Flare Magazine: CAFA Feature

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15 Canadian Art & Fashion Talents on the Verge

Apr 11, 2016 | Andrea Miller

Here at home we’re #blessed with some seriously talented designers, models, writers and photographers who have helped put Canadian style—in all its vastly different iterations—on the world stage.

To wit: Coco Rocha. Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2. Tommy Ton. Erdem. All internationally-respected icons and all past winners at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. Now in its third year, the 2016 CAFAs—which will take place on April 15 at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel with guest host Kim Cattrall—are a way to celebrate not only the established brands making major bank but highlight the new crop of creatives poised to take over our wardrobes and Instagram feeds.

We caught up with a handful of this year’s emerging CAFA nominees to see how they’re feeling before the big event and where they see the industry going.

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Meghan Buckley | Fashion Designer and Pattern Maker

Fashion Design Student Award Nominee: Meghan Buckley

I completed a BA in Psychology before pursuing fashion and exploring the forces at work behind our thoughts, perceptions, and behaviours has become an integral aspect of how I approach design. For example, I tend to start with a broad concept (like how our brains perceive and process light and colour) and then figure out how these ideas can be translated into visual or constructional elements.

Where do think your industry will be in 5 years?
I think the traditional fashion calendar is really going change over the next 5 years. When people can see a collection on their smartphones as soon as it comes down the runway, it doesn’t make sense for it to take another few months to hit the market. It comes down to how brands communicate with their consumers and the times are showing us we need to evolve in order to continue innovating.

What would winning a CAFA mean to you?
I took a risk changing careers so winning a CAFA would be that bit of validation that we all crave. Win or lose, the experience has shown me that it’s never too late to pursue something fulfilling.

Who’s slaying right now in your field?
I think there are a lot of up-and-coming designers killing it Canada right now, but being nominated alongside designers I’ve admired and followed like Beaufille, 3.Paradis and fellow Vancouverites Wings + Horns (to name a few), is just too much to handle sometimes.

Dream gig
Still being fresh out of school means there are quite a few paths I could take, so it’s hard to think too far ahead. That being said, I would love to be able to design and produce a line in Vancouver sometime in the future.

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