Knowing your Prada from your Gucci is one thing, but if you can spot an emerging talent and snap up the designs before they either sell out or the price tag goes sky high then you’re a fashionista with excellent taste.
If however you’re looking for a new direction for your wardrobe and don’t know who to be following, here are 5 emerging fashion designers certainly gaining a pedigree for themselves in the industry.
Starting in the home of fashion – Italy, Nicolo Beretta has been making his mark on the designer catwalks since he was a teenager. He was only 15 when he launched his first range to critical acclaim – including the support of Italian Vogue’s leading voice Franca Sozzani.
Beretta works with laser cut leather and embroidery features heavily in his signature pieces. He looks to Warhol and his pop art for inspiration and feels that fashion is for all ages with his clothing aimed at women ‘aged 18-60’. Expect to see new ranges with big floral designs, bright palettes of colour and a generous use of crystals in seasons to come.
With a string of fashion studio internships under her belt before launching her own line to the world, Sandy Liang is being mooted as the new queen of understated cool. She’s a huge fan of pastel shades and New York upmarket boutiques are already stocking her clothing in shades of peony and powder pink. Biker jackets and boyfriend jeans are set to be her signature pieces with her ethos centring around items which are timeless and can be work again and again.
Her self-named brand Kaelen has been quietly gathering followers over the last five years and her brightly coloured ranges are attracting A-list stars such as actress and comedian Mindy Kaling and model and celebrity homemaker Blake Lively.
Her look for this autumn follows her love of colour and the addition of metallic fibres to mix the feel and look of her capsule items.
A leading light in new UK fashion design, Craig Green first made the headlines in 2013 when his first collection catwalk show featured men wearing black headpieces made from wood which completely blocked the faces of the models. He knew he had broken through into fulltime recognition when his 2014 launch received a standing ovation and some audience members openly in tears.
Canadian born Thomas Tait has now made London his home. His largely womenswear collections feature straight utilitarian lines and his colours are bold and sometimes clashing but it’s won him plaudits and awards from industry heavyweights such as Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs. A graduate from St Martins with an MA in fashion, he now uses his recent competition successes to promote his collections and his autumn range for this year features a mix of satin, mink and cashmere. Taking his inspiration from photographer Gregory Crewdson and film director David Lynch, Tait is a designer who certainly looks to break style clichés.