Fresh Takes: New York Designers to Watch

From Catherine Deneuve to photographer Neil Krug, the next generation of designers is working a myriad of inspirations for spring.

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A look from Troubadour

Photo By Kyle Ericksen

Troubadour’s Lindsey Carter

Backstory: Lindsey Carter’s fascination with fashion design began in high school: She made her own prom dresses. After graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, she beefed up her résumé with stints in the men’s division of J. Crew, as well as the women’s side of its sister label, Madewell. By the end of 2006, though, Carter got married and moved back to her native North Carolina. There she launched a short-lived golf and resort collection with another designer, called Carter Humphrey, but now she’s ready to strike out on her own. “I’ve been gearing up my whole career to do this,” Carter says.

Collection: “Troubadours would get their inspiration from their travels,” says Carter of the label’s name. “I took that meaning and used it in fashion — I could get my inspiration from any place, period, person or movement.” For spring, Carter was taken with photographer Neil Krug, known for his plays on color and light. Thus, Carter uses a bright, saturated palette on spare, simple silhouettes: easy cocktail dresses and jumpsuits. And though she plans on eventually expanding into separates, the designer is content to keep her collection frock-centric for now. “I mainly wear dresses,” she says. “They’re so easy to throw on and all-encompassing. They’re a complete look in themselves.”

Stats: Wholesale prices range from $150 to $250.

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