Women’s Wear Daily
04.20.2014
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Moment 100: Generation Next

The past decade saw an explosion of talented newcomers. The likes of Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Alexander Wang offer a glimpse of what the future holds.

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Rodarte fall 2008 Jason Wu spring 2010 Proenza Schouler spring 2011 Tao Comme des Garçons spring 2011 Haider Ackermann spring 2011 Alexander Wang spring 2010

Rodarte, fall 2008; Jason Wu, spring 2010; Proenza Schouler, spring 2011; Tao Comme des Garçons, spring 2011; Haider Ackermann, spring 2011; Alexander Wang, spring 2010

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Tough times never deter the truly passionate. The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of aspiring designers, striving to build careers in fashion. Among those who have already found an impressive level of success: Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who burst out of Parsons in 2002 with a chic, grounded sportswear sensibility; Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, capturing attention with their lyric, artful moodiness; Giles Deacon, delighting with controlled kookiness; Tao Kurihara, infusing Japanese intensity with gentle charm for Tao Comme des Garçons, and Haider Ackermann, whose powerful spring collection so impressed a certain fashion deity, he snagged an invitation to the Chanel show.

 

Also strong: Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, Gareth Pugh, Alexis Mabille, Phillip Lim, Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander Wang, Ohne Titel, Marchesa, The Row—to name just a few. Any litany leaves massive gaps, as the ranks are as impressive as the talent pool they represent.

 

Heartening, too, is the unprecedented support for these designers from entities as varied as Anna Wintour’s Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and Spiga2, the new Milanese store opened by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. “Fashion,” the sage Michael Kors noted, “is not for sissies,” and the path ahead is rife with challenges. Yet as dazzling as designers have made the past 100 years, surely the next hundred are off to a promising start.

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