TORONTO - Two Canadian labels are heading to the Big Apple as part of a special fashion showcase for emerging talents.
Chloe comme Parris and Amanda Lew Kee will be part of the designer lineup for GenArt's Fresh Faces in Fashion during New York Fashion Week.
Marking its 14th year, the event is slated to take place on Sept. 9 at Runway at Pier 57 in Manhattan, and will feature spring 2013 collections in both men's and women's ready-to-wear.
The program has been a showcase for other up-and-coming designers who now are among the top names in the industry. Rodarte, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim and Vena Cava are among those on the roster of past participants who debuted their very first runway shows at the event.
The budding Canadian labels taking part in this year's showcase have established a presence in the homegrown design scene with their own dedicated runway presentations staged during Toronto Fashion Week.
Chloe comme Parris is helmed by sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon who founded their Toronto-based contemporary womenswear and accessories brand in 2009. Elder sister Chloe is in charge of drafting the collection and dealing with the ready-to-wear side of the label, while Parris handles the metalwork.
Chloe took costume studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax for a year, learning different tailoring techniques and sewing skills, and later switched to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, studying there for two years before Parris attended.
In addition to her namesake line, Ryerson graduate Lew Kee has designed signature looks for HBO's vampire series "True Blood" and custom pieces for Canadian electronic producer Deadmau5 and "90210" star Shenae Grimes.