BRANDON MAXWELL

The celeb-stylist-turned-designer—and newly minted CFDA member—focuses his exquisite made-in-NYC line on sharp tailoring and minimalist yet sculptural forms.

SMYTHSON

These days, the British heritage brand—once a favorite of Hollywood royals, prime ministers and many a maharaja—prefers to keep a luxurious yet low-key profile with clean, unadorned travel accessories and timeless leather handbags that only get better with age.

LOEWE

When he took over at the 19th-century Spanish house, London-based phenom Jonathan Anderson brought British wit and off-kilter glamour to the tradition of leather craft, yielding celeb-adored It bags and ready-to-wear collections at once extreme and easygoing.

MIU MIU

With Miu Miu anything and everything goes. Iconic designer Miuccia Prada puts her eccentric best into each subversively sweet collection—and the line’s highly covetable, sumptuously sculpted handbags and accessories bring it all together.

VICTORIA BECKHAM

The iconic Brit’s ultraluxe, ultra-wearable point of view—spelled out in the language of modern day-to-night pieces—includes signature hourglass silhouettes, unexpected materials and strong yet softly structured outerwear.

VICTOR ALFARO

"We design clothes to go with tomorrow’s clothes." The seasoned NYC-based designer’s new line centers around a system of chic, season-to-season versatility—full of convertible jackets, sleek tailoring and layer-ready shapes cut from indulgent yet high-tech materials.

ACNE STUDIOS

Jonny Johansson cofounded the multidisciplinary ACNE Studios (the letters stand for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions) in Stockholm in 1996. The following year, a collection of raw denim launched the clothing line. The brand has since come to embody modern, conceptual minimalism.

ADAM LIPPES

When Adam Lippes set out to explore the word ease, he found parallel ideas behind the terms luxurypeace and lack of difficulty. Each nuance informs the sumptuous minimalism of the American designer’s beautifully proportioned wardrobe staples.

ALEXANDRE BIRMAN

"I was raised in a shoe factory," the second-generation designer muses. His Brazil-based collections often feature exotic reptile skins—an homage to his South American roots.

MAISON MICHEL

Auguste Michel would be pleased to find that the hat shop he opened back in 1936 on 65 Rue Saint Anne can add rockstars and international tastemakers to their contemporary clients list. The Parisian millinery—now CHANEL-owned—continues to create fanciful, exquisitely handcrafted headwear for discerning tastes.

SIMONE ROCHA

2013 Emerging Designer British Fashion Award winner Simone Rocha was born into fashion—her parents were important London industry fixtures—but the singular vision that informs her strong, feminine collections seems almost wild and totally brand-new.

VETEMENTS

With Demna Gvasalia at its helm, design collective Vetements made the semifinals of the second annual LVMH Prize with impactful pieces that explore deconstruction, asymmetry and convertible silhouettes.

SOFIE D'HOORE

Belgian designer Sofie D'Hoore launched her line of architectural, precision-cut pieces in 1992. The dental trainee-turned-fashion designer quietly "flirts with absolute modernism," letting the purity of lines, neutral palettes and high-caliber fabrics do the talking.

CHRISTOPHER KANE

Christopher Kane writes his life story with fashion. The award-winning British powerhouse imbues his irreverent, masterfully constructed designs with autobiographical fragments, turning the creations into forms of tantalizing escapism—at times extra-precious, at times wildly subversive.

J.W.ANDERSON

Follow his social media feeds and you’ll find Jonathan Anderson is as relatably real as his clothes are unreal. The acclaimed Northern Irish designer’s take on masculine/feminine balance combines bold shapes and strong silhouettes with traditional motifs from both genders.

ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO

Zero + Maria Cornejo began as a retail-only enterprise in New York City in 1998—but the world wanted more. Now, the Chilean-born designer is a runway favorite thanks to her sophisticated minimalist collections with a raw, casual lean.

TOMAS MAIER

Tomas Maier’s eponymous line offers luxe yet wearable pieces that reflect the German designer’s abiding affection for easy elegance and chic, off-duty comfort.

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