UPDATE: The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) gala has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It goes without saying that this year has brought upon incredible challenges and hardship. Our fashion industry, like many industries, has been impacted tremendously, and they need our support and community,” said CAFA president Vicky Milner in a press release. The seventh-annual ceremony will now take place on May 14, 2021 and “promises to be an event unlike anything we’ve hosted before,” added Milner.
Original story follows.
The best in Canadian fashion woke up to some exciting news this morning. The seventh annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) gala, honouring the industry’s top designers, artists, stylists, influencers, and business minds of the year, announced its nominees and honorees over a private breakfast reception at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. CAFA’s President Vicky Milner revealed the potential future CAFA winners, including Canadian fashion vets like Greta Constantine, Matt & Nat, and Judith & Charles.
Honourees include Saskatchewan model Maye Musk who will receive the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award for her decades-spanning career. In 2017, she became CoverGirl’s oldest spokesmodel. Acclaimed designer Tanya Taylor will take home The International Canadian Designer Award. Her work has been seen on celebs like Michelle Obama, Gigi Hadid, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Beyoncé. The 2020 Vanguard Award will go to October’s Very Own (yes, that OVO), the company co-founded in 2008 by hip-hop superstar Drake, his producer and business partner, Noah “40” Shebib, and managing partner Oliver El-Khatib. The award will reportedly be accepted by El-Khatib but attendees can still hold out hope for a Drake sighting.
The awards are scheduled to take place in a glitzy gala event on May 29, 2020 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. In the wake of events around the world being cancelled or postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, as of post time, CAFA organizers say they are planning for the show to go on, but will continue to assess as the event date nears.
See below for a full list of the rest of the 2020 CAFA nominees:
Official 2020 CAFA Nominees
The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award:
Judith & Charles
The Menswear Designer of the Year Award:
Frank And Oak
Hip and Bone
Raised by Wolves
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion:
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories:
The Accessory Designer of the Year Award:
Herschel Supply Co.
Matt & Nat
The Outerwear Brand of the Year Award:
SOIA & KYO
The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award:
The Simons Fashion Design Student Award:
The Image Maker of the Year Award:
The Hudson’s Bay Stylist of the Year Award:
The Fresh Face of the Year Award presented by NARS Cosmetics:
The Model of the Year Award:
The Fashion Impact Award:
Brass & Unity
The Digital Fashion Creator Award:
The Sustainability Award:
Frank And Oak
The Makeup Artist of the Year Award:
The Hair Artist of the Year Award:
CAFA 2020 Bestowed Awards
The Outstanding Achievement Award
The 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award will be bestowed to Maye Musk.
The Vanguard Award
The 2020 Vanguard Award will be bestowed to October’s Very Own® and will be accepted by co-founder, Oliver El Khatib.
The International Canadian Designer Award
The 2020 International Canadian Designer of the Year Award will be bestowed to Tanya Taylor.
Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Powered by WPeMatico