We’ll always have Paris! City of style, elegance and the tastiest cheese, France’s capital is the final stop on our names to know calendar. Here, we (temporarily) swap fondue for all things fashion.
What you need to know: Messages of color and whimsy are regular occurrences in Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s story for Rochas. Romantic, yes, but not remotely classic – unorthodox details are designed to intrigue.
Known for: There’s a joie de vivre to Sonia Rykiel’s aesthetic, with bold hues and motifs making a fitting homage to the brand’s founder. Her legacy continues in punchy designs laced with a left-field attitude.
The color: Some say ‘off-beat’, we say 'setting the pace'. Carven marches to the rhythm of its own chic drum. Playful and fun, never taking itself too seriously, this vibrant brand is guaranteed to make you smile.
The 411: If you like florals, you’ll love Giambattista Valli’s petal-strewn creations. Delicate gowns and separates spill over with bucolic references in a sensational ode to all things beautiful.
The low-down: Born as an haute couture house in 1932, this storied designer is now a must-see of the ready-to-wear schedule, transforming pared-down silhouettes with embellishments, embroidery and decadent fabrics.
Why we love it: A Rick Owens show is a visceral experience – making you think, act and feel things that transcend just fashion. Its boundary-pushing philosophy is worked into wearable pieces with a distinctive wow factor.
It’s known as the epicenter of high-octane glamour, yet Milan Fashion Week’s appeal doesn’t end there. Our names to know reflect the rich and varied personalities of this fashion capital.
What you need to know: Subtle details are front and center of Jil Sander’s signature aesthetic. Founded in Hamburg in the ‘80s, this label is credited as one of the pioneers of fashion’s less-beats-excess movement.
Why we love it: There’s something delightful about a designer that dares itself to be bold. Massimo Giorgetti’s vibrant brand resides in the sweet spot between unbridled energy and carefree wearability.
The low-down: From rich cashmere to the lightest silk, this Umbrian designer harnesses the full gamut of luxe fabrics for its refined minimalism. If you’re looking for proof that more isn’t necessarily more, you’ve found it.
Making its debut from its new home at 180 The Strand, London Fashion Week promises a crop of design talent that looks fittingly spectacular.
What you need to know: Dublin-born Jonathan Anderson is a master of the unexpected, traversing new design territories with his daring aesthetic and striking combinations. Prepare to be surprised – in the best possible way!
Known for: Nostalgic, other-worldly and heavily romantic, this Irish designer’s aesthetic calls to mind both historical proportions and fairytale nuances. Plumes of chiffon and subtle embellishments make for a magical result.
The low-down: Born from a mutual love of all things Victoriana, this London brand is the brainchild of Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. Watch out for the punky inflections and clashing textures that are among its signature styles.
The 411: Protégée of John Galliano and Central Saint Martins alum, Antonio Berardi incorporates hints of his Sicilian heritage into his collections. His artful recipe of warm hues and classic cuts proves second to none.
Why we love it: Think a melting pot of sportswear, floral prints and delicate trims, and the result is Amy Powney’s Mother of Pearl. This London brand takes effortless daywear to a sophisticated new level.
The color: Natasha Zinko emigrated from the Ukraine to London in 2006, opening her flagship atelier five years later. It is from here that every piece is designed and created, to a brief that’s eclectic, colorful and daring.
It’s the first stop on the fashion month calendar – and boy, does NYC make an entrance! Join us in our New York state of mind and discover the ultimate names to know from the concrete jungle.
What you need to know: Designed by women for women, this NYC native is a lesson in balancing high impact with subtle elegance. Confident cut-outs and figure-skimming silhouettes are the ultimate declaration of power.
Known for: Jonathan Simkhai blurs the lines between technicality, performance and total romance. Expect strong, structured separates softened by flowing ruffles – this is where a little sport meets a lot of sophistication.
The low-down: Themes of youth and vitality run riot through this brand’s ready-to-wear and accessories. The future is now: metallic accents and punchy embellishments are ready to rock the boat.
The 411: Sourcing the finest fabrics from globally renowned mills and suppliers, this understated designer is committed to luxury. It’s our hot ticket for those everyday essentials with a little something extra.
Why we love it: The sibling-helmed label boasts a refinement to which few can compare. Named in homage to London’s Savile Row, its resolutely pared-down aesthetic and poised precision make it elegant to the core.
The color: This Spanish brand defines itself as ‘prêt-à-couture’ – think haute couture hallmarks with an easy-to-wear sensibility. Art is a recurring muse, with Rhys Lee, Josef Albers and Duilio Barnabe among its former inspirations.