CAFA 2022 Nominees: The Full List of Canada’s Top Talent in Fashion and Beyond

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Photography by Royal Gilbert. Model, Ash Foo for Sutherland Models.

Including this year’s honourees, who are already winners!

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 Atallahwho 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

Greta Constantine
LECAVALIER
UNTTLD
Hilary MacMillan
Silk Laundry

Menswear Designer of the Year Award

Mr. Saturday
SECTION 35
École de Pensée
Christopher Bates
Raised by Wolves

Award for Emerging TalentFashion

Adidem Asterisks
Kathryn Bowen
Lafaille
Maria Karimi
RVNG
Dorian Who

Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories

Jewels & Aces
Combinist Goods
Maguire
Mas
Steff Eleoff
Cyntia Miglio

Accessory Designer of the Year Award

L’intervalle
Biko
Maple
Ecksand
Melanie Auld Jewellery
Heirloom Hats

Outerwear Brand of the Year Award

Kanuk
Nobis
Quartz Co
Sentaler
Noize

Fashion Innovation Award

Blanka
BlackCart
Calico
FoldsWear

Fashion Design Student Award

Gabriel Paul Caron
Suki Chow
Kevin Quang Thai Nguyen
Lynne Hey
Mihaela Stoica

Image Maker of the Year Award

Renata Kaveh
Carlos Alyse
William Ukoh
Conor Cunningham
Justin Wu
Norman Wong

Stylist of the Year Award

Florence O. Durand
Nadia Pizzimenti
Nariman Janghorban
Amanada Lee Shirreffs
Skye Kelton
Georgia Groom

Fresh Face of the Year Award

Monywiir Deng
Belle Vanderkley
Mase Somonall
Willow Allen
Sihan Guo

Model of the Year Award

Ash Foo
Awar Odhiang
Kirsten Owen
Ariish Wol
Steph Shiu

Fashion Impact Award

Knix
Izzy Camilleri
Wide The Brand
Elita
Wuxly

Digital Fashion Creator Award

Laurence Fortin-Cote
Liv Judd
Myles Sexton
Sean Brown
Lexson Millington

The Sustainability Award

Triarchy
Kelly Drennan, Fashion Takes Action
Ecologyst
Bedi
Thesus
Wuxly

Makeup Artist of the Year Award

Leslie-Ann Thomson
Julie Cusson
Emily Cheng
Mimi Choi
Nisha Gulati
Viktor Peters

Hair Artist of the Year Award

Janet Jackson
Kirsten Klontz
Chanel Crocker
Matthew Collins
Kristjan Hayden

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