5 NYFW Designers You Haven't Heard Of (But Need to Know!)

As we're coming to the end of New York Fashion Week, you've probably spend the past several days drooling over the collections of major designers like Rodarte, Alexander Wang and others—but have you been following the lesser-known (but incredibly talented) designers showing their Fall/Winter 2015 collections? Check out the designers you should be watching:


Although Zhuliang Li had no formal training, his clothing brand OUDIFU has been lauded by critics for its stunningly minimalist, ready-to-wear designs. Although Shanghai-based OUDIFU is already a household name in China, this is only the second time the designer has presented at New York Fashion Week. Unlike what we often see from many other designers, Li’s aesthetic is relaxed, and his collection features versatile clothing that you could actually wear in real life.

2. Vivienne Hu

Investment-banker-turned-fashion-designer Vivienne Hu has a unique take on style. While her looks vary from structured and bold to flowy and romantic, the entire collection embodies the spirit of a strong, confident woman who isn’t afraid to stand out. Although she is relatively new to fashion week, her collection exudes a confidence that is sure to keep her coming back.

3. Mark and Estel

Mark and Estel are a dynamic duo that live a double life: fashion designers by day and rock stars by night. Their love of rock and roll is made apparent in their collection, which is chock full of slouchy tees and fun leggings. Also, their rockin’ runway performances really drive the point home. Stylish celebrities such as Mary Kate Olsen and Kendall Jenner have already embraced the brand’s rocker-chic vibe.

4. Noon by Noor

Named a “Breakout Talent” by Elle.com in 2013, Noon by Noor has garnered attention from critics and celebrities alike in the past few years. The Bahrain-based brand features simultaneously bold and feminine designs complete with intricate details that steal the show. Definitely keep an eye on this line; it's going places!

5. Mongol

Bayarmaa Bayarkhuu, the creative director behind Mongol, has combined her business savvy and love for her Mongolian heritage into a successful small fashion house. Although she only recently debuted the brand at New York Fashion Week, her unique, culturally-inspired designs are definitely something to watch.

Who are your favorite designers showing at New York Fashion Week?