30 minutes ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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At WGSN, we’re always on the lookout for what’s next – particularly within the realm of emerging designers. With New York Fashion week just days away, WGSN Catwalks Associate Editor Anna Ross hand picks three young designers on her radar, selected from our Brands to Watch report.
Cited as one of our one to watch during SS18, Matthew has been making his mark on the womenswear scene with covetable gender-fluid pieces – approved by no less than Rhianna herself. His debut catwalk show ticked the oversize shirting and off-shoulder styling boxes, complementing redone denim and a heavy hit of downtown attitude.
Founded by Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens, Telfar’s unisex line of clothes made for the “socially savvy shopper”. 2017 was a big year for the brand, scooping up the prestigious CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, injecting an investment of $400,000 into the New York-based label. Expect big things for 2018.
Fusing traditional African techniques with contemporary construction, Maki Oh challenges notions of beauty, cultural norms and identity through a feminist lens. The label pride’s itself on sustainability and female strength, and has been championed by the likes of Michelle Obama, Solange and Thandie Newton.
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