New York Fashion Week has officially begun and as we've learned, more designers are showing than ever before. New York seems to breed new talent at an alarming rate compared to other cities. And while that may irritate established designers and make our schedules that much more insane, we love nothing more than being surprised and blown away by a name we'd never heard before. Still, it can be tough to filter out the real talent from the ones who will fade into the background. All it takes to show a collection is time and money, but to show one that makes us want to see more--that takes something special. So, for the second year in a row, we've handpicked 15 relatively under-the-radar designers showing this week who we think are worth paying attention to. Click through to learn about each one and why we think you'll be seeing a lot more of them for seasons to come.
This weekend Fashionista relocated to the Surf Lodge in Montauk to work on some exciting new features for the site. (You'll just have to stay tuned to find out...). But just because we were working doesn't mean we didn't take a quick break to shop the venue's pitch-perfect pocket-sized boutique. Stocked with Suno, Mara Hoffman, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and the most adorable kids clothing by Lemlem, it was hard not to want everything in the store. Even the kids' clothes. But the designs that caught my eye were the lighter-than-air hand-dyed silk creations--tunics and wrap dresses--by label Electric Feathers.