Fashion Week kicks off today, and each season, in addition to covering dozens of shows, we highlight 10 must-watch labels for the week, tracking their journey from the studio to the runway. Meet Thread's 10.
Each season, we highlight 10 must-watch labels we're watching during New York Fashion Week, tracking their journey from the studio to the runway and beyond. First up:
Proenza Schouler: Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have long held a coveted slot in the fashion week calendar, but the past few seasons have shown the duo capable of staggering feats of design. The label's updated take on classic shifts and suiting for spring -- rendered in neon gulpure lace and crinkled silk -- was a revelation.
Suno nThe line helmed by Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty had already made a name for itself with its bold, African-inspired prints, but the designers' evolution of the label into an even more sophisticated direction at its spring presentation indicates even more exciting things to come.
Altuzarra nJoseph Altuzarra counts Azzedine Alaia and Tom Ford among the influences for his inventive designs and has centered his collections around such disparate themes as Edward Scissorhands, techno, and the '60s. His Saturday night show always draws a rousing front row, from socialites to designer pals like Alexander Wang.
Billy Reid nThe Louisiana native recently beat out Prabal Gurung and Altuzarra to take home $100,000 in prize money for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, cementing the reputation of Americana-themed designs.
Jason Wu nAfter winning the CFDA's Swarovski Award for up-and-coming talent last year, Wu used is Spring 2011 collection to establish himself among the majors by honing his particular blend of American sportswear-meets-couture influences to a fine point.
Bibhu Mohapatra nMohapatra has been on more than a few ones-to-watch lists as a result of his well-tailored, ladylike designs, but nearly a year in the Garment Center's "Incubator" studio space and a new Ecco Domani win has pushed him to the forefront of the week's legions of upstart talents. Watch our interview in the designer's studio.
Prabal Gurung nGurung's eponymous line really only has a few seasons under its belt, but a staggering amount of accolades -- from CFDA award nods and being named runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, not to mention the growing number of celebrities sporting his looks on the red carpet.
Ohne Titel nThe oft-mispronounced (it's oh-nay TEE-tle) title for the line helmed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams that's gotten well-deserved buzz for its sporty mix of structure and draping.
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Mandy Coon nThe designer snapped up one of the year's coveted Ecco Domani awards for her forward-thinking, dreamy collections, giving her fashion week plans $25,000 in seed money.
Suzanne Rae nBrooklyn-based designer Suzanne Rae Pelaez has been designing her own line for more than a few seasons, but has started to gain a serious following in the city on the heels of er whimsical, prints-based spring collection for spring, inspired by Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."