Unknown designers take charge at Fashion Week


Photo courtesy of Katelyn Herlein.

Designer Mathieu Mirano featured form fitting silhouettes and intricate lace detailing during his show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Sara Schlueter

Among top names at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, like Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Zac Posen, lurk amazing designers whose work may not be as well known—designers Sophie Theallet, Maki Oh and Mathieu Mirano are a few of our favorites.

Many designers, who may not be as established as Oscar de la Renta, proved to be forces to look out for as their collections and designs showed meanings behind them deeper than simply creating beautiful garments.

Using botanical influences, bright red and leather accents, Theallet provided energy and power to her spring 2014 collection.

Her collection title, “Sensuality and Seduction” stood out on the runway as her models strutted down in garments ranging from a sheer red knit top to a flowing earth toned ball gown with edgy black leather accents.

With a Nigerian influence, Oh designed her collection around “women’s confusion about their place in society.” She played with traditional symbols of what a woman’s place is, by designing a basic little black dress and added a twist with a black fringe apron shaped panel.

Oh’s collection also featured cut out skirts, as well as the traditional feminine pencil skirt in cream with light orange dots.

Up-and-coming designer Mirano made his mark on the runway for spring 2014. Featuring form fitting shapes and intricate cream lace, Mirano aspired for his collection to be luxurious and to play with the “femme fatale.”

This designer has previously worked with Lady Gaga, dressing her for a spot on Good Morning America, and will be working with the singer in the future.