8 Up and Coming Designers to Watch During NY Fashion Week

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Some of them are debuting NY Fashion Week or MB Fashion Week, others might be presenting their first Spring/Summer collection, or they are starting to be heard as promising names in the industry. They are all talented and committed to success. Let’s meet them!


Karolyn Pho

The 25-year-old wunderkind of styling who started dressing up celebrities for films, music videos, and photo shoots at the age of 18, is now a designer stocking her eponymous collection already at boutiques in the US, Japan, Dubai, and Kuwait, after a bold move from L.A. to New York, where she’ll do her sophomore fashion week show in September. Her collection is praised by the media for textile innovation and artful minimalism, currently inspired by Med-Deco architecture in Miami.

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25-year-old born-in-Netherlands and raised-in-Belgium Georgine Ratelband is almost four years in the industry and this September she is showing her collection at the MBFW in NYC for the second time, inspired by the glam hedonism of the 70s’ French Riviera vacation scene and Slim Aarons’ photographs of jetsetters in California. Her clothes are an urban mix of classic tailoring, femininity, wearability, and an eye-catching interplay of textures.



Meggie Kempner and her brother Chris launched for Fall 2014 a high-style, made in NYC’s Garment District, sportswear collection, inspired by their legendary grandmother Nan Kempner who was a serious couture collector, socialite, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, and “the only chic woman in America”, according to Diana Vreeland. Meggie – former stylist at Ralph Lauren – is ready for her NYFW debut show in September; a line reflecting the deep contrast between the desire to reveal and the need to conceal.

August Getty Designer

August Getty

Grandson to oil tycoon and philanthropist Sir Paul Getty, and deeply inspired by his mother’s coveted couture wardrobe, August is presenting his debut Spring/Summer 2015 collection at the MBFW and is pleased to announce the opening of his atelier in L.A. He is inspired by his family’s botanical gardens and some elegant European heiresses, to create his incredibly glamorous eveningwear.



Brazilian designer Alessandra Meskita – with artistic background and family – and focusing mostly on luxurious details and fabrics has expanded from a clothing line to a lifestyle brand very fast. She was featured a designer at NYFW in September 2013 and showcased her debuting MBFW collection in February 2014. Washington Post and Brides.com has referred to Meskita as a designer to watch.

Vivienne hu

Vivienne Hu

Former investment banker and relatively new designer (first SS collection was in 2012), Vivienne Hu made the critical career shift with studies at Parsons The New School for Design plus working experience at Oscar de la Renta and Yigal Azrouel. She opened her flagship store at Soho, NYC, in 2013 and ever since she’s earning flattering reviews for her imaginative mix of European elegance, New York urban glamour and Asian exoticism. She designs both RTW and Couture for the busy professional woman with a strong sense of style, as well as celebrities who frequently don her looks on the red carpet. She is included at the official MBFW schedule this September.



After studying Studio Art at NYU and interning as a fashion assistant at US Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, Catherine Litke used her eclectic sources of inspiration to create a partly boyish, partly super feminine collection of artisanal, retro-futuristic wearables for fashionable girls in their 20’s and 30’s. She started off in Fall 2013 and ever since she’s been featured in WWD, HuffingtonPost, Elle.com, as well as Natalie Joos’ TalesofEndearment.com. She’s looking for artisanal treasures across the world and is collaborating with historic American factories.

CG by Chris Gelinas

CG by Chris Gelinas

29-year-old Canada-born and NY-based designer Chris Gelinas – a Parson’s graduate who interned and worked for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, and Theyskens’ Theory – will showcase his CG womenswear collection for third time this September as part of the MADE Fashion Week lineup, winner of the 2013 MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award, and inaugural LVMH Prize finalist. His debut collection (SS 2014) was praised by WWD and Style.com. Recently he has also been interviewed by BusinessofFashion.com. He stands out already for his juxtaposition of technical details and pioneering construction with a classical approach to luxury. He is inspired by cultural diversity and actively supports the local industry.

–Elena Sendona


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