Meet the 5 Young Designers Making a Breakthrough in 2017
With NYFW in the rearview mirror, we’re anxiously looking forward to what’s next. Patience has never really been the fashion industry’s thing. From the dope Supreme x Louis Vuitton collab in Paris to the women designers dominating LFW, there’s a lot going on, including a plethora of emerging talent to start keeping an eye on. Here’s a list of the fresh designers you ought to know.
Launching in April, Gens Sauvages—created by 21-year-old Shawn Dhillon– is a name to keep close on your radar. Gens Sauvages explores the boundaries of premium fabrics by incorporating them into garments in a non-conventional way. Translating to “Wild People,” the brand embodies our natural instinct to be wild and reckless, creating a juxtaposition of high fashion & streetwear.
With a sleek Instagram presence laden with teasers of eclectic models donning a heavy Insta following, mixed with the occasional 35mm shot of gold grillz or a pitbull, Gens Sauvages is directly on trend with today’s luxury streetwear.
Born in Brunei and raised in Holland, Sander Lak is the creative director of Sies Marjan. If you happen to have heard of the luxury label, it certainly didn’t appear out of thin air. Lak spent five years at Dries Von Noten before moving to New York in 2015, and has since been building the new brand from the bottom up. Sies Marjan’s debut womenswear collection was presented during NYFW 2016 with considerable buzz, drawing the attention of fashion’s most notable faces. There is a certain comfort in the clothes, different to many of the other luxury labels you see out there. Marjan’s Instagram strays away from the pretentious and embraces inclusivity as it displays everything from sketches to lookbooks.
Mathys Sinclair is more than just a clothing line based between Sydney and New York; it’s a lifestyle. The motto behind the vision is simple: “Look Cool and Be Nice.” Whether one follows these rules or not, the contemporary label’s first collection, presented at Fall NYFW, proved that both style and positivity can co-exist. The collection bares illustrations delivered by NYC creative, Corey Wash, who helped Mathys Sinclair garner coverage from I-d, Harpers Bazaar Australia, along with others. Take a look at their latest campaign and website.
Area is a brand/design studio that dons the intergalactic vibes you didn’t even know you were craving. Since its inception in 2013, Area has become a major name to watch in the New York fashion scene. Designers, Beckett and Piotrek met while pursuing their Masters at Parsons, where they overlapped and found a similar aesthetic in their respective collections. More recently, Area was named the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist and continues to release a poppin’ catalogue of looks for SS17 on social platforms.
AREA FW17 | #areagirl @novaorchid wearing the embossed FEM Tee available on our website now, with the red overdyed fox Fur Bra & mink-trimmed AREA Shades . . . styling: @clare_byrne casting: @ben_grimes_casting #novaorchid #imgmodels #fw17 #nyfw #embossed #fem #tee #red #fox #furbra #mink #trim #sunglasses #areanyc
Here’s a brand we’ve been paying close attention to for a sometime now. PH5 is a master of all trades- created by former roommates Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang with the intention of challenging conventional knitwear techniques at an affordable price. Its name comes from the neutral PH level, in due part to classifying as “gender neutral, slightly feminine.” The clothes are redefined with color and playful cuts that reflect a sense of cool, sophisticated character. Be sure to check the sneak peek of their Fall 2017 collections online.
Images via Instagram; featured image via WWD
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