These Are the Designers to Watch From Netflix's Highly Anticipated Reality Show, 'Next in Fashion'
A new competition series hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France.
Among many of Netflix‘s upcoming buzzworthy original content is Next in Fashion, a fashion design competition hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France. Prior to watching the up-and-coming creatives overcome a set of challenges in their journey to winning the title, we put together a list of designers to look out for in the series.
For those who are unfamiliar, Next in Fashion begins with 18 innovative designers from all over the world, who already have experience in working for major brands and dressing A-list celebrities. Upon completing a diverse range of challenges, the final winner wins a grand prize of $250,000 USD and an opportunity to debut their collection with Net-A-Porter. In addition to its co-hosts, the series features big names in the industry as guest judges, including celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, Instagram‘s Head of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen, Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim.
From Woolmark Prize finalist Angel Chen to H&M Design Award winner Minju Kim, read on to learn about the creatives who have just made their global debut on Netflix. You can head over to the streaming platform now to watch the competition.
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Making her breakthrough as the first Chinese designer ever to collaborate with H&M, Angel Chen took a step further into her career by becoming one of the Woolmark Prize finalists last year. A Shenzhen native, the creative left the country at the age of 17 to intern at Marchesa, Vera Wang and Alexander Wang. The creative launched her eponymous label upon graduating from London‘s Central Saint Martins in 2014, winning the Ones to Watch award from Fashion Scout. After making it on Business of Fashion‘s BoF500 list in 2017, Chen began showcasing her works at Milan Fashion Week, and is now loved worldwide with her fusion of Western and Eastern styles, entering major retailers such as Lane Crawford, LuisaViaRoma and Selfridges.
A graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, South Korean designer Minju Kim is known to combine playfulness with avant-garde and craftsmanship. The designer launched her namesake label in 2015, shortly after winning the H&M award in 2013. Using unique jacquard and embroidered fabrics to create her signature style, Kim went back to her roots by introducing her first Seoul Fashion Week show for Fall/Winter 2018 and has since designed for big names like BTS, and is now based in the South Korean capital.
Hailing from Mexico City, Lorena Saravia launched her eponymous contemporary womenswear label in 2010. With relaxed silhouettes created for the modern Saravia girl, the designer utilizes her experience from working with G-Star Raw and Mexican designer Macario Jiménez to further expand her brand within Mexico. The label’s main flagship store currently sits in Mexico City’s Masaryk.
Scottish designer Hayley Scanlan first received attention with her graduation collection, being named “Scotland’s coolest young designer” by British Vogue. The designer gained experience during her studies while working with Jeremy Scott as a print design intern and fashion editor Francesca Burns at i-D. Winning the Scottish Fashion Awards’ Young Scottish Designer of the Year in 2012 upon graduation, Scanlan set up a design studio in her hometown Dundee to launch her diffusion line H.S as well as debut collection with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. All items created by H.S are designed and produced in Scotland through eco-conscious processes, each product being made on limited runs by locally employed seamstresses while encouraging the zero-waste policy. In addition to her diffusion line, Scanlan also offers a custom-made service, creating unique garments based on her previous collections.
London-based designer and Fiorucci’s Menswear Artistic Director Daniel W. Fletcher launched his namesake label in 2015 after graduating from Central Saint Martins. With experience at Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham, Lanvin and Burberry, the creative’s designs are signature to structured tailoring and fitted silhouettes, which first gained attention as soon as Opening Ceremony bought his entire graduate collection. Fletcher made his way to the European semi-finals for the International Woolmark Prize in 2018, and competed in the global finals last year, with his works currently stocked at global retailers like Tom Greyhound and BEAMS.