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.
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The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories Nominee: Lina Hu, Arc Jewellery
All things man-made—architecture, industrial design, art, fashion, even literature and film! I’m constantly looking at patterns, lines and shadows of objects to visualize, deconstruct and rearrange forms in my mind.
Where do think your industry will be in 5 years?
I think the jewellery industry (and fashion in general) is moving towards a much more conscious mindset. In 5 years, I hope that it will have fully embraced the principles of Slow Fashion, ie. taking time to produce quality items that are meant to last and have low environmental impact. I really see jewellery and fashion becoming less consumable and more thoughtful.
What would winning a CAFA mean to you?
It would be so exciting to be recognized for the quality of my work and the intention I put into my approach. A CAFA would help propel Arc Jewellery to the next level, and give me the means to really grow the company beyond a one-woman operation!
Who’s slaying right now in your field?
Uncommon Matters! Amélie Reich’s work is so beautiful, and I’m really inspired by the way she explores concepts thematically and by her incredible technical mastery. I hope to emulate how she seamlessly rides the lines between art, design and fashion.
I would love to collaborate with fashion designers I really admire for special collections like Black Crane—the simplicity of her pieces and the clean lines echo what I do as well and it would be really interesting to see what we could come up with together.