New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest fashion events of the year, is just upon us. It’s been months since the last NYFW and we couldn’t be happier that another season is in full swing. While we’re looking forward to seeing what well-known, staple fashion designers have in store, we’re extremely curious about NYFW’s new-comers.
After some in-depth research, we’ve come up with a list of the top 5 upcoming designers to watch at New York Fashion Week. You won’t want to miss these innovative, modern fashion designers.
CADET debuted at New York Fashion Week last season with their whirlwind collection. Just two weeks after showing their menswear, CADET designers Raúl Arévalo and Brad Schmidt, showed their collection to Anna Wintour who challenged them to create womenswear looks for Fashion Week that was just three weeks away. They debuted 13 women’s looks that they put together at a moment’s notice looked anything but rushed. Their looks featured classic silhouettes with innovative techniques all inspired by the spirit of mid-century America.
Arévalo and Schmidt began their menswear collection just four years ago winning recognition from the Design Entrepreneurs NYC and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015. With a lot more time to put their collection together this season, the duo focused on the ideal CADET woman. Arévalo and Schmidt have had their fair share of challenges translating a military-inspired menswear line into fitting and appropriate womenswear, but the two have proved to be successful. We’re loving CADET’s spin on military wear and are amazed at how perfectly they’ve tailored this to the female form after so many years in menswear. CADET is definitely one to watch.
Two powerhouse blondes make up the founding designers at Beaufille. Their design aesthetic can be simply explained by the meaning of their brand name. The name Beaufille translates to 'handsome girl' and symbolizes the contrast between masculine and feminine elements; the combination of hard and soft. We think they’ve hit that straight on with their FW ‘16 collection and we’re dying to see it live at New York Fashion Week.
Chloe and Parris Gordon are Canadian sisters and upcoming fashion designers taking the runway by storm. Both sisters studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Their backgrounds fittingly explain their core strengths and roles at Beaufille. Chloe studied textile design and fashion construction in school and thus creates the looks, while Parris studied jewelry design and metalsmithing and handles all the accessories. Coming to NYFW soon, this is one show you won’t want to miss. Beaufille is out to conquer the fashion industry globally and we are all in to cheer them on.
Brandon Maxwell is quick to bill himself as an unconventional stylist-turned-designer and we have to agree with him. While Maxwell is well-known for putting Lady GaGa into high fashion designer gowns, we think he ought to be known for his ultra-chic, elegant yet hip style alone. The Texas native poured over fashion magazines as a child and rose to be a freelance stylist not too long after college. Maxwell comments, "I didn’t grow up wanting to be a doctor or a lawyer. Wanting to be in fashion was seen as unconventional, but my friends and family always supported me. When you’re doing something for the first time — or at all — you always wonder if anyone’s going to come or care. I was really trying not to completely cry and look like a total mess when I came out at the end of the show. I tried to look at every face there; it was just some of the most incredible people in this industry."
With the help of longtime friend Lady GaGa and a slew of supporters, Maxwell’s inaugural show went swimmingly. Maxwell aims to offer women an American luxury brand focused on well-crafted technique, made in New York and we think he pretty well hits the mark. We will definitely keep our eyes out for Brandon Maxwell at New York Fashion Week as he continues his designing career.
Not only is Gabriela Cadena herself absolutely gorgeous, but her collections are too and we aren’t the only ones to notice. Celebrities like J.Lo, Miranda Lambert, and Rita Ora are all flocking to the designers well-designed looks. Gabriela Cadena is one fashion designer that you’ve got to keep your eye on. Her show is sure to be a treat with top-notch models and effervescent, other-worldly looks. The designer has a culturally well-rounded background with her roots in Latin America, studies in Europe, and residence in Miami and New York and her collection reflects this global sophistication.
Gabriela Cadena promises a combination of culture, color, and construction and we believe she lives up to the very high fashion bar. Her collection for Spring Summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week highlights simple, sleek, and stunning silhouettes. In a conversation with Latina.com, Cadena shared, “The most rewarding part is after all that hard work seeing real women, in real life wearing something that you put your heart and soul into knowing that they feel beautiful and special in the look I created. It’s an honor and makes this worth all the effort.” We are all about Gabriela Cadena and her awe-inspiring style.
For a New York Fashion Week show that really packs a punch, make sure to watch Thomas Wylde. The brand isn’t exactly a new name. They made big headlines in 2006 with their neo-gothic look led by Paula Thomas. Last year, a new Creative Director, Jene Park, stepped up and breathed new life into the long-loved brand. In September, she debuted a collection for Thomas Wylde named “Evolution” with much success. While she kept a similar style to the brand’s past looks, Park used a perfectly pretty soft color palette.
“It's all about classics with an edge, and luxury but not in-your-face." Park told The LA Times before the last season’s show. While the evolution began last year, we’re excited to see how it continues for S/S 2016. Looking for edge with a softer touch? Look no further than Thomas Wylde and their hit new Creative Director, Jene Park.
Fashion and Technology: Next Up at NYFW?
All these designers have us so inspired. Ashley Chloe was founded on finding the balance between style and technology. The Helix Cuff’s fashion and function has innovated wearable technology. We noticed that so many tech companies ignore design and style. The market is filled with gadgets that are either fashionable or functional. But who wants to compromise?
Helix Cuff wearable headphones are carefully designed to provide convenient on-the-go access to your wireless headphones and fit in with your modern style. The Helix Cuff delivers a sleek helix shape along with high quality headphones.
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