Fanm Mon Has Your Summer Dressing Needs Covered

With its bold embroidery and joyful color palette, it’s a label to watch.Sophia Demirtas, founder and designer of Fanm Mon.Photo: Courtesy of Fanm MonSummer will, undoubtedly, look a little different this year. One thing that doesn’t have to change: the breezy, joyful wardrobe that usually ushers the season in. Fanm Mon — a luxury ready-to-wear brand by Haiti-born, […]

Gauge81 Makes the Grown-Up Going-Out Clothes Your Closet Craves

With its subtly-sexy knitwear and sophisticated mini skirts, the Amsterdam-based brand elevates clothes that you’d want to wear for a night on the town.Photo: Courtesy of Gauge81An important sartorial milestone in any woman’s life is when she’s confronted with picking a “going-out top.” In some cases it’s barely a covering and more like a naked […]

Bernadette’s Floral-Printed Ready-to-Wear Will Make You Want to Dress up Again

Meet the Antwerp-based, mother-daughter run label designing elegant, vintage-inspired party wares.Mother-daughter creative duo Bernadette and Charlotte De Geyter. Photo: Courtesy of BernadetteFashion is fast. One second the industry is chasing after chunky sneakers and the next it’s craving heeled thongs. But now that the world is on lockdown, designers are being forced to slow down. A much-needed […]

Chelsea Mak, With Its ‘Lady Clothes for Cool Girls,’ Is a Label to Watch

It’s a tough time for small brands, but Mak has a reason to be optimistic.A look from Chelsea Mak’s Spring 2020 collection.Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea MakWith the pandemic already sending the fashion industry into something of a tailspin, it’s a strange time to cover up-and-coming fashion brands. But I’d been wanting to write something about Chelsea […]

From Waldorf to Wetsuits: The Ghost Fashion Designer of ‘Gossip Girl’ Now Makes Sustainable Swimwear

Abigail Lorick’s newly launched label Ansea seeks to offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated world of surf.Photo: Courtesy of William KanerFashionista first wrote about Abigail Lorick over a decade ago, when she was the ghost-designer behind Eleanor Waldorf’s fictional line on “Gossip Girl.” We meticulously covered her pencil skirts and Upper East Side accoutrements on […]

The Sustainability Story Behind ‘Project Runway’ Contender Celestino Couture

The size-inclusive, sustainability-focused brand has already dressed the likes of Billy Porter, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.Billy Porter in Celestino Couture at the 2019 Tony Awards. Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagicCan a fashion brand that chooses to stay small on purpose survive? Is a designer able to inspire policy change? Sergio “Celestino” Guadarrama and Kade […]

Kinfield, a Personal-Care Brand That Just Wants to Get People Outside More, Is a Label to Watch

Its mission is to bring transparency, sustainability, ‘clean’ ingredients and a sense of community to the outdoor product space.Photo: Courtesy of KinfieldHave you ever considered snapping a photo of your bug spray for an Instagram flatlay? Probably not. Unless, of course, your bug spray happens to be Kinfield‘s, which comes in an aesthetically pleasing bottle […]

New Underwear Brand Parade Wants to Make a Cultural Impact With Creative Basics

“We want to build the next big underwear company in the world and rewrite the American underwear story.”Photo: Courtesy of Parade Mall visits in the early-to-mid 2000s were marked by the smell of freshly baked Auntie Anne’s pretzels and stopping by Victoria’s Secret. Even if your middle school crowd didn’t frequent the glitter-heavy lingerie shop, the store’s […]

Meet Roma Uvarov, the ‘Crazy’ Designer at the Forefront of Russian Fashion

The 22-year-old with no formal fashion training is upending the industry.The finale at Roma Uvarov’s fashion show. Photo: Ik Aldama/Courtesy of Roma UvarovNo one complained that it took two days to be rid of Roma Uvarov’s confetti. Mere moments after a pistol-brandishing bride closed the Russian designer’s runway in wedding-wear that would put “Like a […]

Núnoo Designs Fun, Easy-to-Wear Bags for ‘It’ Girls in Copenhagen and Beyond

Meet the latest Danish brand to step up to the global stage.Núnoo founders Pia Silfen-Jensen and Naja Silfen. Photo: Courtesy of NúnooScandinavian style has an effortless pared-back quality: It’s feminine, but edgy; simple, but interesting and fresh. Ganni, with all of its Insta-worthy floral prints and wearable silhouettes at justifiable price points, helped bring this cool-girl Copenhagen aesthetic to […]