StyleBlazers, we count ourselves among the informed when it comes to style. Day in and day out, we’re scouring blogs, reading endless stacks of magazines and researching the best in the biz. Here is our list of the eight designers you need to know right now. From Nigeria to London to Paris to Downtown NYC and everything in between, these designers are moving and shaking on the scene, carving their own niche in the fashion world. Check them out and let us know which ones top your list. Bon Voyage!
Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe has been garnering a serious buzz with popping prints, suggestive cut outs and sophisticated blouses. Just last week Solange was seen rocking one of Osakwe’s blouse to the Cartier Opening in NYC.
More than just trendy sneakers, Parisian designer Isabel Marant has been creating subtly $exy and spunky womenswear for years, developing a low-key but cult-like following among women who work in fashion.
With the Belgian-born Paris-based designer Anthony Vaccarello, we’ve seen the return of vampy womenswear—litte fabric but loads of appeal.
Designer Maya Lake has revolutionized the way we view traditional African prints with Boxing Kitten’s vintage siren silhouettes. Lake just launched a one-off collaboration dress with Urban Outfitters for their summer offering. Cop your’s before they sell out!!
The queen of prints is what we call designer Mary Katrantzou. Based in THE UK, this twenty-something designer rolls out amazing original prints each season. Her spring/summer 2012 Topshop collaboration sold out in mere hours.
WilliamOkpo More than just NYC It Girls, Lizzy and Darlene Okpo are two brave young designers currently in their fifth season. William Okpo’s F/W 2012 New York Fashion Week show, hosted by Gen Art Collective, was one of the most anticipated of the week
Max Osterweiss and Erin Beatty, the daring duo behind Suno might have strayed away from their print-heavy beginnings, but each season their collections remain inventive, feminine and fun.
CREATURES OF THE WIND
Some have been calling designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters the new American Avant garde. Their line, Creatures of The Wind, was a runner’s up in the CFDA Fashion Fund for 2012 and their J. Crew collaboration hits stores this spring.
StyleBlazers, which designers pieces will you incorporate in your wardrobe this Spring?