TORONTO - Erdem Moralioglu has added to his growing list of style honours with a win at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards.
The Montreal-born, London-based designer behind the acclaimed Erdem label was honoured as international Canadian designer of the year at the CAFA gala held in Toronto on Saturday.
The award recognizes a designer that has achieved success abroad and brought attention to Canadian talent on the world stage.
Moralioglu's victory comes on the heels of his third consecutive win at the British Fashion Awards, where he was recognized as womenswear designer of the year.
In its second year, the CAFAs recognize homegrown talent within the arts and fashion community.
Pioneering Montreal-based designer Marie Saint Pierre — who has spent more than a quarter-century in fashion — was honoured with the outstanding achievement award.
Toronto's Mikhael Kale was named womenswear designer of the year, while Montreal-based Philippe Dubuc received the menswear designer of the year award.
Reigning Mercedes-Benz Start Up title-holder Sid Neigum continued his winning ways at the CAFAs. The Alberta-born, Toronto-based Neigum was honoured with the emerging talent in fashion design award.
Sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon of Toronto-based womenswear and accessory brand Beaufille jointly took home the prize for emerging talent in accessory design.
Each emerging talent award winner receives a cash prize of $10,000, production of a professional lookbook and mentorship from key industry figures as part of a prize package sponsored by Swarovski.
Quebec-born Jerome C. Rousseau was honoured as accessory designer of the year.
Fashion magazine fashion editor-at-large Zeina Esmail was named stylist of the year.
New York-based Anais Pouliot, who was born in Chicoutimi, Que., was honoured as model of the year.
Famed street style photographer Tommy Ton notched a double victory at the CAFAs.
The Toronto native was recognized as fashion blogger of the year and also took home the Image Maker award, presented to a Canadian photographer or filmmaker who has made a significant impact within the Canadian industry.
The gala, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, was hosted by Toronto-raised, U.S.-based style guru Joe Zee, also a CAFA honouree.
The editor-in-chief of digital magazine Yahoo Style received the Vanguard Award, which recognizes Canadians who have brought international attention to the fashion industry.