What do Tom Ford, Raf Simons, Nicholas Ghesqhiere, Stella Jean and Clair Waight Keller all have in common? Before kick-starting a flourishing career in fashion, each of these individuals enrolled to study architecture design. That’s right – from Chloe to Louis Vuitton your favorite design houses have architects helming the fashion label – and to great effect!
For our annual, 3 part, Designer Watch: Best New Designers edition we shine the spotlight first on structural masterminds Concept Korea, Chromat, Dion Lee and Bibhu Mohapatra. These are our picks of the best and brightest to come out of New York Fashion Week for their focus on architectural shapes, technique and tailoring.
NYFW show scheduled: Friday, September 8th 1-2 pm EST
Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market. This season, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) proudly presents two women’s wear designers.
LIE emphasizes on “Every Day Wear Luxury with a Twist” . The signature tailoring, combined with an experimental use of various fabrics can be described as new minimalism where New York-style meets Parisian avant-garde chic.
GREEDILOUS’ is all about “Futuristic Modernity”. The designer utilizes intricate silhouettes, layered with strong visuals while keeping focus on delicate details, sharp tailoring, movement and structure.
NYFW show scheduled: Friday, September 8th 4-5 pm EST
Chromat is architectural swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women. Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance.
Chromat is focused on empowering women of all shapes and sizes through perfectly fit garments for every body.
NYFW show scheduled: Friday, September 8th 6-7 pm EST
Before starting his namesake label Bibhu honed his technique for sharp tailoring at the iconic American fashion label, Halston. His sharp, whip-stitch technique and expert combination of western design with sumptuous Indian fabrics and textiles make him a stand-out.
NYFW show scheduled: Saturday, September 9th 3-4 pm EST
Dion Lee is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring.
The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality. Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the female form. Textiles are engineered to form sculptural embellishments. Architectural silhouettes are dissected to enhance movement and the flow of air and light.