In Canada, Nadja Swarovski is in good company.
Along with Céline Dion, Aldo Bensadoun of The Aldo Group, designer Greta Constantine and Canada Goose, among others, Swarovski was honored by the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards last Friday at the ceremony at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
In accepting the Global Fashion Business Leader Award by video, the global crystal purveyor said: “As we celebrate the fifth year of these awards, Swarovski is delighted to once again partner with CAFA to reaffirm our shared commitment to emerging Canadian fashion talent, and to support the hard work and dedication of the 2018 Swarovski Emerging talent winners.”
Swarovski’s awards for emerging fashion and accessories talent went to Markoo and Sofia Zakia, respectively. They both received $10,000 and a year of mentorship with industry leaders. Grace Mahary, accessorized in Atelier Swarovski earrings, presented the Swarovski awards.
Dion received CAFA’s International Style Icon Award; the Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Bensadoun, founder of The Aldo Group, and Constantine received the first Suzanne Rogers Designer Grant ($20,000) for International Development.
Triarchy received the inaugural H&M Sustainability Award which included $10,000 and a trip to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in May; The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award went to Marie Saint Pierre by Sylvia Mantella, and the Menswear Designer of the Year Award was presented to Atelier New Regime.
The Accessory Designer of the Year Award was presented to Ela by Elise Bauman and Emma Hunter. Canada Goose received the first Outerwear Brand of the Year Award.