|In NYC fashion muses are everywhere –credit|
As the designer of women’s label, Kule, Nikki Kule’s fashion story can be described as somewhat of an NYC fairytale. Her parents were popular members of the New York fashion scene in the 1970s, most notably as the owners of Happy Legs, the first company to bring bell bottoms to the American public. By the time Kule was a teenager, she was designing for her parents and traveling to Europe to help pick out patterns and fabrics. She spent some time in Italy after graduating from Parson’s, where she cultivated the Kule look: modernly classic with an Italian flavor. After proving herself as one of the great new designers on the fashion scene in 2013, she will be back to show that she’s here to stay.
|Quintessentially Kule, a fisherman style sweater in heavy cashmere –credit|
Katie Ermilio is also a current NYC based fashion designer with a rich history. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ermilio’s grandfather designed for President Eisenhower and more relevantly, Grace Kelly, whose style you can see echoed in much of Ermilio’s work. She prides herself on ageless designs. Many who view her collections are not sure whether she’s an older or younger woman. Ermilio credits Jackie O as an inspiration. Her strength is most clearly classic eveningwear, which boasts clean, feminine lines with a fan-following in Michelle Williams, Krysten Ritter, and Nora Zehetner. We can’t wait to see who joins the following in 2014.
Rosie Assoulin refers to herself as a “fashion student for life” and has been attending Fashion Week for some time, as a close friend of the ManRepeller’s Leandra Medine. She only recently got up the courage to design, and we’re very happy she did, because the result is worth noticing. The label gives off a Celiné vibe, but with a more youthful touch than other collections. Assoulin cleverly chose to begin her design career through a Resort collection, which she values for its refreshing and optimistic sentiment and overall lack of industry hoopla.
Now that Rosie Assoulin has shown there is no reason for stage fright, we’re willing to guarantee her future collections push the fashion envelope in all the right ways.
A youthful, chic look from Rosie Assoulin’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection –credit
Skotison designer Chelsea Goldman may have gone to London for fashion schooling, but she grew up in New York City and we’re willing to bet that’s where she’s gotten most of her inspiration. She and fellow designer, Alyssa Lesser, have worked at some of the best design houses: Narciso Rodriguez, Celiné, Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs. With a touch of London sensibility and a major nod to New York sportswear, Skotison is just the right mix of quirky and wearable. Expect exciting things to come.
|A look from Skotison’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection –credit|
You would never look at Kaelen Haworth’s collections and think of someone who was initially intimidated by New York. It’s as if she were never not here. In many ways, she started her own label because she couldn’t find a full-time job, graduating from Parson’s during the recession. Stay in New York and pursue her passion, or return home to Canada.
An avid music fan (of almost every genre, “excluding crossover country-pop” as noted on her website), she recently teamed up with friend, Hannah Bronfman, to design a Coachella-inspired collection. With subtle details and a definite play on the masculine/feminine contrast, Haworth’s line is playful and very now. We’re soaking it up and can’t wait to see what she has in store for her next collection.
|An innovative look from Kaelen Haworth’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.–credit|