Sure we all know the top players in the fashion industry, Prada, Céline, and Marc Jacobs just to name a few. While we respect these powerful fashion houses, it’s time to let some newcomers get their shine too. Who knows, they may eventually become the head of fashion conglomerates a lá Alexander Wang. But fashion is about freshness, relevance, and change. Besides, who wouldn’t want to rock something that everyone else isn’t wearing? If you’re in need of new inspiration, read ahead to learn more about ten cutting-edge designers.
A previous intern for Stella McCartney and Jenni Kayne, the Canadian designer is making waves with clean lines and modern designs. Pleats, ruffles, prints, blush, sheer- Kaelen Haworth constructs textural designs for the uptown girl, downtown girl, and everyone in between.
Jérôme Lamar worked his way from a 15-year-old intern (yes 15!) at Baby Phat to a senior designer at age 18, and later becoming an apprentice to Ralph Rucci. Combining his inborn knowledge, luxury tailoring skills, and street style, Lamaar created “clothes that women feel comfortable wearing.”
The young French designer creates wearable art that’s ethereal but sexy. Prior to branching out to design her own line, Peckre worked for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, and Isabel Marant. The winter collections are more masculine than the spring collection, showcasing her skill as a multi-talented designer.
Browsing through the collection of London-based designer Kat Maconie shows no sign of informal training. A self-taught shoe maker, Maconie’s signatures are gold hardwear, block heels, and prints.
With previous stints at Donna Karan, John Varavtos, and Calvin Klein, Nellie Partow’s collection is centered around clean tailoring and quality design. Not to mention she won a pair of Golden Gloves, boxing’s most elite honor. A professional boxer and impeccable designer, what can’t this woman do?
Founded in 2010, Tapia’s line is a perfectly split collection of basics to full on intricacy. The designer spent time learning from the greats Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs and her embellished beauties have been featured in magazines like VOGUE, W, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Kallmeyer is a budding designer who uses culture, theatre, and art to construct contemporary and androgynous clothing.
The eccentricity and whimsical collection of accessories is not for the faint of heart. Using the finest of materials, exotic leather and gold silk just to name a few, Figaredo creates her works of art twice a year, as her pieces are timeless.
Harbison by Charles Harbison
Charles Harbison, by way of North Carolina, is a Brooklyn-based designer focusing on modernity, masculinity, and felinity in womenswear. Harbison studied Central Asian textiles abroad, graduated from Parsons, and interned with Michael Kors and Jack Spade. Harbison was launched in 2013.
Azede Jean-Pierre launched her namesake label after working with Ralph Rucci (hint: he seems to be partial to talented young designers), Ohne Titel, and studying at Savannah College of Art and Design. The label’s focus is on sensual womenswear, combining wearability and innovative design.