The fashion industry is an ever-changing business. As supermodel Heidi Klum said, “One day you’re in and the next you’re out.” With designers such as Raf Simons leaving Christian Dior and Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin, nobody’s quite sure what’s to come next. Luckily, new designers such as Beaufille, Koonhor and Edit are paving their way in the industry one design at a time.
Beaufille was created by Canadian sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon after studying textiles and jewelry respectively at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The sisters wanted a brand that had feminine and masculine cuts, and therefore named their company Beaufille, which means “handsome girl” in French. Their fall/winter ‘15 collection has an edgy vibe featuring trousers and long trench coats, yet still featuring an aspect of femininity in their thin dresses, tailored skirts and delicate but structural jewelry. The Gordon sisters have mastered the effortless chic look and have a bright future ahead of them.
Koonhor is another up-and-coming label helmed by a pair of women. Designers Koon Lim and Catrine both studied at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Originally from Singapore and Indonesia respectively, both women love to travel and design, which is where they draw most of the inspiration for their collections. The aesthetic for their designs is similar to Beaufille, in that they also play with masculine and feminine silhouettes. In their spring/summer ‘16 collection, they use ‘60s prints and colors along with their signature androgynous look. The collection features tailored suits, long dresses and oversized outerwear. Koonhor is a very sophisticated line that acts as a second layer of skin for the people that wear their garments.
Last but not least is the Hong-Kong based label Edit. Edit designers Jacqueline Chak and Genevieve Chew pride themselves on accessible clothing that is wearable and very versatile. The designs are simple, clean and girly. Edit’s spring/summer 16’ collection features baby doll cuts, pops of color and eccentric prints. The brand’s collection is aimed for the person who wants to look good but doesn’t necessarily spend hours getting ready.
All three of these designers have their own unique look and are able to cater to different women’s style, whether it is edgy, sophisticated or girly. I expect to see a lot more from these emerging designers and you should too!