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3 Up & Coming Designers to Watch

While runway shows and fashion weeks have constantly supported a roster chock full of big names, these up and coming designers have taken a leap of faith showcasing collections in an effort to join the respected ranks.

Meet the latest designers shaking up the fashion world:

Unisex Fashion is pushing bounderies

images: Escada, Christopher John Rogers, Claudia Li, original prints from Polychrome

Claudia Li fashion brand

For her first official runway show during 2018's Spring New York Fashion Week, Claudia Li hoped to show her audience an inspiring and sweetly memorable recollection of her childhood in New Zealand. In an attempt to break from her reputation for tightly curated looks and presentations, Li took to reimagining her own authenticity and produced a unique show full of whimsical and floral depictions of her childhood landscape. Li gave her collection a personal touch by using the motif of Mount Cook Lilies, a flower native to her homeland. In sending off her Spring/Summer 2019 collection with a cast of only Asian female models, Li also used her first runway appearance to challenge stereotypes of Asian women highlighting that not every Asian women is alike.

If you love the floral prints in Li's line, check out our print shop for our own blooming prints and patterns. Here's a sampling of what we have to offer below:

Daisy Daze | Ornamental Lotus| Illustrated Poppies | Inked Floral | Chrysanthemum | Cherry Blossom

ESCADA creative director, Niall Sloan

Although this German luxury label was founded in 1978, it is receiving a breath of fresh air from rising designer Niall Sloan who was recently appointed Global Design Director. He has been turning heads back to Escada - Sloan's work ushers in a positive outlook for the label's 40th anniversary. New York Fashion Week 2018 marked his second collection and his first runway show appearance and the line was inspire by the 80’s wear that Escada was known for at the height of its popularity. Sloan brings back feminine power with polka dots, stripes, heart shaped motifs, and suits intended to restore the brand to its former glory.

Check out our French Connection trend forecast for ways you can include this style into your fashion line!

Some of our prints aligned with this aesthetic are below:

Neon Hearts | Building Blocks | Tricolor Stripes | Wrapped Dot | Distorted Dots | Heart of Glass

Christopher John Rogers fashion designer

This 24 year old designer is only two years out of Savannah College of Art and Design and he's on the verge of his big break. Having already designed for celebrities such as Cardi B and Sza, Christopher John Roberts is building a brand representing a new vision of color. Exploring the idea that clothing is a vehicle of expression, Rogers experiments with colors while challenging his audience with his unconventional use of pattern. Describing his Spring/Summer 2019 collection as befitting a "deserted California beach that had a midcentury couture salon show on the beach, but on Mars" this designer is looking to break barriers with his vibrant style.

Shop our prints to inject vibrant color into your fashion line! Here's a small selection below:

Bamboo | Mumbai Zig-Zag | Confetti Dot | Melting | Candy Wave| Snakeskin Abstract

For more ideas and inspiration along the lines of vibrant color, 80’s throwbacks, and more, follow us on Pinterest!


sources: Claudia Li | Vogue | Christopher John Rogers | Fashionista | WWD

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