By Jessica Abercrombie
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is finally upon us, and it’s time to assemble our fashion-forward friends, nestle into the plush couch cushions and sip fruity, alcoholic beverages while evaluating the looks strutting down Bryant Park. Amidst the glam runway professionals like BCBG Max Azria, Jill Stuart and Derek Lam, stay ahead of the fashion curve by devoting ample attention to the equally fabulous emerging designers.
Below are three budding designers for whom to keep a watchful eye:
WHO: Wes Gordon
Gordon’s impeccable eye for detail easily makes his designs woman’s best friend – every stitch is perfectly tailored to her body. Apprenticing under the wise guidance of Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta, Gordon has developed a niche in polished yet femme-youthful silhouettes that feature fabrics like velvet, cashmere and silk. Gordon artfully unites traditional swank with modern urbanity with his 1950s-meets-2000s women’s collections.
WHO: Jen Kao
Adequately embodying subtly sexy designs, Kao uses cutouts and draping to give her pieces stylized texture. Kao has perfected merging architectural and alternatively feminine elements, creating a sexy bohemian aesthetic. Designing with prints and patters that flatter womanly curves, Kao embellishes her relaxed garments with flirty character.
WHO: Misha Nonoo
A burgeoning designer raised in both Bahrain and London, Nonoo stitches international experiences into her luxe, street-style looks. Nonoo’s foundational garment is the blazer, which she tailors from leather, tweed, silk and a variety of other cultured textures. Her body of work reflects effortlessly sophisticated looks that easily transition from day to night and seamlessly incorporate sassy and sleek.