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Up-and-Coming Designers to Know at NYFW

By Haley Phelan, Fashion Contributor in the New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, Interview, Vogue, and Glamour

There are few things more satisfying than being the first to know about a new talent. While New York Fashion Week always brings fresh tidings from American icons like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, there are a number of exciting new names on the calendar that deserve a closer look. So as you descend on the Big Apple aboard one of 50 XOJET New York-bound aircraft in the coming week, here is a list of the designers you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.

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Adam Selman

Adam Selman New York Fashion Week Designs

Photo: Adam Selman

When you can already count Rihanna as a fan, the rest of the world can’t be too far behind. After styling the pop star for a few years, 33-year-old Adam Selman launched his eponymous line to rave reviews. Since then, his cheeky and feminine designs have been seen on celebrities, fashion editors, and, of course, Bad Girl RiRi. This summer, the designer got the official stamp of approval from the industry, when the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) named him as a 2016 finalist for the organization’s Fashion Fund.

Brock Collection

Selman isn’t the only new name in the CFDA’s Fashion Fund finalist list worth memorizing: Brock Collection, designed and founded by husband-and-wife duo Kris Brockand Laura Vassar, already has a cult following among fashion industry insiders. One look at their romantic, impeccably tailored gowns—and perfectly imperfect denim staples—it’s not hard to see why.


The newest—and possibly coolest—kid on the block is undoubtedly Khaite, a line of luxurious basics that is launching for Fall 2016 at minimalist chic e-boutique The Line. Pronounced “Kate,” the just-launched label was founded by veteran designer Catherine Holstein, whose now-defunct namesake label was a favorite of cool girls like Liv Tyler and Mischa Barton. We have a feeling history will repeat itself with Khaite.

M. Martin

M. Martin New York Fashion Week Designs
Photo: M. Martin

Though the label only launched in 2014, it already has over a decade of expertise behind it. Founders Alex Gilbert and Jennifer Noyes have both worked in the industry for years; Gilbert launched Paper Denim & Cloth with Scott Morrison in 1999 and Noyes was Director of Sales for Women’s RTW at Prada before becoming Director at HATCh Showroom in New York, where the two eventually met. Their experience certainly shows; the line’s understated staples available in luxe fabrics hit all the right notes.


Photo: Charlotte Wales

One of the most directional young labels to come out of New York’s fashion scene in a while, Area—designed by friends and former Parsons grad students Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk—is blazing a fast trail to the top of the fashion heap. In its first year, the label got picked up by Opening Ceremony, brokering an exclusive deal with the downtown department store. And, more recently, it was named as one of ten designers inducted into the CFDA’s coveted Incubator Program, which helps foster promising young fashion talent.

By Haley Phelan

Hayley Phelan is a seasoned fashion writer/editor who was formerly the Features Editor at Lucky and Senior Editor at She lives and works in New York and contributes to the New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, Interview, Vogue, Glamour, and Business of Fashion.