Rendez-Vous, the independent contemporary fashion trade show from Paris, will launch its first New York edition during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York in February 2009. The event will showcase 75 directional fashion collections from North America, Europe and the Far East. The debut show will take place at the Altman Building in the heart of Chelsea from Feb. 20-22.

Created in Paris almost five years ago by Nic Jones, one of the partners of the globally renowned brand Surface To Air, Rendez-Vous is teaming up with Joshua Safalow, director of the NYC-based showroom Mexico, and the head buyer of the Lower East Side boutique BBlessing to run the fair.

The next Paris dates for Rendez-Vous are:

Rendez-Vous Homme, Jan. 22-25, 2009

Rendez-Vous Femme, Mar. 6-9, 2009