The Fashion Who's-Who To Know In 2017

As the new year looms, it's time to cast our eyes forward and focus on the emerging talent that will be instrumental in shaping the future of fashion. Now more than ever, the industry has an insatiable hunger for newness, whether it's the next must-have bag, the designer du jour, the model of-the-moment, the emerging street style aficionado, or even the incessant changeover of creative directors at legacy houses. It's this constant re-branding, re-building, and reinvigoration that keeps fashion feeling new, exciting, and, most importantly, inspiring.

We've rounded up the next generation of the fashion vanguard. Already embraced by the style set, the eight names ahead will be all over our lips, Instagram feeds, and home pages come 2017 — familiarize yourself with them now before they get big (it's only a matter of time until they do).
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Photo: Courtesy of Jacquemus.
The Brand: Jacquemus
You may not know the name, but you've probably seen Simon Porte Jacquemus' pieces on the likes of Solange Knowles and Rihanna. The self-taught designer started his label seven years ago at 19 and has swiftly been heralded in the industry for reinvigorating the French fashion scene, long dominated by legacy houses. Thanks to the brand's signature deconstructed silhouettes and exaggerated proportions, a new wave of energy has ignited the the street style scene. Basically, if you're into tailoring with a twist, asymmetric cuts and voluminous sleeves, this one's for you.
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The Front Row Favorite: Ella Purnell
Among the usual faces found front row at fashion week, this year we spotted a new addition, with a playful, colorful and experimental style that we can't get enough of; 20-year-old actress Ella Purnell may only have a few films under her Prada belt, but the fashion world has already taken note. She attended Burberry's show in September, as well as Dior's cruise show at Blenheim Palace and Gucci's Resort show at Westminster Abbey. Add to that a recent Wonderland cover and we're pretty sure her star's on the rise.
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Photo: Courtesy of Letty Schmiterlow.
The Photographer: Letty Schmiterlow
Letty Schmiterlow shot one of our favorite fashion covers of 2016: the cheeky-grinned wink of Adwoa Aboah for the Female Gaze issue of i-D. A member of the glossy's fold, she also frequently shoots for Man About Town, Miss Vogue, and Marfa Journal. After Harley Weir's stratospheric success last year, we're just as excited about this young female fashion photographer's rise. "Who run the world," indeed.

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The Runway Queen: Damaris Goddrie
In her first season, Dutch beauty Damaris Goddrie walked for J.W.Anderson, Fendi, and Simone Rocha. Not bad for a newbie. Since then, the 19-year-old has hit the catwalk for the biggest fashion houses, from Chanel to Stella McCartney, and starred in campaigns for Paul Smith and, most recently, for Topshop's Christmas collection. With her own killer style, effervescent personality, and instantly recognizable megawatt smile, Goddrie is our kind of supermodel-in-the-making.
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The Insta-Girl: Rina Fukushi
In a sea of social media supermodels/daughters-of (we're looking at you, Bella, Gigi, Kendall, Lily-Rose Depp, et al), part-Filipino, part-Spanish, and part-Japanese model Rina Fukushi caught our eye at the shows during 2016. Fukushi walked for Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, and Miu Miu during the spring/summer 2017 season, although considering her very first show in Paris was for Louis Vuitton, this model was always destined for big things. We also love the fact that Rina is an anime, photography, and vintage fashion enthusiast.
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The It Kid: Selah Marley
Yep, you guessed it (she is the spitting image of her mom, after all). Selah is the daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley. At just 18 years old, Marley, who started at New York University this past fall, walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show back in September, Chanel's Métiers d'Art show earlier this month, and recently covered Wonderland and L'Uomo Vogue. Oh, and she's shared new music on SoundCloud. Move over, celebrity spawn, there's a new It Girl on the scene ready to steal your crown.
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Photo: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images.
The Street Style Star: Monica Ainley
If you're a street style aficionado and follow everyone from Leandra Medine to Pernille Teisbaek, then you've probably already swooned over Monica Ainley's outfits in Insta pics posted by best friend and podcast partner, Camille Charrière. Monica does tomboy chic to perfection, wearing loose silhouettes and layered tailoring. Hit follow now and listen to her podcast, Fashion: No Filter.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alice Goddard.
The Stylist: Alice Goddard
Earlier this month, designer Molly Goddard stole the show at the Fashion Awards, scooping the Emerging Talent title as well as dressing both Adwoa Aboah and Susie Lau on the red carpet. Working quietly behind the scenes is her younger sister, Alice Goddard, who not only styles Molly's shows and presentations, but also casts the models. The Central Saint Martins alumna, who shies away from social media, runs the cult bi-annual fashion and art magazine Hot and Cool and has worked with Bella Freud, Helmut Lang, and M.i.H Jeans.
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