Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today, and while you surely know the names of the perennial heavy hitters (Donna, Oscar, Marc, et al), here's a look at the newbies certain to take Lincoln Center by storm.
Casertano designed menswear for Yigal Azrouël and J.Crew before launching his eponymous womenswear label, so take note of his expert tailoring skills. For his fall 2011 collection, Casertano has whipped up “something very American and very soulful.” alexcasertano.com
Between semesters at London’s Central Saint Martins, Gordon locked in internships with Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta. This time around, Gordon says it’s all about luxe textures, specifically, “amazing metallic tweeds and beautiful cashmere treated with beading and hand-painting.” wesgordon.com
Fashion is in Whitney Pozgay’s DNA. The designer of Whit got her start working under Kate Spade—who just so happens to be her aunt. Though she certainly inherited her love of polka dots and bright pops of color from Spade, Pozgay’s mix of preppy basics with mod, ’60s-inspired silhouettes is a style statement all her own. “I’m loving the idea of a young girl raiding her grandmother’s closet—sort of Tavi-meets-Grey Gardens,” says Pozgay. whit-ny.com
Simkhai’s style can best be summed up as “boy-borrowed” basics. But don’t expect to find the typical oversized-blazer-and-skinny-trouser pairing. His take mixes shrunken menswear with ’50s housewife: a sporty tee paired with a full swingy. The quirky apparel has already found its way onto the shelves of Intermix boutiques around the city. jonathansimkhai.com
Yang designed dresses for Alviero Martini in Milan and worked with Ann-Sofie Back and Clements Ribeiro in London before moving to the states and launching her own line of unabashedly feminine pieces. Whether Yang’s channeling a 1920s silent film star (fall 2010) or a 1960s housewife (spring 2011), the South Korean designer has a knack for meticulous, delicate details. Just wait and see. yunayang.com
Photo: A look from Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2011 collection