10 Lady Designers To Shop NOW

Don’t get us wrong, we love a talented man. Marc, Karl, Tom, Ralph, they're doing the darn thing. But, let's be honest, this biz needs ladies as much as a Chanel 2.55 needs quilted leather. Read: Donatella, Stella, Miuccia, and co. are utterly essential. And, it's not just Eurocentric legends bringing estrogen to the game. This batch of NYC-based designers is crushing it right this very second, too. After perusing their collections, we've had to add a second sixth page to our shopping lists.
Prepare yourself for outlandish prints from a seasoned traveler, closet mainstays re-invented by a former creative director, and pretty separates courtesy of an ex-Barneys buyer. By the sounds of it, spring 2014 may just be the best season, ever — all thanks to the 10 luminaries after the jump. It's just like Bey said: Girls run the world.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kule.
Kule

After Nikki Kule launched her womenswear line (an extension of her 2001 luxury kid’s collection), she’s consistently churned out some of the most wearable shapes on the market today. Case in point: the re-imagined plaids, vintage-inflected anoraks, and statement dresses ahead.
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Tia Cibani

This former creative director of Ports 1961 is fast becoming an R29 staple for her highly covetable line of updated classics, like neoprene car coats and asymmetrical shifts.
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Rachel Comey

What can we say? Season after season, Rachel Comey designs exactly what we want to wear. This spring is no exception with its strong lines, daring shapes, and frayed edges that feel surprisingly put together.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Comey.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Comey.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF ABACAXI.
Abacaxi

Named after the Portuguese word for pineapple, Brooklyn-based designer Sheena Sood’s most recent line is just as sweet as its alias — including handmade, eclectic pieces inspired by Sood’s travels to Brazil, Ecuador, and India.
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Photo: Courtesy of Karen Walker.
Karen Walker

Trench coats, trousers, and tees feel springtime fresh with Karen Walker’s welcome additions of sparkling details and unexpected, bold prints.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Assoulin.
Rosie Assoulin

After her noteworthy resort ’14 debut, Rosie Assoulin has jumped to the front of the new-designer pack. For spring, her beautifully luxurious collection brings modern eveningwear and pretty takes on office-ready mainstays. It's set to rival some of the big boys (like De La Renta, who Assoulin used to work for).
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Assoulin.
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PHOTO: Courtesy of ace&jig.
ace&jig

Known for their signature yarn-dye woven fabric, former LaROK designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson’s latest line (named after both of their children) is chock full of cool layering pieces and need-now separates for spring.
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Rodebjer

Rodebjer’s classic, carefree and flowy silhouettes get a touch of structure with this season's crisp trousers and tops. The finishing touch? Glistening prints.
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Wayne

Wayne Lee’s spring offering includes wearable separates like skorts (yes, the skort is back), simple-yet-striking jackets, and work-perfect shifts.
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Photo: Courtesy of Veronica Beard.
Veronica Beard

Designers Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard (or, “The Veronicas”) pulled out all the stops for spring ’14. They've splashed graffiti florals and electric leopard on everything from sleek suits to sporty sweatshirts. A far cry from the sister-in-laws’ signature blazers.
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