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By Sophie Stockholm
There’s nothing more thrilling than finding out about a new up-and-coming designer brand that everyone knows little about or have never heard of. Sure, the old tried and true classics like Ralph Lauren are great, but aside from the same old look, it’s cool to find out about a new designer that has just sprung up from the rungs of fashion. Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang both got their start from humble beginnings, now they’re designing some of the most sought-after designer looks of the runways today.
Like any Fashionista, we all have our likes and dislikes, but when the perfect brand comes around, we can’t help but show the world our fashion finds. It’s the little gems that up the ante of the fashion and can bring any style to new levels.
Since we have just passed the season of giving and a new year is upon us, what better time is there than to try something new? Add to your resolution and take up the challenge of doing something daring and bold this year. If your style needs a little updating or perhaps you’re simply bored with the same tired look day in and day out, well have I got something for you.
Here are 5 gems that will take your wardrobe from simple to hyper-chic this year, from designers that haven’t become a household name just yet, but are well on their way to stardom.
#1) Susan Alexandra
Susan Alexandra isn’t afraid to show off her love of color and bold pattern. After working shows like, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandra has taken a stand by painting her line of accessories in fun, playful designs.
This mid-westerner knows how to take whimsical design and sturdy elements and mold them together for something fun and vibrant. For more looks, you can visit her website here.
#2) Apiece Apart
Basics are the staple of any wardrobe. Why not take it up a notch? Star Hout and Laura Cramer discovered this beautiful line, inspired by the wispy and open landscape of West Texas. It came to mind on the designer’s 30 birthdays and then it sprang into beautiful pieces that are simple and elegant.
These pieces can be mixed and matched with anything. The Collection, SS14 is inspired by New Mexico’s culture with crepe like fabrics and strong native inspired geometries.
After giving birth to her second child, Nikki Kule, the chief designer of the brand with the same name had taken the plunge to launch a luxury kid’s clothing line in 2001.
Once her little ones had outgrown the threads they wore, then she went on to create a collection for women as well. She introduced her first women’s line in 2011, which includes essentials like everyday shoulder bags to lovely coats and jackets.
For a look into her world, you can visit Nikki’s website.
This UK based design brand is a one stop shop for all of your basic needs, such as jacket, skirts, pants…the works. It’s a badass take on an essential that everyone needs in their closet.
Formed in 2011, Three Floor sprang from a desire of high-quality, contemporary and affordable fashion. Bloggers, editors and off-duty models are the source of inspiration for these designs. The looks are always refreshingly vibrant while colorful, designed for the look of the woman that you see on the street that is always effortlessly coiffed but chic.
for more information contact Three floors at email@example.com or visit the website at www.threefloorfashion.com.
#5) Fay Andrada
Dainty jewelry is in and there’s something about wearing simplistic ornaments that makes any outfit look more classy. Fay Andrada, a Portland, Maine metalsmith shows off her love of molding metal into something beautiful that we can wear.
Working nearly a decade for ad agencies in New York City, Andrada had decided that jewelry-making was her true calling. Her juxtaposition of luxury-quality feminine, yet industrial pieces are what sets her designs apart.
For more information, visit Fayandrada.com.
There it is! 5 designers that will set you apart from the crowd and take you from ordinary and mainstream to hip and unique in minutes. Beautiful simplistic designs that go with what you might already have in your closet are what makes these trends so unique and lust-worthy. Grab something for yourself or as a gift for the fashionista in your life. You won’t be disappointing.
What do you think of the designers and their looks? Although it’s nice to be able to go out and shop, some of the best gems are found in unexpected of places? Do you have a unique, one-of- -kind piece that you love and could never part with? Please tell us about it in the comments below. We’d love to get some style tips from you as well!