Clearly time flies and it seems like just yesterday, Vicky Milner, the mountain-moving co-founder/president of the now legendary decade old Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) was connecting through common friends to discuss the new initiative she and her team were launching … What a difference a decade makes. As the country’s top fashion and design talent recently descended upon Toronto’s famed Fairmont Royal York Hotel night to commemorate the 2023 winners and honourees at its annual awards gala, you could feel the extra sumpin-sumpin in the air. 10-year CAFA energy. A REALLY. BIG. DEAL. CONGRATS CAFA. YOU DID IT!
Special shoutout to all of this year’s winners including Vanguard recipient Aurora James; Changemakers, KNIX’S Joanna Griffiths and Amber-Dawn Bear Robe; Hair Artist Andrew Ly; Fashion Innovation recipient Cash Labs; Outstanding Achievement Winner, Canada Goose Canada’s Dani Reiss; Emerging Talent Winner Dorian Who; Menswear Designer of the Year École de Pensée; Outerwear Brand of the Year Winner RUDSAK’s Evilk Asatoorian; Womenswear Designer of the Year Geni Hill of LAMARQUE; Makeup Artist of the Year GRAE; Fresh Face of the Year Winner Heather Diamond Strongarm; International Canadian Designer Justin R Saunders; Model of the Year Lauren Chan; Emerging Talent, Accessories Winner Life Liveth In Me; Fashion Impact Winner Manitobah; Stylist of the Year Nadia Pizzimenti; Image Maker of the Year Renata Kaveh; Fashion Design Student Winner Sam Huang; Digital Fashion Creator of the Year Sasha Exeter; Sustainability Award Winner Triarchy; Accessory Designer of the Year Vitaly; and Emerging Talent Accessories Winner YawTony.
Photography COURTESY OF GEORGE PIMENTEL/ CAFA