11 International Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Local Designers

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There’s never been a better time to support young design talent. Despite the odds, creatives across the globe have been channelling their creativity into inspiring designs. With that in mind, international Vogue editors are spotlighting their favorite local designers to watch for spring 2021. If you’re looking for avant-garde suiting, check out Spanish line Mans, a favorite of Vogue Spain fashion director Juan Cebrián. More in the mood for architectural accessories? Look at Aurelia handbag line of wooden boxes, recommended by Vogue Mexico’s editor-in-chief, Karla Martinez de Salas. Invest in these brands now, and enjoy watching their careers develop over the years. What’s more satisfying than being early to an it-brand, after all? See picks from Vogue Korea editor Kwangho Shin, Vogue Paris fashion director Aleksandra Woroniecka, and more below.

Filip Niedenthal, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Poland Photos courtesy of Ania Kuczyńska, Le Petit Trou

Minimal but never boring, one of the most consistent designers working in Poland today. All the best dressed women in Warsaw wear Ania Kuczyńska. Hers are clothes you see most often on the street.

The Polish lingerie label taking the world by storm. Founded 7 years ago by Zuzanna Kuczyńska, Le Petit Trou recently collaborated with & Other Stories on a collection available everywhere now.

Juan Cebrián, fashion director, Vogue Spain Jorre Janssens

Our Who’s On Next 2020 winner. He has reinvented the classic suit, also his designs could be dressed by women.

Spanish designer with an artisan vision based on historical art and Spanish local traditions and references, her commercial collection also breathes the south of Spain air.

Hereu mixes the work of local artisans, rediscovering craft traditions and using them to express a distinctive take on the Mediterranian region’s enduring heritage.

Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Australia Hannah Scott-Stevenson

A favorite of the Vogue Australia team, Sydney-raised Jordan Dalah has established a distinct perspective with his monumental shapes and theatrical sensibilities, without forgoing a sensitivity and warmth. The Central Saint Martins graduate has already been turning heads internationally, impressive with only a handful of collections under his belt.

Charlotte Hicks takes a seasonless approach to design in slow-release ‘editions’, part of her multi-faceted approach to sustainability, including producing locally. With fabrics sourced from Italy and Melbourne with a focus on making in Australia, she really embodies the new thoughtfulness in design in her refined wardrobe essentials and why she just won the Best Australian Emerging Designer at the 2020 Australian Fashion Laureate.

Lyn-Al has a design maturity beyond her years. Both and artist and designer, she transplants her epic, kinetic works to her silk pieces that act as a bridge between her culture and ancestors – that of the Gunnai, Waradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta people and dating back tens of thousands of years — to contemporary Australia and beyond, igniting renewed appreciation of the stories belonging to our First Nations peoples.

Venya Brykalin, fashion director, Vogue UkrainePhotos courtesy of Anton Belinskiy, Bettter 

Masterminded by our fellow colleague Julie Pelipas, Bettter is an omnichannel upcycling platform. In her practice, Julie has introduced a set of algorithms to repurpose vintage, secondhand and deadstock suiting into smart, contemporary tailoring. At Bettter the collections are organized in small and very precise drops that are marketed through their website only in an attempt to minimize the carbon footprint of their activities. The project is an ambitious venture aiming to disrupt the existing supply chain and introduce new effective protocols to recycle and upcycle the ever-growing deadstock.

Anton was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize and since then has shown his collections multiple times during Paris Fashion Week. His namesake brand is still relatively under the radar but he has built quite a following in Kyiv (and outside of Ukraine) for his whimsical take on Perestroika dressing, mixing wide range of cultural references that delve both into the lavish worlds of rich and kitsch, as well as the isolated experiences of troubled Slavic youth.

Gunia Project is an exciting new design practice of two young female artists who explore the traditional Ukrainian crafts and techniques, reinterpreting them in a contemporary and slightly naive manner. It's a multidisciplinary project that covers pottery and cutlery, fashion design, accessories and even scented candles.

Karla Martinez de Salas, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Mexico 

Katyna Quintana is working with artisans in Chiapas to create amazing Mexican huipiles in vibrant colors and beautiful textures.

I love these wooden box bags that have unique straps inspired by Charro Culture that are all made in Mexico. Aurelia is a line of bags designed by three sisters, Aurelia, Magdalena and Andrea who are inspired by their great grandmother, who was a creative force and inspiration in their lives.

I admire how Miguel Aguel is able to apply artisanal techniques and elements to universal fundamentals. He’s a Colombian designer who seeks to transmit his heritage while satisfying the highest standards through sophisticated and timeless pieces.

Valentina Collado, fashion director, Vogue Mexico

The new collection is inspired by the imagery and attention to detail that the Paracas culture left behind, famous for their spectacular woven textiles.

Inspired by stories and legends from Mexico. Illustrations were made by the founders and carefully hand-embroidered by women in Chiapas and Estado de Mexico.

Beautiful, classic pieces with a modern touch made in Mexico.

 Kwangho Shin, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Korea

The collection that interpreted Asian aesthetics beyond Korea to fit international trends. It is formative but wearable.

The collection that realized Korean avant-garde in a youthful and soft way, with a concept of Korean modern retro.

 It expressed Korean style in the most progressive way, as elegant but geeky, mature but cool kid.

Sofia Lucas, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Portugal Ugo Camera

There are always designers to watch in Portugal, and not only the emerging ones, but the established ones as well, constantly trying to better themselves and be more and more relevant in an increasingly competitive market. Valentim Quaresma, known for his sculpture-like jewelry and accessories is always a delight to follow and admire his creativity. And from the younger names, we’ve been mesmerized by how creatively Behén has picked up on the traditional and transformed it into fashion design. Also, it’s always a delight to see established designer Alexandra Moura’s DNA being so identifiable and yet never repetitive.

Kat Yeung, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Hong KongCourtesy of JOHN

One can find “Hong Kong” in the works of the following three local designers.

YAT PIT’s quirky designs fuse elements of the East and the West, with apparel inspired by traditional Qipaos and prints featuring Chinese characters on more contemporary, Western silhouettes. YAT PIT will be the first brand for the HK Fashion Scape series launching in our second anniversary issue in March.

JOHN embraces elements of gender fluidity, with unisex and seasonless apparel that taps into the everyday trends of Hong Kong. With each season of JOHN, a new female personality, also named JOHN, is created to showcase the designs from the season.

A renowned fashionista and trendsetter in Hong Kong, Hilary Tsui has founded concept store, “HER”, supporting local brands including her own athleisure label “Chance”. The multi-hyphenate certainly gives other people chances.

Ceylan Atınç, fashion director, Vogue TurkeyCourtesy of Lug von Siga

Mediterranean, simple, chic and feminine... I love the fabrics and patterns and also the positive feeling of the brand itself. 

I like the attitude of “easy-couture” of this brand. Last summer, she did linen couture which I adore. This year she used many colors but kept the designs simple. I really like the idea of couture shirt dresses, even as a wedding dress. 

I find the lookbook & the styling very strong. His oversized forms and wearable silhouettes support the modern perspective of Turkish fashion. 

Aleksandra Woroniecka, fashion director, Vogue ParisPhotos courtesy of Gamut and Weinsanto. 

There are two new designers who have already been appointed to become creative directors of French houses: Nicolas di Felice who will show his first collection for Courrèges. I think he will be doing a great job! Charles de Vilmorin who launched his first collection after the 1st confinement and has just been named creative director of Rochas. And then you have young designers who launched their brands as Gamut, Ester Manas or Weinsanto.

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