January 28, 2016 10:23 am
Updated: January 28, 2016 10:32 am

The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards nominees are…

A model walks the runway in the Lucian Matis show, part of Fashion Week in Toronto on Tuesday October 20, 2015.

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Wednesday night, the 2016 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) were announced in Toronto – and there are some familiar faces and brands who earned recognition. Greta Constantine, LINE, bloggers The Coveteur and Lucian Matis are among those up for a statue on April 15.

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The annual ceremony is one of the few times Canada-based crafters of couture and clothing are honoured for their wares and work. Back for its third year, CAFA managing director Vicky Milner says it’s an important platform for the industry.

“CAFA’s ongoing objective is to provide a platform for new and established designers, photographers, stylists and models to gain recognition both at home and abroad,” she said in a written statement with Global News. “Over the last year, we’ve evolved our awards categories with the intent of expanding our audience and reaching out to different sectors of the industry. In addition, this year’s initiatives will focus on establishing connections between industry professionals from across the nation as well as internationally to promote the growth of our talent’s profile and networks exponentially.”

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At the ceremony, four new self- and peer-nominated awards were announced:

  • Fresh Face of the Year Award. It honours a new Canadian model who is a rising talent.
  • Fashion Design Student Award. This will be given to a recent graduate from a Canadian fashion design program.
  • Fashion Impact Award. It recognizes a Canadian designer or brand that has made a significant impact on the community.
  • Fashion Innovation Award. This will highlight a designer who uses technology to innovate their wares.
“Canada has a thriving and innovative fashion scene,” said Brittney Kuczynski, CAFA founding director, also in a statement. “Through CAFA we have an opportunity to support our talent in a manner that drives the industry and spurs substantial economic growth. We are wholly dedicated to fostering the next generation and playing an instrumental role in the evolution of the Canadian fashion industry.”

Here is a full list of this year’s nominees.

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Greta Constantine
Lucian Matis
Pink Tartan

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award
Christopher Bates
Frank and Oak
Wings + Horns

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Fashion Design
Matthew Gallagher

Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessory Design
Arc Jewellery
Daniel Christian Tang
Lauren Klassen
Sully Wong

The Accessory Design of the Year Award
Dean Davidson
Jenny Bird
Alan Anderson
WANT Les Essentiels

Image Maker of the Year Award
Max Abadian
Richard Bernardin
Arkan Zakharov
Gabor Jurina

The Fashion Blogger of the Year Award
The Coveteur
Beckerman Blog
The Haute Pursuit

The International Canadian Designer of the Year Award
Jason Wu
Tanya Taylor
Thomas Tait

The Stylist of the Year Award
Annie Horth
Juliana Schiavinatto
George Antonopoulos

The Model of the Year Award
Heather Marks
Kirsten Owen
Herieth Paul
Crista Cober

The Sephora Fresh Face of the Year Award
Adam Butcher
Emma Genier
Malik Lindo
Steph Smith

The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award
Frank and Oak

The Fashion Impact Award
Browns Shoes Inc
Laura Siegel

The Fashion Design Student Award
Hamish Thwaites
Meghan Buckley
Patricia Nicolas
Tricia Crivellaro

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