Fall 2017 Designers To Watch
Fall collections have already started to drop and this year, just like every year, we’ve discovered a ton of incredible new designers we want to share with you. Some are certified fresh with only a couple collections under their belt, others have began to make their mark as buzzworthy names during fashion week, but all of them are game changing. From their design ethos to their eye-catching end products, we’re totally hooked.
Not to mention, their fall collections are going to amp up your wardrobe with everything from statement bags to knitwear you’ll never want to take off.
Without further ado, we’d like to introduce to you the eight emerging designers and under-the-radar fashion labels you need to know.
Meet your new bag obsession. It was love at first sight when we came across these gorgeous woven rope bags, designed by married couple, Coco and Johnny Mannix. The bags were formed out of the need to carry everything from flowers to books – creating that perfect shape and size. Each signature bag is made in their Brooklyn studio with an awareness of the material and the conscious desire to follow the shapes and forms that emerge. Their initial collection included circle and bucket bags in the natural rope. For fall 2017, the couple has created their signature bags in a new range of hand-dyed hues, including turmeric, rust and sage.
Fun fact: All their bags are made in the same studio where they live. Bonus: Their trademark circle and bucket bags come in both small and large, so you can choose the one that suits your needs.
We’ve been captivated with this New York-based knitwear collection ever since we discovered them, so it’s time everyone else gets on our love level. Founded by Autumn Hruby in 2016, Hesperios presents a women’s collection, including unisex styles that are intended to be casually layered wardrobe classics, every season. Drawing reference from literature and the botanical world, its garments are made from the finest baby alpaca wool, cashmere, silk and pima cotton, produced in the US and Lima, Peru. Want more? Working in ecologically-responsible mills, all yarns are custom dyed and printed in a variety of stunning colors. For fall 2017, the collection includes everything from ribbed knit pencil skirts to knit polo shirts. Trust us when we say you won’t want to take these pieces off.
Fun fact: Hesperios is not only a clothing collection but also an annual two volume art and literary journal that features works of both celebrated and emerging artists, and a shop based in New York where you can buy the collection as well as ceramics, books and apothecary goods.
Designer Emily Adams Bode, debuted her collection in summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week. Now just only a year old, her brand has been named “Brand to Know” by The New York Times, described as “in a league of its own” by Vogue, and chosen by Man Repeller as one of the “Five Coolest Designers to Know”. Bode’s limited-run pieces repurpose textiles from around the world for one-of-a-kind garments drafted from vintage patterns. For fall 2017, the designer presented a backdrop for the collection inspired by her mother and aunts, and they time they spent in Cape Cod. Colors were bright and bold, there were full quilted outfits, mixed patchwork prints, re-created florals from the 1920s, and so much more. We couldn’t be more enamored with this truly artistic collection, and think you will be too (if you aren’t already).
Fun fact: Instead of traditional fashion models, Emily Bode had a group of young creative people model her FW17 collection. “People keep commenting on how beautiful the group was and I think it’s because they’re not your typical models,” the designer told Fader, “so you look at them in the clothes moreso, and you’re looking at them as real people.”
Committed to natural materials for natural silhouettes, KENT Woman is a collection of organic silk lingerie and loungewear basics designed and produced in Los Angeles. Kent’s debut collection launched only last year, and to be honest, we can’t get enough! Its apparel is less about sex and more about style and self-love. By using the materials they do and focusing on craftsmanship, they are able to design products that complement, rather than compete, with the female form. This season we’re particularly feeling the romantic colorways and new sateen fabric made from, of course, organic silk. The brand’s take on boxer shorts might be one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever seen.
Fun fact: KENT Woman also contributes to the new global narrative of femininity by creating meaningful opportunities for females around the world. Through The Female Future Project, they partner with progressive social enterprises and nonprofits creating game-changing impact programs for women and girls. With each product, Kent funds a program in one of three areas critical to female growth: health, education and safety/security.
Toronto’s Vejas Kruszewski, who is only 20 years old, has accomplished a lot since launching in fall 2015. Vogue dubbed the label’s captivatingly mutated wardrobe staples the Canadian counter to Vetements, the designer has shown collections in both New York and Paris, and picked up the LVMH prize in 2016. His collection bends and reworks pieces like dark denim, gray sweatshirts, shearling bombers, and white shirt dresses into abstract basics. To make his clothes, Kruszewski often collaborates with young creatives and produces the collection between Canada and Italy. This season he wowed with workwear-inspired pants as well as dresses twisted and turned around the body topped off with elasticized elements in the least expected places. His line is bold in all the right ways.
Fun fact: Kruszewski is largely self-taught and often takes inspiration from the beauty he finds in everyday objects like a ceramic vase or kitchen towels.
Lera Pivovarova is not a regular fashion brand, but rather an exploration on art and womenswear, and where it stands in the modern world. Pivovarova’s debut collection was inspired by a conversation on suiting for working women. The outcome: simple overalls with attention to materials and details tailored to be the most comfortable. In a spectrum of silhouettes and colors, her overalls are meant to be one of the modern wardrobe essentials. And, we couldn’t agree more. This season, along with her signature styles, Pivovarova is launching elegant wool overalls that come in a light and dark grey and a new, first-time coat. We can’t wait to sport her fall pieces.
Fun fact: Lera Pivovarova doesn’t actually work within the fashion calendar having seasonal collections but rather adds many editions, specials and accessories each season.
The Common Knowledge
We have another collection of bags for you to fall in love with because one is simply not enough. Say hello to The Common Knowledge. Inspired by the way bone meets skin, this Santa Monica-based line creates sculptural and structural leather accessories. Zara Dramov, the line’s designer and founder, examines new and different ways to manipulate leather, challenging the accessories market and traditional manufacturing methods. For example, instead of a simple vessel for your belongings, her bags function as a supernatural extension of the body suitable for everyday use. From structural box bags that convert from a square to a triangle when closed by hidden magnets and a simple leather tie to unique “pinch” shape bags that have more than one way to carry, her collection goes above and beyond.
Fun fact: Zara Dramov graduated with a degree in industrial design and it was the simple act of folding a piece of paper into a continuous form that inspired her collection.
It has been a quick movement to success every since Laura and Kristopher Brock founded their collection in the Fall of 2014. But when the line took the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in November 2016, we knew these guys had seriously made it. With detail-oriented precision always informing their process, Kris and Laura have taken Brock Collection into a singular realm of what’s cool, beautiful, smart, and ultimately special. The brand’s lived-in romance and thoughtful whimsy is presented in everything from its fabric choices to silhouette. This fall, Brock Collection brings the romantic feel with ruched gowns, plush corduroy, vintage-inspired mink scarves, and gingham-printed pieces. We’re personally so excited for these guys to keep growing at the pace they already are, and can’t wait to amp up our wardrobe with a few of its statement pieces.
Fun fact: Laura and Kris debuted their first shoe collection last year, designed in collaboration with George Esquivel. They’re now currently working on a solo shoe collection… so ya know, get ready for that!
Photo via @brockcollection