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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.
JAPAN: Mihara Yasuhiro; Junko Shimada
ITALY: Co|Te; Ilarian Istri; Frankie Morello
RUSSIA: Sergei Grinko
PORTUGAL: Ricardo Preto
GERMANY: Julia And Ben
TURKEY: Issev Bahri; Dilek Hanif
USA: Proezna Shouler; Jason Wu
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