Where’s Vetements, you say? Trust Demna Gvasalia’s renegade brand has earned a top spot on this list, but unfortunately, it already feels fashion victim-y, thanks to the nearly instantaneous onslaught of social media posts and copycats. And honestly, the jeans are rather unflattering unless you were blessed with a 36″ inseam (I returned the pair I bought), as are most other pieces. Overhyped? For sure. Meanwhile, there are many other worthy new fashion darlings to consider:
Nods to the Grateful Dead, letterman jackets, and a visionary collaboration with Levi’s Made & Crafted: Virgil Abloh, former creative director to Kanye West, premiered Off-White in Paris in January and the buzz was palpable. He described it as “this blend of luxury and street, but largely in a way that hasn’t been seen before.” You’ll notice Off-White by their original way with patchwork denim, elements of traditional workwear, and traces of their simplistic logo.
Embroidered Cotton Canvas Jacket (on SSENSE for $1,230)
Blue Denim Patchwork Boots (on SSENSE for $1,045)
Last year’s winners of the LVMH Prize, aka Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, are perhaps best known for “special denim” to quote the designers themselves, and their take on the blues is, indeed, just that. They deliver tiers and ruffles with more avant-garde edge than typical femininity and knots and flounces with enough verve to not be mistaken for any other brand. The same goes for their take on florals, shiny satin, and metallic textures, which just goes to show, Marques’Almeida are more than a one-trick pony.
Denim Dress (on Shopbop for $647)
Suede & Feather Handbag with Key Chain (at Nordstrom for $750)
If you’re familiar with the name Courrèges, then you’re likely instantly thinking of the futuristic-mod style of the ’60s and André Courrèges, the man behind much of the movement. Credit him for the go-go boot, as well as (along with Mary Quant) the mini skirt. He passed away in January, and two months later, his space-age vision lived on at Paris Fashion Week. What’s old is new again, especially when what’s old is eternally new! Think high-tech details, oil-grade slickness, and a healthy seasoning of everyone’s favorite swinging decade.
Contrast-Panel Button-Through Dress (on MATCHESFASHION.com for $1,265)
Black Leather Medium Duffle Bag (on SSENSE for $1,625)
4. Malone Souliers
It’s rare for a new shoe line to come along that catches our eye and makes us want to whip out our pocketbooks, but Malone Souliers is far from ordinary, from their silhouettes (lean and mean) to their details (sharp cutouts and unapologetic suede lacing) to their colors (bold and unexpected). Creative director Mary Alice Malone and managing director Roy Luwolt are bringing a sense of surprise to the otherwise ladylike stiletto, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll do next.
Savannah Lace-Up Leather Sandals (on MATCHESFASHION.com for $621)
Maureen Metallic-Leather Mules (on MATCHESFASHION.com for $583)