These designers might not have founded the most famous or commercially known fashion houses in the world like Gucci or Versace. However, they are distinguished leaders in innovation that might end up being design icons for our future generations.
1. Virgil Abloh
The Off White designer sourced by Kanye has officially take over 2018. At least the TIME 100 list thinks so. Abloh is shaping the industry and adding diversity to it. It also helps that he’s the “it’ brand in young Hollywood right now. He was also just appointed Loui Vuitton’s artistic director.
2. Molly Goddard
Some people only know Molly Goddard for that ridiculous but stunning pink dress in Killing Eve, but it turns out that every one of this avant-garde designer’s looks absolutely slay. From billowing, innovative gowns to sheer and whimsical creations, Goddard gets 5 stars in originality.
3. Demna Gvasalia
This is the guy that send models at Paris Fashion Week down the runway in Crocs. Hailing from Soviet Georgia, he is head designer at Vetements and is now replaced Alexander Wang as Creative Director for Balenciaga. He also led design ties as Louis Vuitton and Maison Margiela.
4. Simon Porte Jacquemus
This designer is taking the fashion industry by storm, and he’s not even 30 yet. He’s completed both menswear and womenswear. He’s now for his French motifs and Breton stripes, walking the fine line between couture and commercial. His tiny handbags are a recent hit with celebs, as Rihanna was seen rocking them.
5. Calvin Luo
Luo has made Forbes 30 under 30 list, and for good reason. He told a narrative of strong and powerful women at his spring/summer 2019 collection, citing that he was inspired by female spies. His style is boss lady meets fashionista, and we’re obsessed with it. “Working Girl” the sequel, much?
6. Gabriela Hearst
Gabriella Hearst is the designer of fashion’s hottest bag at the moment, and just opened a gorgeous NYC store. Her style is classic, sustainable and timeless, unlike many of the fad trends taking over nowadays. Her celebrity clients like Laura Dern and Daisy Ridley know that. Her garments are chic as well, but a memorable accessory is a hard feat to accomplish.
7. Telfar Clemens
Telfar is the king of normcore who claims to be making fashion for everyone, and won last year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In a world full of niches, we can appreciate this generalist who also makes gender neutral garments. His tagline has even been, “Not for you – for everyone.”
8. Alana Pallister
Alanna created the fashion brand I.AM.GIA, known for her effortless cool girl looks which blend a high end aesthetic with streetwear. Gia is all about empowered and independent gals. She wants her wearers to feel like a badass, and most of them are, including Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid.
This NYC brand is sometimes referred to as an art house masquerading as fashion, but we just think it’s a beautiful marriage between the two. They use pop culture references to engage broader social issues and are the anti-fashion rebels of the industry.
We already mentioned head designer Demna Gvasalia, but not the full design collective from Paris. The design team also includes his brother Guram and give other friends who joined tougher from many fashion houses. It is pragmatic and down to earth comfort-wear/athleisure for the masses, but has a celeb cult following, too.