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Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards 2014: And the Winners Are…

Designer Dean Caten, Model Coco Rocha and Designer Dan Caten arrives at the 1st Annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage, via Getty)

Designer Dean Caten, Model Coco Rocha and Designer Dan Caten arrives at the 1st Annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage, via Getty)

Good Monday! And what a great start to the week this is! The star-spangled Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards held their eagerly anticipated gala ceremony at the Fairmount Royal York, where they honoured the best and brightest this country has to offer. But if you weren’t lucky enough to be able to schmooze with fashion’s finest at the inaugural event, here you can check out the winner’s roll call.

Twin designers Dean and Dan Caten earned a double victory (which only makes sense, right?). They were recognized with an award for outstanding achievement and another for the CAFA for international Canadian designer of the year, which honours a recipient that has achieved success abroad and brought attention to Canadian talent on the world stage.

Toronto's Jeremy Laing was named womenswear designer of the year, while Calgary native Travis Taddeo, received the menswear designer of the year award. Ottawa-born twins Byron and Dexter Peart took home accessory designer of the year honours for their brand WANT les essentiels de vie, which features a classic collection of Italian leather bags and accessories.

BC-native Coco Rocha was in attendance at the event, which gave her the opportunity to collect her award for the CAFA for model of the year in person. You go Coco! Joe “Fresh” Mimran won the Canadian Style Award, which recognizes a recipient who embodies the spirit of the country and serves as an unofficial ambassador for homegrown fashion and culture. The rest of the winners are as follows:

  • Image Maker Award: Photographer Chris Nicholls
  • Stylist of the Year: George Antonopoulos
  • Emerging Talent Award: Sarah Stevenson
  • Special Tribute Vanguard Award: Jeanne Beker

What do you think of the winner’s list? Did all your favorites score a slice of the inaugural pie? 

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Sofia Coppola Fails to Impress With a ‘Flat’ Cover for Vogue Italia (Forum Buzz)

Sofia Coppola is Vogue Italia's February cover star. The American screenwriter, director, producer and actress (and Louis Vuitton campaign girl), was photographed by Steven Meisel wearing Dolce & Gabbana



Within minutes of the cover being posted, tFS members had quickly dissected it, with negative results.

KKnardi commented, "She looks good on the cover, but she's heavily retouched."

Fluxx also agreed, "Yes, she looks heavily retouched. Just an okay cover for me."

Cottomouth13's knowledge extended his comment and mentioned Sofia's previous Vogue Italia cover which was back in December 1992: "Finally, it's here. I kinda like it. Although the retouching on her face is too obvious. And wow, it's been 21 years since her last VI cover."

"Rather flat cover," said Nymphaea

The collaborations between Steven Meisel and Italian Vogue are extremely strong. Meisel has photographed over 300 covers for the publication so it's hard not to have admiration for the team behind each and every shoot. I, myself, can always see the brilliance, and whilst I'm not a fan of this particular cover, I do look forward to the accompanying cover story. 


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NYFW’s Hottest Hair Trends with TRESemmé Style Setters

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week offers plenty of spectacular runway clothing, glamorous front row appearances and fantastic beauty looks. We love it all! And when it comes to this season's hottest hair trends, we'll be taking our cues from TRESemmé. For Fall 2014, TRESemmé was out on the scene, documenting street style's most covetable hair looks and going backstage to show you how to translate all the best runway hair styles for yourself, at home. We didn't think it would be possible, but it looks like fashion week just got even better. 

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theFashionSpot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week


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  2. Snapped: The Best Street Style Pics of Coat Slinging This Season — Keep slinging that coat, babe. 
  3. Fashion Week Preview: Designers Share Fall 2014 Sketches and Inspiration — Get inspired for NYFW. 
  4. These 80 Extraordinary Close-Ups from Paris Haute Couture Week Will Restore Your Faith in Fashion — 80 stunning couture close-ups. 
  5. 20 Haute Couture Gowns Poised to Steal the Spotlight at Award Season — We bet these gowns will make an appearance on the red carpet.  
  6. Before You Buy: We Rank the Best and Worst Hair Oils — There are A LOT of amazing-sounding hair oils on the market. Find out which ones are worth your money.
  7. How Former J. Crew Head Designer Marissa Webb Launched Her Own Line — Find out how Marissa went from J. Crew to her eponymous collection.
  8. Style Showdown: Paz Vega and Cate Blanchett Break Out the Bordeaux Courtesy of Gucci and More Matching Celebs — Red carpet battles. 
  9. Runway to Real Life: Anna Dello Russo and Kiernan Shipka in Prada and More (Forum Buzz) — If ever there was a budding fashionista, Kiernan Shipka is it. 
  10. 21 Questions with… Alice + Olivia Designer Stacey Bendet [NYFW Edition] — "When I'm at work, I love wearing anything from a tutu to a ball gown! I change at least twice a day."

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Watch: tFS Guest Editor Tim Gunn’s Super Bowl Fashion Tips

Whether you're a football fanatic or … not that at all, you're still bound to want to look cute on Super Bowl Sunday. We hear you. And so does our February Guest Editor (stay tuned!), the wonderful Tim Gunn (wooot!). To promote a more fashionable football culture (and also his new Lifetime show, Under the Gunn), the television host put together a video with his Super Bowl style tips. 

Watch below:

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Dowager Dresses and Khaleesi Cloaks Coming to Canada

TV addicts and costume fanatics listen up! We Wardens of the North love nothing more than a ruddy good period drama, which makes the news of both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey costume exhibits all that more exciting! Yes, in the period of one week, there's been separate announcements that each of these shows – HBO and BBC/PBS respectively – will be putting their wares on display, kicking off highly-anticipated Canadian tours in Toronto.

First, the Game of Thrones details. Having been featured at the TIFF Bell Lightbox last year, the GoT exhibit drew crowds from all corners of the seven kingdoms, nay, the GTA as it showed off an array of costumes, props, armour and weapons.

Game of Thrones

Now set to return once again to the Lightbox from May 14-18, we can this time expect to see costumes “created by artisans whose extraordinary craftsmanship has lent authenticity to the show since its inception.” The free exhibit will then move to Vancouver where it'll be housed at the Pacific National Exhibition from August 16 – September 1.

Now for all you Crawley fashion admirers. The Downton Abbey exhibit is being curated by the Spadina Museum and will be on display in Toronto from March 11 to April 13. It will be the first Downton tour of its kind in North America and is set to coincide with the Canadian premiere of Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Tickets will be priced at $25 to $35 and for that you can expect to see twenty costumes, all seen in the first three seasons, along with nine accompanying hats. Lady Sybil's nurse's scarf, Lady Cora's wide-brimmed picture hat and the cloche Lady Mary wore with her pregnancy suit will be just some of the famed pieces on display.

“People will have a fun experience seeing the costumes from the show, and get a better understanding of how fashion trends travelled very quickly around the world,” Karen Edwards, Spadina museum’s administrator, told Star. “Toronto women were able to keep up very quickly with what was happening in Paris and London.”

Now I don’t know which exhibit I’m more excited about. The opportunity to gander at the grandeur of Lannister robes or to covet the romantic idylls of the Downton ladies’ formalwear that has inspired so many modern fashions of late? Decisions, decisions…which are you most eager to visit?

Images via HBO and PBS Media Handouts

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