFA 2014 categories and respective winners:

The Accessory Designer Of The Year Award: Dexter & Byron Peart (WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie)
The Stylist Of The Year Award: George Antonopoulos
The Menswear Designer Of The Year Award: Travis Taddeo
The Model Of The Year Award: Coco Rocha
The Swarovski Award For Emerging Talent: Sarah Stevenson
The Canadian Style Award: Joe Mimran
The International Canadian Designer Of The Year Award: Dean & Dan Caten (DSQUARED2)
The Image Maker Of The Year Award: Chris Nicholls
The Womenswear Designer Of The Year Award: Jeremy Laing
The Outstanding Achievement Award: Dean & Dan Caten (DSQAURED2)
CAFA Vanguard Award: Jeanne Beker

The most prestigious award at CAFA for new Canadian fashion designers was The Emerging Talent Award presented by Atelier Swarovski. The winner of this award was presented to Sarah Stevenson, a Toronto-based fashion and textile designer. Previously Stevenson finished her master’s degree in Fashion and Textile Design by the Institute of European Design in Milan.
Stevenson was really excited that she received the Emerging Talent Award. She believes that this title has a certain level of prestige, given that a panel of key members in the Arts and Fashion community selects the winner across Canada. “I was so honored to have been chosen and was just really overcome with happiness,” said Stevenson “I’ve worked so hard over the past few years and to be gaining this kind of recognition is very validating. I’m so flattered and grateful.”

Her current Fall/Winter 2013 collection was “inspired by Dutch still life paintings from the baroque period. The collection captures the moodiness and romanticism of the art movement but with a modern twist. Prints include dramatic red roses emerging out of dark backgrounds, intricately weaving vines that appear to climb up the body and floral-painted with an impressionistic style that resemble needlepoint tapestries. Laser cut patterns in black wool pop when layered over white, which conveys the strong dark/light contrasts that defined the baroque period.”

Stevenson will be releasing her latest FW14/15 soon. There is no doubt that more eyes will be focusing on Stevenson’s work and we are all thrilled to see what’s next to come.

CAFA 2014 ended with a sweet note. The tremendous success of this event brought encouragement to current and future fashion designers, and recognition of Canadian talents on the international stage.

You can also read my article on CAFA for Vogue Italia and a small preview of the latest Sarah Stevenson FW14/15 Collection HERE.

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