A few days ago, we looked back at the
biggest fashion moments of 2017. But as 2018 fast approaches, it's now time to focus on the future and get acquainted with all the emerging stars about to burst onto the scene in a big way.
The fashion set is relentlessly searching for the next big thing, whether it's the newest pair of sneakers, a cult bag, the latest designer disrupting trends, a fresh model making waves on the catwalk, or a young photographer or stylist challenging the way we see clothes. It's not that what's to come is always better than what always exists; it's that we're always looking to push the boundaries of the industry and show just how many facets of our lives that fashion really touches.
As we prepare to welcome a new year, we've rounded up the brands and the faces we bet will be instrumental in shaping the industry over the next year. When they're taking 2018 by storm, remember where you read it first.
The Insta-Brand: Nanushka was founded by creative director Sandra Sandor in 2005, soon after graduating from the London College of Fashion. Over a decade later and the Budapest-based brand is now stocked in more than 30 countries worldwide and worn and adored by everyone including Gigi Hadid, Nanushka Camille Charrière, Alex Carl, and Tiffany Hsu.
Nanushka is driven by the desire to build a bridge between intuitive and functional design, offering modern twists on wardrobe classics, from elegant trench coats and lightweight dresses to chic tailoring, T-shirts, and puffer jackets. Confident ease being the basis of the brand’s aesthetic, it offers easy-to-wear pieces with subtle femininity, elevated quality, and unexpected details, all priced under $500.
Photo: Nanushka The Street Style Star: Jan-Michael Quammie In August 2017, Jan-Michael Quammie left her role as fashion director of InStyle Germany to focus on freelance styling, creative direction, and brand consulting, as well as editing Material magazine. Previously a stylist and buyer at Net-A-Porter and MyTheresa, it's no wonder her wardrobe and masterfully layered outfits are pretty much unrivaled. As a new season of shows kicks off soon, prepare to be mesmerized by her looks at all the fashion weeks, from Copenhagen to New York. PHOTO: CHRISTIAN VIERIG/GETTY IMAGES The Model: Louisiana-born model Selena Forrest has taken the fashion world by storm ever since making her debut opening the Proenza Schouler spring/summer '16 show in 2015. Scouted on the beach in California a few years ago, the 18-year-old looks just as at home on her skateboard as she does on the catwalk for Louis Vuitton, on the cover of Selena Forrest i-D or in a campaign for Alexander Wang. Photo: Courtesy Of adidas Originals x Alexander Wang The Stylist: Alex Carl If you're an avid follower of street style stars then you're most likely already aware of stylist and Rika fashion director Alexandra Carl and her immaculately dressed set of friends, including Pernille Teisbaek and Sara Blomqvist. Carl, who grew up in Copenhagen, used to model before she picked up styling at the tender age of 16. Now residing in London, the stylist has worked with adidas, LOVE, H&M, Self-Portrait, and Vogue, and styled Rejina Pyo's debut show for spring '18. The It-Kid: The 22-year-old minor royal (she's 36th in line to the throne) is currently on a year abroad from her Edinburgh university, studying in Paris, before she moves to Milan to intern in fashion. Signed to Storm Models, Winsor has walked for Dolce & Gabbana and recently attended the Lady Amelia Windsor Dior spring/summer '18 show. Watch this face. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images The Photographer: Photographer Nadine Ijewere studied at the London College of Fashion, where she focused on creating more dynamic and diverse images to offset the stereotypical depictions of non-Western cultures in (fashion) media. Ijewere's photographs are powerful for her choice of captivating subjects, sets, and costumes, and she's already exhibited her work in some of the most prestigious places (think: the Tate Britain and at Lagos Photo Festival). She's also worked with Selfridges, Nadine Ijewere Vogue, Stella McCartney, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. Photo: Nadine Ijewere The Influencer: Serbian-born, London-based fashion consultant and blogger turned editor-in-chief of Irina Lakicevic MINT Journal, Irina Lakicevic is more than just another stylish girl with an extensive wardrobe we envy. Lakicevic is also a professional children's dentist and a fine art enthusiast. Bet you weren't expecting that. Expertly mixing labels like Ganni and Balenciaga with J.W. Anderson, Prada, Mango, and Céline, if you can't afford the luxury brands Lakicevic wears so well, she's worth keeping an eye on for her regular lessons in layering and images of inspiring interiors and art. The Up-And-Comer: The Vampire's Wife Susie Cave, wife of singer Nick Cave, is the creative director and designer behind the hottest burgeoning brand, The Vampire’s Wife. Creating beguiling and ethereal gowns in sumptuous fabrics and prints, Florence Welch, Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Ruth Negga are already loyal fans. Oh, and if dresses aren't your thing, The Vampire’s Wife launched its third sellout T-shirt earlier this month, collaborating with artist Karen Constance. Photo: Vampire's Wife The Makeup Artist: Anne Sophie Costa We've been following Anne Sophie Costa's wizardry for some time, from her colorful masterstrokes with 3ina to more unexpected, creative work with niche titles. We were lucky enough to collaborate with Anne Sophie on a winter beauty shoot earlier this month, when the makeup artist worked her magic using Fenty beauty products on model Georgia Palmer. Photo: LUKE & NIK The Red Carpet Maven: Halpern Michael Halpern began his career in New York after graduating with from the Parsons School of Design. Straight after Parsons, he went on to work at J.Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before moving to London to get his Masters Degree at Central Saint Martins.
It was his Masters collection that garnered much attention and was featured in
AnOther, Dazed, LOVE, CR Fashion Book, and Self Service magazines. He also caught the attention of Versace, and after graduating from CSM, Halpern was hired to consult on its couture label, Atelier Versace.
In February 2017, Michael debuted his eponymous brand Halpern during London Fashion Week to critical acclaim. Glittering, glamorous, feminine and luxurious, earlier this month, Adwoa Aboah chose a Halpern piece to wear to the
Fashion Awards 2017. At the event, Halpern won the award for British Emerging Talent, a sign that his success has really just begun. Photo: Mike Marsland/BFC/Getty Images The Supermodel-In-The-Making: Twenty-year-old Danish model Frederikke Sofie began her career walking for Paul Smith, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto, and has also starred in campaigns for Céline, Chloé, Ralph Lauren, and H&M. Not bad for someone who's really just starting out. Sofie has garnered a huge Instagram following for her trademark curly blonde hair, array of oversized vintage glasses, and tomboy-chic wardrobe. If you have a strong spectacle collection or an interest in Scandi style, follow this supermodel-in-the-making now. Frederikke Sofie Photo: Yuliya Christensen/Getty Images The Front Row Favorite: Laura Harrier Impossibly gorgeous actress Laura Harrier (just look at that pout and that skin!) recently starred in the Spider-Man reboot. She also happens to be a muse to some of our favorite designers. Raf Simons' Calvin Klein debut in February 2017 was the first show Harrier ever attended, but fast-forward a few months later and Simons was custom-making her a dress for the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere. She now works closely with Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, too. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? How To Wear Tights If You Hate Tights My Wedding Took Over My Life — & My Wardrobe The Best Bum Bags For Understanding Fashion's Fanny Pack Craze