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: