5 Designers to Know From New York Fashion Week

Once a year, a very important series of events takes place within the fashion industry in which the upcoming fall/winter trends are presented to the world. During this time, the well-known and established brands are praised for their courageous efforts, however, many labels are often forgotten due to the unfamiliarity of their name outside of the fashion industry. Here, I have listed 5 brands that presented unforgettable collections in the 2017-18 fall/winter NYFW.

Prabal Gurung:

American designer of Nepalese decent based in New York City, Prabal Gurung has been working in the fashion industry for almost two decades and launched his own collection during NYFW in February 2009. He has been nominated for various awards and honors and his designs have been worn by many celebrities throughout the years. This year he showed consistency in his talents during fall/winter NYFW by presenting a collection that contained heavy knit sweaters, feminine fur coats, and detailed flowy dresses all with the same wintery color scheme of white, silver, pale blue, and more.

Brandon Maxwell:

Brandon Maxwell’s style is anything but modest and understated and once you see his collections, you will wonder how you have never heard of his name before. Born in Texas and currently residing in New York City, Maxwell first made his name in the fashion industry known as he worked his way to becoming a stylist for Lady Gaga in 2009. In 2015, he debuted his women’s ready-to-wear label, Brandon Maxwell, in New York. The vision behind his designs was to make women feel sophisticated and powerful which is exactly what he executed in his fall/winter 2017-18 collection.


More commonly known in the European countries due to its birth in Spain, Delpozo has been considered one of the most renowned and creative Spanish brands. Jesus del Poso is known for executing a strong persona through his clothing and the brand lived up to this reputation this past NYFW by including a mix of bright colors and bold patterns. Also, the use of fish and bird motifs were subtle details worked into handbags, knits, and skirts.

Jonathan Simkhai:

If you have never heard of this man, then you better keep reading as he is said to be credible for redefining the 21st century wardrobe and strengthening American Fashion. After years of experience as a buyer/merchandiser, Simkhai enter the fashion design industry and was successful in his talents from the start. This proclaimed skill is evident when we see his fall/winter 2017-18 collection; the detailed embroidered pieces contain a vintage inspiration but with an incredibly modern edge.

Ryan Roche:

For Ryan Roche’s first runway show this year, she showed us a minimalistic modern theme and still incorporated a harmonious color scheme throughout her collection. Her requirements for manufacturing can be praised as well; She is adamant about respecting the environment by demanding a low-impact production. She had everyone talking this past NYFW due to her charming and sophisticated combination of textures and tones.


Written by: Nicole Jeffery