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11 Rising Designers to Watch at New York Fashion Week

There are hundreds brands showing at New York Fashion Week for the Spring 2017 season—which, even for someone who does this for a living, is a lot to wrap your head around. From the billion-dollar brands like Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors to the tiny, bootstrapped labels run out of a recent grad’s apartment, the presentations run the gamut of aesthetics, budgets, and commercial aspirations.

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Somehow, amid all of that, there are always a few new names that manage to cut through the din. Thanks to an original voice, a fresh perspective on the world that fashion reflects, or just a talent for making damn good clothes, these 11 designers are at the top of our must-see lists this season.

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Much as we may ooh and ahh over the artistry and luxury of many NYFW collections, it's rare to find one where we can honestly say we'd wear every piece—and rarer still to find one we might actually be able to afford. PH5 delivers on both counts; designers Mijia Zhang and Wei Lin make knitwear that's playful and innovative, tapping in to Zhang's design expertise and Lin's family-run textile business in China. They also have a knack for stripes—always a plus in our books.

For a reminder that "sportswear" and "athleisure" are two very distinct categories, look no further than this Parisian designer, who tackles the former with an eye towards ease and wearability, along with creative flourishes like frayed hems and an O-ring motif.

While her line may just be in its second season, Young has already had a career worthy of widespread acclaim: she joined Donna Karan during the brand's heyday in the '90s and rose to the position of creative director, then, after a 16-year tenure, left to launch a high-end childrenswear label. These days, the designer is directing her talents towards an edited collection of layerable separates and luxe eveningwear.

After two years designing her initial brand, À Moi, known for its offbeat silhouettes and youthful attitude, Rojas decided to pivot to a more mature customer and sophisticated sensibility. The result? A namesake line of unimaginably soft leathers, cozy handknit sweaters, and impeccably-finished silk suiting in neutral tones.

Showing for the first time at NYFW this week, three-year-old Morgan Lane is one of the few lingerie brands on the docket this week. Its fashion credentials, however, are without question: the designer is the daughter of Jill Stuart, for one, and her delicate, no-detail-spared pieces are as special as any evening gown.

Love gothic lettering? Does the hoodie trend right of 2016 speak to your very soul? You're in luck: this Polish streetwear brand is showing their first standalone women's collection this week, meaning their street-savvy aesthetic is poised to get a major boost.

We've seen a lot of denim in our day, but perhaps none as striking as Li's; her denim jacket with ballooning yarn sleeves was a standout of Fall 2016, and this season she kicked off NYFW with a menswear-inspired collection that played with volume, proportion, and texture, including some 3D floral embroidery.

The "About" section of LRS Studio's website reads something like an artist statement: "an interplay with disparate materials" … "grace the body in pristine contradiction" … "soft post-minimal look." You don't need to have an MFA, however, to grasp how fundamentally cool designer Raul Solis' pieces are. His electric blue over-the-knee cowboy boots have found fans in Chloë Sevigny and Lady Gaga, while followers swoon over his exaggerated long sleeves and raver-style XXL silver pants.

It's a harsh world out there—sometimes you just want some feel-good clothing to lift your spirits. Not only do ÖHLIN/D's designers revel in the fun of getting dressed—an asymmetrical ruffle here, a tearaway-style pant leg there—they're also socially- and environmentally-conscious, prioritizing transparency and ethical manufacturing.

Designer Louis Verdad is no stranger to the fashion world—he designed the two-piece suit Madonna wore on stage during that VMA performance with Britney Spears, and has dressed numerous celebrities over the years under his namesake line—but this season he returns to the official calendar with a brand new line, Verdad. From the sneak peeks on Instagram, it looks younger, more laid-back, and thoroughly denim-centric

This New Orleans-based eyewear brand is a frequent fixture on Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and this season it will make its NYFW debut at MADE Fashion Week. Expect paparazzi-shielding frames in interesting shapes and unusual colorways at their Sunday presentation.

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