Preview: Top 10 Dreamy Designers at New York Fashion Week (Part 1)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Last season for New York Fashion Week, I packed my schedule to maximize my trips around town. And this season, despite declaring that I would never do thirty shows/presentations again, I find myself again, optimistically packing the calendar with tons of interesting designers.

Here is a peek at five of the top 10 independent designers whose collections I am most looking forward to seeing in the coming days... In no particular order...

ERRO


Erro S/S '10 presentation
(Note: all images are mine unless otherwise specified)

Tough, black, textured layers made for an intriguing first collection from goth-minded designer Anna Larson. We are looking forward to seeing the second season for Erro. The question on our minds: will she splash out with some color or stick to what she loves best?

JEN KAO


Jen Kao S/S '10 looks
source: designer's website

Jen Kao did lovely bodycon shapes with a mostly nude palette for Spring. We're hoping she turns to a darker mood for Fall and brings back those long, sequin gowns she perfected for F/W '09!

CREATURES OF THE WIND


Creatures of the Wind F/W '10 preview
source: courtesy of the designers

It's no secret that we are big fans of the Chicago-based label, Creatures of the Wind. Last season, for their debut presentation at New York Fashion Week, the designers turned to girlish inspirations, injecting dresses with deep pink hues and using bespoke accessories from a Japanese designer. The designers sent over some preview pictures for this season, and it's looking darker and more polished.

RACHEL ANTONOFF


Rachel Antonoff S/S '10 Presentation

The Rachel Antonoff girl is unapologetically feminine. She's not afraid to take to the stage in tutu or vintage-inspired floral dresses. And that's exactly what took place for last season's adorable theater-set presentation for the New York-based designer. We're looking forward to seeing how she tops the presentation this season...

PREEN


Preen S/S '10 Runway

The London design duo behind Preen have been perfecting the bodycon dresses that have become synonymous with their name for some time now, but last season was a breath of fresh air-- using tiny ruffled details on structured pieces, Spring was romantic and avant-garde at the same time. We're looking forward to their outlook for Fall...

What do you think of these designers? Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow... Hope you are having a swell start of the week...

29 comments:

lisa said...

Great list! I love how this blog continues to highlight the best of independent design. Can't wait for the second installment.

The Owl's Closet said...

i agree with lisa above, i love how u highlight independent designers:) my favorite is the jenny kao collection above. i'm looking forward to part 2!

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Looking Fab in your forties said...

Judging by the pictures, I can see why you are excited to see what these designers will have to offer for A/W. Preen did a really lovely bag, which I couldn't afford last season.

nicole said...

those 5 designers are definitely dreamy! I'm loving the textured black layers of Erro but also the nude palette of Jen Kao; they would make for an interesting collaboration. I love the top and pants from Creatures of the Wind. And of course Preen, I've had my eye on a pair of their sequin teddy pants for awhile, gorgeous craftsmanship.

Looking forward to part 2!

modediktat said...

Oh I love that Erro dress!!! Can I get it, puuuleeeeease? :) Also the Rachel Antonoff collection - " enchanted forest" - how smart is that?! Preen is always among my favorites. Also the shoes of Jen Kao are very intersting :-D
What a fabulous life you have, sweet darling D.!!
Wishing you a GREEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAT week!
xoxo s

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sweet monday, D!
You lucky girl can enjoy NYFW!!!

Can´t wait to see all your upcoming posts!
The presentation of Rachel Antonoff is truly enchanting!!!!

Have a beautiful day ahead!

Alice said...

You are so lucky to live in New York when it comes to Fashion Week!

I love the Jen Kao look! I generally like the dreamy pastels in structured shapes.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great list, I love the edgy frills on the Erro dress. Have a fab time this week D!

daisychain said...

Erro looks fab, I cant wait to see more from these :)

Alexandra said...

LOVE love love Rachel Antonoff. There's a white dress in her Spring collection that is killing me...and it's so cool that she uses different types of models in her lookbooks.

Part 2!

Every Little Counts said...

i especially love rachel antonoff. i am definitely going to try to keep up with the shows this go-around. i gave up last season. it's so easy to get overwhelmed...there are just so many shows!

Islandia Lane said...

Love the top two pics! Can't wait to see more.

Sheena said...

I'm definitely looking forward to the Creatures of the Wind and Preen shows! Can't wait to see what they come up with for the next season and your take on it.

Susan said...

awww, you lucky girl! can't wait to see the upcoming posts.
have a lovely week, xoxo

Sher said...

I want to see more of Creatures of the wind...nice :) Have fun during fashion week and try to keep breathing ;D Deep breaths and everything will go smooth.

Apt. #34 said...

Creatures of the wind - I need a lookbook stat!

OceanDreams said...

I am really liking Preen...looks beautiful with the vintage flare. Thanks for reviewing.

stacy said...

I'm crazy about PREEN :-)

apparellel said...

i'm not much of a fashion follower (surprise, surprise!) so thank you for introducing me and especially to independent designers. i can't wait to see your posts about fashion week! love.

xxx
t

TheBeautyFile said...

Fab-u-lush!!! Perfect group...Rachel totally rocks...so excited to see your next post!

thesydneygirl said...

i love some of their designs! have a great day :) x

InnyVinny said...

OOOH!!! These designers are doing some great things. I'm drawn to Erro. Post lots of pictures, kay?

=D

Taylor Sterling said...

They are all amazing! I love Jen Kao! I am so excited for you girl and can't wait to see what you report back for you!

Hannah said...

Wow the Erro and Creatures of the wind shows look to be really interesting - I know what you mean about how hard it is to turn down invitations... I would hate to miss out on anything!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

I have to admit I had never heard of Creatures of the Wind, but I love EVERYTHING about that outfit!

Jaime said...

I love the Jen Kao look...chic!

laurakitty said...

Jen Kao is my absolute fave! See you at the show?

thegreyestghost said...

Great picks! You and I seem to have similar tastes. :)
I'm very excited for the ERRO show tonight (despite the snow) and Rachel Antonoff Saturday. Hadn't heard of Creatures of the Wind yet, I'll definitely be checking them out!

Hanako66 said...

so excited to hear all about it!

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