CAFA 2016 Recap

April 21, 2016, 7:09 pm

It was an exceptionally special night at the 3rd annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA 2016), held at the Fairmont Royal York on Friday, April 15th. Fashion industry insiders, media and celebrities came out in droves to celebrate Canada’s best and brightest fashion talent. Notable guests included the evening’s host Kim Cattrall Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, supermodels Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha, fashion designer Tanya Taylor, singer Mia Martina & more! From the red carpet gowns, to the George Pimentel portrait studio and eTalk’s celebrity green room, to the beautiful awards and acceptance speeches, CAFA 2016 truly was a night to remember! 

Key highlights from the night included:

– In her opening monologue, host Kim Cattrall highlighted shopping centre Square One as a leader in showcasing Canadian fashion – kudos! 
– Canadian designer Wayne Clark received a standing ovation as he took the stage to accept his Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by Nicholas Mellamphy. A modest and appreciative Clark began his acceptance speech with, “I have spent the better part of this day trying to think of something poignant and appropriate to say…” Clearly his efforts paid off as he left the stage with not a dry eye in the house. A very inspiring moment for one of Canada’s greats!
– Supermodel Karlie Kloss presented the Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation award, garnering laughs and applause with her “I’m an honourary Canadian!” declaration!
Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau inspired guests with a lovely tribute to Canadian fashion industry and the importance it has on our culture. “I strongly believe that our country is home to world class talent,” Trudeau said. “Fashion can have a profound impact on our community, our culture and our ability to help one another“.
– Global fashion and lifestyle icon Elle Macpherson accepted the Vanguard Award presented by Hudson’s Bay for her incredible career achievements.
– Singer/songwriter Mia Martina and model Kate King presented the Fashion Design Student Award to newcomer Hamish Thwaites, while model Winnie Harlow stopped to snap a selfie on the red carpet! #werkit
Elle Macpherson and Karlie Kloss were spotted chatting together in the eTalk green room following their red carpet appearance… Swapping model tips perhaps?
– …and many more memorable moments! 

Below is the full list of award winners! Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

2016 Official Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards Winners

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Greta Constantine

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award
Wings + Horns

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories
Lauren Klassen 

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award
WANT Les Essentiels 

The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award
Frank & Oak 

The Fashion Design Student Award
Hamish Thwaites 

The Image Maker Award
Gabor Jurina 

The International Canadian Designer of the Year Award
Jason Wu 

The Stylist of the Year Award
Annie Horth 

The Model of the Year Award
Herieth Paul 

The Sephora Fresh Face of the Year Award
Adam Butcher 

The Fashion Impact Award
Laura Siegel 

The Fashion Blogger of the Year Award
The Coveteur 

The Vanguard Award Presented by Hudson’s Bay
Elle Macpherson

Outstanding Achievement Award
Wayne Clarke

For photos from Canada’s most fashionable evening, see the gallery below!