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Get To Know These NYFW Newbies

New blood, new looks

With established brands moving their shows to Paris and Milan, this year's Fall-Winter New York Fashion Week lineup showcased various fresh brands from newbie designers. And we're definitely keeping an eye on some promising names. Meet these notable newcomers.

Catherine Njoo

Catherine Joo made her first appearance in NYFW at the "Indonesian Diversity" fashion show. She's one of the six designers invited by the Indonesian Fashion Gallery in New York to participate and showcase her designs for F/W 2017.

Since the aim of the fashion show is to exhibit remarkable Indonesian craftsmanship, the designs consisted of intricate work using Batik fabric. Her collection called "Legong" featured elaborate headdresses, heavy embroidery, and detailed beadwork. The charm of her work definitely lies in the details. 

Snow Xue Gao

Technically, it's not the first time that Snow Xue Gao will take part in NYFW. She first garnered attention when her work was selected to be exhibited at the V-Files group show as one of the emerging designers. Her remarkable 'east meets west' style gained critical acclaim from Vogue, which eventually led her designs straight to fashion boutiques. 

Now that she has her own show at NYFW, the very interesting aspect of her work, which is the deconstruction of masculine and feminine silhouettes, is stronger than ever. A variety of cuts, fabrics, and patterns are mixed together to create her unique designs. Even in these early moments of her career, it's already obvious that Snow's one of a kind style will go a long way. 

Livari By Alysia Reiner, Claudine DeSola & Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs

This design trio founded Livari, a "zero waste womenswear label made ethically in New York." If you're a TV junkie, you'd probably recognize co-founder Alysia Reiner because of her role as Natalie Figueroa on Orange Is The New Black

Moving on to the designs, the 'zero waste' aspect of their work is not just for the gimmick. It's amazing how they make beautiful designs from rewoven textile scraps. As for the style itself, we say they're gorgeous but we're hoping to see more unconventional designs for next season. 

Chung Chung Lie & Younhee Park

Because of South Korea's ever-growing influence in fashion and beauty, NYFW created the Concept Korea feature to promote Korean fashion designers as they attempt to penetrate the American market. This season, two Korean womenswear labels are picked to join. The first brand is called LIE by Chung Chung Lie and the other is Greedilous by Younhee Park

LIE is all about “Every Day Wear Luxury with a Twist." The designs are very sweet, playful yet elegant at the same time. It hits the sweet spot between casual and polished. 

Younhee Park's Greedilous, on the other hand, is more on the experimental side. It's loud and its strong prints are ultimate head-turners. She may be a first-timer in NYFW but her designs were already celebrated back in her hometown during Seoul Fashion Week.

(Cover photo from: lsblie)

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