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They’re the international fashion designers whose names and styles you need to know now. Are they the stars of tomorrow? We run down ten of the most interesting new designers of today.
With a background in tailoring, Paula Gerbase of 1205 makes considered, androgynous and unisex garments. Playing with proportion and using the cleanest of cuts, 1205 is a label on the rise for timeless dressers.
9. EMILIA WICKSTEAD
New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead has made her home in London, where fans include the Duchess of Cambridge and the team at British Vogue. Her sugary confections appeal to ladylike types who still want a little cool in their wardrobes.
8. XIMON LEE
Winning the H&M Design Award was a surprise for Ximon Lee, the New York menswear designer and former intern at Calvin Klein and 3.1 Phillip Lim. It was his deconstruction of denim and neoprene that caught the eye of H&M’s judges, scooping him the coveted design prize earlier this year.
7. ECKHAUS LATTA
Bringing an arthouse vibe to modern fashion is Eckhaus Latta, the NYC-based duo who use “real” models to show off their designs. Fluid shapes and unusual textures combine to give an uncanny, intriguing kind of style.
6. ASHLEY WILLIAMS
With a healthy sense of humour and a love of colour and fun, London designer Ashley Williams has become the patron saint of cool girls in the British capital. Mixing the kitsch and the cute, the promising Fashion East alumnus is one to watch.
5. ARTHUR ARBESSER
Seven years at Armani prepared Arthur Arbesser for starting his own label, and now he represents a new generation of Milanese talent. Bright colours and clean lines combine to make a fresh, new proposition for stylish womenswear.
Only a year old, Vetements is a label with a difference – it’s put together by an anonymous design collective of seven designers with an interest in chic, minimal pieces mixing elegance with androgyny.
3. YANG LI
After dropping out of a fashion degree at Central Saint Martins, Chinese-born and Australian-raised designer Yang Li had to make his own luck. Now he’s taking Paris by storm, showing dramatic and poetic looks with amazing fabrics and tailoring.
2. HOOD BY AIR
Shayne Oliver’s Hood By Air has taken fashion by storm. He uses a blend of streetwear, avant-garde and punk values to appeal to a high fashion crowd, and now the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna have become fans of the New York brand’s boundary-pushing ways.
1. CRAIG GREEN
He’s the new wild-child of London menswear, the renegade graduate of Central Saint Martins whose shows elicit emotional responses from audiences. Craig Green’s clothes have found their way into the wardrobes of both men and women, showing true style transcends gender boundaries.