The thing about fashion designers is, well...there are a lot of them out there. And, oftentimes, it takes much more than vision and skill to break ahead of the pack and into the big leagues. With designers like Phoebe Philo and Raf Simons dictating the trends and pushing boundaries — all the while bringing home the bacon — it's challenging for an up-and-coming designer to make a name for him or herself, especially in an industry where one wrong move can bankrupt you.
But, challenging doesn't mean impossible. Sure, centuries-old fashion houses and seasoned creatives make up the bulk of the luxury market, but in a land where brands like Dior, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton are no longer helmed by their original designers, it's incredibly important to pay attention to the new guard. Fresh, eponymous labels are fundamental to the industry's growth, and we here at R29 live for The Find. So, it's only fitting we bring this season's cream of the international crop of designers to your browser.
Due to hard work and a heckofalot of talent, today's up-and-coming luxury market is looking just as bright as those of generations past — just check out international brands like Vilshenko, Maticevski, and Wadha Al Hajri, to name a few. Don't be fooled, though: None of the designers we're featuring here are small potatoes. In fact, we're pretty sure they're about to blow the fashion world away. Just click through and you'll understand why.