Photography by Royal Gilbert. Model, Ash Foo for Sutherland Models.
Including this year’s honourees, who are already winners!
By Ivy Tang
Date August 23, 2022
The most stylish crowd in Toronto gathered at the Design Exchange on Tuesday morning for the highly-anticipated CAFA 2022 nominees announcement by the Canadian Art and Fashion Awards for its eighth annual gala — and news that the red carpet gala will once again be held in person.
The awards gala will be held on Oct. 15 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
“After two years of celebrating virtually, we are very much looking forward to gathering everyone together in-person to celebrate our industry and recognize the incredible talent we have here in Canada,” said CAFA’s President, Vicky Milner, who took to the stage at the breakfast reception to announce this year’s honourees, including the co-founders of SSENSE—Rami Atallah, Firas Atallah and Bassel Atallah—who are receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award “for their ground-breaking direct-to-consumer and retail innovation as well as the cultural influence they have garnered.”
Designer and founder of Fleur du Mal, Jennifer Zuccarini, will also be honoured with The International Canadian Designer Award for “her illustrious career and innovative approach to fashion.”
In addition to the full list of nominees across seventeen categories, Milner announced that applications are open for The Bay Fashion Fund, an initiative to support and foster emerging BIPOC designers and brands in Canada, from now till Sept. 8, at CAFAwards.ca. The fund will award the winning designer or brand with a grant of $25,000 and a three-year mentorship program.
Without further ado, here are the nominees for CAFA 2022:
Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Menswear Designer of the Year Award
École de Pensée
Raised by Wolves
Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion
Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories
Jewels & Aces
Accessory Designer of the Year Award
Melanie Auld Jewellery
Outerwear Brand of the Year Award
Fashion Innovation Award
Fashion Design Student Award
Gabriel Paul Caron
Kevin Quang Thai Nguyen
Image Maker of the Year Award
Stylist of the Year Award
Florence O. Durand
Amanada Lee Shirreffs
Fresh Face of the Year Award
Model of the Year Award
Fashion Impact Award
Wide The Brand
Digital Fashion Creator Award
The Sustainability Award
Kelly Drennan, Fashion Takes Action
Makeup Artist of the Year Award
Hair Artist of the Year Award