Seven Emerging Designers to See at NYFW: FW 2018

For industry veterans, NYFW often marks the beginning of a crazy month, in which the limits of physical endurance for desk-loving pencil pushers, expert seamstresses, photofiles and the legion of influencer army are meticulously tested in crazy all day presentations. For many, that means a clearly audible groan as comfy loafers and sneakers are traded in for over the top pumps, casual work friendly attire for gaudy ornate outfits and calm, restful nights for one too many cocktails. For others, its a time to celebrate and appreciate their favorite designers right from their comfy coach or their favorite cafe or daresay their desk.

But everyone can appreciate that despite the sense of urgent familiarity, fashion week heralds the new, the bold and the exciting just as much as the mundane. Whether you’re waiting in line, following on Instagram or watching on your tablet, here are a few emerging designers we can’t wait to see this coming NYFW.

Marina Moscone


Marina Moscone has been busy during the last two years and her luxury sophistication is complemented by soft, effeminate fabrics and silhouettes. Definitely one to watch.

2016 was the year when sisters Marina and Francesca came together to create their own label. Marina brings her fashion education and structure from Parsons, but also heralds years of design experience, most recently as a Design Director at Peter Som. The duo splits design, Marina and business, Francesca as they channel their Italian heritage into a refined luxury aesthetic with a strong emphasis on tailoring and fit. Definitely a must see this season.

Selly Djap


Selly Djap is an emotionally charged Indonesian designer who creatively channels life experiences into a unique collection. We definitely expect a lot of black for Trauma, her FW18 collection.

Fresh off a recent feature in Teen Vogue, Selly Djap will be presenting her AW18 collection the Friday after NYFW ends. Selly brings a highly emotional component to her artistry, as each of her collections is driven by a separate emotion on her life’s journey. Her latest collection, Trauma, is an artistic rendition of her childhood experience, in clothing form. Be sure not to skip town and miss this one, as although there is no live stream planned, tickets can be purchased online.

Anniesa Hasibuan


Anniesa Hasibuan, also from Indonesia, made headlines with hijabs on the runway and followed with an all immigrant casting. What’s in store for FW2018?

If it seems like the list of designers is increasingly international, that’s because it is. Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan made headlines as the first designer to feature hijabs on the runway in 2016 and is reportedly using all immigrants on the runway this year. While that honestly probably isn’t too major a statement in and of itself, fashion is more about the symbolism than the actual action. Looking forward to seeing what Anniesa has in store for us this year.

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Flying Solo


Flying Solo has proven that when designers unite, they can be quite a force. It doesn’t hurt that their presentations are always varied and interesting.

If you know your boutiques, then you know Flying Solo isn’t a designer, but they are a collective of designers based out of NYC. With edgy emerging designers such as Coco & Breezy, Katie Lares, Monzlapur and Xllulan hailing quite literally from all corners of the earth, Flying Solo has managed to become a retail mainstay through a truly unique concept. While this is technically cheating as there is far more than one designer to watch, Flying Solo’s presentations are a great example of how in concert emerging designers can be a creative force in the local industry.

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Jeanette Limas


Jeanette Limas is a Dominican designer with a true appreciation for the female form. Definitely a designer worth watching.

Jeanette Limas is a designer we have covered before and in her third full year of showing at NYFW, Jeanette is no longer a new kid on the block. The award-winning Dominican designer adorns the female silhouette with high end fabrics and a strong focus on elegant womenswear, exemplified in her latest FW2018 collection. The amazing part is despite the risk in her silouhettes and figures, Jeanette’s collection remains ready-to-wear, suitable for a stylish function, a day in the office or sitting front-row for her next presentation.

Gypsy Sport


Gypsy Sport’s gender bending garments always make each presentation a fun shock. How will cool kids style the next collection?

It seems only a few moments ago that Gypsy Sport was an emerging designer with virtually no recognition. However this champion of diversity is making a statement with cool kids all across the globe and doing so in a loud Jeremy Scott-esque way. It’s hard to believe that merely five years ago, Rio Uribe’s brainchild was just a Tumblr blog across travel and 90s street-style. But the VFiles alum is killing the east meets west mashup and definitely one of those streetwear brands you have to see to believe.

Abasi Rosborough


From the menswear side, Abasi Rosborough is one designer we want to see more of.

Has anyone else ever noticed that menswear labels typically contain two designers? Well Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough definitely aren’t going to break the mold, except when it comes to awards. Their first collection was in 2013 and they proceeded to build their recognition through FIT Designer Entrepreneurs (2015), Woolmark (2016) and LVMH (2017) award competitions. The latest collection, Hyperobject, seems to address the geopolitical environment of global warming, pollution and waste through the brand tenants of conscious design and sustainability. Political statements on the runway definitely won’t die this season.

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