GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 
Designer Bio: Katungulu Mwendwa
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.  
http://www.katungulumwendwa.com
https://www.facebook.com/mwendwakatungulu
@_KATUSH_
@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: Katungulu Mwendwa

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.  

http://www.katungulumwendwa.com

https://www.facebook.com/mwendwakatungulu

@_KATUSH_

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 
Designer Bio: A-Morir
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.
http://a-morir.com
https://www.facebook.com/amorireyewear
http://a-morir.tumblr.com
@amorireyewear
@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: A-Morir

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.

http://a-morir.com

https://www.facebook.com/amorireyewear

http://a-morir.tumblr.com

@amorireyewear

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio:  Chloe comme 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.

http://chloecommeparris.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chloé-comme-Parris/154708567915504

@chloecomeparris

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: 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.

Anne Sofie Madsen launched her eponymous label followed by the debut of her SS12 capsule collection during Copenhagen Fashion Week in August 2011 which was described by American Vogue as being;

“(…) an impressive runway debut for a designer whose work experiences chez Galliano and McQueen have clearly paid dividends.”
- Hamish Bowles, American Vogue

http://www.annesofiemadsen.com

https://www.facebook.com/ASM.AnneSofieMadsen

@AnneSofieMadsen

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: Gretchen Jones

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. 

http://www.gretchenjonesnyc.com/pages/collections

https://www.facebook.com/GretchenJonesNYC

http://gretchenjonesnyc.tumblr.com

@Gretchen_Jones

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: COMEFORBREAKFAST

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.

http://www.comeforbreakfast.it/home.html

https://www.facebook.com/comeforbreakfast

http://comeforbreakfast.tumblr.com

@COME4BREAKFAST

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion NYC S/S 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil 

Designer Bio: 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.

http://www.amandalewkee.com

https://www.facebook.com/amandalewkee

@AMANDALEWKEE

@Moroccanoil

GenArt Fresh Faces NYC Spring 2013 Presented by Moroccanoil

Our Fresh Faces Fashion Show for NYFW is approaching! 

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.

In our excitement, we’re sharing brief bios and some A/W 2012 pictures for this year’s designers!

Love Instagram? We do too! 
That is why we want to feature your New York Fashion Week Instagram photos on our website.
To get in on the action, add #GenArtNYFW to your fashion week Instagram photos. The best pics will be featured in a killer roundup after all the madness is over.
Don’t forget to follow @ GenArt on Instagram for an exclusive backstage look at NYFW.

Love Instagram? We do too! 

That is why we want to feature your New York Fashion Week Instagram photos on our website.

To get in on the action, add #GenArtNYFW to your fashion week Instagram photos. The best pics will be featured in a killer roundup after all the madness is over.

Don’t forget to follow @ GenArt on Instagram for an exclusive backstage look at NYFW.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…
William Okpo
Gen Art alumni designers, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo created the women’s wear collection, William Okpo in 2010. A nurtured love for fashion and creativity brought about the birth of the collection named for their father, William Okpo. The concept behind the William Okpo line is inspired by the parents of the Okpo sisters. Daughters of Nigerian immigrants, Darlene and Lizzy were motivated by the interplay of their parent’s personal style with the American culture. With William Okpo, the Okpo sisters wish to illustrate the unique aesthetic that results from the juxtaposition of the immigrant’s sense of style against American cultural sensibilities, offering the modern feminine designs with touches of masculine elements. William Okpo is for women who celebrate their cultivated sense of style.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…

William Okpo

Gen Art alumni designers, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo created the women’s wear collection, William Okpo in 2010. A nurtured love for fashion and creativity brought about the birth of the collection named for their father, William Okpo. The concept behind the William Okpo line is inspired by the parents of the Okpo sisters. Daughters of Nigerian immigrants, Darlene and Lizzy were motivated by the interplay of their parent’s personal style with the American culture. With William Okpo, the Okpo sisters wish to illustrate the unique aesthetic that results from the juxtaposition of the immigrant’s sense of style against American cultural sensibilities, offering the modern feminine designs with touches of masculine elements. William Okpo is for women who celebrate their cultivated sense of style.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…
Samantha Pleet
The story began in 2006 when Brooklyn Designer Samantha Pleet debuted her namesake collection, intertwining elements of the mysterious and fantastical with a sense of modernity. Each season new and ancient ideas from music, art, history, and literature are conjured along with various feelings and are transformed into Pleet’s silhouettes, then shown in collaborative projects from films, photographs to unique installations. The clothes, made in New York City using organic materials whenever possible, have become favorites among creative girls around the world including musicians like Beach House, The Dirty Projectors, and Au Revoir Simone.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…

