My Look For The 2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

It’s been exactly a week since Toronto gathered to celebrate the creme de la creme of Canadian fashion at the 2019 CAFA’s and I am still not over this dress yet. I don’t think I will ever be!  This is one of the rare nights out of the entire year where everyone puts a little extra “sumthin” into their look and does their damn best to wear and support the amazing fashion talent coming out of this country.

2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter

2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter
With Canadian fashion designer and STITCHED contestant Christopher Paunil

Lots of commentary on Instagram stories about what I should wear when I posted stories from Christopher Paunil’s designer, the Toronto based design talent who created this beautiful fit and flare gown. If you’ve ever looked for a wedding dress from a Canadian designer you 100% have come across his work. If you’re fashion obsessed, his name isn’t new to you either or perhaps you may recognize him from STITCHED, the fashion focused competition show that aired last year on Slice. Christopher’s bread and butter if you will is bridal and he absolutely kills the game, but his evening wear is actually my fave. I’ve had a long time love affair with the designer and have worn him many times, but this dress just seemed extra special. Every single piece of clothing I have ever worn that he has designed, has fit like a glove and always makes the decision on what to wear so difficult. There were four looks in the running for CAFA this year and it all came down to the the sexy “Ezra” gold sateen jumpsuit and the stunning “Emmy” fit and flare gown in the end. Both are part of the designer’s current collection and the latter is available by order for $2,250.00.

2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter
left to right: Stylists Talia Brown-Thall, Liv Judd, and Zeina Esmail
2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter
With Nadia Pizzimenti and Talia Brown-Thall
2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter
a quick selfie taken at the Joe Fresh table before the awards commenced

So, this was the second time I shared my outfit options from a designer’s studio on my IG stories and you know what…I actually LOVE you guys weighing in and sharing your perspective on what you feel is the best choice. I am thinking this may need to now become a thing because this time around, it totally helped me make my final decision. Although, so many of you did rally behind the jumpsuit, but not to worry, I am actually going to buy it . To be honest, the houndstooth fabric just looked so stunning when I tried it on and the drama of the large bow and train at the back just took shit to the next level. Because of that, I wanted to keep my make-up relatively simple and opted for a subdued smokey eye and a punch of colour on my lips.

2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards - Sasha Exeter

Photography by Chris Cheung and George Pimentel

I cannot take credit for the make-up. I don’t have the skill set to beat my own face like this. My beauty look was courtesy of the amazing team at Charlotte Tilbury. The goal was to create a flawless look, but one where my skin still looked real and not airbrushed like that IG make-up look that is becoming so popular. . My MUA that day, Sidonie, mixed a bit of the Hollywood Flawless Filter as a complexion booster in deep bronze with the Magic Foundation. Guys, Charlotte Tilbury has been slaying palettes lately. I have several eye palettes I die for, but I have yet to purchase any of the cheek palettes. We use Lovegasm on my face last week and it will for sure be my next Charlotte beauty purchase. Even the packaging of it is absolutely stunning.

For the lips, I ditched my original idea of going with Charlotte Tilbury’s “Stoned Rose“, a more neutral colour and decided to go big and bold with a beautiful orangey-red matte lippy called “Tell Laura”. I topped of the look with some custom lashes from Teka Neufville. They are the most beautiful and durable strip lashes I think I’ve ever worn. Super light on the lash line and can last up to 40 wears.

Special thank you to the amazing Christopher Paunil and Sidonie who is part of the amazing team at Charlotte Tilbury Holt Renfrew in Yorkville.

CAFA – Canada’s First National Arts and Fashion Industry Awards Gala

cafa logo TM

Kind of hard to believe that until now my great country of Canada was not formally recognizing and celebrating the achievements of our great talent in the fashion and arts community. But last week CAFA (the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) announced that there will be an inaugural gala which will take place in the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in T.O. early next year. Gearing up to the awards presentation – which will also include a gala dinner and uber exclusive after-party scheduled to be held on Feb. 1, 2014, there will be a handful of CAFA evens scattered across the country in order to help hype up the event and shine some light on the selected nominees.

Besides Dean & Dan Caten from D Squared, there are successful designers who have made their mark in the international world of fashion, yet many might be unaware of their Canadian roots; Erdem Moraliioglu – creator of eponymous label with unique prints Erdem, Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe the designers of cult fave jacket line Smythe, and Jason Wu just as an example. But like myself, I guess Canada’s fashion community thought about what can be done to assist the designers who are less known on the global fashion stage or just emerging in the Canadian market such as; Lucien Matis, Pink Tartan, Caitlin Power, Christopher Bates, Line Knitwear, Rudsak, DUY…and I could go on. Perhaps with this new organization, Canadian design talent will finally get the recognition, spotlight and encouragement they deserve.

CAFA Award

Lucky winners will receive this original designed awards by Canadian industrial designer Karim Rashid

Thankfully we won’t have to wait to long to her the list of nominees…they will be announced early this Fall in October, who will be competing to win top prize in these 10 categories. The list of CAFA jury members reads as the who’s who in Canadian fashion, as one would imagine; Jeanne Beker, Suzanne Rogers, Lisa Tant (VP Fashion Editor Holt Renfew), Noreen Flanagan (E.I.C. Elle Magazine), Bernadette Mora (E.I.C. Fashion Magazine), Tiyana Grulovic (Fashion Director of Flare Magazine), Robert Ott (Chair of School of Fashion at Ryerson University), Susan Langdon (Executive Director at TFI), Dr. Sara Diamond (President of OCAD U), Glex Baxter (Canadian television journalist and emerging photog), Carolyn Quinn (Head of IMG World Canada), Bronwyn Cosgrave (Luxury Brand Consultant and author), Hands Koechling (Fashion show producer and Creative Director of “The Image Is”), Angela Campagnoni (Diretor of Atlantic Fashion Week), Tyler Udall (Photographic Artist & Fashion Director Blanche MacDonald Centre), and Jean-Francois Daviau (Producer of Montreal Fashion Week).

Think it’s safe to say that this gala and dinner will be one HOT ticket come February that every fashionphile will be wishing and hoping to get access to. For more information on CAFA and to stay abreast of the list nominees list later this year, head to www.cafawards.ca.



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