HIGHLY REC­OM­MENDED

Af­ter suc­cess­ful runs be­hind the scenes at top fash­ion houses, these de­sign­ers are en­ter­ing the spotlight.

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WHO Christof­fer Lund­man. CV The Swede worked at Acne and Tom Ford and was most re­cently Burberry’s de­sign di­rec­tor.

NEW GIG Head of de­sign and creative for Tiger of Swe­den. “I saw the first collection as a kind of re­set,” says Lund­man, who re­turned to his roots to be­come Stock­holm-based Tiger of Swe­den’s first creative di­rec­tor in the com­pany’s 115-year his­tory. Ex­pect to see a re­newed em­pha­sis on tai­lor­ing—some­thing the la­bel is al­ready known for—but now with a shrugged-off el­e­gance. Stand­out pieces in­clude a quilted pen­cil skirt and a jer­sey midi-dress that look just as good with knee-high boots as they do with sneak­ers. We love the sub­tle ref­er­ences to Swedish cin­ema and fur­ni­ture de­sign: A can­vas tote re­sem­bles the bas­ket weave of Bruno Maths­son chairs, and the lookbook was shot in the same stu­dio as the Ing­mar Bergman film Fanny & Alexan­der. Lund­man be­lieves that the brand is right at home in Canada. “There’s an egal­i­tar­ian at­ti­tude that Swe­den and Canada share, and I think it in­forms how we dress—like there are no rules.”

WHO Rok Hwang. CV Korean-born Hwang, based in Lon­don, Eng­land, worked with Phoebe Philo on her de­but collection for Cé­line be­fore go­ing on to free­lance for Chloé and Louis Vuit­ton. NEW GIG His own line, Rokh. Much like his for­mer boss Philo, Hwang has a knack for tak­ing fa­mil­iar pieces—a dou­ble-breasted coat, a chif­fon dress—and turn­ing them into ex­cit­ing new sta­ples. Philophiles, meet your new go-to.

WHO Natalie Ratabesi. CV The Cen­tral Saint Martins alum worked at Dior and Ralph Lau­ren prior to be­com­ing the creative di­rec­tor for Yeezy Sea­son 4. NEW GIG Her own line, Tre. There’s a hint of Yeezy’s an­drog­y­nous, ca­sual sen­si­bil­ity in Ratabesi’s collection—namely in the slashed-sleeve hood­ies and satin bomber jack­ets. But the line is so much more than just neu­tral-tone streetwear. It runs the gamut from el­e­gant (a bi­as­cut gown) to edgy (a long-sleeved leather bra top). No won­der Hai­ley Bald­win is a fan.

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