5 designers to watch at LGFW F/W 2011

LG Fashion Week is only a few weeks away. The five-day schedule boasts established brands like Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan, Rudsak and Bustle, but mixed in with these veterans are a crop of fresh faces that promise to add excitement and a new perspective to the collections. Here are five designers that will be on everyone's lips when the Fall/Winter collections grace the runway at Exhibition Space from March 28th to April 2nd.

ChloĂŠ comme Parris (showing March 29th)
Toronto-based sisters ChloĂŠ and Parris Gordon have paired up to launch this contemporary line of fashion and jewelry. Their previous collection included remarkably sexy, yet easy-to-wear pieces, like sweatpants with a tapered leg and gold button detailing (a combination I would previously have believed to be impossible to describe as attractive), and tops with revealing back cut-outs. No doubt their Fall/Winter collection will deliver more of this easy sensuality.

Krane Design (showing March 30th)
Ken Chow is the Torontonian responsible for the incredibly chic, military-inspired men's pieces from Krane Design. Chow was drawn to the military aesthetic as a kid, drawing posters for Remembrance Day poster contests. His collections are proudly produced in Canada and offer the perfect look for the contemporary man, or the style-conscious woman looking to dress him.

Sid Neigum (showing March 31st)
This native Albertan made a big splash on the fashion scene, winning the Emerging Designer Award for his Spring 2010 collection at Edmonton Fashion Week. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which included edgy leather and knitwear for both men and women, combined sharp, modern tailoring with looser fabrics and draping techniques and looked as if it had come straight from New York's urban city streets. Perfect for your next three-day jaunt down to the Big Apple.

Amanda Lew Kee (showing April 1st)
Lew Kee is perhaps the most commercially successful new talent. At only 21 years old, she's already dressed big name celebs like Shenae Grimes and Keri Hilson, and has had her pieces featured in Teen Vogue and Nylon (making the rest of us feel like serial underachievers). She showed her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at LG Fashion Week last October, and anticipation for her Fall/Winter collection is bigger than the anticipation for Charlie Sheen's next head-scratching public outburst.

Diepo (showing April 1st)
Diepo is the brainchild of Justine Diener and Kristin Poon, classmates from Ryerson's fashion program. Inspired by a mutual love of vintage lingerie, these two designers are building a womenswear brand with a reputation for ultra feminine, but totally modern pieces that can be styled to work in the boardroom or the boudoir (good news for multi-tasking women everywhere).

For the full schedule see the official LG Fashion Week web site.

Writing by Daniela Andrews

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