New York Fashion Week is coming to a close, but we’re left wondering which shows and collections will keep everyone buzzing. Beyond the Fashion Week staples, some newcomers have made waves with their showstopping styles. From first-timers to budding favorites, here are the up-and-comers you should watch now:
1. Charles Harbison, of Harbison
Former designer for Michael Kors and Luca Luca, Charles Harbison started his line for fall, and chose the meatpacking district to show his inaugural spring collection. After being featured in the September issue of Vogue, expectations were high — and he did not disappoint. Opting for a mostly neutral color palette, the pops of blues and pinks were a standout this season.
2. Calla Haynes, of Calla
With a closet this good, it’s no surprise that Calla Haynes has been turning heads at Fashion Week. This Canadian-born-Parisian is known for her ethereal shades and feminine shapes. She’s been creating collections since 2006, but has only been a Fashion Week fixture at MILK studios for a few years. With her balance of pretty and urban, there’s no stopping her now.
3. Jerome Lamaar, of Jérôme 5:31
Jerome Lamaar’s Spring 2014 collection was his Fashion Week debut. “I love jewelry, I love abundance,” he said of the hyper-embellished pieces. With bold colors, unexpected fabrics, and graphic patterns, his first line is nothing short of eye-catching. Get ready to see his name become a Fashion Week favorite.
4. Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin’s eponymous label was pegged as one to watch with her resort debut, endorsed by the Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine. She might’ve chosen to kick off her line with resort because it was “celebratory,” but Rosie’s celebrations haven’t slowed, as her Spring 2014 collection was well-received. Just like her debut, this collection is full of her signature soft, architectural details.
5. Chris Gelinas, of CG
With previous experience working for Olivier Theyskens at Theyskens Theory, Chris Gelinas presented his debut collection last week. After a spread in Women’s Wear Daily, all eyes were on this Canadian-born designer as he showed high-tech fabrics in his Spring 2014 line. From neoprene to leather, his designs were focused on the details.
6. Josep Font, of Delpozo
Delpozo, the brand resurrected after the death of its original designer, Jesus del Pozo, was a 70′s favorite. Now led by Josep Font, it was deemed “enchanting” by Style.com after it’s Fall 2013 debut. The follow-up collection proved just as transcendent, as it was inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s portrait of a Gypsy woman with a tambourine.
7. Misha Nonoo, of Nonoo
Nonoo has been on the high-fashion radar for more than a few seasons, but this Fashion Week marks her very first runway show. With watercolor prints and an easy elegance to her designs, Nonoo omitted all black from her line to keep it light and fresh for spring. This up-and-comer is solidifying her title as a Fashion Week fixture.
8. Eden Miller, of Cabiria
With her debut collection, Eden Miller’s Cabiria has already made history: it’s the first plus-size label to show at New York Fashion Week. The brand, which is named after Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” showed pieces sized between 12 and 24 with bold prints and bright colors. “I feel that my designs are strong,” said Miller, “I like what I’m putting together.”
9. Adam Selman
Recognize the name? He’s best known for designing Rihanna’s one-of-a-kind costumes, and collaborating with her on her River Island collection. Now, he’s stepping out on his own to debut his first line, but has kept up with his known design aesthetic to showcase bralettes, bomber jackets, and short-shorts galore.
10. Shayne Oliver, of Hood By Air
With the likes of Kanye West in the front row, Shayne Oliver’s Hood By Air is already a cult favorite. The nearly unisex line blends gender by showcasing the ultimate in streetwear, like zip-off pants and cropped hoodies. Expect this up-and-coming brand to keep climbing the fashion ranks with future seasons.
Which designers are you most excited to watch? Share them in the comments!
Written by Annie Wazer, Marketing Manager for real-time trend insights company Stylitics. Annie can often be found wearing leather leggings and has never met a cup of coffee she didn’t like.