NEW YORK’S TIME
Three new NY-based emerging fashion labels to have on your radar.
A new wave of young, emerging labels are lending a trendy edge to the American fashion capital, while staying true to its roots in practical, made-for-everyday chic. Keng Yang Shuen singles out three launched in the past year that you should have on your radar. SUMMA
What: Independent label by Jane Chung, who co-founded DKNY with her mentor Donna Karan, and continued as a silent designer until Karan’s departure from her namesake house in 2015.
Why know it: Few labels possess the same finesse in balancing grown-up femininity and a modern, masculine edge when it comes to tailoring. Like Karan’s power suits and “Seven Easy Pieces”, which helped shake up the wardrobe of working women in the ’80s, Chung’s designs are sharp, polished and all-occasion ready. Her Fall 2017 collection, for example, is predominantly monochromatic (no need to agonise over colours, ladies) with streamlined, gently oversized cuts. Lending a fashion-forward twist: clever, arty elements such as asymmetric lapels, detachable ruffles and – laid over the sleeves of a slim blazer – sheer bishop sleeves.
Where to buy: Previously available for preorder on Moda Operandi (www. modaoperandi.com), it’s also available now on Matches Fashion (www.matchesfashion.com). Prices range from £730£4,160 (S$1,330-$7,590).