The 10 Best Emerging American Fashion Designers



He is one of the few designers that made the real kick off debut in the fashion world. Phillip Lim, one of the most promising American, up and coming designers and winner of the CFDA Award in 2007 has definitely a lot to give. He started his brand in 2004, financed by his fabrics-supplier friend Wen Zhou, and he became almost overnight the darling of Hollywood trendsetters. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Borsworth are among the fans of Philip Lim’s ultra feminine style and lovely sequins.



The ‘chosen’ of Anna Wintour. The Thai in origin fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul, unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and has since then become an A-List name in the emerging designers list. His lines are characterized by a recognizable wit and sophistication whereas his fans list includes the hottest names including Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Demi Moore and Natalie Portman. A large selection of the best Thakoon pieces can be found at Net-a-Porter.





The skillful duo behind our beloved Proenza Schouler. Yes, they are the ones coming up with this season’s must-have PS1 satchels and a whole range of super-coveted pieces that every stylish woman adores. Lazaro Hernandez, the Miami-raised ‘fashion kid’ joined forces the suburban New Jersey designer Jack McCollough – both Parsons’ alumni – to create one of today’s most successful up and coming fashion labels. Their labels can be found in the hottest  online shopping spots including Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and Luisa Via Roma among others.




The New York based and Parsons dropout Alexander Wang has been for some time now in our watch list. Grunge-modern but at the same time classy, he launched his first collection in 2007 and only one year after he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. His lines feature straight cuts, amazing evening dresses and edgy accessories.





Another up-and-coming design duo, the sisters Mulleavy who are behind the success of the new coming label Rodarte. It has been voted as one the critics’ favorite new entries and the collections are always much anticipated. The label was launched in 2005 by the LA-based duo and has been seen worn in red-carpet by top names in Hollywood such as Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman.




Although Parisian in origin, Joseph Altuzarra was eventually drawn by the vibrant beauties of NYC. Having passed from the Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy ateliers, he resided in the inspiring New York to launch his own ready-to wear line in 2008. According to the designer his ultimate goal is ‘to provide a contemporary and practical wardrobe for the modern professional woman’ managing to transform practicality intro chic. He has been featured on the covers of several top magazines including Vogue, ELLE and W Magazine, whereas he recently won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.





For many of us, one of our latest fashion cravings is at least one RK item in our closets. Either it would be cashmere knits, a stylish leather satchel or even a pair of the designer’s structured platforms, it is only sure that Reed Krakkoff is a name that we will hear a lot in the future. Having spent more than 20 years designing for classic American brands such as Ralph Lauren and Coach, Reed debuted his namesake womenswear line in 2010. The ready-to wear line was instantly adored by the fashion critics making his brand one of the star entries of luxe online sales channels such as Net-a-Porter.





If you currently visit the Neiman Marcus online boutique you will instantly come across Naeem Khan’s creations. The Indian-born fashion designer launched his personal line in 2003, which soon become the favorite of many celebrities, as his gowns are perfect for red carpet appearances. His collection is carried in more than two hundred outlets in the United States including Bergdorf & Goodman as also in the Middle East’s favorite online fashion channel Boutique1.





We first heard of Jason Wu in 2006 at the debut of his ready-to-wear women’s collection. His style is the essence of New-York fuss-free, elegance featuring chiffons, tailored jackets and red-carpet light feminine dresses. Graduate from Parsons, he interned at Narciso Rodriguez and he then set off to create what American women want. His client list features among others Michelle Obama, Ivanka Trump and Leighton Meester.





Thinking eveningwear? Then think Prabal Gurung. The Singapore-raised and currently NY-based designer has been on the top of our new designers’ list. Graduate from the Parsons School of design and having worked in the studios of  Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, Prabal set off in 2009 to create his own line featuring elegant eveningwear that were loved by the fashion clique. A selection of his pieces can be found online at Net-a-porter.


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