Making sure you have unique pieces in your wardrobe not only helps your style, which does wonders for your overall mood but also allows you to support the arts. The only hiccup here is finding unique designers that you can afford. The following are five that you should definitely pay attention to.
1. Iris Van Herpen
Iris is a Dutch fashion designer who started her label in 2007 and has only been rising in popularity. Her focus has been women. For some of her designs, new materials have been developed to accommodate her vision. According to Vogue, “Van Herpen is haute couture’s chief scientist and perhaps also its leading futurist, and you can inevitably detect how biology, physics, and a ton of algorithms inform her designs.”
2. Daiki Suzuki
Daiki is a Japanese-American fashion designer who has been making a bit of splash in the fashion world for some time. This designer has always focused on designs that are both light to wear and unique. According to Canoe Club, Daiki is a rare menswear designer known for his brand, Engineered Garments. He has an authentic and deeply personal vision of fashion. He is another designer to pay attention, especially now that he is on the rise.
Image of Engineered Garments Long Scarf
3. Mary Quant
Mary was instrumental during the 1960s and the whole Mod era. Some people credit her for the miniskirt, and the hotpants look that has become iconic with the time. According to V&A, “Inventive, opinionated and commercially minded, Mary Quant was the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. A design and retail pioneer, she popularised super-high hemlines and other irreverent looks that were critical to the development of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ scene.” Still, she continues to be as vibrant as ever even though she is in her 80s. Her work can be purchased new or vintage, depending on your taste.
4. Junya Watanabe
Junya is a Japanese fashion designer who has been working with Comme des Garcons for some time and even started his own line there. Many have begun to pay attention to the designer because he is quite unique and continues to stun the fashion world with out-of-the-box ideas. According to New York Style Magazine, “Watanabe has created garments that have shifted the way people think about clothing, not just fashion. His work is about experimentation, endlessly reworking garments into fresh constructions. In an industry where referencing — of other cultures, of other historical styles — runs rife, Watanabe’s pieces have the rare, almost unique attribute of seeming like stuff we’ve never seen before.” Some say he is part of the new breed of designers called techno designers because of his use of technologically advanced fabrics.
5. Nick Cave
Nick Cave comes from Fulton, Missouri, and he truly is a versatile artist. He is mostly known for his Soundsuits, which are wearable fabric sculptures, more than anything else. According to Design: A Beginner’s Handbook, Cave is also a sculptor, dancer, and performance artist on top of being a fashion designer. The Soundsuits that he makes are sometimes made out of sisal, human hair, beads, wire, sequins, and even feathers that make sounds when worn. Those who see his clothes are always stunned by how whimsical he can be, which is part of what makes him unique.
If you’re a fan of designer fashion, you’ll want to get your hands of some of the garments these designers have come out with. Whether you’re shopping for them vintage, on their sites, or in other unique ways, items from these unique designers are going to be well-worth the attention they’ll grab.