CAFA (CANADIAN ARTS & FASHION AWARDS) CAPTIVATES

AND A PACK OF TALENTED MONTREALERS MAKE THEIR MARK

Once again, the Canadian fashion extravaganza that is the Annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA), recently made headlines across the country, and planet at large, for its inimitable style, savoir-faire,  globe-changing and yes, gala-hosting, and party fabulous!

Masterminded by visionary make-it-happen Toronto gals VICKY MILNER and BRITTANY KUCZYNSKI, who, brilliantly, identified a need and niche for a Canadian arm that would celebrate, reward, support, and promote Canadian fashion and its ever-increasing roster of outstanding creators, emerging talents, and industry leaders, both locally and on an international scale, the impeccable event (that all Canadians can be fiercely proud of, including yours truly, who attended the inaugural event and witnessed the extraordinary trajectory), has, in just four years, emerged as one of the country’s most prestigious must-attend fashion and gala tickets, as well as  an important event, and happening, to watch and attend, on the international front.

This year’s edition, held as is now CAFA custom, at the gorgeously historic, Fairmont Royal York, with founder/ CEO of acclaimed Montreal-based global fashion platform SSENSE RAMI ATALLAH selected as honourary chair – and represented at the event by SSENSE co-founder COO BASSEL ATALLAH – was the most outstanding thus far, spoiling guests sweet with a stunning opening cocktail, very memorable Sephora sponsored after-party, and perfect Hollywood worthy gala hosted by beloved Canadian celebrity JESSI CRUICKSHANK, where sought after Awards Of The Year were presented to style leaders and ground-breakers like founder/CEO of The Business of Fashion IMRAN AMED (Vanguard Award); IRIS APFEL (International Style Icon, presented by designer JASON WU); Montrealer ERDEM MORALIOGLU (International Canadian Designer); Lasalle alum XIAOYI LI (Simons Fashion Design Student) and MANY others.

The awesome night of fashion and creativity, also broadened the mandate in 2017 with a business-focused Fashion & Retail Forum, proudly presented with and sponsored by, KPMG.

As for superstar Montrealers, we were out in rare form, and INCREDIBLY well-represented on numerous fronts: nominee, forum and attendees, by the gifted and enthusiastic likes of photographer MAX ABADIAN; stylist CARY TAUBEN;  WANT Les Essentiels and WANT Apothecary founders BYRON PEART and brother, DEXTER PEART; UNTTLD’S JOSÉ MANUEL ST-JACQUES and SIMON BÉLANGER; Simons’ RICHARD SIMONS and wife JULIE POULIOT; homegrown personality / star of Hockey Wives / influencer MARIPIER MORIN;  Lightspeed CEO DAX DASILVA and PR director BRADLEY GRILL; Frank & Oak CEO ETHAN SONG; mmode’s DEBBIE ZAKAIB with husband XPND’s ALEXANDRE TAILLEFER; ELLE Quebec’s JULIE BUCHINGER; DTK’s STEPHANE LEDUC, KATHIA CAMBRON, and SYLVAIN BLAIS; Red carpet correspondent LISA KISBER; Lasalle College fashion director FRANCOIS BOUSQUET; LYSA LASH, of Lysa Lash Next Generation Fur; With Love Darling’s ELISABETH WRIGHT; catwalk king HANS KOECHLING, PR pro MARIA VARVARIKOS-PEART, responsible for the event’s public relations, and many others.

TO learn more about CAFA, and partake in CAFA 2018, CLICK HERE.

For the visual experience, courtesy of the inimitable GEORGE PIMENTEL (and some iPhone snaps by yours truly), see below:

CAFA CO-FOUNDERESSE: The indefatigable and so fabulous VICKY MILNER.

CAFA CO-FOUNDERESSE: The indefatigable and so fabulous VICKY MILNER.

CAFA CO-FOUNDERESSE: The indefatigable and so fabulous BRITTNEY KACZYNSKI.

CAFA CO-FOUNDERESSE: The indefatigable and so fabulous BRITTNEY KACZYNSKI.

ESSENCE OF SSENSE: SSENSE co-founder / COO BASSEL ATALLAH and womens buying director BRIGITTE CHARTRAND.

ESSENCE OF SSENSE: SSENSE co-founder / COO BASSEL ATALLAH and womens buying director BRIGITTE CHARTRAND.

WANT-TASTIC: WANT Les Essentiels and WANT Apothecary founders DEXTER PEART and brother BYRON PEART.

WANT-TASTIC: WANT Les Essentiels and WANT Apothecary founders DEXTER PEART and brother BYRON PEART.

T-WINNING TEAM: International Canadian Designer Of The Year ERDEM MORALIOGLU and sister SARA MORALIOGLU.

T-WINNING TEAM: International Canadian Designer Of The Year, Montreal’s ERDEM MORALIOGLU and sister SARA MORALIOGLU.

MTL’S MARAM MAKES ITS MARK: Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion winner MARAM and KPMG’S DEMET TEPE, both in MARAM.

MTL’S MARAM MAKES ITS MARK: Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion winner MARAM and KPMG’S DEMET TEPE, both in MARAM.

THERE ARE NO WORDS. DIARY FAMILY: Stylist to the stars CARY TAUBEN.

