NAMES TO KNOW:
THE FASHION CAPITALS

PARIS

The city of love. Perhaps that’s why we’re so helplessly besotted with these six standout brands. Proving fashion à la française means so much more than a Breton stripe, our names to know need little introduction...

CARVEN

The low-down: Exuding the kind of insouciant soignée that Parisians do so well, this brand considers classic silhouettes through a contemporary lens.

ELLERY

Known for: A street-style stalwart, sculptural silhouettes, south-of-shoulder drapes and voluminous ruching are what propelled this Sydney-based brand to fame.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

The scoop: If feminine florals are your style raison d’être, Giambattista Valli is the designer for you. Hailing from Italy, he is now a firm PFW favorite.

NINA RICCI

The 411: Established in 1938, this iconic house has shapeshifted through time, remaining as relevant today as it was then. Fall’s spotlight shines on sequins and silk.

SONIA RYKIEL

The story: In a movement termed ‘Rykielism’, this left-field designer has sought to liberate women through fashion since the late ‘60s. It’s Parisian to the core.

MAISON MARGIELA

What you need to know: A pioneer of the deconstructionist movement, the Belgian brand continues to chime with a contemporary, boundary-pushing philosophy.

MILAN

If ever there was a city to embody la dolce vita, Milan would be it. Our advice? Swap pasta for prêt-à-porter and peruse the brands you should really be following.

MSGM

The scoop: Music is the food of fashion at this contemporary Italian brand, where Massimo Giorgetti uses inputs from his favorite indie bands to inform each collection.

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

The story: Famed for an ethical philosophy and luxe cashmere creations, Brunello Cucinelli’s versatile palettes and considered details nod to the brand’s Umbrian heritage.

JIL SANDER

What you need to know: Established in Germany in 1968, this designer was among the bellwethers of minimalism, accruing acclaim with her stripped-back sensibility.

LONDON

Lauded for its experimentation, creativity and nurture of new talent, this capital is the second hot ticket on the fashion calendar. Be sure to dress the part in the buzziest Brit brands.

ANYA HINDMARCH

The scoop: Delivering an instant hit of personality, these award-winning accessories are the fashion set’s secret styling weapons. We won’t tell if you don’t.

HILL & FRIENDS

What to carry: Executed using all-natural materials, this Brit brand’s luxury leather bags are designed to improve with age and patina: the forever investment.

MALONE SOULIERS

What you need to know: After training in furniture design, Mary Alice Malone found her feet (pun intended) in footwear – each pristine pair is crafted to a T.

NATASHA ZINKO

The low-down: The dramatic structures and ornate fabrications of this London-based designer secure her place on our It-list and in our wardrobes.

SIMONE ROCHA

The color: Unexpected hues, trims and trinkets transform the nostalgic silhouettes of this Dublin-born brand into something new and utterly contemporary.

MOTHER OF PEARL

Known for: Sports luxe meets bucolic print: each season sees designer Amy Powney translate flora, fauna and the natural world across her whimsical designs.

CHARLOTTE SIMONE

Accessorize this: Born from a manifesto to ‘reinvent the scarf’, these tactile creations can be found draping the necks and shoulders of the industry A-list.

J.W.ANDERSON

Perfect for now: Unlike anything we’ve seen before, menswear and womenswear tropes collide in the Northern Irish designer’s pioneering philosophy.

ANTONIO BERARDI

The story: After studying at Central Saint Martins, the Sicilian designer launched his namesake brand, earning worldwide recognition for its flattering silhouettes.

NEW YORK

New York: the first stop of fashion month. From Adam Lippes to Cushnie et Ochs, ring in the start of the season and shop the brands that have everyone talking.

ADAM LIPPES

The 411: Fuss-free silhouettes meet feminine flourishes via this all-American brand’s beautiful offering.

DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY

The scoop: This younger sibling to the designer’s mainline collection launched in 2011. Expect classics with a twist.

JONATHAN SIMKHAI

What you need to know: Flirting with texture, cut-outs and glamour galore, this NYC label promises a sexy sartorial update.

SUNO

The low-down: Synonymous with vibrant hues and eclectic design, this NYC brand is alive with print.

TANYA TAYLOR

The color: Bright and beautiful, this youthful designer’s collection is primed and ready to invigorate your wardrobe.

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

Known for: Styles that stand up and get noticed. Each form-flattering silhouette demands to be donned with confidence.

EDIE PARKER

What to carry: Think glitter, think gold - Brett Heyman's glorious hand-crafted hand candy has personality in the bag.

LOEFFLER RANDALL

A family affair: Maximum personality with minimum effort: this wife-and-husband-led label proves you can have it all.

DELPOZO

The details: Couture-inspired accents and intricate details epitomize this Spanish brand’s meticulous ready-to-wear mood.