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Insta-Meet | The #CAFA2016 Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent (Accessories) Nominees

Get acquainted with the style, aesthetic and personality of our #CAFA2016 Nominees through their Instagram feeds. Who is your favourite in this category? 

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories will be presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion accessory design.

The Official 2016 Nominees are:

Arc Jewellery | @arcjewellery

Daniel Christian Tang | @danielchristiantang

Lauren Klassen | @laurenklassen

Sully Wong | @sullywongpremium

Emerging Fashion Fridays | Emily Valentine Jewelry

unnamed4Based in Toronto, Emily Jones is the designer behind Canadian brand Emily Valentine Jewelry. With a background in social work, it was Emily’s experience facilitating arts-based programming for the non-profit sector that ignited her passion for creativity. A self-taught jewelry maker with an authentic vision, Emily launched her own line in 2012.unnamed

Emily Valentine is a modern jewelry brand intended to inspire strength and a sense of adventure in its wearer. Each piece is crafted with artful combinations of carefully sourced stones and crystals along with modern and vintage mixed metals. Spotted on celebrities including Mel B and Serena Ryder, Emily Valentine is available at independent boutiques across Canada and the United States as well as online at Indigo.

Learn more about Emily Valentine Jewelry here, and follow the brand’s social pages below.

Instagram: @_emilyvalentine_

Facebook: Emily Valentine Jewelry

Twitter: @evjewelsxo

Designer Spotlight | SENTALER

Since 2009, Bojana Sentaler’s namesake outerwear brand has specialized in creating pieces made from the warmest, most luxurious textiles. With a commitment to timeless design and superior quality, Sentaler’s offerings are carefully crafted with the world’s finest alpaca fabrics. The Canadian label’s design philosophy focuses on producing feminine pieces with minimalist silhouettes and exquisite details. Continue reading Designer Spotlight | SENTALER


britwacher.portraitMontreal-based designer Brit Watcher’s pieces offer a token of feminine individuality, strength, and confidence for each wearer. Integral to her vision is the concept of duality and the passage of energy through time and space. This energy, represented by moods and feelings, is transformed into shapes, colour blocking, and the use of lines in textile. A strong dialogue between simplicity and chaos is created, thus producing a display of shapely, complex, unconventionally tailored garments.

look7Brit has had a wealth of design experience. Following her graduation from Vancouver’s La Salle University, she acted as a stylist in Thailand before relocating to Arnhem where she worked with Dutch designer Pauline Van Dongen. It was under Van Dongen’s tutelage that Brit began to refine her approach to garment construction and the practice of conceptual exploration. Brit’s pieces are reflections of experiencing life through fantasy, and, simultaneously, the core conflicts of the physical world. Continue reading EMERGING FASHION FRIDAYS | BRIT WACHER


Weekly Canadian fashion news from around the web.

TIFF fashion advice from two Toronto designers: ‘Go play dress up and have fun’ | The Globe and Mail

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine interviewed by Jeanne Beker.

“Call it siren style: The creations concocted by Toronto’s Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine are bound to surface on a few red carpets over the coming days. In less than a decade, the two designers, now in their mid-forties, have drummed up an impressive business that now sees their pieces sold around the world.” Continue reading CAFA NEWS ROUNDUP | SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


Weekly Canadian fashion news from around the web

Rudsak partners with Metric singer Emily Haines on new design collaboration | Global News

Metric frontwoman delves into the world of fashion with Rudsak.

“Haines teamed with Rudsak founder and head designer Evik Asatoorian in creating a limited-edition leather jacket.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1JB7jBx

Christopher Bates to design Air Canada uniforms | Twitter

Air Canada announced via Twitter that Christopher Bates will be designing employee uniforms.

“In 2017, our 28,000 employees will be outfitted in new uniforms designed by Canadian fashion designer Christopher Bates”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1LMQNoQ

Air Canada collaborates with Holt Renfrew to launch TV channel | Fashion Times

The new Holt Renfrew channel will be available as part of Air Canada’s in flight entertainment starting September 1st.

“Holt recently produced series of documentaries that offer a behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of luxury, style and fashion — which will also be available outside Air Canada on the brand’s social media and digital channels.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1K3uOK6

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Young via The Canadian Press

Emerging Fashion Fridays | 3. Paradis – TOM* Emerging Menswear Designer Award Finalist

The Emerging Menswear Designer Award (EMDA) returns to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week’s (TOM*) Spring/Summer 2016 season from Monday, August 17th to Tuesday, August 25th.

CAFA is proud to feature the talented EMDA finalists in the coming weeks through our Emerging Fashion Fridays series.

Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung, founders of 3.Paradis
Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung, founders of 3.Paradis

Established in 2012, 3.PARADIS is an innovative and trendsetting luxury ready-to-wear brand founded by designers Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung. Long-time friends, Emeric and Ray come from two different corners of the world (Paris and Hong Kong) with a common artistic vision and dream of uniting and embracing all cultures and differences. They are the authentic innovators and visionaries that bring about the magic behind the brand.

Emeric “Rico” Tchatchoua and Raymond “Samuray” Cheung respectively from Paris, FRANCE and Hong Kong, CHINA graduated from ESMM and Lasalle Fashion School, Montreal in 2014. After a trip around Europe in 2012, the two designers decided to introduce their approach and passion for fashion and art to the world through the luxury ready to wear label 3.PARADIS by deconstructing traditional ideas and reinventing conventions in menswear with no boundaries, no rules, no conventions.

A capture from the "Dystopia" collection by 3.PARADIS
A capture from the “Post Dystopia” collection by 3.PARADIS

Growing up and living in different parts of the world, such as Paris, London, Hong Kong and Montreal, has certainly contributed to 3.PARADIS design approach largely inspired by European and Hong Kong’s lifestyle and street culture. Through fashion, the design duo expresses their creativity, their thoughts and vision of the world of today, their thrill and fear. Indeed they call themselves “Street Visionary.”

A capture from the "Dystopia" collection by 3.PARADIS
A capture from the “Post Dystopia” collection by 3.PARADIS

3.PARADIS entails its own holy trinity, a perfect harmony between mind, body and soul so that all cultures interact peacefully and in serenity. The movement bridges the gap between cultural disparities promoting a common voice amongst today’s global generation. “We embrace authenticity with a unique sense of creativity. We are a leader of the new school.”Living between Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, the two designers believe that we are on the brink of a cultural revolution, which will bring about this change. Their avant-garde design and minimalism with a subtle touch of madness will mark a turning point in the evolution of menswear.

To learn more about 3.PARADIS visit http://3paradis.com/