Here at home we’re #blessed with some seriously talented designers, models, writers and photographers who have helped put Canadian style—in all its vastly different iterations—on the world stage.
To wit: Coco Rocha. Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2. Tommy Ton. Erdem. All internationally-respected icons and all past winners at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Now in its third year, the 2016 CAFAs—which will take place on April 15 at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel with guest host Kim Cattrall—are a way to celebrate not only the established brands making major bank but highlight the new crop of creatives poised to take over our wardrobes and Instagram feeds.
We caught up with a handful of this year’s emerging CAFA nominees to see how they’re feeling before the big event and where they see the industry going.
The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion Nominee: Beaufille
Nature, uniform, menswear, surrealism, music and musicians, subcultures, rebellion, adornment.
Where do think your industry will be in 5 years?
We predict there will be mostly young designers at the helm of the big fashion houses. Paris is embracing the young and new like never before. We think there could also be a lot more direct-to-consumer/buy-now models instead of the seasonal wholesale schedule.
What would winning a CAFA mean to you?
It would mean being able to continue growing and expanding on what we have built locally and internationally. It means lot to be recognized here. When you have support behind you, it helps motivate and push you further.
Who’s slaying right now in your field?
Thomas Tait’s FW16 collection slayed.
Doing what we are doing and sustaining that.