GenArt announced the line-up of emerging designers who will make up the S/S 2013 Fresh Faces Fashion Show for NY Fashion Week taking place on Sept 9 at Pier 57. This season’s sponsors are Moroccanoil and Voga Wine.
Fresh Faces in Fashion is the largest showcase for emerging fashion designers on the continent. The annual shows feature the best emerging fashion designers who have been working under their own label for the past 1 to 5 years. The Fresh Faces in Fashion program is designed to discover new design talent and give them their first exposure to members of the International press, the design community, potential buyers and investors, and an enthusiastic audience of young, art-loving attendees.
GenArt’s Fashion Program alumni designers include Rodarte, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Ohne Titel, Peter Som, Geren Ford, Dannijo, Rebecca Taylor, Raquel Allegra, Vena Cava, Dieppa Restrepo, Geren Ford, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Rodebjer, All Saints and countless others.
“Fresh Faces is different this season because our designers are a bit more established than in previous years,” said Aurora James, curator of Fresh Faces in Fashion. “We’re really trying to take designers who were well known in their own markets and give them a bigger platform — one of the biggest platforms in the world, New York Fashion Week.”
Amanda Lew Kee
Amanda Lew Kee began working towards her goal of lifestyle-curation while studying at Toronto’s Ryerson University School of Fashion, with the inception of her brand in her third year at the age of 19. Over the next few years she developed her design philosophy and received her BofDesign. In 2010, she was invited by the Fashion Design Council of Canada to debut at Toronto’s World Mastercard Fashion Week.
Lew Kee works closely with the entertainment industry, designing signature looks for HBO’s True Blood, and custom pieces for Shenae Grimes, Deadmaus, and Miss Piggy. Amanda Lew Kee’s design of versatile ease, progressive material combination, and throw-on-and-go aesthetic offers a unique experience to the modern metropolitan woman.
Come For Breakfast
Comeforbreakfast is an independent label created in 2009 by Antonio Romano and Francesco Alagna. The creative duo got together to express their mutual skills in a contemporary fashion project with a crossover philosophy and high design content.
Romano is the fashion designer, graduated at Polimoda in Florence, giving the brand its true spirit and creating the original prints that, since the beginning, profoundly defined the main features of the brand.
Alagna, on the other hand, after a degree in Industrial Design and a Master in Fashion Buying at Marangoni in Milan, started collaborating with prime international companies to get the needed skills to develop the brand on a commercial level.
From the debut collection, the design of each garment has steadily evolved until growing into a full total look: printed topwear with original patterns – a Comeforbreakfast signature item – was followed by fleece, pants and streamiline dresses. The actual collection is also consistent in knitwear, outwear and accessories.
Comeforbreakfast aesthetic codes translate into a minimalist and apparently simple mood: in every item the research is tireless, aimed to reach a contemporary modern fit, through a delicate balance among fabrics, shapes and details into a new concept of Made in Italy.
Chloe Come Parris
Chloé comme Parris is a Toronto-based contemporary fashion and accessories brand. The brand was conceived in 2009 from a passion for products that are unique, luxurious, and engaging. Sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon explore historical and old-worldly ideas of adornment, with a focus on transforming that aesthetic into a modern, wearable context. A Chloé comme Parris piece embraces a unique unity between masculine and feminine, soft and hard, while always remaining effortless and chic. The brand produces seasonal ready-to-wear and accessories collections that aim to challenge the status quo, offering a unique and fresh perspective on contemporary fashion.
Anne Sofie Madsen
Born and raised in Denmark, Anne Sofie Madsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design.
Anne Sofie Madsen trained under John Galliano for Dior in Paris and worked for acclaimed trend forecasters Peclers, before moving to London to work for Alexander McQueen as Junior Designer.
With an impressive resume Anne Sofie Madsen debuted with her couture-inspired collection during London Fashion Week in 2010, announced by the Vauxhall Fashion Scout as a new rising talent.
Although Gretchen Jones now calls Brooklyn, New York home, she has never lost touch with her rural, Western roots. At her collections core is a respect for nature and a social and environmental consciousness. Through her work she maintains a connection with the rustic and artisanal, by working primarily with natural materials, such as leather, silk, wool, linen, bamboo, and organic cotton. The collection is entirely produced domestically, and aligned with the Save the Garment Center, a New York City based organization that supports local craftspeople and ethical business practices. Jones focuses on the symbiotic relationships between fashion, art, music, literature, architecture and nature, while the American South West touches and colors all her work. Her collections infuse an earthy Americana with a lingering 1970’s romanticism through subtle color and print combinations and silhouettes.
A-Morir, the hand embellished eyewear line created by designer Kerin Rose Weinberg, has become a much publicized favorite among fashion’s biggest trendsetters. Drawing inspiration from her time spent studying classical music as a child combined with her lifelong love of rock and roll she sets herself apart with her rebellious designs executed with an impeccably refined craftsmanship.
A-Morir has been commissioned and loved most notably by Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Beyonce’, Katy Perry, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg, Fergie, Estelle, Solange and Mariah Carey. A-Morir’s Spring/Summer 12 collection was recognized as a ‘New Talent’ by Vogue Italia and honored in their SS2012 showcase. Nina Garcia and Anna Dello Russo have both been spotted in A-Morir, pieces have been worn by fashion supserstars Karlie Kloss, Carmen Cass, Crystal Renn, and Andre Pejic and have photographed in countless Vogue editorials.
Katungulu Mwendwa is a young, enthusiastic, upcoming fashion designer born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Taking fashion as wearable art, her passion for design enables her to incorporate other art forms that she loves, such as music, writing, handcrafts, and drawing in the development of garments. Ultimately, her deep seated inspiration comes from those traditional cultures, both in Kenya as well the rest of Africa, that are barely touched by modernity. She combines these experiences and inspiration to create an unusual mix that is new and exciting.
Katungulu Mwendwa is aware that Kenya as well as other African cities rapid economic development may lead to the death of its traditional cultures. By referencing these cultures in contemporised designs while promoting her collections as extensions of these cultures, she hopes to popularise and create more awareness of them to safeguard their longevity.
The theme for both her past 2012 A/W and current S/S collection is inspired by the Tuareg (Indigo People), set in a fantasized concept of Northern Africa in the distant future of a post apocalyptic world. The setting for the collection provides a time period when the world would be undergoing recovery. It is a chance for humanity to re-examine the past and opt to do things differently and make things right.
We wish all the designers the best of luck and await the photos from the runway.