As we go into the New Year, it seems only fitting to look at the new. In this case, new designers on the verge of having their big break in 2014. These are the names to look out for in the world of fashion this coming year and beyond.
This 31 year old Belgian designer originally studied sculpture, but following his graduation from La Cambre in 2006 his provocative collection (inspired by the porn star La Cicciolina) changed his career trajectory when the iconic Karl Lagerfeld took notice of his work and hired him to work at the furrier department of Fendi. He launched his own line in 2009 and his body conscious, and often risque, pieces gained a steady following from fashion It girls and models alike. Since that first collection, Vaccarello has dressed celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Nicole Richie and Kylie Minogue in addition to supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anja Rubik,and Izabel Goulart. The coming year looks like it should be another solid year of growth for this new talent. Following months of rumors, he recently confirmed he will be working alongside Donatella Versace to design a capsule collection for Versus by Versace, which is set to debut sometime in 2014. With a big name like Versace behind him, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of ladies showing some skin in Vaccarello’s revealing dresses on the red carpet in 2014.
This Athens born designer has gained a reputation since her first collection in 2009 for being one of the most innovative and avant garde designers out there. The 30 year old Central Saint Martins graduate is known for her unexpected prints and heavily sculpted pieces. She is one of the few current designers focused on pushing fashion forward instead of constantly referencing past styles. Her collections have run the gamut from haunted forests, to perfume bottles, to postage. The only consistent thread is her innate ability to create jaw dropping pieces out of the most unusual inspirations. Celebrity trend setters such as Diane Kruger, Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Keira Knightley, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Banks, Solange Knowles, and Scarlett Johansson have all chosen Katrantzou’s directional pieces for red carpet events. For 2014 it looks like Katrantzou will be focusing on expanding her offerings. Her line is already carried in over 200 stores worldwide, but it’s predicted that number will be steadily increasing through the next year.
Christopher Kane has emerged as the face of London’s current surge of young designers shaking up the fashion scene. Since he showed his first collection back in 2006, he has gained a cult following among the style set. This year was a breakthrough for him as he sold a majority stake of his company to the luxury goods giant, Kering. The deal will see Kane branching out into accessories as well as establishing namesake stores in the coming year. Another shining beacon in 2013 for Kane was being awarded the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards. His designs appeal to many different types of women from different walks of life. He’s dressed a menagerie of very different celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Moretz, Salma Hayek, Emma Watson, Chloe Sevigny, Florence Welch, Britney Spears, Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, and Victoria Beckham. There are not many designers who can appeal to both J.Lo and the future Queen of England, which speaks to the universal appeal of his work. As previously mentioned, the sale of a majority share of his company to Kering will likely make 2014 a very busy year for this 30 year old Brit. Keep an eye out for Christopher Kane shoes and bags to be hitting shop shelves as well as getting increased representation on celebrity models.
Since the launch of his label, Altuzarra, Joseph Altuzarra has become one of the faces of New York fashion. After cutting his teeth at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy, Altuzarra presented his first collection in 2008. He immediately gained the support of CR Fashion Book’s editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld, formerly EIC of French Vogue. Her support opened many doors for the young designer and began his continuing collaboration with power stylists Vanessa Traina and Melanie Huynh, both also former French Voguettes. The buzz surrounding him thanks to the support of Roitfeld, Traina, and Huynh was immediate and intense. Many labeled him as the next Tom Ford, due to the long working relationship between Roitfeld and Ford while Ford was at Gucci. His designs are made for strong, empowered women, which can be evidenced by the women he’s outfitted: Amy Adams, Elizabeth Olsen, Lake Bell, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Alison Williams, Michelle Williams, and Lana Del Rey, to name a few. Like Christopher Kane, Altuzarra sold stake in his company to luxury giant Kering in 2013, however it was only a minority stake. This financial boost to his company should be what he needs to become a household name in the way that his contemporaries, namely Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, have become.
Having just graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2007, the 28 year old, Georgian designer has already made quite a name for himself. Following his debut collection in 2010 he became a fast favorite of Beyonce, who frequently wears custom David Koma designs on stage. Despite a relatively slow start out of the gate, he’s gained a big following from popstars like Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna in addition to the support of supermodels Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Natalia Vodianova, and Naomi Campbell. Earlier this month it was announced that Koma would be assuming the role of creative director for the House of Thierry Mugler, no small feat. His avant garde designs are a perfect fit for the cutting edge DNA of the Mugler brand. In 2014 Koma is going to be busier than ever, working on collections for his own label as well as Mugler. The increased visibility he has received since his appointment at Mugler has been monumental, and many have high hopes for him to finally salvage the fledgling fashion brand. Look out for his first collection for Mugler to debut sometime this year.
The Chicago born/Atlanta raised Wes Gordon has been on the verge of breaking through the crop of young New York designers for years. Expect 2014 to be the year he’s able to establish himself as one of the new faces of American fashion. During his time working under American fashion giants Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, Gordon was able to cultivate a refined level of taste that is evident in all his designs. His first big break into the spotlight came when the ultimate American tastemaker, Michelle Obama, wore a jacket of his in 2012. Since then Kerry Washington, Gwyneth Paltrow, January Jones, Katy Perry, Juliette Lewis, and Emily Blunt have all walked the red carpet in his ladylike designs. With a Southern sensibility and an incredible skill for tailoring, Gordon has been able to secure spots in a few department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2014, expect the number of stores carrying his line to increase dramatically along with his visibility to rise on the red carpet after a solid representation in 2013. It also wouldn’t be surprising if we saw Mrs. Obama donning another one of his classic designs during her many public events.
About the Author: Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment, fashion, and culture blogger for Direct-ticket.net. He lives and works in Chicago which only encourages him to feed his ever growing collection of coat and scarves. When not writing he can be found on Michigan Avenue doing “field research”.