The Complete List of Winners at the 2021 CAFA Awards

Lesley Hampton and Kaitlynn McLeod. Photography courtesy of George Pimentel.

Including designer Lesley Hampton’s Fashion Impact Award win and many more. Congrats to all the winners and nominees!

By
Sarah Mariotti

Date May 20, 2021

The seventh annual CAFA Awards took place on May 19, playing out virtually for the first time ever. Hosted by Canadian actress Amanda Brugel, the ceremony popped in and out of the homes of presenters, guests, winners and nominees in real time, helping the fashion community feel as connected as ever after more than a year of isolation.

“Toronto, we’ve been going through a lot of hard times. Our industry is very small, but together we can build it and make it stronger,” expressed Kirk Pickersgill, co-creator at Greta Constantine. The beloved Canadian label, seen in recent months on global stars like Viola Davis and Amanda Gorman, took home the Womenswear Designer of the Year award. “We have to stay together, we have to play together and we have to be together, no matter what we go through.”

The annual CAFA Awards shine a much-needed spotlight on the vibrant talent and emerging creatives in Canada’s fashion landscape. Montreal milliners Alex Surprenant and Melodie Lavergne of Fumile took home the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent (Accessories), and Victoria Hayes was awarded the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent (Fashion) for her eponymous label. Both recipients received a $10,000 honorarium.

Hayes is Toronto-raised and New York-based, just like International Designer of the Year recipient Tanya Taylor. “This year’s provided me a lot of time to look back at how and why I’ve started this brand, and a lot of it is rooted in being Canadian,” said Taylor.

“When I moved to New York, I didn’t know anyone in the industry or the city, and I saw something I wanted to change. I wanted the fashion industry to feel more inclusive; I wanted to provide more joyfulness; I wanted it to be rooted in community. I wanted more women to wear clothing that allowed them to express themselves. When I look back at how I was raised in Canada and what a lot of the morals are of Canadians, it’s that, ‘diversity is beautiful.’”

Grace Lee gave an impactful acceptance speech, too, winning the Makeup Artist of the Year award. Lee’s success is reinforcement that determination and hard work pays off. “I’ve been doing this job for 24 years, and I’ve heard a lot of ‘no.’ I want to thank those people who have said those really important ‘yeses.’”

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to FASHION Magazine’s April 2020 cover co-star Maye Musk, who, at 73 years old, proves that women can achieve success and recognition at any age. Twenty-five years ago, Musk was living in a rent-controlled apartment, supporting three teenage kids, working toward her master’s degree at the University of Toronto while modelling part-time and establishing her dietitian business. “Some of you who have not received such wonderful awards yet, just keep going,” she said.

See the full list of 2021 CAFA winners, along with each categories’ nominees, below:

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Greta Constantine, recipient


Beaufille


Eliza Faulkner


Judith & Charles


UNTTLD

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award
3.PARADIS, recipient


Dime


Frank and Oak


HAVEN


Hip and Bone


Raised by Wolves

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion
Victoria Hayes, recipient


Luxton


Mani Jassal


RVNG


Spencer Badu


Steven Lejambe

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories
Fumile, recipient


Angela Mitchell


Cat Janiga


Fellow Earthlings


Maguire


Partoem

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award
Mejuri, recipient


Biko


ela Handbags


Herschel Supply Company


MATT & NAT


Wolf Circus

The Outerwear Brand of the Year Award
Arc’teryx, recipient


Kanuk


Nicole Benisti


Sentaler


SOIA & KYO

The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award
Sheertex, recipient


42 Technologies


Casca


Sozie


Spocket

The Digital Fashion Creator of the Year Award
Donté Colley, recipient


Ania Boniecka


Lauren Chan


Lily Yange


Sarain Fox


Valeria Lipovetsky

The Simons Fashion Design Student Award
Pierre-Olivier Allard, recipient


Charlotte Deneux


Matin Mithras


McJoyin Rey


Rachel Sudbury

The Model of the Year Award
Mae Lapres, recipient


Charles Oduro


Fred Juneau


Kate Bock


Malik Lindo

The Image Maker of the Year Award
Greg Swales, recipient


Carlyle Routh


Justin Wu


Maya Fuhr


Royal Gilbert

The Fresh Face Model of the Year Award
Shayna McNeill, recipient


Anisha Sandhu


Ariish Wol


Nic Kim


Nya Gatbel


Rachelle Harris

The Hudson’s Bay Stylist of the Year Award
Corey Ng, recipient


Nadia Pizzimenti


Olivia Leblanc


Randy Smith


Zeina Esmail

The Fashion Impact Award
Lesley Hampton, recipient


Brass & Unity


Knix


Manitobah Mukluks


Obakki


Sarah Jay

The Tricon Sustainability Award
Kent, recipient


Frank and Oak


Norden


TAMGA Designs


Wuxly

Makeup Artist of the Year Award
Grace Lee, recipient


Beau Nelson


Geneviève Lenneville


Nicolas Blanchet


Sabrina Rinaldi

Hair Artist of the Year Award
Steven Turpin, recipient


David D’Amours


Justin German


Kirsten Klontz


Matthew Collins

The Outstanding Achievement Award
Maye Musk, recipient

The International Canadian Designer Award
Tanya Taylor, recipient

The Vanguard Award
OVO, Oliver El-Khatib, recipient

Looking for more Canadian fashion? See what everyone wore on the 2021 CAFA Awards virtual red carpet