Made Fashion Week, for which Milk Studios is the main hub, has become the cool, downtown younger sister (or fiercest competitor, depending on how you look at it) to Lincoln Center's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It's about the best option for a lesser-known designer without hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on a show during fashion week.
For one, there's the fact that each designer's venue, production, hair and makeup costs are taken care of. Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi and Keith Baptista, who launched the program in 2009, handpick the designers who get to show there, which lends each one legitimacy -- the fact that Joseph Altuzarra, Suno and other successful designers have been hosted there also does. Not to mention, Milk Studios is pretty much the place to be on the Saturday night of NYFW, with several shows and some sort of party all going on at once.
All 28 of the designers showing at Made's Milk Studios and Standard Hotel spaces next week are worth paying attention to -- Public School, Ostwald Helgason, Jonathan Simkhai, Timo Weiland, to name a few. But, we're especially excited about the seven designers who are joining their ranks for the first time, some of whom are getting lots of buzz already. Click through to learn a little bit about each one.
This rising star from Australia makes futuristic-yet-wearable and flattering dresses and separates for women, often using bold graphic prints and patterns, though he knows when to dial it down. He's on every editor's and buyer's one-to-watch list. Expect big things to come from this one.
Sold in cool stores like Opening Ceremony and Steven Alan, this menswear label was launched in 2009 by former RISD grad Lizzie Owens. She makes functional-yet-stylish clothes, often in fun, vibrant colors. We anticipate hot male models at her show.
Charles Harbison, who presented his debut collection two seasons ago following stints at Michael Kors and Billy Reid, is a bit of a wild card. His first collection was American sportswear-driven, while his last was a little more glam and flamboyant, with a few more casual pieces thrown in. A balance of these elements could make for a pretty great third collection.
This line, by designer Becca McCharen, is described as "structural experiments for the human body." The clothes are, indeed, experimental and structural, and comprised of swimsuits, lingerie and "architectural cages." McCharen was recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of “People Who are Reinventing the World in 2014.”
CG by Chris Gelinas
Gelinas honed his skills at some of the best fashion houses in the world: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga and, most recently, as first assistant to Olivier Theyskens at Theyskens' Theory. Last year, he won the Made for Peroni Young Designer Award, which granted him $40,000 and a guaranteed slot during Made fashion week. He makes luxurious, feminine womenswear using innovative fabrics and techniques.
Designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon know how to sell clothes: They worked in sales for Lanvin and Burberry, respectively. Thus, it's no surprise that their unisex line is utterly wearable. It's based on hip, modern interpretations of a baja sweatshirt you might find in Mexico. Except you'll find their clothes in stores like Maxfield and Kirna Zabete.
Maria Ke Fisherman
This Spanish designer makes bold, colorful '90s-tinged streetwear for men and women. And Miley Cyrus. Fisherman is responsible for that Miley Cyrus mesh-dress-with-pasties look from last September.