2015 The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

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The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award Nominees

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian womenswear designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.


Kirk Pickersgill & Stephen Wong, Greta Constantine

Greta Constantine is an accessible luxury line of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, considered the “jersey boys of Toronto,” have rapidly accumulated a clientele comprised of international socialites and celebrities alike. The label itself is derived from the combination of the name of Stephen’s mother, Greta, with that of Kirk’s grandfather, Constantine. The pair works together in their Toronto area studio — conceptualizing, exploring, and challenging the fashions of today for the women of tomorrow. Read More…


Mikhael Kale

Mikahel Kale is known for his conceptual approach to fashion design with attention to detail, craftsmanship and tailoring. A student of London’s Central Saint Martins, whose illustrious alumni includes Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQueen. Mikhael’s creative approach began in Milan with esteemed labels such as Antonio Marras and Bally, later leading to a design position with Exte under the tutelage of Sergio Ciucci and Alessandro De Benedetti. Read More…



Marie Saint Pierre

A leading pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry, Marie Saint Pierre is an established fashion designer recognized for her contributions to the luxury fashion, accessories, fragrance and home markets. Since launching Marie Saint Pierre Design Inc. in 1987, Saint Pierre’s veritable expertise has widened to the global stage, receiving accolades and acclaim for her work in major markets worldwide. Read More…



Melissa Nepton

“For me, fashion is an expression of rigueur that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.” – Mélissa Nepton Read More…




Christie Smythe & Andrea Lenczner, SMYTHE

Smythe is a contemporary women’s apparel brand co-designed by Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe. Specializing in jackets and coats, Smythe has created essential wardrobe pieces thatare both modern and emotional. Read More…