Some Other Fashion Labels to Keep Yo' Eye On
Ralph, Donna, Calvin, Oscar, Bill, Jil. You're familiar with them, but the trouble is, so are all the wrong people. Stay ahead of the pack with a recent WWD pick of under-the-radar designers:
Luxe & Romance: High end lingerie designed by Lisa Raye, an actor on "All of Us" (which Will Smith & his missus produce) aimed at non-white chicks. 20s Harlem vibe.
Anne Bowen: Her previous line of sexy gear used to show up on Kim Cattrall, Elizabeth Hurley & Destiny's Child. He new line is all about gowns and suits.
Miguel Pena: Ladylike suits and menswear-inspired dressing in high-end suiting fabrics. Run by Pena, the designer, Dan Otero & Frank Skoch, the biz end -- they all met at Parsons.
Jay Godfrey: Former Oscar de la Renta intern, his evening-y looks have a dandyish vibe.
Lost Art by Jordan Betten: A secret of music and editorial stylists, Betten makes leather pants, ponchos, & jackets and often whips up stuff for Anna Sui.
Levi Okunov: Learned to sew from his aunt, an Hasidic bridal designer. Worked for Marc Jacobs. Check out his coats.
A Fresh Crop at the Tallulah Showroom: Aimee G, Mel en Stel (by Gen Art 2003 finalist Belgian Ilse Eriksson), Epperson, Chyby Ryby (means "crazy fishes" in Slovak), Tatiana Lebedev, Nathan Reimer of Destroyed, Exodus International.
Malan: An actor in musicals who learned about design from costumer, deisgner Malan Breton describes his stuff as "eveningwear with a burlesque, Betty Page twist."
Cristobal.Skot: FIT'ites, Scott Stargardt and Christopher Trejo both slaved away designing accessories before delving into womenswear, which is geisha-themed this season.
Julie Haas: Former editor/publisher of Spoon magazine, she does bags and accessories with "a vintage flair, but with humor."
Kai Milla: Former record label art director, Angeleno Milla (married to Stevie Wonder) has until recently dressed celebs almost exclusively, and is now branching out.
And of course Zaldy & Boudicca (see fashionweek posts & podcasts).