Sarain Fox. Photography courtesy of George Pimentel.
The CAFA Awards look a little different this year, but there’s no shortage of boundary-breaking creativity on the virtual red carpet.
Date May 19, 2021
The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) gala looks different this year, and so does its CAFA 2021 red carpet. Ahead of tonight’s virtual ceremony celebrating Canadian excellence in the fashion industry, the style set got glammed up for remote close-ups in ensembles by their favourite Canadian designers in lieu of a live red carpet. Photographers George Pimentel and Jimmy Hamelin darted around Toronto and Montreal capturing the local looks and it’s a completely unique spin on a virtual red carpet.
From new mother Deborah Lau-Yu donning jewellery by J.Y. GAO, to Narces designer Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi balancing tulle and sequins on a steep staircase, Canadian fashion’s finest spared no glamour. Anishinaabe activist and stylist Sarain Fox evinces bird-like energy in a lush forest, while Myles Sexton serves up a *moment* in an extravagant David Dunkley headpiece and Montreal-made Denis Gagnon dress. Each is an exhibit of its own.
FASHION Magazine’s very own editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra graces us in a Greta Constantine dress that is equivalent to sunshine, while creative & fashion director George Antonopoulos wears Toronto treasure U3. With much more to see, browse the gallery below for a nation-wide parade of fashion-forward moments worn by some of the biggest supporters of Canadian fashion on the virtual CAFA 2021 red carpet.
Karine Vanasse in Marie-Ève Lecavalier
Jennifer Brodeur in Room 502, Edition de Robes, Zvelle and Ecksand
Pierre-Olivier Allard in Pierre-Olivier Allard, Tavan & Mitto and L’intervalle
Madeleine Beaulieu in Noémiah, Elisa C-Rossow and ORA-C
Myriam Maguire in Rotate Birger Christensen and Romy Maguire in Silk Laundry
Zoe Trudeau in Room 502, Sophie Theallet and Lauren Klassen
Sophie Banford in Denis Gagnon
Azamit in MAR By Maria Karim
Maria Varvarikos in Erdem
Afiya Francisco in Caffery Van Horne
Cailli and Sam Beckerman in Mikhael Kale
Bernadette Morra in Greta Constantine
Christi Himmelheber in RVNG
Christine Rezvanian in RVNG
Deborah Lau-Yu in J.Y. GAO Jewellery
Evie Begy in Hilary MacMillan
Alex Surprenant and Melodie Lavergne in Fumile
Tika the Iggy in Shantell Design
George Antonopoulos in U3 Official
George Sully in Sully & Son Co.
Glen Baxter in Christopher Bates
Grace Lee in Greta Constantine
Grego Minot in Aleks Susaks
Jen Saunders, Tamara Bahry and Kim Appelt
Joan Kelley Walker in Tomé and Lilliput Hats
Joanna Griffiths and Jules Power
Valeria Lipovetsky in Greta Constantine and David Yurman
Jordan Stewart and Emma Pilon in RVNG
Justin Wu in Garrison Bespoke
Laura deCarufel in Smythe, Boneset Studio and Jenny Bird
Lesley Hampton in Lesley Hampton
Lisa Corbo in Lisa Corbo accessories
Malik Lindo in Spencer Badu
Mani Jassal Bahia in Mani Jassal
Mc Joyin Rey Pagalan in Joyin Rey
Myles Sexton in Denis Gagnon and David Dunkley
Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi in Narces
Sangita Patel in Stephan Caras
Sarain Fox in Lesley Hampton
Shayne Stephens in custom pants by Klaxon Howl
Simona Shnaider and Nicholas Mellamphy
Sophie Theallet in Sophie Theallet
Sylvia Mantella in Mikhael Kale
Tyler Franch in Mr. Saturday
Anthony DeBartolo and James Yurichuk in Wuxly
Yana Barankin and Eric Dales in TAMGA Designs
To register to watch the 2021 virtual CAFA Awards, visit www.cafawards.ca.