9 Emerging Designers To Watch At NYFW

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By Lauren Kaplan September 02, 2014
Adam Selman: Remember this guy? Are you sure? Well, you do. Selman was the mastermind behind Rihanna’s raciest, most-talked-about look ever: that totally sheer, totally sparkly, totally @badgalriri creation she wore to the 2014 CFDA Awards. The one she wore to accept the 2014 Style Icon Award. And, imagine, that was only the beginning.
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School: Andre Leon Talley told us first: these guys are going to make it big. We have to say, he’s turning out to be right on point. Following a successful capsule collection for J. Crew as a result of their winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the men of Public School are hitting the Spring 2015 runway. Pressure’s on, because we’re pretty sure they’ve got a lot of eyes on them this season.
Emily Saunder, Saunder: Born in New York City to British parents, Emily Saunders launched her namesake brand in 2011. Produced start to finish in NYC’s Garment District, Saunder’s line is "downtown New York" with global influences. Her pieces are just feminine enough to draw us in and eccentric enough to make us fall in love with them…which we plan on doing when we see them on the runway.
Josep Font, Delpozo: Designed by former haute couturier Josep Font, Delpozo is rich in fashion know-how. The extravagant style stands out at New York Fashion Week, and the line has been garnering attention from all angles (echem, Olivia Palermo). The fearless designs are sure to make a splash at the tents this season—and, subsequently, in closets around the world.
Jordana Warmflash, Novis: There’s no one that’s not talking about Taylor Swift’s summer style—and we have Novis to thank for that. Warmflash, the designer behind the band was a 2014 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award recipient (alongside Timo Weiland and Degen) with ample promise. And now that TSwift is a fan of her sweet-but-saucy crop top and skirt separates, we’re betting that Warmflash will get plenty of much-deserved attention.
Katharine Polk, Houghton: We’re not the only ones who’ve caught onto this designer’s duds. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens and Kate Hudson have been sporting Houghton everywhere from the red carpet to late-night television, and we can’t get enough. When you combine clean lines with a neutral palette and exciting cuts (crop tops!), you get fashion gold.
Nellie Partow: This designer isn’t exactly a fashion newbie—she’s been around the block. From Donna Karan to Calvin Klein, Partow knows what’s good. Get ready to see clothes that you’ll actually need in your closet come spring. The designer effortlessly “balance[s] strength with femininity,” and if that’s not a recipe for success, we’re not sure what is.
Rosie Assoulin: She may have only done a short stint at FIT, but you’d never be able to tell--what with her hands-on experience with Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin, and all. Most recently, we saw one of her designs on the Emmy Awards red carpet (worn gracefully by the elegant and always chic Michelle Dockery). Based on that insane draping and her knack for unexpected color combinations, there’s no doubt in our minds that Assoulin will make a name for herself this year.
Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, Tome: Having made its runway debut in for the Fall 2013 season, Tome is up again and highly-anticipated. Design duo Lobo and Martin tend to put the focus on the confident, polished woman, and that’s why we’re so eager to see what they’ve got in store for spring. Sharp, structured and streamlined is the name of their game, and we’d definitely like to play.
We always have a list in mind of the shows we can’t wait to see each season, and many of them are household names at this point. There are the seasoned classics, there are the soon-to-be-greats, there are the ones that push the envelope and there are the designers who make clothes for real people. But one of the best parts about fashion week is that it offers the opportunity to discover new talent. After all, all of the greats started somewhere. At the Spring 2015 shows, we very well might be seeing classics in the making. Only time will tell, but here are the designers we’ve got our eye on this season.
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