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CAFA Profiles

Hans Koechling – Jury Member

Hans Koechling – Jury Member Hans Koechling is a leader in the production and direction of outstanding fashion events and is at the forefront of the Canadian fashion scene. His company The Image is … produces fashion events for luxury brands and designers from Toronto to Berlin, Montreal to Milan, and New York to Shanghai. His extensive knowledge and expertise in a constantly evolving global fashion world is widely recognised in the fashion industry. Hans’ portfolio includes international fashion houses such as CHANEL, HUGO BOSS, ESCADA, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, PORTS 1961, ROMONA KEVEZA, TOMMY HILFIGER and WONDERBRA, and renowned Canadian retailers including HOLT RENFREW, HARRY ROSEN, THE BAY, JOE FRESH STYLE, KORHANI Home, RUDSAK, MARK’S and BIRKS & MAYORS. Hans has produced several high profile fashion shows with Quebec and Canadian designers at Montreal Fashion Week as well as World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, including IMG’S Mercedes-Benz Start Up…

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Susan Langdon – Jury Member

Susan Langdon – Jury Member During a career that has spanned over 30 years, Susan Langdon has demonstrated the kind of enthusiasm and devotion to the fashion industry that has garnered constant recognition. A native Torontonian, Susan graduated from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University in 1977. Throughout a fulfilling 17-year career in fashion design, Susan received a number of prestigious design awards including the Concours Design Award and the Woolmark Award of Distinction. In 1994, Susan’s strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities, coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of the fashion industry and previous teaching experience, led her to her current position as Executive Director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI). Her dedication to the Incubator and efforts to nurture, support and promote new, up-coming design talent has assisted in launching the careers of many now-known Canadian designers. She has generated media coverage from Toronto, New York, Dusseldorf, Dublin…

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Tiyana Grulovic – Jury Member

Tiyana Grulovic – Jury Member Tiyana Grulovic’s journalistic excellence has earned her national acclaim in the Canadian fashion community. Prior to her current role as Fashion Director at Flare, Tiyana sat at the creative helm of The Globe and Mail’s fashion section from 2008 to 2013, where she shaped the aesthetic and tone of the fashion content into an ambitious paper-wide redesign, and won a National Magazine Award for her work on Globe Style Advisor. As The Globe and Mail’s Fashion Editor, Tiyana conceptualized and produced fashion and trend stories, styled editorials, worked with both established and up-and-coming photographers across Canada and in the U.S., and covered fashion week in New York. She has interviewed some of the fashion industry’s most prominent personalities such as Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Margherita Missoni, and was the first journalist to speak to Reed Krakoff after he announced his departure from Coach. CAFA: From…

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Noreen Flanagan – Jury Member

Noreen Flanagan – Jury Member Noreen Flanagan has been with ELLE Canada since its second issue back in 2001 and has been Editor-in-Chief since April 2010. Prior to that, Noreen worked at Flare magazine as a senior editor. She possesses a creative vision characterized by its refreshing approachability, sharp intellectualism, and an innovative aesthetic which has earned her widespread recognition as one of the Canadian fashion world’s most respected individuals. CAFA: From your perspective, what has been the most prominent change you’ve observed in the evolution of fashion in Canada? NF: There is a growing sense of confidence amongst the designers as well as a heightened desire from consumers and retailers to support Canadian talent. CAFA: What do you think sets Canadian fashion designers apart on a global scale? NF: We live in such connected times that it’s difficult to cultivate distinctive influences and identities. Any designer, regardless of where…

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Jeremy Freed – Jury Member

Jeremy Freed – Jury Member Editor-in-chief Jeremy Freed has been with Sharp Magazine since its launch in 2008. Beginning his career as a successful freelancer for Toronto Life, Los Angeles Magazine, and National Public Radio, Jeremy had ambitions to one day write for a the likes of Esquire or GQ. “I had never imagined that I’d get the opportunity to build a great men’s magazine from the ground up. It’s been an incredibly satisfying journey so far,” says Freed. As head of Canada’s premier men’s fashion and lifestyle guide, Jeremy plans to continue growing the Sharp brand across Canada and help Canadian men dress better. CAFA: In your opinion, what sets Canadian fashion apart on a global scale? JF: We have a really unique mix of cultures in Canada. It makes for a sensibility that is hard to describe but it inspires our designers to be chameleon-like in their approach…

