The Fader has compiled this useful list of emerging designers featured at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2013:
1. Eckhaus Latta: Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, two art school kids, started the line known for its "gender-bending look, kooky fabrications and avant-garde approach to fashion." Their shows could include "mohair crop tops, amorphously shaped wrap skirts and billowy shawls," in addition to sets that include treadmills and air mattresses.
2. Highland: Lizzie Owens "shows a keen sense of what guys really want to wear" —utilitarian outerwear, not-so-precious knits and laid-back separates. Since its debut in 2010, Highland has "remained close to the ethos with a consistently fresh take on menswear that is unfussy yet tailored for ease."
3. Luar Zepol: Raul Lopez and Luar Zepol run "this mix of old-school tailoring and concrete-jungle influences" that we can easily see on a post-apocalyptic film as well as on the J train late at night.
4. Degen: Lindsay Degen creates clothes that "would make most grandmothers blush, like bra-tops with faux nipples and knit bloomers with simulated butt-cracks and pubes." For DEGEN’s spring 2013 presentation, models clad in strap-on platform Converse kicks, wore pepperoni pizza-inspired knit separates and, on the more conservative side, striped maxi dresses and floral leggings.
5. Mark McNairy: McNairy makes clothes for "preppy dudes gone wacky." He is infamous for "crisp oxfords with cuss words embroidered on them, woodland camouflage jackets studded with smiley faces and a consistently smart collection of chukkas and dessert boots."