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Designers You Should Know: #PFW Edition

Amidst the #fashionarmy at Chanel and sticker eyeliner at Dior, you should also know about a seriously successful faux-snakeskin technique and why trousers were a break through for one designer.

Expectations run very high in the city that produced Dior, Chanel and Celine. Paris Fashion week marks the final burst of “Fashion Month”, and thus adds an extra layer or pressure to live up to the age old, “saving the best for last.” Amidst the #fashionarmy at Chanel and sticker eyeliner at Dior, you should also know about a seriously successful faux-snakeskin technique and why trousers were a break through for one designer. Here are the lesser-known all-stars making their way on the scene.”

1. Pedro Lourenço:
This Brazilian designer’s collection was a serious show of illusion at it’s finest. To create the effect of “snakeskin”, the designer fused a film that had the texture of scales on top of neoprene. This air of mystery definitely carries through to the designer himself and the brand in general. There is very little information about the designer online and his Instagram handle is extremely difficult to locate. With a Nike Collaboration under his belt and friends like Carine Roitfield flanking his side, we know that we aren’t the only ones who want to know more.

2. Ellery:
In seasons past, Ellery has been greeted with mixed reviews, mostly due to fabric and silhouette mishaps.This season was a symbolic turn of the corner for them, in terms of both reception and actual product. Critics were pleasantly surprised, notably Maya Singer at Style.com who, in her review, exclaimed, “Hurrah! After a few seasons showing in Paris in which Kym Ellery’s collections have seemed overburdened by their ambitions, the Sydney-based designer got down to business today.” It seems that the paired-down, trouser based looks that Ellery presented, are indeed, the move.

3. Tsumori Chisato:
Tsumori Chisato is one designer that tells a literal story with her clothing. Embroidered characters dance across her pieces, keeping in time with the model’s powerful strut. It’s easy to be mesmerized by the physical appearance and not pay attention to the other aspects that set Chisato apart. Besides her unique approach to embellishment, her construction is extremely experimental (as she used glue to adhere some of her fabrics and her style distinctly her own. She consistently puts out bright, eccentric pieces-but pieces that are never boring.

4. Neil Barrett:
Neil Barrett’s namesake collection represented the cool girl that everyone wanted to be, but can’t. The balance of masculine and feminine, printed with solid color, and cool and chic, seemed a little too perfect. This show left us questioning other designer’s ying and yang, while thinking deeply about how apparent his was. He is definitely one to watch.

5. Bouchra Jarrar:
Not sure what is more amazing in this collection: the construction or restraint that former couturier, Bouchra Jarrar displayed. Every look was impeccably crafted and crafted without any excess. It’s country club with a tribal twist vibe was reminiscent of Prada and Etro, with a fresh twist. It will be interesting to see what’s in store next.

Written By Ava Donaldson