As editors who work in fashion, we admittedly get to experience a lot of cool stuff. From the ongoing events at New York Fashion Week to cocktail hours to fabulous dinners, we have it good. But nothing is quite as great as an invite to Paris.
So when Who's Next and Premiere Class—the city's foremost trade shows for rising clothing and accessories designers—reached out and asked us to join them for this season's events, we were more than happy to oblige. And what we saw there was beyond impressive.
There's a reason Paris is still the fashion capital of the world (sorry, New York and L.A.). There's a certain je ne sais quoi about the city that makes people look and feel much more in touch with fashion than the rest of the world does. Fashion seems to be in the air there, so it follows that young designers have a lot of creativity to offer the world. (Plus, as we've discussed ad nauseam, French girls are the most stylish creatures that exist.)
Keep scrolling to learn about the talented rising designers we met in Paris!
Young Italian designer Matteo Lamandini has dabbled in both menswear and womenswear and gravitates toward more unisex designs that cross gender barriers. He prefers ultra-clean lines in his work, often incorporating classic prints like tartan and luxe fabrications into his modern creations.
MiniMe Paris's eccentric creative director, Marie Marquet, lives and works in a three-story loft studio space in the city's artsy Marais district. Obsessed with everything from colorful anime dolls to iconic cartoon characters like Betty Boop, Marquet's creations reflect her childlike sense of wonder, and her handcrafted hats are of particular note. (This one has an on-trend star print on the underside of the lid.)
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Wenshuang Lu is fresh out of school, having just graduated from Paris's Esmod International Fashion University. At the Who's Next Graduate Fashion Show, Lu's collection stood out from the rest as particularly strong; she utilized an all-white color palette, modern silhouettes, and masterful control of structure in her work.
Why have one handbag when you can have as many as you want? This is the concept behind Paris-based brand Amalgam, which incorporates interchangeable zip-on leather strips that allow you to transform one bag into many instantly. The modern shapes and quality leather build ensure the kitsch is kept to a minimum.
Jewelry designer Cristina Ramella's brand, Artelier, already has a strong fan base in the blogger community; The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni and Kayture's Kristina Bazan are followers. The Mexico City–based line features statement-making pieces taking inspiration from the world map, travel, and the international art scene.
Fans of hip-hop music might recognize French eyewear line Emmanuelle Khanh better by its street name, EKs. The sunglasses were extremely popular in urban culture in the '90s—and they're staging a comeback. The brand was initially created by its namesake, a flamboyant stylist who worked primarily in '70s France and was known for her predilection for statement-making eyewear.
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