Who Are the New Wave of Up and Comers in the World of High Fashion?
When people think of high fashion, they often think of well-established fashion houses, such as Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci. However, exciting new designers enter the fashion world every year.
Sohee Park, better known as “Miss Sohee,” is a London-based womenswear designer. Park was drawn to fashion by the feeling of escapism she experienced when doing illustrations. Eventually, she would bring her illustrations to life in her first collection, titled “The Girl In Full Bloom.” Miss Sohee has dubbed her style as “demi-couture.”
The Korean-born designer’s work has been called the “new generation of Haute Couture” and her looks have been worn by stars such as Miley Cyrus, Gemma Chan, and Cardi B. A new partnership with the legendary Italian design house Dolce and Gabbana is sure to take her career to the next level.
Dolce and Gabbana fans will notice similarities in the way both designers celebrate the female form and mix intrinsic attention to detail with avant-garde eccentricity. The team will present Park’s first Fashion Week runway show during the Fall/Winter 2022 season in Milan in February.
Ives is an LVMH Prize finalist who studied at Central Saint Martins. In his young career, he has already dressed Adwoa Aboah for the Met Gala and caught the eye of Rihanna. He utilizes vintage clothing and discarded fabrics to create unique ready-to-wear clothing.
Maisie Schloss is a Parsons grad who launched her Los Angeles-based brand in June of 2019. Before starting her brand, Maisie Wilen, she worked for Kanye West’s brand Yeezy and was the first designer to receive his creative incubator grant. She is best known for party looks that are as comfortable as they are fun.
Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena
Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena are a pair of London-based designers who met while attending Central Saint Martins. Like fellow grad, Connor Ives, they also use vintage fabrics in their work. Their sustainably focused brand, Chopova Lowena, has already built up a following for its signature pleated patchwork skirts.
Charles de Vilmorin
Charles de Vilmorin launched his first collection in April of 2020 at the age of 24. His quilted jackets, which are inspired by artist Niki de Sainte Phalle, earned him an invitation to GucciFest from Alessandro Michele the following November. His first haute couture collection walked the runway in January of 2021. He is now set to claim the top job at the French fashion house Rochas. He intends to launch his first Rochas collection in 2022 while also working on his own line.
Daniel W. Fletcher
Daniel W. Fletcher began his fashion career with jobs at Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, and Victoria Beckham. He earned his way to the final round of Netflix’s series Next in Fashion in 2020. He is currently working on his own line and serving as the artistic director at Fiorucci.
Peter Do and four of his friends founded the Peter Do fashion line in 2018. The Vietnamese designer is known for flouting fashion industry traditions, such as presenting when and where he wants, instead of during the usual fashion schedule. Do developed his clean, minimal tailoring style while working under Phoebe Philo at Celine. His work has attracted the attention of celebrities, such as Solange and Zendaya.
Kenneth Ize is Vienna-born and Nigeria-based. He founded his collection in 2013 and focuses on using locally produced fabrics and labor to preserve Nigerian craft. Ize was a finalist for the 2019 LVMH prize. His signature look features a bright woven cloth called Aso Oke.
These exciting young designers are proof that high fashion isn’t just for old rich people. Their collaborations with established houses, such as Dolce and Gabbana, are bringing high fashion to a whole new audience.