Two years ago, 10 up-and-coming designers joined the CFDA Fashion Incubator, a program that offers promising brands affordable studio space, business mentoring and the invaluable support of the CFDA. Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra and Public School are all former incubatees, and now the class of 2014 is getting ready to “graduate,” spread their wings and fly off on their own.
But not before presenting their fall 2014 collections. While a few of the 10 designers — Whit, Timo Weiland, Jonathan Simkhai — staged their own separate shows or presentations, many of them chose not to. So as a show of support, fashion PR powerhouse KCD gave each of them an online outlet to present their designs to press and buyers through its own Digital Fashion Shows platform, where assets like photos, videos and bios are available to download.
I didn’t have any shows after Timo’s this morning, so I spent the rest of the afternoon browsing their collections. Click through for some highlights from these outgoing designers, who are about to embark on a pretty pivotal time in their careers.