Published in Plaid Magazine Online, March 2011
Photo by Karim Olen Ash
Amanda Lew Kee’s success has soared since her debut at Ryerson’s ‘Mass Exodus 2010: In Bloom’ fashion show. Lew Kee featured her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week last year, and she will return in a few weeks to show her wares for Fall/Winter. Lew Kee says, “I design for myself – what I know best,” and so far this intuition has served her well.
How did your love of fashion develop?
I was always creative as a child. Dean and Dan Caten were a huge Canadian inspiration of mine while growing up; I had the pleasure of hosting a Boxing Day event with the twins last December at Maison Mercer in Toronto.
What can we expect from your F/W 2011 collection? How will it differ from your S/S11 collection, which showcased very feminine pieces in muted colours?
Design is evolutionary – I try to push limits and explore the unexpected. The FW ’11 collection was created to draw awareness to the conforming normality of current natural environmental events which are taking place globally. Attention should be drawn to these issues to create awareness, but also to embrace the new world without irrational fear. The collection is based on the concept of modular flexibility – basic black suiting, effortless dresses, comfortable knits – all designed with functional wearability.
Who are your favourite designers?
To name a few in no specific order: Nicolas Ghesquiere, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Erdem Moralioglu.
You are known for your signature blue lipstick. What inspired you to begin wearing the colour and putting it on your models?
I use to wear black lipstick but switched to blue once black became mainstream. I never felt like blue lipstick was as drastic as people perceive it to be – sometimes I forget that my lips are blue. It’s fun and one of personal favorites! I dress to impress myself not others. The blue lipstick was used for my SS ’11 runway presentation to add a touch of my personal character.
Where are your designs currently being sold?
What’s next for you?
Custom pieces for HBO’s ‘True Blood’, gowns for the SAG and Grammy Awards, SS ’11 Launch, FW ’11 industry preview, assisting with the buying at Jacflash, and Toronto Fashion Week.