Under-the-radar labels to know before they hit this season’s runways


Phoebe English (London)

Call it conceptual or hard, but Phoebe English’s reimagination of what luxury garments can seem like is becoming increasingly refined, and she is poised to join the ranks of forward-thinking designers such as Rei Kawakubo in producing collections with cerebral charm. With bits exclusively designed and produced in Britain, English also has her eye on growth; her men’s-wear line debuted lastnbsp;year.


Haizhen Wang (London)

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Haizhen Wang spent time in Max Mara and All Saints prior to launch his eponymous new in 2010. The focus to deft tailoring and channeling a downtown attitude has united seamlessly in Wang’s collections, which boast publication fabrications out of neoprene to Swarosvki crystal-flecked silk, and enough edge to maintain the design set’s most savvy engaged.


Laurence amp; Chico (Newnbsp;York)

After meeting at Parsons School of Design, Canadians Laurence Li and Chico Wang launched their New York-based line in 2015. Wang’s design chops were honed while working at brands such as Miu Miu and Givenchy, and Li’s examples give the duo’s quirky pieces lively personality. Relying on antiques from oversize pearls to embroidery, the line has obviously caught the eye of Toronto bloggers and sartorial magpies, The Beckerman Twins.


Annakiki (Milan)

Making her Milan debut last February, Anna Yang has made an impact with her lush line, composed of pieces which range from leather coats adorned with hand painted motifs to patterned dresses and published denim. Her autumn 2017 series had an otherworldly theme, bolstering her reputation for enjoying style’s fantastical fringe. Yet the show’s extraterrestrial theme did not distract from the very wearable separates that Yang so expertlynbsp;crafts.


Atlein (Paris)

Antonin Tron founded his Paris-based lineup in 2016, after studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and working for brands such as Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Tron’s minimal and elegant strategy is elevated by sophisticated detailing and sumptuous fabrics; believe Stella McCartney meets Jil Sander. Of course he has caught the eye of buyers in the industry’s heavyweight retailers, such as Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom.


Victoria/Tomas (Paris)

Launched in 2012 by now-married couple Victoria Feldman and Tomas Berzins, this lineup is advised by the ultra-chic young girls of Paris while fusing streetwear, elegant tailoring and off-beat information. Sold in the iconic boutique, Colette, the buzzy brand was embraced by editors in Madame Figaro and L’Officiel — equally vital stamps of approval for a line based in the City ofnbsp;Lights.

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