CAFA 2017: ‘Something exciting happening here in the land of ice and snow’

Canadian designers might be favourites of influential fashion plates like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, but the industry still has a way to go toward global recognition.

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Canadian designers might be favourites of influential fashion plates like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, but the industry still has a way to go toward global recognition.

Enter the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.

CAFA organizers conceived the glitzy annual event, which trumpets outstanding achievement and emerging fashion talent, as a sort of Academy Awards of Canadian fashion or yearly celebration along the lines of New York’s famed Met Gala.

Now, in its fourth year and after impressive exponential growth, it’s poised to become just that.

“Every year, it just keeps getting better and better…. It’s a great opportunity to get the public aware that there is a Canadian fashion industry, that we have the calibre of talent that we do in this country, coast to coast,” Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, told CBC News on Friday.

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