Talent Scouting: 3 Designers to Know

The fashion players to watch in Paris, New York, and London

Parisian Antonin Tron studied at Antwerp’s prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts and worked on the design teams of Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Balenciaga before going solo this year. His first collection, now arriving at Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-Porter, straddles the thin, tricky, and lucrative line between high design and very wearable. Standouts include ribbed knits with sculptural necklines and dramatically shaped jersey dresses. In New York this past February, the relatively unknown Dutch designer Sander Lak debuted his label, Sies Marjan (a combination of his parents’ names). Lak’s diaphanous dresses in bold mash-ups of colors, textures, and prints and men’s shirting with shearling had industry insiders saying “next big thing.” Lak worked in the studios of Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim, and Dries Van Noten, and it was the latter’s influence that was present in the eclectic styling. Abhishek Advani was born in Bombay and lives in London. His grandfather had a personal style that reflected his life shuttling between London society and his native India—traditional tunics worn under Savile Row suits. Advani’s new menswear line, named simply Advani, translates that spirit. A sharply cut pinstripe suit comes with a hybrid notch-Nehru collar; a classic white shirt has an abbreviated placket. With good word of mouth (thanks to a new fan, actor Eddie Redmayne), it’s the British brand to watch.