Samantha Pleet

The story began in 2006 when Brooklyn Designer Samantha Pleet debuted her namesake collection, intertwining elements of the mysterious and fantastical with a sense of modernity. Each season new and ancient ideas from music, art, history, and literature are conjured along with various feelings and are transformed into Pleet’s silhouettes, then shown in collaborative projects from films, photographs to unique installations. The clothes, made in New York City using organic materials whenever possible, have become favorites among creative girls around the world including musicians like Beach House, The Dirty Projectors, and Au Revoir Simone.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…
Gemma Kahng
In 1990, Gemma Kahng started her own namesake fashion house. For her first season, she showed a tightly edited collection representing her personal style. As a total surprise, that first collection was a big hit, opening over 30 top retail accounts across the country. It was also featured in a full page editorial in Vogue Magazine. From then on, Gemma was well on her way to be recognized as a respected designer in the fashion industry and soon became a member of the CFDA. Twenty years later, Gemma has re-launched her collection to great acclaim from editors, buyers, press and celebrities like Julie Roberts and Christy Turlington.

Gen Art New Garde AW12 Designer…

Gemma Kahng

In 1990, Gemma Kahng started her own namesake fashion house. For her first season, she showed a tightly edited collection representing her personal style. As a total surprise, that first collection was a big hit, opening over 30 top retail accounts across the country. It was also featured in a full page editorial in Vogue Magazine. From then on, Gemma was well on her way to be recognized as a respected designer in the fashion industry and soon became a member of the CFDA. Twenty years later, Gemma has re-launched her collection to great acclaim from editors, buyers, press and celebrities like Julie Roberts and Christy Turlington.

Meet Our ‘Little White Wardrobe’ Design Competition Judge… 
WHITNEY PORT
Whitney Port is not just another pretty face in Hollywood. She is paving her own way as a designer, TV host and author, and making sure that she builds a solid foundation that she is proud of.
 Whitney began her career on the MTV reality-hit show, “The Hills,” appearing as intern at Teen Vogue Magazine, as well as Lauren Conrad’s co-worker and confidant. By Season 4 she was a show regular and an audience favorite. In December 2008 Whitney’s own spin-off, “The City” launched on MTV. She moved across the country and the cameras followed as she began working for fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg and in later seasons for People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone. During that time she also launched her own fashion line, Whitney Eve.
Whitney Eve, which had its first runway show with Gen Art during Fashion Week 2009 showcases Whitney’s creativity and knack for style. Its sophisticated yet comfortable cocktail attire, featuring feminine dresses, tops, skirts, sweaters and jackets. Whitney Eve can be found online and in various high-end boutiques. It has also expanded overseas where Whitney has a large fan base. Whitney will be debuting her first runway show for Whitney Eve during New York Fashion week on Feb 15, 2012.
In 2010 Whitney released her first book, “True Whit” for Harper Collins. The book is now being sold overseas and in the US.
Whitney currently resides in Los Angeles and is attending Gen Art’s New Garde show as a spokesperson for Crest 3D White. 

Meet Our ‘Little White Wardrobe’ Design Competition Judge… 

WHITNEY PORT

Whitney Port is not just another pretty face in Hollywood. She is paving her own way as a designer, TV host and author, and making sure that she builds a solid foundation that she is proud of.

 Whitney began her career on the MTV reality-hit show, “The Hills,” appearing as intern at Teen Vogue Magazine, as well as Lauren Conrad’s co-worker and confidant. By Season 4 she was a show regular and an audience favorite. In December 2008 Whitney’s own spin-off, “The City” launched on MTV. She moved across the country and the cameras followed as she began working for fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg and in later seasons for People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone. During that time she also launched her own fashion line, Whitney Eve.

Whitney Eve, which had its first runway show with Gen Art during Fashion Week 2009 showcases Whitney’s creativity and knack for style. Its sophisticated yet comfortable cocktail attire, featuring feminine dresses, tops, skirts, sweaters and jackets. Whitney Eve can be found online and in various high-end boutiques. It has also expanded overseas where Whitney has a large fan base. Whitney will be debuting her first runway show for Whitney Eve during New York Fashion week on Feb 15, 2012.

In 2010 Whitney released her first book, “True Whit” for Harper Collins. The book is now being sold overseas and in the US.

Whitney currently resides in Los Angeles and is attending Gen Art’s New Garde show as a spokesperson for Crest 3D White.