Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion 2012 featured six emerging designers, who have been working under their own label for the past 1-5 years. Here's a look at my top picks from each designer. Gretchen Jones and Chloe comme Parris were my favorite designers, presenting the most wearable, contemporary pieces.
Anne Sofie Madsen introduces handcrafted pieces with couture techniques, experimenting with fine mesh with leather detailing applied and hand-drawn illustrations printed digitally on silk or wool fabrics.
ANNE SOFIE MADSEN
Gretchen Jones focuses on printed feminine dresses and separates with a romantic flair, made with natural materials, such as leather, silk,wool, linen, bamboo and organic cotton.
Katungulu Mwendwa is the Gen Art Global Contest winner. Her collection is inspired by the Tuareg (Indigo People) set in a fantasized concept of Northern Africa in the distant future of a post apocalyptic world. Key looks include high low shirts, maxi dresses and wide turtle neck collars in silk chiffon, cotton and jersey fabrics.
Chloe comme Parris is effortless and city chic with dresses in subtle prints, while adding a modern edge with a moto jacket, trench coat and leather shorts.
CHLOE COMME PARRIS
Amanda Lewkee has a throw-on-and-go aesthetic, including track suits, bike shorts and maxi dresses paired with Dr. Martens. My favorite piece is the dry fit black panel dress with double thigh high slits and leather collar.
AMANDA LEW KEE
Standouts in COMEFORBREAKFAST's collection include printed dresses with pleating details and geometric inserts and trench coats. Fabrics include viscose crepe, coated linen, leather, silk and chiffon, organza, cotton and acetate/viscose.
- Kim Weling