2012 Review: Fashion Game Changers

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Mary Katrantzou (AW12/13)

Mary Katrantzou (AW12/13)

Latticework and nylon jacquard patterns, bare-all peignoirs, turkish embroideries, distressed tie-dyes, animal prints. Fembot futurism, rebel glam, androgynous minimalism. Every year gets more curious in fashion. More global, more daring, more cross-cultural. And because of contemporary veterans (i.e. Lagerfeld, Simons, Muccia, Burton), the fashion bar continues to rise. But even our favorite legends know that the future of fashion relies heavily on the next generation of creativity. Catwalk Yourself recognizes 2012 as a big year for emerging designers from every degree of the globe.  And although the term ‘emerging’ is subjective, we like to think of it like they have arrived, stand tall, and are paving runways. In other words, Google anyone of them and it’s clear.

From Japan’s Mihara Yasuhiro to Britain’s Mary Katrantzou  and Italy’s Co|Te, our list of top emerging designers have all made names for themselves as creative influencers, natural connectors and the hardest working designers in the industry. They have each delivered contemporary allure that has captured the buzz of those in the biz of how fashion goes down today. From UK’s Hermione De Paula impressionist prints turned kitsch, to the signature waistlines and shapes of Sweden’s Acne, to the eponymous textiles of Thailand’s Thakoon, to the moon washing of Germany’s Julia And Ben, these designers are among the hundreds of riveting new talent, whom we recognize as game changers in fashion ’12. The forerunners in fashion of the future.

Without further ado, we applaud the invention and the ambition in creative development from the following fashion designers of 2012, and turn to their energy for more adventure as we embark upon 2013.

UK: Hermione De Paula; Jonathan Saunders; Mary Katrantzou; Giles Deacon

JAPAN: Mihara Yasuhiro; Junko Shimada

ITALY: Co|Te; Ilarian Istri; Frankie Morello

RUSSIA: Sergei Grinko

PORTUGAL: Ricardo Preto

GERMANY: Julia And Ben

SWEDEN: Acne

THAILAND: Thakoon

TURKEY: Issev Bahri; Dilek Hanif

USA: Proezna Shouler; Jason Wu

 

 

 

Jonathan Saunders -Resort 2012

Jonathan Saunders -Resort 2012

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Jonathan Saunders – Resort 2012

jonathan-saunders-resort-2012

Jonathan Saunders – Resort 2012

Ricardo Preto (Portugal)

Ricardo Preto (Portugal)

Ricardo Preto

Ricardo Preto (Portugal)

Dilek Hanif 2012

Dilek Hanif (Turkey)

Dilek Hanif 2012

Dilek Hanif (Turkey)

Mary Katrantzou (AW12/13)

Mary Katrantzou (United Kingdom)

-Mary Katrantzou (AW12/13)

Mary Katrantzou (United Kingdom)

Co|Te

Co|Te (Italy)

Co | Te

Co | Te (Italy)

Julia and Ben

Julia and Ben (Germany)

Julia and Ben

Julia and Ben (Germany)

Sergei Grinko

Sergei Grinko (Russia)

Thakoon (Thailand)

Thakoon (Thailand)

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