Go, Ryerson, go! Recent fashion design grad Amanda Lew Kee, who found notable success within the Toronto fashion scene after graduating, went international this season by showing at New York Fashion Week. Lew Kee was a part of the GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion show, where fellow Canadian label Chloe Comme Paris presented their Spring 2013 collection as well.
Lew Kee was inspired to create “refined transitional separates,” presenting athletic-inspired pieces that are meant for an active lifestyle. But like many other sportswear collections we’ve seen lately—Stella McCartney and MaxMara come to mind— athletic doesn’t have to mean anti-feminine. Lew Kee showed feminine pieces made with quick-dry materials, including silk aqua pants with a black racing stripe on the side, deconstructed jackets with baseball collars, and straight-cut dresses with sheer paneling. Among the riskier offerings included double-slit skirts and pants (Angelina Jolie, much?).
Lew Kee graduated from Ryerson’s fashion design program in 2010 and has been featured in top publications like Flare, Elle Canada and Fashion. She has also created custom pieces for celebrities like Shenae Grimes, Deadmaus, and Miss Piggy(!).
Illustration by Taylor Barnes, Fashion Communications ’15