New designers & brands to watch

New York Fashion Week isn’t until September, but fashionistas and industry insiders are already buzzing with excitement.

SHINY! If you’re easily distracted by bling, you’re likely to be blinded by the vinyl and other shiny fabrics making their way to fashion runways this fall. Let’s start with SoHo men’s wear boutique Linder, which will debut its women’s wear collection at Fashion Week.

At the other end of the fashion spectrum, fans of minimalism are fawning over the Khaite collection. Its prices, however, are far from minimalist, with a simple sleeveless, button-adorned, V-neck midi dress selling for $1,050.

New York designer Nina Tiari will unveil her inaugural collection at New York Fashion Week. Get ready for splashes of color, juxtaposed patterns, and more.

September is a busy month, with London Fashion Week on the heels of (pun intended) New York’s show. London will also have its share of debuts, with Supriya Lele ready to show off her first collection. Her styles are inspired by her dual Indian and British cultural influences.

Susie Cave, supermodel and wife of Aussie musician Nick Cave, is using her fame to garner publicity for her clothing line, The Vampire’s Wife. You’ve gotta love that name. The styles, however, look like a cross between Victorian spinster and prairie chic.

Vintage is apparently in again, as evidenced by GRLFRND‘s high-rise denim shorts, skirts and jeans. Truth is, they look WNDRFL.

Let’s not forget shoes. Even Carrie Bradshaw would drool over the Dear Frances line. Choose from slides, mules, pumps and boots. Many of the chunky heels are slightly offset, creating a unique look on your feet.

If you found yourself mourning Nasty Gal‘s announcement of bankruptcy in November, your tears may turn to happy ones. UK-based Boohoo is expected to acquire the company for a cool $20 million.

All eyes will be on Ivanka Trump‘s women’s apparel and accessories line. While the First Daughter must keep business and politics separate, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months.

Along with the newbies, keep your eye on fashion legends, too. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are set to present at Fashion Week their debut collection for Oscar de La Renta. Also at Fashion Week, Raf Simons is expected to reveal his vision (along with glimpses of models’ skin) for Calvin Klein. And kate spade is determined to become a full-fledged lifestyle brand.



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