DSquared2, Coco Rocha, Jeanne Beker among winners at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

The stars and style mavens flocked to the first-ever Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards on Feb. 1, a Saturday night affair that honoured homegrown designers, models and industry players who have excelled on the international fashion scene.

Newlywed Hollywood actress Elisha Cuthbert – a mainstay at World Mastercard Fashion Week and a presenter at the event – looked gorgeous in a black strapless number with green peplum detailing and a chunky Swarovski crystal necklace to match.

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Guests at the Fairmont Royal York-hosted soiree dined on seared tuna, steak and a trio of chocolate desserts before popping across the hall to a Sephora-hosted after party, complete with hair (Bumble and Bumble) and makeup touch-ups and an appropriately Canadian late-night poutine station.

Twin designers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 took home a double win, picking up awards for Outstanding Achievement and International Designer of the Year, while supermodel Coco Rocha – who showed her support for the dynamic duo by wearing one of their creations – won the Model of the Year award.

Joe Fresh creative director and honourary chair of the event, Joseph Mimran, received the Canadian Style Award, and Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker gave an emotional speech after she was honoured with a special tribute that celebrated her breakthrough career in fashion.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the event below.

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