The New York Fashion Week is one of the few times in the United States that collections from international designers and rookies showing great promise are displayed for fashion employees, journalists and the general populace to appreciate. As it is considered one of the world’s Big 4 when it comes to fashion calendar events, being included in it can only mean that one has carefully gone through the eye of the needle to become worthy of a slot in the week-long series of events. It often sets the stage for those who are just beginning in the industry because being in the calendar often leads to growing one’s influence and following. We can only assume better things for the following designers who have made their debut on the event with their Spring 2019 collections.
Christopher John Rogers
Christopher John Rogers is in many industry insiders’ list even before his first time in the NYFW. The Savannah College of Art and Design alumnus made his graduating year more special by being selected as one of that year’s CFDA Design Graduates, which in turn opened many opportunities for him, including sponsorships from Saga Furs and Swarovski as well as being included on the NYFW schedule. His debut collection has been described as “authentic” in that it encourages being lighthearted and unafraid, colorful and expressive, all the while giving off the impression that one has to be taken seriously. Rogers takes inspiration from vintage France and West Africa for his debut.
The self-named label was the designer Kozaburo Akasaka’s post-Parsons project, which has been well-earned considering his achievements so far in the industry. The Japanese designer who became a finalist for the 2017 LVMH Prize takes inspiration in the three places he has lived in, neatly tying the influences of Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States into one in his predominantly menswear brand. Kozaburo considers his collection generally genderless though, and fitting for both men and women.
It may be Saks Potts‘ first chance at the New York Fashion Week, but it has gained momentum through one particular piece that we can only imagine would be hard to follow up. Its statement coats are fuzzy, eye-catching and just plain lovely, so you can’t blame the women who were spotted wearing them on seemingly without the intention of abandoning them soon. Their fashion show has also been a display of the dramatic and the Olympian-inspired, and while it hasn’t been smooth all throughout, the brand is still worth looking up in succeeding fashion shows.
Marina Moscone’s debut in the NYFW is a dream come true for the designer. All the time the Parsons graduate spent on taking notes since she was a child paid off in 2018, when her brand known for being meticulous in make and materials took a chance at the major fashion event’s limelight. Her debut collection is all about the timelessness of craftsmanship, design and silhouette. For Moscone, her pieces should still be able to complement others regardless of the style and the season they came from.
Image credits: Christopher John Rogers, Steven Yatsko, Phil Oh, Marina Moscone