With all the buzz about New York Fashion Week during the past week, I wondered,“Who are the emerging designers, the ‘under 30s’ who are making their mark in fashion, creating sleek to totally out there creations?” That’s what I asked Jessica Wilson, the 22-year-old cofounder of Stashd, an iPhone app that presents the user with a singular item and a choice to either swipe left to trash the item or swipe right to stash it into a centralized virtual wardrobe that can be shared with friends, purchased and used for style inspiration. Jessica knows designers and what people like because she sees thousands of fashions trashed and stashed every day.
Following are Jessica Wilson’s top five emerging designers – women and men (whose collections are inspired by women).
Christina Economou on her best mistake (failing forward):“It has been quite the learning curve since launching my brand in 2013! I think many young designers today will find that fashion design education prepares you for the challenges of design but not necessarily for the trials and pitfalls of building a successful business.”
Phoenix established his Australian-based label in 2009 and was quickly marked for success when his debut collection caught the eye of Lady Gaga’s stylists. After showing his second collection, Lady Gaga word two outfits from the collection for her impromptu performances in Sydney, giving a new level of fame to the Phoenix Keating brand globally.
Phoenix Keating on preparing mentally before a show:“Before a show I am extremely busy. There isn’t much time to think, let alone mentally prepare. However it’s a case of constantly remembering to stay calm and go with the flow. There are many hurdles to get over and personally it’s a case of letting the problems wash over you while figuring out how to solve them. I developed stress-induced psoriasis from these things so I have learned to calm down and go at my own speed.”
Sarah began in the Fall 2013 launch of her namesake brand marked the realization of a lifelong dream. Following studies at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and internships at Diane von Furstenberg and Proenza Schouler, Sarah honed her technical skills in pattern making and prototyping at the prestigious Ars Sutoria in Milan, Italy. At Ars Sutoria, Sarah studied under Richard Siccardi, an artisan known for his work with luxury footwear’s most accomplished names.
With praise from titles such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and with Australian A-list celebrity fans, Leroy Nguyen has quickly become one of Australia’s brightest young fashion designers. In 2012, Leroy graduated from Fashion Design Studio (TAFE Ultimo) and won the Fashion Design Graduate of the Year Award.