Fashion is constantly evolving yet it’s often dominated by the familiar classics. And we lust over their gorgeous clothes for a reason—those classics are phenomenal. The names who’ve set the style standards: Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and even the game-changers: Stella McCartney, Jenny Packham, Balmain are red carpet staples. Their stunning designs grace the pages of just about every fashion mag and blog, and E! special each season. With such an array of established old guard, it’s a challenge for new talent to break through. So as we turn the page to a brand new year, here are four emerging designers whose fabulously fresh take on dressing will breathe new life into your wardrobe.
Alejandro Ingelmo • He began as an accessory designer and debuted his first women’s shoe collection in Fall/Winter 2006. Ingelmo’s sublimely futuristic footwear perfectly melds the Cuban influences of his heritage with a New York edge. His 2012 collection of posh trainers and super-sexy heels are perfect for the modern fashionista on the go.
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Barbara Casasola • This stunning Brazilian designer began her career working under Roberto Cavalli. She launched her own line in Summer 2012 and garnered critical praise for her second Fall/Winter 2012. Her streamlined, beautifully tailored, richly hued party-wear has uniquely classic, cool vibe.
Raquel Allegra • If your taste runs to more low-key, deconstructed, and easy to wear apparel, this L.A. based designer is quickly becoming a celebrity darling with her romantic-meets-rocker pieces. She began her career repurposing oversize tees from the Los Angeles County Prison System using a shredding technique that she’s since elevated to high art.
naturevsfuture • Brooklyn-born designer Nina Valenti launched naturevsfuture in 2009. These architectural coats and dresses aren’t just fantastically stylish; they’re also eco-friendly. The marriage of clean lines and sleek silhouettes with easy fabrics and lush texture is exuberantly youthful yet pulled together and ladylike. Perfect for the office or laid back weekends.