Here Are The 10 Breakthrough Fashion Designers Of The Year

New gen realness.


2017 may have been a fucking awful year in many respects, but the fashion world has charged through completely obliviously – well, except for the Terry Richardson scandal. The year has seen some exciting breakthrough global designers, breezing through the cobwebs of convention with a fresh approach to dressing. Scroll down for the lowdown on the new-gen names that have taken the industry by storm.


Matthew Adams Dolan

The young Australian-American designer behind many of Rihanna's coolest outfits has risen from a relatively unknown Parsons MFA grad into one of the most buzzed-out up-and-comers in New York. Offbeat tailoring, workwear silhouettes and oversized shapes put him on the map this year.



Linder's Sam Linder and Kirk Millar showed their first ever women's collection on the spring/summer 2018 runways. Their eclectic style combines elements of grunge, bohemia and urban.



Y/Project's Glenn Martens is as well versed in European history as he is in '90s rave culture. His designs deconstruct classic silhouettes with a bold streetwear feel.



It doesn't get more sun-drenched than this. Jacquemus sews that south-of-France spirit into all of his designs – with bold block colors and patterns and '80s power silhouettes.


Sies Marjan

Sies Marjan's Sander Lak is all about color and texture; his designs are like vivid brushstrokes on the blank canvas of the runway. Lak reinvents time-honored pieces with great attention to detail – bringing items as simple as the oversized sweater to the next level.



American designer Michael Halpern took off at super high speed, rising from a relative unknown to a sellout name. Halpern entered in an explosion of multicolored sequins, delivering punchy '70s disco-inspired pieces.


Matty Bovan

Matty Bovan, the Fashion East wunderkind, is marvelously experimental in his approach, with his thought-provoking collections firmly establishing him as a name to watch.



Club kid style gets a 21st century update. Designer Raul Solis cut his teeth at Proenza Schouler before making his LRS debut in New York last season. His latest line-up was inspired by tripping on acid and ecstasy. His dripping “brain monster” print was the product of, by Solis's description, “thinking about how our brain looks when we're coming down from ecstasy.”


Molly Goddard

Known for her cool-girl take on princess dressing, Molly Goddard's latest collection got a little more experimental, with off-kilter silhouettes and cheeky details.


Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang describes her style as more tomboy than girly-girl – her designs are sweet but with a bite. Think it-girl essentials like unfussy dresses, faded jeans, cozy teddy bear jackets and party dresses.


Next up, here's every look from Alexander Wang Resort 2018.