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Fashion's Fresh Faces: Designers Debuting At New York Fashion Week

Angela Shen |
September 16, 2015 | 9:12 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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Most young designers dream for a spot in New York Fashion Week for the chance to show their creations to those in the industry, celebrities, media outlets, and even fashionista wannabes. The more influential a brand is, the more likely they will be featured season after season. In the cutthroat world of fashion, these new designers made the cut and will be debuting their work at the most sought-after event in the field.


Area consists of designers Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk who are from Kentucky and Holland, respectively. Fogg studied architectural design at the University of Virginia, while Panszcyk studied fashion design at the Artez Institute of the Arts. He has worked at both Chloe and Calvin Klein Collection. The pair met when they were in school at Parsons and realized they had similar artistic ideas, leading to the creation of Area. The brand specializes in textile manipulation, using techniques such as embossing and hand-shaving to create pieces with plenty of unique textures.

Matthew Dolan

Matthew Dolan grew up in Sydney, Australia and has studied abroad in Japan for high school and Switzerland at the Université de Lausanne. His mother exposed him to American craft through her needleworking, and he decided to continue studying the American style by enrolling in the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons. There, he created a collection of shredded knitwear which became his signature design. He also draws inspiration from the history of American sportswear.

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Laurence & Chico

Laurence & Chico was founded by Laurence Li and Chico Wang, who work together to make fun, animated pieces. Having their first show in New York City means a lot to them because they both consider it home, studied there, and have met influential people along the way. Li is also an illustrator, and Wang uses his drawings create prints for the collection. Li and Wang want their creations to make loud statements, so many looks have traits like huge polka dots and over-the-top ruffles.

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Amanda Phelan’s brand is one that celebrates the design process without compromising quality. Based in New York City where she has lived and worked for many years, Phelan combines her passions for pattern, rhythm, and visual/performing arts to create a collection geared towards a forward-thinking audience. She uses advanced techniques like taking reflective yarn and stitching it into 3D sculptural formations. The methods used to make these pieces are just as significant as the product themselves.

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