There’s nothing quite like that in-the-know feeling of discovering a brand that no-one else knows yet. Luckily for us, the A/W 21 edition of New York Fashion Week is brimming with emerging talent - proving that - although the shows may look a little different this season, there’s still plentiful creativity amongst crisis. We round up the very best of the designers you need to know from the Big Apple.
Calling rave lovers everywhere; if Maisie Wilen isn’t on your radar, be sure to check out her psychedelic prints and screen-popping colourways, perfect for your next URL or IRL party. Past mood-boards have referenced everything from gymnastics to robots - and if her A/W invite teaser on Insta is anything to go by, we’re in for a trippy treat!
Sexy, skimpy, and with a healthy side-helping of sass, New York’s Kim Shui
is known for creating body-confident looks that accentuate the female form. Chiffon dresses, lace-up tops and sheer mesh pants are all on the cards, doused in heady- tropical prints that’ll have you dreaming of your next getaway, (remember those?!)
Colin LoCascio is under 30 and already has a star-studded resumé to boot; not only did he launch his namesake line last year, but he’s the current design director of Kendal + Kylie. A child of the ’90s, LoCascio’s collections are rooted in nostalgia, citing the Power Rangers and Lizzy MacGuire amongst his inspirations. Novelty knits, heaps of colour, and clashing prints are featured on this fun-filled menu.
Gender-neutral, body-inclusive, and sustainably produced, East London’s Ka Wa Key ticks all the right boxes for the conscious consumer. Known for their hazy tie-dyes and size-adaptive knits, the brand has previously shown at Shanghai, Tokyo, and Helsinki Fashion Weeks.
Just when you thought you couldn’t face any more loungewear, in walks sustainable brand Come Back as a Flower, part of the Black in Fashion Council line-up for A/W 21. Hand made in their studio in LA, all of the garments are gender-neutral, so you can buy them for your s/o with every intention of wearing them yourself. You generous thing, you!
Feeling Inspired? In the spirit of Maisie Wilen, check out our psychedelic prints to rent this Spring
Written by our resident Trend Forecaster: Anna Ross