On Tuesday evening this week the CAFA 2015 nominees were announced in an exclusive and intimate gathering at The Spoke Club on King West. I sent my girl Michelle Pinchev of City by Heart to attend the official announcement first-hand, here’s what happened:

Canadian fashion industry insiders gathered and waited with bated breath as the 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) nominees were announced in Toronto’s King West design district Tuesday evening.

The CAFA 2015 nominees, announced live at the Spoke Club by a dapper Kardinal Offishal, included some new categories this year – two Emerging Talent Awards and a Fashion Blogger of the Year Award. Among the nominees announced were design duos Greta Constantine and SMYTHE for Womeanswear, Ela Handbags and Mackage for Accessories and many more (see below for the full list of nominees).

Another evening highlight was the announcement of The Canadian Fashion Fund, co-founded and presented by bankers Brittney Kuczynski and Amit Thakar, which is aimed at helping under-funded, high potential opportunities in the Canadian fashion industry.

Now in its second year, the 2015 CAFA winners will be selected by an elite jury panel consisting of fashion editors Bernadette Morra and Cameron Williamson, model Coco Rocha, Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker, and others.


The Official 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards Nominees are:


The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

Christie Smythe & Andrea Lenczner, SMYTHE

Marie Saint-Pierre

Mikhael Kale

Melissa Nepton

Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, GRETA CONSTANTINE


The Menswear Designer of the Year Award

Wings + Horns

Philippe Dubuc

Frank & Oak

Christopher Bates


Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Fashion Design 

Sid Neigum


Matthew Gallagher

Malorie Urbanovich


Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessory Design


Kat Marks

Noelle Hindi

Jon De Porter


The Outstanding Achievement Award

David Dixon

Michael Budman & Don Green, ROOTS

Lida Baday

Marie Saint-Pierre


The Accessory Design of the Year Award

Jerome C. Rousseau

Ela Handbags


Jenny Bird

Herschel Supply Company


Sephora Image Maker of the Year Award

Jake Rosenberg

Gabor Jurina

Max Abadian

Tommy Ton

Leda & St. Jacques


The International Canadian Designer of the Year Award

Thomas Tait


Mikael D.

Steven Tai


The Stylist of the Year Award

Zeina Esmail

Liz Cabral

Juliana Schiavinatto

Susie Sheffman


The Model of the Year Award

Heather Marks

Daria Werbowy

Jessica Stam

Anais Pouliot


The Fashion Blogger of the Year Award

The Coveteur

Beckerman Blog

Tommy Ton

Jay Strut


The 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) winners will be announced January 31st, 2015 at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto.

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