Meet 7 Emerging Designers Who Are Re-imagining Fashion


Meet 7 Emerging Designers Who Are Re-imagining Fashion




Clara Jungman Malmquist is a third-year student at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The models who walked the runway in her debut collection—ornate and feminine creations with pops of gleeful color—were adorned with bright moustaches and eyebrows.

If your collection were a person, would she belong to the Groucho Club?
She had to Google it, but would love an invitation.

What would she wear for the apocalypse?
If the world was created in seven days, it makes sense that it would end in seven, so she would wear one of the five outfits from the collection for each of the first five days and go naked for the last two.

Who are her parents?
If I’m her mother, then Google is my sperm bank.




After earning his MA in fashion design from Milan’s Marangoni in 1995, Andrea Pompilio worked for the likes of Prada, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent. In January 2010, he launched his first, eponymous line. His new collection is multilayered with dramatic prints and splashes of blinding color.

If your collection were a person, by whose art would it be inspired?
The list would be endless, but definitely Mondrian’s.

How many eyeballs would it have?
Two: one in the front and one in the back of its head, just to make sure to be ahead of the game.

What would its dreams look like?
A kaleidoscope.






After graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009, Anne Sofie Madsen trained under John Galliano at Dior in Paris. She then worked for Alexander McQueen in London, where she unveiled her debut collection in 2010. Her latest designs are inspired in equal measure by fish skeletons and melting ice cream.

If your collection were a person, what cult would she follow?
Some sort of New Age, Barbie-loving, “ethno- glitz” beach-punk cult.

Who is her favorite dictator?
Muammar Gaddafi, especially when he was young.

What animal form would she most likely take?
A white pit bull.






Currently in his fourth year of MA studies at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, German designer Felix Boehm displays a propensity for rainbow-colored patterns, which adorn everything from visors to fanny packs in his new collection.

If your collection were a person, how would she survive in the wilderness?
The muse for this collection was a spoiled, bored, and naive girl. I’d be surprised if she could even survive without her iPhone and a weekly manicure.

Would she dream in color?
She would dream in bright, rosy colors.

Would she float, sink, or swim?
Being too lazy and bored to swim, she would probably sink.



Parisian designer Julien David moved to Tokyo after graduating in 2003 from New York’s Parsons the New School for Design. He has since worked for Narciso Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren, and earlier this year he was awarded the ANDAM Grand Prix for his Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection, characterized by urban strength and rustic charm.

If your collection were a person, what would she have said to Steve Jobs when he was alive?
“Good Job.”

What would she find beyond belief?
How random things are.

If she met her double in a dark alleyway, what would she do?
She doesn’t go in dark alleyways.





Swiss designer Manon Kündig graduated earlier this year with her MA in Fashion Design from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Inspired by images she’d come across on Google, her new collection, entitled Bowerbird, is overrun with a visual cacophony of digital prints and electric colors.

If your collection were a person, who would its fashion icon be?
It would not be an idolater, but if it had to name an icon it would be a banana.

Where would it most likely show its face?
In a limousine with Ronald McDonald, at a casino with a mermaid, or at a family dinner in a Jacuzzi.

Where would it be most likely to hide?
At a casino with its family, in a limousine having a Happy Meal, or in a Jacuzzi with a mermaid.






Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Wali Mohammed Barrech moved to Antwerp, Belgium, where he studied under Walter Van Beirendonck and earned his MA in Fashion Design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His new collection teasingly takes its cues from cosmetic surgery and unattainable perfection.

If your collection were a person, how many genders would it have?
Imagine Barbie: no holes whatsoever, and yet she’s the definition of beauty.

With which Game of Thrones character would she identify?
None. They don’t shower and they don’t use Botox.