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Alexandra Suhner Isenberg – Nominating Committee

Alexandra Suhner Isenberg – Nominating Committee Alexandra Suhner Isenberg is well known for her work in the fashion industry both within Canada and abroad. Born and raised in Vancouver, Alexandra moved to Paris at the age of nineteen to study fashion at l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne – the alma mater of YSL and Lagerfeld. During her tenure in Europe, Alexandra worked as Assistant Designer at Sonia Rykiel, completed a MA in fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, worked for Burberry, and founded her own lingerie company. Alexandra also excelled as a trend forecaster and a lecturer at both Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. In 2009 Alexandra returned to Canada and founded her eclectic blog Searching for Style and began lecturing at the Visual College of Art and Design. Alexandra also serves as Fashion Editor at Vitamin Daily, runs her own nightwear…

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Tenika Davis – Nominating Committee

Tenika Davis – Nominating Committee Tenika Davis began her career in 2006 as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality TV series Canada’s Next Top Model. Following the show, Tenika signed with Ford Models and has since graced the pages of numerous international fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour, O, Fashion,and Glow. Soon after beginning her modeling career, Tenika set her eyes on acting. Tenika’s talent, determination, and hard work allowed her to land a lead role in the indie hit Jumping the Broomalongside Angela Bassett. Soon after, she was cast as Sara Suarez, the seductive action heroine in Twentieth Century Fox’s successful franchise Wrong Turn 4. Tenika has also appeared in numerous other productions including the popular TV series’ Degrassi: The Next Generation and Deal or No Deal and the films Saw VIand Debug. Tenika continues her successful journey as a model/actor believing that “with hard…

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Second Annual Canadian Art & Fashion Awards Shines Spotlight on Homegrown Fashion Industry

Second Annual Canadian Art & Fashion Awards Shines Spotlight on Homegrown Fashion Industry June 10, 2014 10 June 2014 (TORONTO) – Created to celebrate and support the Canadian fashion industry, the Canadian Art & Fashion Awards (CAFA) is back for a second year, with its gala event scheduled to take place on January 31st, 2015. Designers from across the country can apply for one of two Emerging Talent Awards – one for Fashion Design and the other – new this year – for Accessory Design. Another addition to the 2015 award categories is the Fashion Blogger of the Year Award, which will be presented to a Canadian fashion blogger or website that demonstrates creativity, excellence, and range in online fashion critique, reporting, and photography. Recognizing both rising and established stars, CAFA remains steadfast in its mandate to generate a stronger appreciation and market for Canadian fashion talent both in Canada,…

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Second Annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

Second Annual Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards Announce 2015 Nominees October 14, 2014 (Toronto, ON) 14 October 2014 – The Canadian fashion industry gathered as the 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) nominees were announced at The Spoke Club in Toronto’s King West design district on Tuesday evening. Among the nominees for Canada’s top fashion honour are international blogger, Tommy Ton, design duo, Greta Constantine, supermodels Heather Marks and Jessica Stam, and designers Chloe and Parris Gordon of Beaufille (see full list below). The winners will be selected by the official 2015 CAFA jury panel, which is composed of Canadian fashion elite including celebrity stylists Brad Goreski and Leslie Fremar; model Coco Rocha; fashion icon, Jeanne Beker; chief creative officer at ALDO, Douglas Bensadoun; FLARE Magazine editor-in-chief, Cameron Williamson; FASHION Magazine editor-in-chief, Bernadette Morra, Elle Canada editor-in-chief, Noreen Flanagan and more. Read Press Release    

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