The Top 5 Young and Upcoming Fashion Designers
Young fashion designers who are new on the scene often have the freshest, most exciting ideas about what we should be wearing. Their runway collections are often full of unique, wearable pieces that translate easily from the catwalk to the street. Here are the top five young and upcoming fashion designers you should be shopping for!
1. Dion Lee
Dion Lee hails from Australia, where he creates sculptural, edgy pieces for fashion’s coolest girls. His latest collection featured an architectural take on spring. A simple color palette of black, white, and shades of blue and lavender created the backdrop for intricately sculpted dresses, classy belly-baring tops, and separates cool enough to go from work to play. Choose leather-trimmed shift dresses for an edgy take on office wear or go bold in a precisely cut crop-top under a razor-sharp leather jacket for an evening out.
This new label, helmed by recent Parsons graduates Nolan Ballavance and Ava Hama, is a dream come true for high-end hipsters looking to professionalize their style. Their debut collection was rife with quirky separates just waiting to spice up your day-to-night look. Think a long-sleeved satin tunic that pairs equally well with work trousers and pumps as it does with skinny jeans and high-heeled boots, an ankle-length fur coat that rivals your best Williamsburg vintage finds, a long-sleeved red dress that would make for a huge statement at your next event.
Sofia Sizzi’s new line showcases her Italian roots in a way that is very New York. For Fall 2013, she showed a rich color palette with deep reds, browns, and blacks. Swingy floor length skirts, floppy hats, and richly draped tunics layered over turtlenecks bring seventies silhouettes into the modern day. Stand-out pieces for the girl-about-town include: a box-pleated mini in a chic diamond printed fabric, a dove-grey floor-length gown with a deep v-neck and a sequined pattern that echoed the recurring diamond motif and a yellow/black color-blocked dress layered over a black turtleneck.
4. Veronica Bear
This three-year-old label, run by a sister-in-law duo (both are named Veronica) is delightfully feminine with hints of well-executed menswear. Think suit jackets supremely tailored to the female figure, big fur vests layered over psychedelically printed skirts and dresses, and nubby tweeds and knits to anchor it all down. The evening looks are decidedly flirtatious, while the jackets are tailored to perfection. Surprising details, like raw-edged seaming on a purple dress or black piping on a blazer, lend the label its quirky charm.
CFDA finalist and Assembly designer Greg Armas delivered a madcap interpretation of the work vs. play dynamic in his latest collection. Slouchy sweatshirts paired with slim green trousers and oversized scarves are great for a weekend shopping excursion, while a black satin jumper (worn with a big, quirky necklace) would look great at the office.
Haley is a freelance blogger with an intense passion for fashion. For the latest fashion news and advice, visit www.trendnstylez.com.