The CAFA awards (Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) was the place to be last night for everyone in the fashion industry. The Fairmont Royal York housed the gala for the second year in a row and brought out the fashion vip, who were carefully styled and studded to the max.

The jaw dropping looks included many trains, face shields made of netting, embellishments and polka dots. Men partook in the fun too wearing shiny shoes and accent accessories to have killer sartorial looks. Tom Ford would have been proud.

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) carefully handpicks and acknowledges the creativity that runs through the bones of designers, stylists, and hot new emerging talent on the scene. Think of it like the Oscars for the Canadian fashion industry.

Hosted by Joe Zee, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Style, He was also the recipient of CAFA’s 2015 Vanguard Award.

Joe Zee (Yahoo Style), Robert Younkers

Joe Zee (Yahoo Style), Robert Younkers

New and exciting categories for this year include the Fashion Blogger of the Year Award, which was awarded to to internationally-renowned street photographer, Tommy Ton. He also won the Sephora Image Maker of the Year Award.

Tommy Ton wins 2 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards

Tommy Ton wins 2 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards

The CAFA 2015 winners include:

  • The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award: Mikhael Kale
  • The Menswear Designer of the Year Award: Philippe Dubuc
  • The Hudson’s Bay International Canadian Designer of the Year Award: Erdem Moralioğlu
  • Sephora Image Maker of the Year Award: Tommy Ton
  • Fashion Blogger of the Year Award: Tommy Ton
  • Model of the Year Award: Anais Pouliot
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Marie Saint Pierre
  • Yorkdale Stylist of the Year Award: Zeina Esmail
  • The Accessory Designer of the Year Award: Jerome C. Rousseau

For the official list (pending), check the CAFA website at

Some highlights of the evening included:

  • Seeing Coco Rocha and her new baby bump in Greta Constantine
  • Veronica Chail’s moving tribute to the late Pat McDonagh. I think it caused a few tears to be shed.
  • Seeing Canadian fashion represented so well on the red carpet, on stage and at the after party.

Photos by Nick Lee

Also check out our photos from the inaugural CAFA 2014.



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Jo-Anna Davidson

Jo-Anna Davidson is a fashion stylist based in Toronto ON, Canada. She has worked with top photographers and noted people in the industry. Her portfolio includes work published in magazines both in Canada and worldwide.
Her strength is her energy and responsive creative vision. This has led to executing distinct style and a recognizable ability to effortlessly fuze all elements which shape her stories.