I’m a notorious last-minute canceller when it comes to non-essential party plans, especially during inclement weather. As a North-Of-Bloor dweller, I often use my hidey hole up in the great white north of Toronto as an excuse for avoiding downtown plans when the weather isn’t to my sunshiney, balmy liking. I was really tempted to bail on my plans last Saturday night, but knew I couldn’t miss the first annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (or stand up my date, the lovely Amanda Fowler).
The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) was created to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement and emerging talent in Canadian fashion. Heeding a recent Facebook post by Toronto fashion industry mainstay Gail McInnes, I donned a full skirt & embellished tee by Canadian designer Pink Tartan for our night of brushing shoulders with Canadian fashion royalty. When we arrived, the awards were just wrapping up and the Sephora-sponsored afterparty just beginning.
We began our night at the Bite Beauty, Bumble & Bumble and Sephora stations. Bite was on hand to showcase how their luxe lipsticks are made and to gift us with shades custom-blended for CAFA.
What I loved most about the beauty stations was that they were truly full-service. Not that I’d ever suggest it, but if you’d left the house with zero makeup & fuzzy hair you would have emerged from the booths looking like a supermodel. It’s so rare that “touch-up” stations will spend more than a few moments on each guest, but Sephora traded longer lines for better in-chair experiences.
As we left the Sephora makeup chairs, we spotted a group of gorgeous ladies looking for someone to snap an iPhone pic for them. My PR girl side took over and I happily offered to take the photos. As I handed the phone back to its rightful owner, I noticed it was Elisha Cuthbert and her group of friends. Dressed in a black & emerald green gown with a bow at the waist (a girl after my own heart), Elisha was lovely and happily obliged us with a photo.
The afterparty had a mix of fashionable Torontonians, media, industry professionals and Canadian celebs that felt unpretentious yet glam. This year’s winners were
International Designer of the Year: Dean & Dan Caten of DSquared2
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Jeremy Laing
Menswear Designer of The Year: Travis Taddeo
Accessory Designer of The Year: Dexter & Byron Peart of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Canadian Style Award: Joe Mimran
Stylist of the Year: George Antonopolous
Emerging Talent Award: Sarah Stevenson
Image Maker of the Year: Chris Nicholls
Model of the Year: Coco Rocha
Outstanding Achievement: Dean & Dan Caten of DSquared2
Vanguard Award: Jeanne Beker
Thanks to the team at ASCPR for hosting us! Get ready to snap up your tickets for next year’s event – this is sure to become a must-attend evening for the Canadian fashion community if the success of this year’s is any indication.