12 Emerging Fashion Designers at WWDMAGIC
12 Emerging Fashion Designers at WWDMAGIC
For the past two seasons, WWDMAGIC has featured up-and-coming designers as part of its show. This year’s program builds upon the first two seasons. Check out these on-the-cusp collections from tomorrow’s most talked-about apparel and accessories designers, as WWDMAGIC, along with Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI) and Global Purchasing Companies, once again welcomes the Emerging Designer Showcase to North Hall. Below we’ve highlighted the emerging fashion designers for WWDMAGIC’s 2014 show:
Arefeh Mansouri's career began in Montreal, Canada at the age of 23. Born November 1980 in Tehran, Iran, Arefeh immigrated to Canada a the age of 16. She began studying fashion at Montreal's LaSalle College. After graduating from university, she launched and ran a women's sportswear line until she was offered a position in Milan, Italy as head designer for an Italian clothing firm. In 2007, she relaunched her line in the United States with a specific focus on couture wedding and evening wear. At the same time, she also pursued her passion for costume design. Today, you can find her designs featured in major Hollywood productions. Costume Designer Arefeh Mansouri is a Member of The Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences and The Costume Designers Guild 892.
Dominique Streater is the winning fashion designer from Season 12 of Project Runway! An avid artist since childhood, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design. Taking inspiration from nature, music, and history, Dominique incorporates these elements into her printmaking. She makes every design for all of her collections by hand in America in limited quantities. In this way, the customer can enjoy the exclusivity of well-made American clothing. Follow Dominique on Twitter.
DORI is a Canadian-based jewelry brand that focuses on innovation and creativity, when creating their collections. It’s their endeavor to touch the world with their passion, and they will persist to showcase all of the vibrancy, purity and innocence found in life through their designs. What set them apart are some of the “wearable technology” pieces in their products. You can follow them on Twitter.
LK Ateilier Jewelry
LK Atelier is the creation of childhood friends Leela and Kari Anne combine their passion, style, talent, and dedication to achieve their youthful dream of creating a unique, wearable, and collectible line of jewelry. Facets of east, west, and Polynesia all sparkle in Leela's style and design, and each of her pieces is inspired by the shimmering colors and textures of Thailand, infused with the primal natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. LK Atelier jewelry allures like the scent of the jasmine flower - native to Thailand and called Pikake in Hawaii. The pieces exude elegance, sensuality, fun and sophistication. Follow them on Twitter.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Love Loungewear founder Kassie Sadler Wilson, designs and manufactures 100% organic cotton clothing and sleepwear for women. Wilson uses her many years of experience as a retailer and working with women's clothing to design beautiful sophisticated styles to fit all ages. In keeping with her Midwestern roots, Kassie insists on keeping her production here at home in the United States. She uses only certified 100% organic cotton manufactured in North Carolina. She believes in doing what she can to help our economy, while creating much needed jobs at home. Follower her on Twitter.
While some people look at a handbag as a simple fashion accessory, Kentfield designer Lynn Tallerico believes they are much more. Her philosophy is that handbags are your trusty companion, they are something you bring everywhere and they help you organize your life. Her designs are both contemporary and timeless. Every bag that Lynn creates is unique since they are all hand sewn and detailed in her studio in Northern California. She often features a few "standard" leather selections, as well as small lot offerings, including handmade “one-of-a kind” handbags.
Paul Redmond" cutting edge designs and visionary of where fashion is heading . He designs everything digitally, uses laser cuts and uses three different types of 3D printing to achieve is futuristic forward collections. Check out his video interview on how he can customize anything for anyone and also how other designers can print his pieces themselves on YouTube. Customized manufacturing is the future of fashion.
Shanaz Designs is a Houston, Texas-based design firm founded by Bianca Chowdhury. Since she was a young girl, Bianca dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. Combining her eye for quality and detail, Bianca created a functional leather accessory line, using her middle name as inspiration for her firm’s namesake. Bianca’s motto: "Live the life you have imagined" - and clearly she’s living up to her dream. Follow Shanaz Designs on Instagram.
When it comes to Wearmena, it all started with paper dolls. Collecting them, painstakingly cutting them out, and most importantly creating them. Growing up, Wearmena’s founder Misty Rose’s (Mena) best friend was her grandmother. A trip to her grandmother’s house meant endulging in classic movies, glamour, martinis – and dolls. Cutting, creating, and designing dolls at a young age inspired Mena to pursue a career in fashion. Since graduating FIDM, she’s spent ten years working in different areas of the industry including design, textile design, pattern making, and wardrobe styling. Now, her signature collection will debut at WWDMAGIC. Follow her on Twitter.
Del Mar by Berjheny
Born in Venezuela, raised in Aruba, Del Mar is a swimsuit line that the brainchild of Berheny, a Parson graduate who spent her first years interning for The House of Gucci and Narcisco Rodriguez. Her goal and vision are to elevate beachwear to hold the same standards as many higher end fashion lines. Her cutting edge silhouettes feature Latin American inspiration in their prints. You can follower her on Twitter.
FANCYFOX is an Austin-based socially and sustainably responsible dress brand that uses only ethically-produced fabrics. Colorful, printed dress designs reflect the fun, family-owned brand. FANCYFOX manufactures locally right in their own backyard and prides itself on paying a living wage to the wonderful employees who manufacture each FANCYFOX dress. Follow them on Twitter.
This August, the participants are also competing in our the Creme de la Creme contest! In an effort to further launch their budding career, the winner of the Crème de la Crème contest will be chosen from the Emerging Designer Showcase. The winner will receive a round trip ticket to Paris, France, hotel accommodations, and an opportunity to present the line to the Galeries Lafayette women’s buying team for review. The winner to be announced via social media after the show
Come and discover your next favorite emerging design at August’s show!
Check out what last year's winner, Bano eeMee is up to now: Click Here