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9 of the best up-and-coming designers

New York Fashion Week may have finished but other fashion weeks are fast approaching, so we take a look at some of the new designers making an impact on the fashion industry today. From Babyghost to MSGM, read our guide to the designers to watch

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Babyghost is the creation of Chinese designer Qiaoran Huang and American designer Josh Hupper. Both previously interns at Diane Von Furstenberg, the duo formed their own brand in 2010. Much of Babyghost’s business is based in China but the brand has successfully made the transition into the American market. Offering streetwear with a fun and playful edge, recent collections have explored the juxtaposition between feminine and masculine silhouettes and have combined dark blues, reds and deep greens. Babyghost is most definitely a brand to watch out for.

Marco de Vincenzo
Italian designer Marco de Vincenzo’s clothes are innovative, futuristic, sophisticated and feminine. He cleverly utilises an array of fabrics and materials to create highly wearable pieces, as well as various avant-garde items. The designer has gained much of his experience working at Fendi and has shown several collections at Milan Fashion Week. We are excited to see which direction this unpredictable designer will take next.

In 2009, designer Massimo Giorgetti, in partnership with the Paoloni group, created fashion brand MSGM. Creating both womenswear and menswear, MSGM takes inspiration from contemporary music and art and is stocked in over 280 stores throughout Italy and worldwide. The brand’s latest collection featured an array of jungle-inspired bold bird prints, silk fabrics and vibrant bright colours. Having quickly established itself as one of the most popular new Italian brands, the rise of MSGM doesn’t look set to slow down any time soon.

Rosie Assoulin
Talented 29-year-old designer Rosie Assoulin’s brand is barely two years old but is already being stocked in Bergdorf Goodman, Matches and Moda Operandi. The brand, known for its modern and elegant formal dresses, has just held its AW15 presentation at New York Fashion Week. The collection wowed the press, buyers and existing fans, showcasing Assoulin’s stunning new line of occasion gowns. We can already see many of the designs on the red carpet and look forward to seeing what Assoulin will do next.

Thomas Tait
Canadian-born Thomas Tait created his line after graduating from Central Saint Martins college in London. At 22, he was the youngest student to ever complete the college’s womenswear MA. This impressive young talent also won the inaugural LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize last year. His recent collections have explored the tensions between structure and fluidity and feminine fabrics with masculine tailoring. Minimalism and defining silhouettes are two important aspects of Tait’s original designs.

Anthony Vaccarello
Anthony Vaccarello’s eponymous brand is, surprisingly, run by a team of just four people. The SS15 line was clearly influenced by sailors and the sea – Breton stripes and long shorts with white shirts were all seen on the catwalk, along with anchor symbols, sleeveless jackets and lots of denim. The talented designer has just been named creative director for Versus, Versace’s sister label and we are excited to see what this new venture will produce.

Creatures of the Wind
Founded in 2008 by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, Creatures of the Wind had an impressive start in the fashion world. Its first collection featured on the cover of WWD magazine as well as in W Magazine. For autumn/winter 2010, the first season Creatures of the Wind showed a collection in New York, Barneys New York picked up a selection to sell in the store. Featuring lots of fur and inspired by the 1960s and 70s, Creatures of the Wind’s AW15 collection delighted the audience with its clever, playful designs.

Inspired by the women who have influenced founder Sofia Sizzi’s style over the years, Giulietta has featured in publications such as Vogue, W and Elle. The line has also been worn by the celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Miranda Kerr and Drew Barrymore. Sizzi’s recent AW15 collection featured muted grey, amber and red shades, and was showcased in a dimly lit, atmospheric presentation.

JW Anderson
Jonathan William Anderson was born in Northern Ireland and studied menswear at the London College of Fashion. His first collection made its debut at London Fashion Week in 2008. Anderson has since also turned his hand to womenswear and has become well known for his exploration of the relationship between the genders. Masculinity and femininity are often combined within a single look and his recent SS15 collection reflected a desire to create a new type of androgynous womenswear. The established designer will show at London Fashion Week and we can’t wait to see what he has to offer for AW15.



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