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.
Here are some celebs you might be able to catch sitting front row at New York Fashion Week. Story continues below.
The "Gossip Girl" starlet is a favorite of the fashion set, including Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. So it was no surprise when Lively sat beside Anna at the Christian Dior Couture Fall 2010 show in Paris show in July 2010 -- she had already landed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/blake-lively-in-a-bikini_n_580217.html" target="_hplink">a <em>Vogue</em> cover the month before</a> <em>and</em> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/13/blake-livelys-emvogueem-m_n_157446.html" target="_hplink">in 2009</a>. <strong>COVER?</strong> Yes -- two. (Getty photo)
The German actress is a fashion favorite, popping up at couture shows and fashion parties worldwide. She joined Anna at the Chanel Cruise show back in May 2008, but has so far still only appeared in Vogue's party snaps and Best Dressed lists. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (Getty photo)
The former White House social secretary was known for her exceptionally fashion-forward style and joined Anna in the front row of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/17/desiree-rogers-white-hous_n_167492.html" target="_hplink">Carolina Herrara's Fall 2009 show</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/08/desiree-rogers-anna-winto_n_604131.html" target="_hplink">for Oscar de la Renta resort in 2010</a>. By September 2011, she found herself <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/desiree-rogers-vogue_n_905777.html" target="_hplink">posing in Prabal for <em>Vogue</em></a>... but merely for a small shoot. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (Getty photo)
The CBS host is a buddy of Anna's, interviewing her for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/18/anna-wintour-addresses-bi_n_204808.html" target="_hplink">her "60 Minutes" interview in 2009</a>. He also found himself in the front row of Ralph Lauren's Fall 2009 show... but not actually in the pages of <em>Vogue</em>. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (Getty photo)
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP earned her style credentials playing fashionista Carrie Bradshaw but also by being a real-life fashion enthusiast. She sat with Anna at the Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2011 show in September 2010... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/12/sarah-jessica-parker-vogue-august-age-issue_n_896236.html" target="_hplink">one month after appearing on <em>Vogue</em>'s cover</a>. For at least her third time. <strong>COVER?</strong> Yes -- three. (WireImage photo)
A fashion enthusiast in addition to an NBA player, Amar'e joined Anna at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 show. He did turn up <a href="http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/swish-amare-stoudemire-hamish-bowles/#1" target="_hplink">on Vogue.com playing basketball with Hamish Bowles</a>, but he hasn't reached the heights of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/25/lebron-james-vogue-cover-_n_93252.html" target="_hplink">LeBron James</a> when it comes to fashion covers. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (Getty photo)
T-Swift put on her best frilly dress and hit the Rodarte Spring 2012 show with Anna just last September. Lo and behold, we were graced with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/taylor-swift-vogue-february-2012_n_1210528.html" target="_hplink">Swift's first <em>Vogue</em> cover</a> just this month (wearing Rodarte, no less). <strong>COVER?</strong> Yes. (Getty photo)
At the same Rodarte show, Anna positioned Rooney Mara by her side. The "Dragon Tattoo" star was beginning to gain fashion cred already, but Wintour's blessing solidified it... and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/rooney-maras-vogue-november-2011_n_1015805.html" target="_hplink">landed her Vogue's November 2011 cover</a>. <strong>COVER?</strong> Yes. (Getty photo)
Anna loves tennis -- and tennis stars. Serena Williams has joined Wintour on the front row several times, including at the Michael Kors Spring 2011 show in 2010. She has appeared in the magazine multiple times but has never nabbed <em>Vogue</em>'s biggest prize. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (WireImage photo)
The hip-hop star surprised everyone by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/anna-wintour-invited-nick_n_987118.html" target="_hplink">showing up with Anna to the Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 shows</a>. But that was September... and we've seen no <em>Vogue</em> covers yet. <strong>COVER?</strong> No. (Getty photo)
The football (or soccer, if you will) star attended his wife Victoria's Fall 2012 fashion show on Sunday, sitting next to Anna and snapping pictures of the runway looks. He's never covered the magazine, but it's not too crazy an idea: out of the three men who have landed <em>Vogue</em> covers (yup, that's three <em>ever</em>), one was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/25/lebron-james-vogue-cover-_n_93252.html" target="_hplink">LeBron James</a>. So we know Anna's got a thing for athletes. <strong>COVER?</strong> Not yet... (AFP photo)
Gillibrand, a junior U.S. senator from New York, was an unexpected front row pal of Anna's this Fall 2012 fashion week. She joined Wintour at the Carolina Herrera show on Monday, perhaps indicating a future in <em>Vogue</em>'s pages (the magazine does like to feature powerful women in politics). But Gillibrand as a covergirl? We just don't see it. <strong>COVER?</strong> Not yet... (WireImage photo)
The "The Help" star sat beside Anna at Tuesday's Vera Wang Fall 2012 show. She hasn't covered <em>Vogue</em> before, but her star is certainly rising this year with all her "Help" accolades. <strong>COVER?</strong> Not yet... (Getty photo)
The tennis star sat on Anna's other side at Tuesday's Vera Wang Fall 2012 runway. Tennis stars often appear on <em>Vogue</em>'s pages and Maria has been <a href="http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/game-on-us-open-contender-maria-sharapova-celebrates-her-newest-designs-for-cole-haan/" target="_hplink">featured multiple times</a>. But as for the cover... <strong>COVER?</strong> Not yet... (WireImage photo)
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.