After the shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there are always a few emerging designers who stand out as the ones to watch. Here are my favorites six:
Based in Warsaw, Polish designer Magda Butrym launched her eponymous label just last year. Model Jourdan Dunn wore one of her handcrafted leather dresses—a constellation of interlocking stars—to Alexander Wang's after-party in September, and blogger Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller, discovered the designer on Instagram and promptly developed a crush. Her niche is in hand-craftsmanship and a hard-meets-soft approach to feminine dressing that feels very modern.
Delpozo, the Spanish label from Josep Font, has been garnering accolades for a few seasons now, but at three years old it’s still a relative newcomer. This season was as romantic and transporting as the rest: whimsical knits, outsize volumes, fantastic shapes, and plenty of dresses his fans will be clamoring to wear. See the collection here.
Couture craftsmanship meets Russian folklore. Vilshenko, the label from Russian-born Olga Vilshenko, marries rigorous tailoring and minimal silhouettes to opulent, artsy details. See the collection here.
Oscar de la Renta alumni Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia showed their debut collection for Monse during New York Fashion Week; Sarah Jessica Parker and Amal Clooney are already fans. For their jumping off point they reimagined the classic button-down shirt. I’m excited to see what they explore next. See the collection here.
A DJ, creative director, and Kanye West’s de facto style advisor, Virgil Abloh may soon be best known as the designer behind Off-White. The label hosted its first-ever runway show this season in Paris, and Abloh’s elevated take on street wear standards—jeans, white shirts—rose to the occasion. See the collection here.
Even before Demna Gvasalia was appointed Balenciaga’s new artistic director, Vetements, the label Gvasalia designs, was the name to know for the Spring collections. A finalist for the 2015 LVMH Prize, Gvasalia infuses energy into deceptively simple clothes—wardrobe standards reworked to be incredibly cool. See the collection here.