International Emerging Designers of 2012

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Giles AW12/13

Latticework and nylon jacquard patterns, bare-all peignoirs, turkish embroideries, animal prints. Fembot futurism, rebel glam, androgynous minimalism. Every year gets more curious in fashion. More global, more daring, more cross-cultural. And because of contemporary veterans (i.e. Lagerfeld, Simons, Muccia, Burton), the fashion bar continues to rise. But even our favorite legends know that the future of fashion relies heavily on the next generation of creativity. Catwalk Yourself recognizes 2012 as a big year for emerging designers from every degree of the globe.  And although the term ’emerging’ is subjective, we like to think of it like they have arrived and are well on their way into the future. In other words, Google anyone of them and it’s clear.

From Japan’s Mihara Yasuhiro to Britain’s Mary Katrantzou  and Italy’s Co|Te, our list of top emerging designers have all made names for themselves as creative influencers, natural connectors and the hardest working designer in the industry. They have each delivered contemporary allure that has captured the buzz of those in the business with the how, the where, and the way fashion goes down today. From Hermione De Paula’s impressionist prints turned kitsch, to the signature waistlines and shapes of Sweden’s Acne, to the eponymous textiles of Thailand’s Thakoon, Julia Heuse (Julia And Ben) German rebel glam, these designers are among the hundreds of riveting new talent, whom we recognize as big players this year.

Without further ado, we applaud the invention and the ambition in creative development from the following fashion designers of 2012, and turn to their energy for more adventure as we embark upon 2013.


Hermione De Paula

Jonathan Saunders (AW12/13)


Mary Katrantzou (AW12/13)


Giles (AW12/13)



Mihara Yasuhiro

Junko Shimada (AW12/13)





Ilarian Istri

Frankie Morello (AW12/13)


Sergei Grinko (AW12/13)



Ricardo Preto


Julia And Ben (SS12)


Acne (AW12/13)



Issev Bahri

Dilek Hanif (AW11/12)


Proezna Shouler (AW12/13)


Thakoon (AW12/13)


Jason Wu (AW12/13)


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Written by Angela Gleason

Angela Gleason, graduated in Advertising from San Francisco's Academy of Art University, she rocks the international world on creative fronts as a dedicated slash girl: visual designer / soundsavant / writer / glam lush, for the story beyond the surface. Angela looks after the Catwalk Yourself blog.

2 thoughts on “International Emerging Designers of 2012

  1. Intriguing article. It certainly displays more then a hint of inspiration for the next generation of fashion designers and their creative writers who desire to “penpoint” them..

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