New York Fashion Week is unlike any other. It is where designers, models, and really anyone else in the creative cluster come together for a 60-minute stint to show if they will make or break it in the industry. Important people will be in the crowds to love or loath designs and, with over 250 designers showing this week, the rookies are going to have to step it up in order to leave their imprint in this crazy-cool and chaotic biz we like to call the fashion industry.
Although a veteran to the industry, Gemma Kahng
is making a comeback this NYFW and has been the biggest buzz of the hour. Kahng’s designs were a hit back in the early '90s but, like many, her 15 minutes of fame was up once the Y2K hit and thus, she went into hiding. Now that she has arisen from hibernation, we are expecting her to come back with a bang and show us that she is here for the long haul. During an interview with StyleCaster, she was quoted explaining, "My work is getting more complicated and at the same time, more refined. What I am doing now requires a more difficult process but at the end it is more thought-out." It will be interesting to see what Kahng has in store for us, but we are confident it will be a cohesive presentation.
William Okpo designers Darlene and Lizzy Okpo
Next on our list of designers to look is William Okpo
. As confusion will have it, William Okpo is actually not one, but two designers, and twin sisters for that matter: Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. The two started their first line in 2010 and being the kin of Nigerian immigrants, these girls enjoy creating designs sure to juxtapose an immigrant’s sense of style and the American cultural norm of clothing. A fascinating concept when thought about and, if done right, definitely a great idea that could to leave us all with a lasting impression.
And last but not least is Samantha Pleet
. This Brooklyn designer has been out and about in the fashion scene since 2006, but her artistic-meets-ethereal inspirations are what will set her apart from others. The most interesting piece of knowledge about this up-and-coming designer is the recent traveling she did around the world to discover new muses and inspirations for her designs, and she even blogged about it on her website to keep that personal connection with her followers. If her designs this week are as thought provoking as her process to attain them is, she should have no problem keeping the talk going on amongst the fashion scene.
Be sure to keep tabs on these designers as they may just be the next big things to come our way!