Five Emerging Fashion Designers in New York under 30
Paris may currently be the hottest town in the world because of the PFW, but in New York, the fashion scene is buzzing with energy 24/7. Today we showcase five emerging fashion designers who are currently doing phenomenal works in the big apple.
1- Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers is an African- American designer based in Brooklyn, New York. The 25 years old man started attending art classes at a young age in his hometown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After studying at Savannah College of Art, Rogers gained experience working for Rosie Assoulin and Tanya Taylor. He debuted his brand in 2019 with “joyous designs that brought the [fashion show] venue to life” as mentioned the CFDA. Something unique about Rogers is that he designs all his garments in his home in Brooklyn, and as if this is not unique enough, the young designer produces his collections after his regular full-time job at Diane Von Furstenberg. “When you love something so much, and you’re destined to do it, you have to go for it,” Rogers explains. His hard work is already paying off as he is building a loyal fan base and recently dressed SZA and Cardi B. Rogers added that what truly inspires him is that he wants “people to love these clothes and live in them. That’s more important to me than dressing celebrities or getting into editorials.”
2. Susan Fang
Grew up between China, Canada, the USA, and England, Susan Fang developed her unique aesthetic from her background. She debuted her womenswear collection in 2017 after graduated from Central Saint Martins. Perception and mathematics are key methodologies to create garments and accessories with innovative shapes, textiles, colors. “The patterns, textiles are complex yet precise. I wanted to replicate that in clothing; rhythm, movement, yet linked by a repeated concept,” Fang says. “Thus, I created air-weave. By switching the perspective of traditional weaving, the air-weave is completely free to grow in three dimensions instead of just 2D. It is able to have life, and is able to move, stretch, and swim between dimensions, and has freedom in the expression of color as it constantly changes through body movement.” Her weaved pieces are stretchy which give freedom to different body sizes. The work is only finished when wore.
3. Limeng Ye
Limeng Ye is a womenswear designer. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design in Beijing, China, before moving to New York City to pursue a Master degree in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons, The New School. Limeng cares about challenging people's thinking about society: "I see design as an experiment to explore how to communicate through clothing, hoping to awaken people's sensitivity to beauty in daily life through what they could wear." She explains that she has a particular interest in seeking new techniques to achieve results she does not always necessarily expect "I do not want to be stuck working in a particular technique or material as it's too limiting, and there are many powerful tools to convey my thinking.". The young designer's creations are very tactile, as Limeng mastered traditional hand techniques of knitwear and tailoring. She is very influenced by eastern society and culture, which creates a complexity that is at the core of her DNA.
4. Celine Haddad
Born and raised in Beirut- Lebanon, Céline Haddad is a French Lebanese womenswear designer that dreams big and has the motivation and determination to accomplish what she undertakes. Starting the young age of 18, the designer spent her summers in London and Paris exploring the various fields of the fashion industry including Journalism, PR and Creative Direction which she learned at the prestigious Condé Nast College in partnership with industry leading magazine British Vogue. She says “I think that what interests me the most in Fashion is how easy it looks on the outside but how challenging it actually is, and challenge is one of my biggest drives in life. The industry is not all sparkles and champagne and requires a lot of work and organization.”
That interest in challenge is what lead the young woman to move to New York after completing her Bachelor in Business Administration at the the American University of Beirut. In the Big Apple, Celine obtained a Fashion Design degree with Honors from Parsons School of Design. Soon after graduation, she went on assisting designers such as Richard Quinn at the 2019 MET Gala where she helped finalizing the dress of super model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge for the occasion. Céline will showcase her debut collection comprising of 12 looks at Vancouver Fashion Week this upcoming October. “I hope to see a mix of curiosity, excitement, and surprise in the audience’s eyes when they will see my designs on the runway. My collection is meant to challenge traditions and norms and be experimental, controversial and provocative”.
5. Caroline Hu
Caroline Hu is a Chinese designer based in New York. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL with a Bachelor in Arts in womenswear and with an MFA in fashion designer and society from Parsons School of Design, The New School in 2017. She then worked at Tory Burch, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu and went on launching her namesake brand based on romanticism in 2018. Hu’s first collection faced an incredible success, and she was shortlisted at for to major fashion prizes for emerging fashion designer - the LVMH Prize, and the Business of Fashion (BoF) China Prize, that she ended up winning. Hu has the ability to create brushstrokes out of fabric. Her princess-worthy dresses are the fruit of her love for painting and a technique that she alone possesses “she had to learn to build the clothes as she developed her fabrications – it is couture at its purest” noted Shelley Fox, director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program. Through her creations, Caroline Hu attempts to claim back the time that designers badly need in today’s hyper-speed fashion industry.