The 2021 CAFA Awards Virtual Red Carpet Is a Canadian Fashion Dream

Sarain Fox. Photography courtesy of George Pimentel.

The CAFA Awards look a little different this year, but there’s no shortage of boundary-breaking creativity on the virtual red carpet.

The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) gala looks different this year, and so does its CAFA 2021 red carpet. Ahead of tonight’s virtual ceremony celebrating Canadian excellence in the fashion industry, the style set got glammed up for remote close-ups in ensembles by their favourite Canadian designers in lieu of a live red carpet. Photographers George Pimentel and Jimmy Hamelin darted around Toronto and Montreal capturing the local looks and it’s a completely unique spin on a virtual red carpet.

From new mother Deborah Lau-Yu donning jewellery by J.Y. GAO, to Narces designer Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi balancing tulle and sequins on a steep staircase, Canadian fashion’s finest spared no glamour. Anishinaabe activist and stylist Sarain Fox evinces bird-like energy in a lush forest, while Myles Sexton serves up a *moment* in an extravagant David Dunkley headpiece and Montreal-made Denis Gagnon dress. Each is an exhibit of its own.

FASHION Magazine’s very own editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra graces us in a Greta Constantine dress that is equivalent to sunshine, while creative & fashion director George Antonopoulos wears Toronto treasure U3. With much more to see, browse the gallery below for a nation-wide parade of fashion-forward moments worn by some of the biggest supporters of Canadian fashion on the virtual CAFA 2021 red carpet.

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