New York Fashion Week is not just home to American or New York-based designers. A slew of out of towners flock to the Big Apple to show their creations each September and February, and we found out why from six of this season's participants. You know what they say--if you can make it here...
Kiledjian was born in France where he founded his first line, Guilty Brotherhood. He just moved to New York and debuted his eponymous collection to rave reviews on Monday.
Why New York?: "I've always been on a collision course with NY, it was instinctive, just like the city itself."
The designer of his namesake label was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He became Elie Saab’s protégé while in school in Beirut.
Why New York?: “I chose New York for my show this season because I know my collection is right for the American market. I am confident that my creations will have success on the red carpet.”
Jimfelt-Ghatan and Per Holknekt of Odd Molly
The duo behind laid back brand Odd Molly are both from Sweden, but operations are divided between their homeland and Los Angeles, where the line was born.
Why New York?: "New York Fashion Week kicks off the world's fashion week on a global level and where better to show than at Lincoln Center, a world renown venue. Even though the Odd Molly girl has an easy West Coast sensibility she is very in touch with art, music, culture in which has great New York City influence."
Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan of Mackage
The Mackage designers are from Montreal, Canada, but their offices and retail stores are scattered around the globe. They work from New York, Toronto, as well as Montreal, and their two flagship stores are located in New York and Paris.
Why New York?: "New York city offers the best stage, in our opinion, for our collection as we want to make sure that the world can have access to the strong designs coming from Canada. And while we are based in Montreal, we have lived in New York ourselves during the process of building our business and the city is so much a part of our personal and professional style as is our home in Montreal."
Laing, who once studied under Alexander McQueen, was born in Canada, and then grew up on an army base in Germany. Today he lives and creates his own collection in Toronto, Canada.
Why New York?: "New York is the closest major fashion market to Toronto, where I'm based. So, similar to the Antwerp designers in the '90s, who decamped to Paris because it was close to home, logistically it makes sense for me to show in New York."
Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen:
The masterminds behind Preen live and work in London, England but made the switch to New York Fashion Week in 2007, and have showed here ever since.
Why New York?: "The energy, professionalism, optimism and positivity!"