DIARY FAMILY: Stylist to the stars CARY TAUBEN.

ONE OF OUR FAVE SONGS! Sartorially expert and all out cool Frank & Oak co-founder ETHAN SONG.

FAVE SONG:  All out cool Frank & Oak co-founder ETHAN SONG, who partook in the forum.

SIMONS SAYS IT BEST: JULIE POULIOT with husband, La Maison Simons’ spectacular RICHARD SIMONS.

INFLUENCER SHINES! Beloved personality / star of Hockey Wives MARIPIER MORIN in UNTTLD.

INFLUENCER SO SHINY: Beloved personality / star of Hockey Wives MARIPIER MORIN in UNTTLD.

UNTITLED X 2: Homegrown designers SIMON BÉLANGER and JOSÉ MANUEL SAINT-JACQUES.

UNTITLED X 2: Homegrown designers SIMON BÉLANGER and JOSÉ MANUEL SAINT-JACQUES.

PODIUM PERFECT: Lasalle College alum XIAOYI LI, Simons Fashion Design Student Of The Year.

PODIUM PERFECT: Lasalle College alum XIAOYI LI, Simons Fashion Design Student Of The Year.

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WANT WOWS: WANT Les Essentiels and WANT Apothecary founders BYRON PEART and DEXTER PEART present an award.

UNTTLED IN THIS TITLE: Homegrown personality / star of Hockey Wives MARIPIER MORIN (In UNTTLD) with one of the homegrown house’s nominated designers, JOSÉ MANUEL ST-JACQUES.

UNTTLED IN THIS TITLE: Homegrown personality / star of Hockey Wives MARIPIER MORIN (In UNTTLD) with one of the homegrown house’s nominated designers, JOSÉ MANUEL ST-JACQUES.

HOW FABULOUS IS SHE REALLY? IRIS APFEL, International Style Icon.

HOW AMAZING IS SHE REALLY? IRIS APFEL, International Style Icon.

GORGE AS EVER: GRACE MACARY.

GORGE AS EVER: GRACE MACARY.

OH SO COCO: Homegrown supermodel and Diary fave, the perfect COCO ROCHA.

OH SO COCO: Homegrown supermodel and Diary fave, the perfect COCO ROCHA.

MAGIC MOMENT: Hudson's Bay president LIZ RODBELL,  onstage with Business of Fashion founder /CEO IMRAN AMED, winner of the Vanguard Award.

MAGIC MOMENT: Hudson’s Bay president LIZ RODBELL, onstage with Business of Fashion founder /CEO IMRAN AMED, winner of the Vanguard Award.

FASHTASTIC: Great partner and supporter of CAFA, presenter SUZANNE ROGERS and co-founder VICKY MILNER.

SUPERMODEL SQUAD: Canadian born supermodel COCO ROCHA (at centre in white) hits the dance floor at the Sephora afterparty.

SUPERMODEL SQUAD: Canadian born supermodel COCO ROCHA hits the dance floor with pals at the Sephora afterparty.

ICON IN THE HOUSE! Celebrity host JESSI CRUICKSHANK chats up International Style Icon Of The Year IRIS APFEL.

ICON IN THE HOUSE! Celebrity host JESSI CRUICKSHANK chats up International Style Icon Of The Year IRIS APFEL.

 

AND NOW FUN WITH IPHONE PIX …

START-UP STARPOWER! Frank & Oak's ETHAN SONG and Lightspeed's BRADLEY GRILL and founder /CEO DAX DASILVA.

MTL MEN IN BLACK! Frank & Oak’s ETHAN SONG and Lightspeed’s BRADLEY GRILL and founder /CEO DAX DASILVA.

HUGGING IT OUT: Stylist to the stars and the inimitable  MARNEY SOBEL.

HUGGING IT OUT: Stylist to the stars and the inimitable MARNEY SOBEL.

WITH MY SUSTER IN SOCIAL: Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, National Post social columnist and all out fabulous superwoman, Toronto's AMORYN ENGEL.

SISTERS IN SOCIAL: Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL and National Post social columnist and all out superwoman, Toronto’s AMORYN ENGEL.

#SELFIEOFASELFIE: Power of Prive's JANE HANRAHAN, Lysa Lash of LYSA LASH Next Generation Fur, Power of Prive's VANESSA MULRONEY, Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, and Real Housewives of Toronto's ROXY EARLE.

#SELFIEOFASELFIE: Power of Prive’s JANE HANRAHAN, Lysa Lash of LYSA LASH Next Generation Fur, Power of Prive’s VANESSA MULRONEY, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, and Real Housewives of Toronto’s ROXY EARLE.

LOVE TIHS GAL: Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, model human MARNEY SOBEL ABADIAN.

SOCIAL GALS GO CAFA: Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, model human MARNEY SOBEL ABADIAN.

#TEAM SENTALER: Diary's JENN CAMPBELL, Sentaler marketing chief CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, and designer extraordinaire BOJANA SENTALER.

#TEAMSENTALER: Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, Sentaler marketing chief CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, and designer extraordinaire BOJANA SENTALER.

TABLE TALK: Diary's JENN CAMPBELL (centre), super singer KESHIA CHANTE (rightT and a pal.

TABLE TALK: Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL (centre), supersinger KESHIA CHANTE (right) and a pal.