By Jen Lee
Adding to your top list consisting of the always-so-great Gucci, Chanel, and Valentino, here are 5 design houses that you should watch out for this fashion month. Fall / Winter 2017 is on its way!
Calvin Klein / Raf Simons (New York)
Why Calvin Klein? Beloved fashion creative Raf Simons announced his departure from Dior last year, and since then, his debut with Calvin Klein has been a well-anticipated collection. The new Calvin Klein under Simons’ creative direction, and all other collections that operate under new directors are one that all fashion people nervously wait for, as it reimagines the design house’s voice. Both Calvin Klein Womens and Mens Ready-to-Wear will be seen down the runway together at New York Fashion Week.
Simons will also be showing his own collection in New York for the first time. His collections have been a regular at Paris Fashion Week, so it’ll be quite a shift we will witness during NYFW: Men’s. Two debuts under Raf Simons, that’s really something to be excited about.
Regina Pyo (London)
Well-loved by our love Leandra Medine aka Man Repeller herself, Regina Pyo continues to strive in the London scene. Her collections are all things experimental, modern, EFFORTLESS- if this speaks to you, you’ll fall in love. Priding itself as a womenswear label that experiments with playful yet effortlessly elegant aesthetics, Rejina Pyo’s line is a young label, but one to watch out for.
JW Anderson (London)
JW Anderson is now not only London’s favourite, but on the international lust list. It’s one of the most forward thinking brands, capturing the essence of a true contemporary vision. Unexpected silhouettes and cuts brings JW Anderson to this list, disregarding the craze for their Pierce bags worn by your favourite blogger on Instagram.
Christian Dior (Paris)
Maria Grazia Chiuri made her statement debut as Dior’s new artistic director last season showing the Spring / Summer 2017 collection. Her departure from Valentino was reimagined through Dior’s culture, and reinterpreted beautifully. The Fall / Winter collection should be on your radar, since the last collection created headlines with an up front message around feminism. Let’s talk about universality and awareness in fashion.
Tackling the holes in the fashion system’s lack of connectivity between the creative vision and commercial goals, cult French label Vetements puts out a bold statement through its simultaneously questionable runway looks. It’s interesting to check out their collections, as it lays out the stimulating thought process behind the Gvasalia duo’s shared hopes for streetwear inspired craftsmanship. It’s okay if you just don’t get it. It’s the very literal alternative mindset and impact Vetements has on the industry with its expected, or maybe unexpected creations.