This New York Fashion Week will look a little different from years past, thanks to a scheduling instance that led to the Oscars being booked during the peak of shows this season. As a result, a swath of designers including newly instated Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman Tom Ford, have opted to decamp for the West Coast, where their shows (and front rows) will be more accessible to A-listers, while others like designer Jeremy Scott and Tommy Hilfiger, will be showing their collections abroad in Paris and London, respectively.
The upside of a less-crowded NYFW schedule, however, is the ability to hone in on some of New York’s freshest new talent — as well as the return of some old favorites from the industry. Ahead of New York Fashion Week, here’s a look at 10 innovative designers that you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this season.
Christopher John Rogers
This season, count on all eyes being on Christopher John Rogers, the immensely talented womenswear designer who took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in November 2019. The Baton Rouge-born, Brooklyn-based designer’s unapologetically glamorous designs — think voluminous jewel-toned crop top and ball gown skirt sets and curve-hugging, sherbert-colored sheath dresses — are favored by the likes of Rihanna, Lizzo, and Gabrielle Union.
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