Fall Fashion: What’s New and What’s Next
The up-and-coming designers that are stealing the show…
It’s September, we finally have photo captions since Drake dropped Certified Lover Boy, Beyonce is wearing Ivy Park chaps in Harper’s Bazaar (everyone is talking about her butt. . . again), and the coveted Vogue Magazine cover celebrates diversity in the modeling industry. As summer ends and leaves start to change into autumn colors (in the parts of the country where that actually happens, LA exempt), we are cued to start thinking about fall fashion: what’s new and what’s next? Fall looks, shown on the runway last spring, are hitting the stores, and New York Fashion Week has begun! While we eagerly await new lines from the big fashion houses – Fendi, Versace, and the like – there are a handful of up-and-coming designers who are pushing the envelope and creating trends. Three of my friends, who happen to be celebrity stylists (aren’t I cool?!), pointed me in the direction of some must-watch brands that are continuously gaining popularity for their bold ideas. So before heading straight to Rodeo to swipe your credit card and post your next IG picture in New Bottega with the perfect lyric caption, check out these innovative and soon-to-be-household names.
Taking an unconventional approach and previously airing his new lines on Instagram TV, this 30-year-old, Vietnamese designer is climbing the ranks of the fashion elite with his tailored silhouettes that turn blazers and trench coats into couture masterpieces. Nominated last year for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s emerging designers award, this young visionary has dressed Beyonce and Solange and will be putting on his first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week this September.
A girly girl’s dream, this line includes everything from swim to dresses all made to highlight a woman’s curves, show some skin, and bring the best shapes in lingerie to everyday wear. From bright florals to simple nudes, lace dresses to tailored pants, Mirror Palais has a look for every occasion. Raised in Queens by his Brazilian mother, designer Marcelo Gaia has caught the attention of everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Ariana Grande.
Jamaican American designer Edvin Thompson uses bright colors, prints, and crochets to create nostalgia for his young life in Jamaica while melding progressive New York culture into his designs with the use of leather and sharp shoulder pads. Many of his pieces are made for both men and women, and perhaps the most eye-catching of these is a tie-dye shorts and collared shirt set with popping pink and orange hues available for purchase on his site.
Vintage meets couture with this young designer’s attention-grabbing patchwork. From halter tops to collared midi dresses, Ives puts vintage pieces together to create sporty, ready-to-wear looks. However, his latest collection is much more than these trendy new pieces which have been spotted on Rihanna and the likes. His couture includes a painted wool skirt suit; a stunning, sheer purple pants set; and neon pink biker shorts and can be purchased widely online at places like Farfetch and MATCHESFASHION.
This Brooklyn-based designer is taking a peculiar new look to accessories this fall with puffy, neon, statement handbags that are guaranteed to add some flair to even the simplest of outfits. But simple is not in this designer’s vocabulary. From embellished bralettes and beaded gloves as seen on Miley Cyrus to cut-out tops worn by Bella Hadid, the line is made to call attention and bring a flirty flair to contemporary clothing.
Designers-to-watch suggestions were provided by celebrity stylists Melanie Boppel, Anastasia Walker, and Haylee Ahumada.
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