CAFA Awards
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The 2020 CAFA Awards Are Being Postponed Until the Fall

As well as this year's honourees.

Update: The 2020 CAFA Awards have been postponed, it was announced today. The annual event will now be held sometime during the fall instead. In an email, CAFA said that it is working with its venue to finalize a new date which will announced soon.

CAFA’s president Vicky Milner said in a statement, “I am immensely grateful to our sponsors and partners for understanding and supporting this decision. While the current situation has put a strain on all of us, it does not negate the hard work and immense talent of this year’s nominated designers, brands, models, stylists, image makers, hair and makeup artists and industry leaders. We look forward to celebrating our fashion industry and everyone’s accomplishments later this year.”

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Original (12/03/2020): This morning, members of the Canadian fashion industry gathered at Clay in Toronto’s Gardiner Museum to witness the reveal of the nominees for the 2020 CAFA Awards. This year marks the seventh time the awards have been held to recognize national talent, and this year’s nominees include some of the country’s most exciting names.

A list of special honourees was announced ahead of the nominations, revealing that Business of Fashion‘s Imran Amed will be the 2020 CAFA Honorary Chair, whilst FASHION cover star Maye Musk will receive the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award in celebration of her incredible, boundary-breaking career. Drake’s brand OVO will receive the 2020 Vanguard Award and Tanya Taylor, whose designs have been worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé, will receive the International Canadian Designer Award.

Of all the honourees and nominees, CAFA President Vicky Milner said in a release, “We are always amazed by the caliber of talent we have here in Canada, and are grateful for the opportunity to continue to shine a spotlight on these noteworthy people and brands.”

Below, see the full nominees list for the 2020 CAFA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year


Eliza Faulkner

Greta Constantine

Judith & Charles


Menswear Designer of the Year



Frank And Oak


Hip and Bone

Raised by Wolves

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion

Luxton Woman

Mani Jassal


Spencer Badu

Steven Lejambe

Victoria Hayes

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories


ela Handbags

Herschel Supply Co.

Matt & Nat


Wolf Circus

Outerwear Brand of the Year





Nicole Benisti

Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award

42 Technologies





The Simons Fashion Design Student Award

Charlotte Deneux

Matin Mithras

McJoyin Rey

Pierre-Olivier Allard

Rachel Sudbury

Image Maker of the Year Award

Bryan Huynh

Carlyle Routh

Greg Swales

Justin Wu

Maya Fuhr

Royal Gilbert

Hudson’s Bay Stylist of the Year

Corey Ng

Nadia Pizzimenti

Olivia Leblanc

Randy Smith

Zeina Esmail

Fresh Face of the Year

Anisha Sandhu

Ariish Wol

Nic Kim

Nya Gatbel

Rachelle Harris

Shayna McNeill

Model of the Year

Charles Oduro

Fred Juneau

Kate Bock

Mae Lapres

Malik Lindo

Fashion Impact Award

Brass & Unity


Lesley Hampton

Manitobah Mukluks


Sarah Jay

Digital Fashion Creator

Ania Boniecka

Donté Colley

Lauren Chan

Lily Yange

Sarain Fox

Valeria Lipovetsky

Sustainability Award

Frank And Oak

Kent Woman


TAMGA Designs


Makeup Artist of the Year Award

Beau Nelson

Geneviève Lenneville

Grace Lee

Nicolas Blanchet

Sabrina Rinaldi

Hair Artist of the Year

David D’Amours

Justin German

Kirsten Klontz

Matthew Collins

Steven Turpin

The 2020 CAFA Awards are scheduled to take place on May 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. For tickets, click here.