Use the sale to invest in the big fashion names of tomorrow with our top pick of emerging labels
Cushnie Et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs Resort 2013
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’ New York-based label is edgy, directional high-fashion that never goes too far. In short, their sexed-up take on downtown cool is super wearable. The British and Canadian duo founded their label in 2005 after meeting at Parsons School of Design and Michelle Obama has already commissioned a dress from them.
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Suno Spring/Summer 2013
Suno is a future fashion heavyweight with a conscience. Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis started the label in 2008 in the aftermath of the post-election violence in Osterweis’ second home of Kenya. Their first collection was produced in the country using local textiles in a bid to help the economy, but it also defined their style: chic tailoring with an exotic twist.
Christian Wijnants Spring/Summer 2012
Slouchy and directional in that inimitable Belgian way, but shot through with glamour and a sense of luxury, Antwerp-based Christian Wijnants’ perennially elegant collections scored him the coveted Grand Prix at the Hyères Festival. He debuted his eponymous collection in 2003, and the industry is finally waking up to his potential as the thinking woman’s wardrobe choice.
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Nicholas Kirkwood Autumn/Winter 2012
Swiftly emerging as the natural heir to Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood’s daring take on high-fashion footwear sealed his ascent to shoe royalty by winning the British Fashion Council and Vogue’s Fashion Fund this year. The Brit’s architectural, sculpted heels in the most high-octane of materials have already earned him a who’s who client list that includes the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Creatures of the Wind
Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2012
This ethereal Chicago-based label is a favourite of style insider and blogger Garance Doré. Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters collaborated on sewing and pattern-making projects before launching their own label in 2007. The folksy, hand-crafted quality of their collections, described as both ‘romantic and subversive’, won them a runner-up spot on Vogue’s Fashion Fund list.
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