Meet 15 Designers Making Their NYFW Debuts

With so many designers jumping ship this season, there's more room for the newbies.
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When it comes to New York Fashion Week, a lot of designers appear to have jumped ship this season, switching up either the location or timing — or both — of their shows and presentations. Of course, that just leaves room for newcomers to get even better venues and time slots. Once again, NYFW will host a slew of new names — including both up-and-coming local talent and buzzy labels from overseas. Read on for 15 to watch, each of whom will be showing solo in New York for the first time.

Philipp Plein

For years, German designer Philipp Plein has been shocking Milan Fashion Week show-goers with his completely over-the-top runway shows, featuring elements fit for a pop star's arena tour — pyrotechnics, elaborate sets with various motorized apparatuses, robots, surprise celebrity appearances, musical performances and more. Money is no object, it seems, and you can bet he'll be bringing his A-game for his first stateside show. (Monday, Feb. 13)

Chris Gelinas for Becken

In the beginning of 2017, year-old womenswear brand Becken announced that it had hired Chris Gelinas as its creative director. Becken has roots in Kentucky and is inspired by a Southern equestrian lifestyle. Gelinas's own four-year-old brand, CG, has been nominated for both the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and LVMH Fashion Prize. (Wednesday, Feb. 8)

RTA

RTA, which stands for Road to Awe, is pretty much an off-duty Instagirl's dream wardrobe, and has appropriately been worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman and even Cindy Crawford. Founded in 2013 by Eli Azran and David Rimokh, the line is sold by retailers like Shopbop, Revolve, Neiman Marcus and Barneys, in addition to its own store in LA. We're told a New York location is in the pipeline. (Friday, Feb. 10)

Chi Zhang

Chi Zhang sounds a bit like the Philipp Plein of China, where he is known for staging elaborate runway shows. This time, he'll bring his fall 2017 collection to the Space Shuttle Pavilion at The Intrepid Museum. Zhang, who launched his line in 2007, also aims to bring awareness to issues like environmental protection, and wants to reclaim the phrase "Made in China" to cast it in a more positive light. (Monday, Feb. 13)

Gudrun x Gudrun

This Danish knitwear label will make its U.S. debut with a presentation — or "installation" as it's being called — hosted by Natalie Joos, complete with a Faroese musician, Teitur, and chef, Leif Sorensen. (Tuesday, Feb. 7)

Asaf Ganot

Asaf Ganot launched his sophisticated-yet-functional menswear line in 2013. He's shown a couple of women's looks on the runway in the past, but NYFW marks the full debut of womenswear for the New Jersey-bred designer. (Saturday, Feb. 11)

Linder

Similarly, Co-Creative Directors and Designers Sam Linder and Kirk Millar launched Linder in 2013 as a menswear line, which made its NYFW: Men's last July. This NYFW will mark the launch of womenswear. (Friday, Feb. 10)

Nina Tiari

We don't know much about Nina Tiari other than that she's worked as a stylist, peppers her Instagram with many a chic outfit photo and has great hair. This NYFW runway show will mark the debut of her first collection. (Monday, Feb. 13)

Hayley Elsaesser

Hayley Elsaesser is partnering with Hasbro on a My Little Pony-inspired collection for her NYFW debut. As you've probably already guessed, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are already fans of her colorful designs. And what sells better than nostalgia? (Wednesday, Feb. 8)

Mused by Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones has worked for Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs, in addition to working as an actor, artist and model — she's acted for Larry Clark and posed for Playboy. Expect a subversive and politically charged fall 2017 collection. (Wednesday, Feb. 15)

Christopher Esber

We named Christopher Esber a label to watch last year after we saw his resort 2017 collection in Sydney. He's steadily been building buzz in Australia with his clean, considered and beautifully tailored clothing, and we have the feeling that buzz will rise considerably after his New York debut. (Monday, Feb. 13) 

Foundrae

This fine jewelry line has quickly become an insider hit for its distinctive, yet somehow familiar, aesthetic. Founded by Beth Bugdaycay, who helped launch Rebecca Taylor almost 18 years ago, the line is feminine without being precious, with pieces that are spiritual and symbolic without looking too hippy-dippy. Watch out for them on the rings and necks of your coolest friends. (Wednesday, Feb. 8)

Christian Cowan

Christian Cowan has dressed Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and several other celebrities despite never having held a proper runway show. We think it's safe to say the NYFW debut of this London-born, New York-based and Central Saint Martins-trained designer won't be boring. (Thursday, Feb. 9)

Domingo Zapata

World-renowned artist Domingo Zapata, who's collaborated on collections for the likes of Alice + Olivia and Superga in the past, will present his first-ever range of womenswear in an art-meets-fashion show this season. The event is being staged at infamous Lower East Side nightclub The Box, so we're betting this won't be your standard runway fare. (Monday, Feb. 13)

MPG

"Active lifestyle brand" MPG will stage its first NYFW show during a presentation co-hosted by Lorenzo Martone, whose PR firm handles the brand. MPG Founder and CEO Ash Modha, a refugee of Eastern Africa whose family fled to Canada to escape oppression, donates a portion of every sale to schools and orphanages in Kenya and Uganda. (Monday, Feb. 13)

Group Shows:

VFiles

The following designers have been handpicked to show during NYFW on the increasingly influential VFiles stage:

Strateas Carlucci​ (Melbourne)
Snow Xue Gao​ (NYC)
Daniëlle Cathari ​(Amsterdam)

(Friday, Feb. 10)

Nolcha Shows

This platform for emerging designers will include the NYFW debuts of the following:

Chèlbè (Monday, Feb. 13)
Son Collection (Monday, Feb. 13)
Wren & Roch (Wednesday, Feb. 15)

Flying Solo

This New York boutique acts as a marketplace for a slew of up-and-coming designers, and for NYFW it's turning that model into an event. Twenty-four designers will debut their collections at this collective show. (Friday, Feb. 10)

Fashion Hong Kong

This show will feature three emerging designers from Hong Kong: 

Harrison Wong
Loom Loop
Cynthia & Xiao

(Wednesday, Feb. 15)

Homepage photo: Christopher Esber

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