4 NYFW designers you probably don't know, but definitely should

Up and Coming Designers at Fashion Week
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4 NYFW designers you probably don't know, but definitely should

The Atlanta-raised Azede Jean-Pierre is the designer to watch out for. Originally from Haiti, Jean-Pierre studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has climbed upward through the ranks, dressing the likes of Solange Knowles and Angie Harmon with hopes of styling Michelle Williams and Kerry Washington next. Her focus? Cut, color and proportion. Her designs reflect vibrancy of the tropics and incorporate playful (yet smart) use of beetle prints. We adore her for her devotion to designing clothes that a girl can treasure but also live in and love for life!

Nellie Partow, a veteran in the fashion field for roughly four years now, knows what real women need. A wizard at laborious craftsmanship, the budding designer has utilized magnificent materials—think eelskin!—to produce outstanding ready to wear jackets and dresses for the everyday fashionista. Partow tailors her clothes to perfection, balancing strength with femininity for flawless designs that make you look and feel good. Smart use of color and unexpected silhouettes make her namesake brand a standout at NYFW as she’s set to show her collection Saturday night.

Charles Harbison boldly pulls from all corners of inspiration, embracing downtown chic and cabana shores to formulate signature style full of sumptuous color. Showing no fear, the Brooklyn based designer is a master mixer at referencing cultural muses ranging from iconic actress Katharine Hepburn to R&B songstress Aaliyah. Plus, the former architecture student never shies away from connecting his ideal girl with her masculinity while maintaining a sense of flirtatiousness here and there. Huge splashes of luxe reds, mustards and magentas have quickly become the Michael Kors alum's marquee. More of his boyish interpretations on Americana classics are sure to shake things up this NYFW! 

Unisex label Baja East has created collections completely metamorphic to men’s and women’s apparel. But its founders weren’t always cutting and sowing the hottest new designs. Founders Scott Studenberg and John Targon left their former jobs as sales directors Lavin and Burberry, respectively to create their gender-bending brainchild with salesmen smarts. Inspired by Mexican baja, the label’s look is a luxurious take on beachy cool seamlessly mixed with urban flair and ikat on ikat on ikat. In shops around the country (Canada, too!), Baja East showcases their laid-back style and is primed to ‘wow’ critics once again this Saturday at the Standard.


New York Fashion Week is officially in full swing and the city is abuzz with feverish excitement over world-renowned designers set to showcase their latest creations on the runway. Editors, fashion buyers and enthusiasts alike have been counting down the months to this infamous week full of inspiration, enviable street style and a pinch of celebrity hobnobbing. But for many up-and-coming designers not quite in the glare of publicity yet, NYFW is the event of a lifetime.

Coming off of a high of praise and curiosity from previous shows, a new set of designers are here to claim their stake in the fashion industry. These NYFW underclassmen, many the participants of MADE Fashion Week, are sure to be household names before you can say 'Maison Martin Margiela.' And with Fashion Week conventions being broken more than ever (bye, bye Lincoln Center and hello Brooklyn!), designers like Azede Jean-Pierre and Charles Harbison are primed to take center stage. Rousing critics with their spring/summer 2014 collections, these are the NYFW designers you haven't heard of but are about to love.

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