Spring 2017's Freshest Designers
Another season means another batch of collections to fall in love with. We’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for Spring 2017 to drop but now it’s here and we couldn’t be happier. This year, like every year, we’ve discovered a ton of amazing new designers and we want to share them with you. So, we’ve rounded up eight emerging designers and under the radar fashion labels that we’re totally enamored with for spring.
From their design philosophies to their end product, they’re changing the game and amping up our spring wardrobes big time. They may be low key right now but, we have a good feeling that in no time you’ll hear your friend name dropping as she reps one of their pieces. So what are you waiting for? Get to know them now.
It was love at first sight when we came across this New York-based womenswear line. Designer Katie Goldman McDonald seamlessly combines her California roots with her time in New York to create an effortless feel with a modern and functional aesthetic. With extra attention to construction and thoughtful design, House Dress offers a unique “size free” approach to dressing by focusing on layerable, generously proportioned silhouettes. Their debut collection for Spring 2017 is a neutral lover’s dream: cream and dusty rose patchwork slip dresses, canvas jackets with raw edges and woven platform slippers. Each and every piece is made by women, for women who dress for women.
Fun fact: They took their lookbook to a new level with cinemagraphs (still photographs where a minor movement occurs repeatedly) giving the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation.
We’ve been drawn to the works of designer Tiffani Anne Williams for a long time, but she’s picking up some serious steam this year. As a ceramicist turned designer, her artistic approach to fashion shines beautifully through her statement bags and jewelry. Pieces like oblong brass drop earrings and rectangular leather bags with circular handles are this designer’s signature. Her Spring 2017 collection continues to go above and beyond with oversized leather totes you could fit a literally anything in, bucket bags of all variations, and new gold-plated jewelry designs with works of delicate porcelain and precious metals. Her pieces perfectly capture the sort of statement accessory even the most streamlined of minimalist would be comfortable sporting. Trust us when we say you won’t regret amping up your spring accessories with Modern Weaving.
Fun fact: Tiffani Anne Williams is 100% self-taught.
We’ve been obsessed with this Los Angeles-based lingerie brand ever since we discovered them, so it’s time everyone knew about them. Designer and founder Misa Miyagawa’s motto is simple: design hyper comfy underwear and loungewear without screwing up the planet (or the things that live on it). By using natural materials such as organic cotton, silk and botanically derived dyes, their garments both look and feel luxurious. They don’t mess around with synthetic garbage or underwire that digs into you, instead you get wearable, comfortable pieces that are feminine and empowering, romantic yet modern. From dreamy neutrals to perfect pops of color, their collection will catch your eye in no time. We can’t wait to sport their Spring 2017 pieces and feel all all the feels of confidence and softness.
Fun fact: All of Misa’s past jobs were in food so she is constantly inspired by California’s fruits, vegetables and flowers, which she uses as natural dyes.
Lindsay Robinson may be new to the game but she is basically a superhero when it comes to garment dyeing. This young Californian designer makes each garment locally with natural fibers and many of her fabrics are actually dyed right in her backyard studio using both plants and insects. With a background in traditional dyeing and weaving, and a long-standing love affair with vintage jumpsuits and dresses, her eponymous line is a direct reflection of these talents and passions. From roomy coveralls in rich hues to vintage-inspired blouses, you’ll find pieces that are simple, enduring and meant to be worn daily. Her line will take you from those breezy spring days to the dead heat of summer.
Fun fact: Lindsay has the cutest daughter with the best style (obviously).
Focusing on the collocation of youth culture and traditional craftsmanship, designer Prisca Vera Franchetti delivers a refined elegant aesthetic that once you’ve grasped, you’ll never want to let go. Her objectives are grounded in taking risks and concentrating on refreshing concepts. The outcome? High quality products that reflect an effortlessly cool and sophisticated attitude. Filled with silk pleated pieces in vibrant hues and a floral print so indirectly bold, her Spring 2017 collection brings together a sense of nostalgia and the future all at once. Her eye for elegant fabrics and her awareness of the modern woman’s desire evokes pieces with relaxed and immaculate silhouettes that you’ll never want to take off.
Fun fact: Her spring collection was inspired by San Pellegrino soda cans.
Meet Brooklyn-born, London-based designer Chelsea Bravo. She challenges gender-specific design while creating a modern approach to wearability. By pushing design through construction, shape and silhouette, she crafts beautiful pieces that bridge the gap between form and functionality. Known for loose fabrics, contrast detailing and subtle layering, Chelsea Bravo portrays a soft, cool aesthetic that’s truly undeniable. Her Spring 2017 collection consists of three styles that work together as a set and are all crafted from organic hemp jersey. From lightweight pullovers to jersey bottoms, the unique pieces focus on subtle details like exposed french seams. Her unfinished edges give off a sense of freedom, that same freedom you feel when wearing her designs.
Fun fact: Chelsea uses the space around her as a vision/mood board: sticking up inspirational images, findings, notes to herself, sketches and fabrics on her wall.
London-based designer Marie Yat is turning heads with her lingerie label by breaking down the gender dichotomy with underwear made for everyone. You won’t find any lacey thongs or padded bras here instead, Marie Yat uses natural materials like cotton and silk to craft unstructured, comfortable underwear that still gives you that boost of confidence. She provides the same level of comfort most male underwear has but with better style (obviously). With her seamless designs and pastel fabrics, she fuses femininity and comfort and although her focus is on feminine design, she explores gender-fluid ideas by keeping her label open to anyone who wants to wear them.
Fun fact: Marieyat and Baserange (another favorite sustainable lingerie label of ours) worked closely together for spring 2017 combining their lookbook. Check it out here.
New York-based line Colorant defines 100% natural. Their process of design reaches back to ancient dyeing methods by gathering natural derived ingredients such as indigo, weld and madder root that are then gently extracted into vibrant blues, reds and yellows. Designer Sonia Tay’s knowledge of nature and botanical colors (knowing that Sassafras grown in northern regions will not yield the same orange as those from the south) is beyond impressive. They see beauty in the natural, and we see this exact beauty in their designs. We’re completely enamored with what they have to offer: sustainable pieces made from quality fabrics like cashmere, wool and silk, and all dyed naturally. This up-and-coming brand not only designs beautiful garments but educates their customers and creates a new market for rural farmers that cultivate unique produce.
Fun fact: Sonia divides her time between Brooklyn and Shanghai so she can work with a dye house in China that employs local artisans to produce her vibrant hues from local ingredients.
Lead image courtesy of House Dress SS17 lookbook