New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was full of flashy trends, colorful statements, and most notably, statements for social justice. New York fashion, in particular, is known for its attention to social consciousness and how that integrates with fashion. The best examples of that were showcased by these five emerging woman designers, whose fashion collections were designed with the mission to make a statement.
CIE Denim by Kelcie Schofield
Recent design school graduate Kelcie Schofield launched her denim line, CIE Denim, to prioritize sustainability and longevity in fashion. Her brand first made waves last year when she released a pair of upside-down shorts. Each pair of pants is made one at a time, making every individual pair unique and suitable to the wearer. “When you buy CIE, you’re not only getting a one-of-a-kind pair of jeans, you’re contributing to ethical fashion in the form of U.S. production, fair wages, and ethical practices,” says Schofield.
Paris 99 by Paris Starn
Paris Starn started Paris 99 with women’s liberation being her main goal. The picnic dress is reimagined with short hemlines and odd cutouts, made to show off glimpses of the body that other fabrics would hide. The 1950s-style gingham dresses are meant to challenge the repressive gender norms of the period and empower the women of today. The checkered patterns on each piece were actually inspired by Starn’s grandmother’s cooking aprons.
TommyxZendaya by Zendaya
Zendaya Coleman is best known for her roles on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up and HBO’s hit show Euphoria, and she’s now adding designer to the list. She’s dabbled in fashion design once before with her unisex collection, Daya by Zendaya –– but her new collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger marks her debut at NYFW. The TommyxZendaya line is an homage to powerful fashion icons from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Garments range from sizes 0 to 22 and are catered to fit women of all shapes and sizes.
KHAITE by Catherine Holstein
KHAITE is a New York-based brand that focuses on comfortable and practical style. Founder and creative director, Catherine Holstein, launched the brand back in 2016 with a focus on women’s day-to-day realities. Each garment is made with ethically-sourced materials that are perfect to move around in on chilly NYC mornings. Holstein’s designs have been seen on several celebrities, including Katie Holmes and Emma Stone.
Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour
What started out as a handbag collection has become one of the pioneer brands for sustainable fashion. Collina Strada is Hillary Taymour’s stylish response to the rising threat of climate change. Made from repurposed materials, each piece is a colorful statement that can be worn by both men and women. The brand featured unconventional ‘nonmodels’ on the NYFW runway, including mothers walking with their children and men walking with their pets.