The 2021 CAFA Awards Virtual Red Carpet Is a Canadian Fashion Dream

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.

By
Sarah Mariotti

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.

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Karine Vanasse in Marie-Ève Lecavalier

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Jennifer Brodeur in Room 502, Edition de Robes, Zvelle and Ecksand

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Pierre-Olivier Allard in Pierre-Olivier Allard, Tavan & Mitto and L’intervalle

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Madeleine Beaulieu in Noémiah, Elisa C-Rossow and ORA-C

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Myriam Maguire in Rotate Birger Christensen and Romy Maguire in Silk Laundry

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Zoe Trudeau in Room 502, Sophie Theallet and Lauren Klassen

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Sophie Banford in Denis Gagnon

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Azamit in MAR By Maria Karim

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Maria Varvarikos in Erdem

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Afiya Francisco in Caffery Van Horne

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Cailli and Sam Beckerman in Mikhael Kale

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Bernadette Morra in Greta Constantine

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Christi Himmelheber in RVNG

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Christine Rezvanian in RVNG

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Deborah Lau-Yu in J.Y. GAO Jewellery

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Evie Begy in Hilary MacMillan

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Alex Surprenant and Melodie Lavergne in Fumile

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Tika the Iggy in Shantell Design

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George Antonopoulos in U3 Official

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George Sully in Sully & Son Co.

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Glen Baxter in Christopher Bates

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Grace Lee in Greta Constantine

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Grego Minot in Aleks Susaks

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Jen Saunders, Tamara Bahry and Kim Appelt

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Joan Kelley Walker in Tomé and Lilliput Hats

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Joanna Griffiths and Jules Power

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Valeria Lipovetsky in Greta Constantine and David Yurman

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Jordan Stewart and Emma Pilon in RVNG

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Justin Wu in Garrison Bespoke

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Laura deCarufel in Smythe, Boneset Studio and Jenny Bird

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Lesley Hampton in Lesley Hampton

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Lisa Corbo in Lisa Corbo accessories

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Malik Lindo in Spencer Badu

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Mani Jassal Bahia in Mani Jassal

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Mc Joyin Rey Pagalan in Joyin Rey

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Myles Sexton in Denis Gagnon and David Dunkley

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Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi in Narces

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Sangita Patel in Stephan Caras

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Sarain Fox in Lesley Hampton

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Shayne Stephens in custom pants by Klaxon Howl

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Simona Shnaider and Nicholas Mellamphy

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Sophie Theallet in Sophie Theallet

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Sylvia Mantella in Mikhael Kale

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Tyler Franch in Mr. Saturday

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Anthony DeBartolo and James Yurichuk in Wuxly

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Yana Barankin and Eric Dales in TAMGA Designs

To register to watch the 2021 virtual CAFA Awards, visit www.cafawards.ca.