5 up-and-coming fashion designers everyone is raving about
From dressing Beyoncé to crafting boots for Lady Gaga, these young fashionistas are making their mark.
The fall fashion season is in full swing as models take the runways in New York, Paris, Mexico City, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Collections from fashion stalwarts like Chanel and Dior showed the kids how it’s done, a number of up-and-comers have been gradually gaining ground in the ever-competitive world of style. Here are five young designers you need to know now:
Paris Hilton has said Alon Livné is one of her favorite young designers. Livné, who hails from Israel, has been designing since he was 17 and apprenticed at Alexander McQueen in London and Roberto Cavalli in Florence, two of Europe’s premier luxury fashion houses. He won the top prize on "Project Runway Israel" before launching his own eponymous line. His fall/winter collection debuted at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
Livné now splits his time between the coastal Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv and New York. He's dressed celebrities and models including Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and 50 Cent. He’s also launched his own bridal couture line, Alon Livné White. He recently made waves in the fashion world showing a virtually see-through beaded body suit with a soft, flowy train as part of his 2017 Spanish Art Nouveau-inspired bridal collection.
“I wanted to make something that is very showstopper, very unique, but still feminine and soft,” he told Cosmopolitan.
Raul Solis was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, where he spent eight years designing jeans for 7 For All Mankind before moving to New York City. He spent four years as the head of Proenza Schouler’s denim line before founding LRS Studio at the “intersection where pieces articulate the wearable and the conceptual,” which, incidentally, is his apartment in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“I would like for whomever is wearing my clothes to feel unique, interesting and intelligent. And for the people around her to have a sense of confusion, in the hopes that they will stop and ask questions,” he told Office Magazine.
Pieces from the 31-year-old designer’s punkish, club-inspired brand retail for up to $5,000, and he’s dressed singer Caroline Polachek and actress Rose McGowan.
Vejas Kruszewski’s fashion career began in high school when he began posting things he had created on Tumblr, and took a bold leap earlier this summer when he won the LVMH Prize. At just 19 years old, the Canadian is the youngest designer ever to win the prestigious prize. He launched his first collection a year ago, showing a satin army bomber jacket that he’d turned into a pair of cargo trousers and a shearling jacket that he’d re-envisioned into a double-buckle bandeau top. For his Fall 2016 collection, he’s showing transgender model Hari Nef in a lookbook of designs that seem to defy gender while exploring the potential of snaps.
His very bright future may see him making a jump across the pond from Toronto to Paris to continue his mentorship with LVMH designers. His brand is currently available from his own online store, as well as in a few select retailers including Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles, and Shine in Hong Kong. “It’s not about being in every store, but it’s about being in the right stores at the right time,” he told Vogue.
Shoes and design have been a life-long passion for Kobi Levi. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, he created his first shoe designs in high school, and went on to attend the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem. For years he worked as a freelance footwear designer, while creating his own designs in his spare time inspired by the things he noticed in the world around him.
In 2010, he started a blog to showcase his creations, which was soon discovered by Lady Gaga. He was asked to create several pairs of his custom-made double boots for her video "Born This Way," giving him worldwide exposure – and he hadn’t even sold a single pair of shoes yet.
Now he works out of a studio near the beaches of Tel Aviv, and his creations, with names as incredible as they are – Whale Tale, Girl Scout, Scared Ostrich and Baseball Cap – are sold all over the world. Pop star Fergie recently wore his Chewing Gum heels in her new music video, and he’s created a pair of Madonna-inspired Blond Ambition gold stilettos with a fake microphone and blond wig.
“It would be great to see Madonna wearing them herself,” he told AFP.
Belgian designer Glenn Martens says his path into fashion was accidental. He applied to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp after a chance trip to the school to have a look at its architecture. After graduation he got a job working with Jean Paul Gaultier followed by Weekday and Bruno Pieters. Now he heads the late Yohan Serfaty’s Paris-based menswear lable Y/Project, which he expanded to include womenswear.
As creative director he’s reimagined the brand to include versatile designs inspired by a variety of subcultures and eras, including references to gothic architecture – a throwback to his roots in Bruges. His Spring/Summer 2017 collection includes designs from denim and hide decorated with belts, clips, spirals and studs, a sort of futuristic version of the Wild West.
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