While everyone loves watching Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Givenchy, and other label giants walk the runway, there are plenty of lower-key designers on the rise worth keeping an eye on. These up-and-comers are newly buzz-worthy and generating attention, and I can see why. Here's what they delivered these past days in the heat of New York Fashion Week.
When we think Tanya Taylor, we think color and perkily mixed prints, and the newly popular designer designed a collection up to our expectations. Taylor's hand-painted florals, checks, and stripes came together to make spectacularly unexpected dresses, skirts, and co-ords that I already wish I could get my hands on.
Rosie Assoulin turned the glam factor up a notch with this collection. We saw her trademark exaggerated silhouettes and giant pleats, but there was a new feel to accompany them, perhaps aided by the urban setting of the show. The flare pants had a 90's vibe going on with revealed hipbones and casually gelled hair to match, but Assoulin stuck to her brand all the same with plenty of elegant pieces ready to showstop on the red carpet.
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Sophie Sizzi mixed futurism and athletic wear together for Giulietta's show, punctuated by pulsating music and sleek styling. Bold white stripes and the occasional visor made the alien-like models look ready to play tennis on the moon, but the collection also bore a resort-worthy elegance that looked refined but beach-ready.
The just two-year-old label delivered laid-back ready-to-wear fashion for a sea of high profile audience members on Saturday. Designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon took the relaxed feel to another level with pleats, folds, and oversized garments seeming to effortlessly hang across the models bodies, despite the intricate designs proving they were deliberately organized to do so.