As you might imagine, there is never a shortage of press releases and freshly printed lookbooks hanging around these parts. But the sad truth is, it takes a bit more than some pretty pictures to catch our attention—and keep it. But these six designers all share one thing: They have a noteworthy point of view, and they've definitely got us excited about what's to come. Whether it's Katie Gallagher's daring urbanite or Timo Weiland's Edwardian bookworm, these six collections have all scored a top spot on our Hot list.
We've been in love with Carven's menswear line ever since its revival three seasons ago in Paris. So, of course we were over the moon when we spotted a mention in WWD that this season they would be producing a womenswear line with the designer Guillaume Henry at the helm. Henry, a self-proclaimed modern romantic, whose worked at cool French label Paul Ka and at a little design house called Givenchy, says the new line will be "fresh and elegant," just like the Carven girl. Sign us up.
Born between a farm and a forest in the U.S. and a fan of wearing her cat, Thomas, on her head as a child, it's no wonder Katie Gallagher is the new quirky cool darling of the fashion world. Her spring/summer 2009 collection "Shroud" is inspired by drapery and, yes, the shroud, and won the admiration of bloggers and trend forecasters alike, but with her latest collection, the young designer has sky-rocketed from indie darling to a bona fide fashion force. Her spring/summer 2010 collection is darkly futuristic, sleek and, as ever, unique. Kind of like the designer herself.
Saloni Lodha is easy to envy. She's strikingly beautiful, well-traveled, a close pal to a gaggle of celebs, and most enviable, she's the brains behind her own eponymous line. While the Indian Saloni has been showing at London Fashion Week for two years now, the fashion world has only recently fallen head over heels for the designer, particularly after Emma Watson wore her now famed Alexia dress on the red carpet. And after rave reviews of her first showing in New York this past September, the designer's buzz rating continues to rise.
Marco de Vincenzo
After sharpening his design chops at Fendi's accessories department for eight years, Marco de Vincenzo finally set out to do what he'd always dreamed of: launch his own line. His debut at Milan Fashion Week two years ago was applauded both for its technical skill and its modern sharp aesthetic. And after winning Italy's "Who is On Next?" competition, an intitiave set up by Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, it's clear that de Vincenzo is set to stick around.
Accessories designer Timo Weiland just debuted his women's ready-to-wear, and, frankly it's about time. Weiland first turned heads (and necks) with his Edwardian-meets-Western-Dandy neckwear. A quirky eco-friendly wallet line, followed, and now the NYC-based designer has applied his fanciful approach to womenswear. We're loving his slim pleated bubble shorts and an ever-so-slightly Edwardian-inspired blouse.
As a model, Munich native Andrea Karg fell in love with fashion, specifically, though, cashmere. And after pursuing a law degree, Karg set out to create a line of cashmere apparel that was far from ordinary. Today, her line of sumptuous knits Allude is one of the most successful cashmere companies in Germany, and, lucky for us, the collection has recently arrived stateside…just in time for the chilly weeks ahead.