The Best Emerging Designers at New York Fashion Week

Small(er) brands, big collections.

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With big budgets, big names lining the runway, and big decisions to simply up and move the whole production to distant shores, Fashion Week might seem like a game for big fish. But not so: As NYFW Fall 2017 proved, some scrappy minnows are swimming steadily upstream with relatively limited resources but endless vision. (Really mixing my aquatic metaphors here, but you get it). Ahead, eight up-and-coming designers primed to take the NYFW pond by storm.

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1 Miaou

Black skinny with our new metal belt available at the #MiaouPopUp February 11th & 12th

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If "do one thing and do it well" is the secret to success, this denim brand is well on its way with a cool-girl-heavy pop-up shop and celebrity placements on the likes of Kendall Jenner. Alexia Elkaim's calling card? Trousers—really cool ones, at that, with chain belts and rope and a killer rear view. 

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2 Christian Cowan

CLOSING LOOK @PARISHILTON

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BOOM. This fantasy of silver paillettes got tongues wagging, but even before that, the Central Saint Martins-trained, glitter-happy designer had found fans in Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Just call him the new Jeremy Scott. 

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