Upcoming trends, new designers, and infamous debuts at fashion week are what drive the fashion industry, and newcomers that make us veterans turn our heads are definitely worth mentioning. Making a splash into the fashion realm can be a difficult feat, but these 5 designers used their unique eye for design, contrasting styles, and love for fashion to draw mass amounts of attention–and have caught my eye as well.
Jonathan Simkhai launched his label after years of experience as a buyer and merchandiser. After attending Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, he crafted his brand to provide luxury ready-to-wear for the modern woman. He was a winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and through his success, continues to redefine the 21st century ideal of American fashion.
I love his contrast between bold silhouettes and feminine touches, or fantastic embroidery next to a menswear inspired look. Simkhai isn’t afraid to express that the modern women has many facets. For myself, I am a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, and a fashion designer – all of these features can bring out different areas of my personality and artistic expression, and it’s refreshing to see a brand that accentuates the many nuances of the 21st century woman.
Malibu native Katharine Polk immediately caught the attention of press and buyers and was named by WWD as “One to Watch”. Her chic yet edgy collections of suits, separates, coats, dresses and gowns from her brand Houghton, blend menswear influences with femininity creating a stunning result. Katharine was nominated for the Fashion Group International’s 2015 and 2016 Rising Star Award.
This girl has it all – not only is Polk a rising star for her ready-to-wear line, but also for her emergence into the bridal scene. Polk takes classic designs and spins them through her own artistic lens creating fun and edgy pieces like the leather jacket below, or toned down and muted looks that are perfect for the everyday woman. Her versatility is inspiring, and is a stand-out among many of the designers today.
As a former boxer, Partow has an unparalleled view of the the kind of refined aesthetic that is obvious within her sophisticated luxury line with richly knit sweaters, streamlined jumpsuits and tailored jackets. The fabrics are from Italy, everything is handmade in New York, and has immaculate precision and quality. Filled with high-quality, staple pieces, Partow’s line will not be easily forgotten.
Quality is the name of the game here, and although her designs are a unique blend of athletic street wear and sophisticated silhouettes, the attention to detail cannot be replaced, and is a treasured aspect within designer clothing. Between a successful boxing career, and a budding fashion empire, Partow is someone to watch for.
Rosie Assoulin grew up in Brooklyn and after time at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she found herself at Oscar de la Renta in New York City. In 2012, Rosie decisively turned back towards fashion, and her eponymous collection made its debut for Resort 2014. Her design aesthetic blurs the line between the fantastical and the ultimately practical.
I love Assoulin’s design taste – it’s a collection that knows not to take itself too seriously. The mix of pattern on a ballgown, or a striking embroidered bag placed with a creamy white, menswear inspired look create the ambiance of a designer who knows that fashion is all about expressive design that still holds a wearable element. Her collections have pieces that could appeal to anyone and I love the whimsical, yet realistic nature of each piece.
Molly Goddard was raised in West London, holds a B.A. in knitwear, and basically took the fashion industry by storm. She is inspired by the gingham and frilly outfits her mother and grandmother made for her as a child, and uses these silhouettes in her collections. Tulle, knitwear, ruffles, pleating, and design elements of the like are effortlessly mixed together to create her beautiful lines.
I love Goddard’s style! It’s effortless and extremely fun, but also has a clear artistic message that is hard to miss. I think it’s interesting that she finds herself inspired by children’s clothing and works to create silhouettes that can be worn by adults as well. Her playful mix of patterns, drastic design elements, and vibrant colors creates a collection that can hardly be forgotten. Goddard adds a much needed energetic vibe to the fashion scene and I can’t wait for her clothing to hit stores.
The best part about the fashion industry is the fact that it’s always changing at breakneck speed – but these designers have an eye for the future, and it’s one that we shouldn’t miss out on. From whimsy to sportswear; practicality to basics, I am excited to see where this new wave of designers takes us.