Gen Z designers making their mark in fashion

New York Fashion Week is almost at a close with more than 70 brands showcasing their autumn/winter 2023 designs around the city. Along with other fashion enthusiasts, we’ve been keeping a collective eye on the front row to witness an array of young designers revealing their fresh perspectives, sustainable designs, and innovative techniques that have captured the fashion world's imagination and are laying the groundwork for tomorrow's fashion landscape. Ahead, get to know three Gen Z designers pushing fashion forward in our phygital worlds.

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Designer Tia Adeola started her eponymous brand when she was just eighteen years old from her dorm during the summer of 2017, using her art history background and passion for the Renaissance period as inspiration. She aims to rewrite history through fashion, inserting Black women in places they would have been excluded from during that period, like in paintings. She seeks to find innovative ways to modernize trends and make it wearable for every girl. To date, she has dressed the likes of Cara Delevigne, Gigi Hadid, and Sza in her feminine designs.

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Recent graduate Kate Barton from Savannah College of Art and Design is an emerging American fashion designer advancing unique approaches to evening wear, concentrating on creating sculptural and innovative womenswear while still being wearable and empowering. This season, Kate was a new name on the NYFW A/W 2023 schedule, joining the round-up just months after she launched her e-commerce site for her namesake label. After receiving awards such as the CFDA’s Top Fashion Future Graduate and the Red Dot Award, all eyes are on her designs and her approach to “sustainable” yet technologically elevated evening wear.

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Hailing from Los Angeles, recent Parsons graduate Sintra Martins interned for Thom Browne and Wiederhoeft before launching Saint Sintra in 2020. In the last few years, her sculptural designs have walked the line between costume and ready-to-wear, tuning into many a niche Gen Z core aesthetic with colored feathers, English tweeds, sparkles and bows, and so much more. Not only has she established herself as a master of contrasting materials who takes inspiration from McQueen, Galliano, Marc Jacobs, and Westwood, but her designs have become instant Gen Z favorites, including Emma Chamberlain, Olivia Rodrigo and Sydney Sweeney.