The old adage goes, if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere. These seven designers -- including a Michelle Obama favorite and a Korean star -- will be debuting collections here for the first time.
Nahm is the brainchild of Tommy Hilfiger's daughter Ally, and designer Nary Manivong. Hilfiger described the line to WWD last year saying, "It's all shirtdresses of different fabrics, lengths and cuts." The collection, which is being produced entirely in New York, debuts at Exit Art on February 11th.
Courtesy of Christopher Raeburn
Christopher Raeburn, a British designer known for creating raincoats using parachutes, is debuting a collection in collaboration with Victorinox (known for making Swiss Army knives) this season. Expect ethically conscious, inventive, utilitarian garb.
Courtesy of Duro Oluwu
Duro Oluwu has been a rising star on the London scene since launching his colorful, print-heavy, African-inspired collection in 2004. Now Oluwu has his sights on New York, and is presenting his fall 2011 collection at Milk Studios. Could it be because First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan?
Courtesy of Son Jung Wan
Son Jung Wan is one of the biggest names in Korean fashion. This season the designer is showing at the tents at Lincoln Center for the first time.
Courtesy of Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton is known in New York for his menswear, but this season the designer is debuting a women's collection. A tailoring master, Hamilton's women's collection is sure to be sharp and structured.
Courtesy of Dominic Louis
Philadelphia native Louis Mairone's line Dominic Louis is inspired by the androgynous subculture of New York (the line is unisex). The collection, which has been picked up by the retailer Oak, is staging a presentation this season at hotspot of the moment The Bunker.
Courtesy of Joy Cioci
Joy Cioci, who helped launch WiNK, is striking out on her own this season debuting her eponymous line at Lincoln Center. Expect feminine and flirty but completely wearable clothes from this young designer.