You may not have heard of these designers, but you soon won’t be able to forget their names.
New York Fashion Week is just around the corner, and countless new designs will hit the runways. Beyond revered New York icons like Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff, a new crew of local designers will be showing off their spring/summer 2017 collections this NYFW.
Here are the new local designers to have your eye on.
After launching his self-titled label in 2009, Oday Shakar's gowns have been worn on the red carpet by Sandra Bullock, Dianna Agron and other celebrities. Drawing from his Arab-American and Muslim heritage, the Iraqi-American designer will relaunch his brand at his first NYFW. Shakar's SS17 "Unveiling" collection will meld Western and Middle Eastern inspirations in each look.
Last season's runway show in a dim-lit SoHo loft marked R13's official NYFW debut, when '90s grunge met runway chic in the New York brand's fall collection. Though we have no hints as to what the next collection will look like, we're expecting plenty of enviable denim you'll want in your 2017 wardrobe. Already available at Barney's and Net-a-Porter, R13 (designed by Ralph Lauren alum Chris Leba) is establishing itself as an up-and-coming ready-to-wear name you need to know.
With the mission of "making beautiful clothing and manufacturing consciously," designers Jacob Park and Anne Deane are supporting #NewYorkValues in their new, artsy line Öhlin/D. After their NYFW debut last season, the cruelty-free, ready-to-wear clothing has an invisible "cool girl" printed all over it. You want their label in your closet, stat.
Wei Lin and Mijia Zhang met in 2012 as roommates while living in NYC. While they no longer live together, the two collaborate on PH5, which launched in 2014 and will make its NYFW debut this season. Inventive, durable and hugely stylish knitwear is at the heart of PH5's line, combining knitting technology and creativity to make clothes totally unseen in the city before now.