Erm… how do I begin….
Forget about Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent and all the other big labels you always see in department stores. Babe let’s face it, pairing a high-end designer purse with a pair high-end designer shoes isn’t really fashionable… or is it? Well, it’s not. You’re not bringing anything new to the table… shade. Stop following the basic and self-proclaimed ‘fashionistas’ on instagram and take some time to actually know who’s in and who’s out. rant over.
Here are a list of my current favourite labels/designers that you may or may not have heard of before. I wanted to include more pictures of all their collections because I just think their work is amazing, but I also didn’t want to overwhelm you. If you’ve got some time today
[while reading this] check out their websites and see the impeccable work that they do!
New York-based Chinese born Korean designer Ximon Lee graduated from Parsons. He blew up in the fashion world after wining the H&M Design Award in 2015. His meticulous and original work has since made a strong impact within the industry. XIMONLEE is now being sold at Opening Ceremony in New York and online. Shop here.
Brasilian born Francisco Terra is the genius behind Neith Nyer (est in 2013). After studying in Paris, he worked for the likes of Givenchy and Carven. Neith Nyer since being created developed a line of clothes that mixes pop culture with couture. With every collection, the clothes “are meant to be both familiar and strange, destined for a cosmopolite audience who like mixes”. Shop here.
Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson established J.W.Anderson in 2008. His label is now regarded as one of London’s most innovative and forward thinking brands. Its unique design aesthetic offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity by creating thought-provoking silhouettes through a conscious cross-pollination between menswear and womenswear elements. Shop here.
ANREALAGE is a combination the words: ”A REAL, UNREAL and AGE”. Designer/Kunihiko Morinaga, born in 1980 in Tokyo, graduated from Waseda University and Vantan Design Academy. He Launched ANREALAGE in 2003 and presented his first women’s collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2014. ANREALAGE is now considered one of the most innovative and creative Japanese fashion brands. P.S: the first image on the left changes color depending on the light’s reflection. His work mostly involves this cool futuristic approach of having the clothes glow depending on the light reflected. Shop here or here for menswear.
Coralie Marabelle gained her first experience working for Hermès and for the artisanale line at Maison Margiela before joining the womenswear design studio of Alexander McQueen in London. In 2014, after winning the Public Prize at the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival, she launched her own brand in Paris. Coralie creates ‘couture-to-wear’, likes to play with the fabric to make it her own and creates new textures associated with architectural structures to imagine a feminine & contemporary silhouette. Shop here [coming soon].
Robert Wun is a London based fashion label who graduated from London College of Fashion in 2012. He is driven by a conceptual twist in modern womenswear where sculpturing silhouettes and a graphical approach in details is what he’s best known for. His collections aim to empower feminine fashions by contrasting the essence of fragility with bold cuts and strong shapes. His unique tailoring and bold accessories are clean yet bold. It’s something we need in our fashion world today where designers only seem to copying one another. Shop here [coming soon].
Simon Porte Jacquemus is a 24-year-old self-taught French designer who started his own label at age 19. An interesting fact is that he used to work at Paris’s Comme des Garçons boutique, while designing his collections for Fashion Week. He would design during the night and then go back to work the next day. The assymetrical work comes from his love for the idea of something cut, very raw, something also from bad taste. Shop here.
Could not find a lot about this label online so there’s not much to say.. What I can say is that this New York based label and its founder and Creative Director Carlton Yaito create amazing hand-distressed 1 of a kind jackets. The pictures show it all! Although the collection is now sold out online, shop the future collections here.