Head Of The Class: Fashion's Up-And-Coming Stars

The designers of three new labels aren’t 2016 design-school grads—they recently graduated from top fashion houses. 


Oscar de la Renta alumni Laura Kim, 33, and Fernando Garcia, 29, bring an irreverent point of view to red-carpet and cocktail dressing with frocks that incorporate classic shirting details. The wholesome evening silhouettes have caught the eye of actresses such as Sienna Miller and top Hollywood stylists. Another good sign? Floor space at Neiman Marcus, Ikram, and Bloomingdale’s. 

David Hart

New menswear star David Hart got his start at Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren before going out on his own in late 2013 to launch a haberdashery line, which has since morphed into a full clothing collection. Hart, 33, has a take on prep that draws from the whimsy of Sui (a patchwork tuxedo blazer) and combines it with a respect for classicism certainly learned from Mr. Lauren. 

M. Martin

With their relaxed suiting (pictured) and wrap dresses, this minimalist upstart label is aiming to set itself apart with a French-cool-girl aesthetic a few rungs above casual. The key is in the collaboration: Alex Gilbert, 42, founder of the once-cult denim label Paper Denim & Cloth, joined up with friend Jennifer Noyes, 33, formerly director of women’s ready-to-wear at Prada.