PFW: The Ones To Watch

BATD ON Sep 04, 2009 AT 3:41 pm

Martin Grant design on the runway

Martin Grant design on the runway

Paris Fashion Week is not the typical place for new, up and coming designers to showcase their work, as the French capital likes to maintain its sophisticated reputation. There are the classic designers who have been showing their collections in Paris for years, but we thought you’d like to know about a few designers that have been hiding in the shadows of these big names.

Martin Grant launched his first ready to wear line in 1982 in Melbourne and was immediately recognized by the Australian Fashion industry. His style is a mixture of classic silhouettes with French charm, creating timeless pieces that fall elegantly over the body. Grant has always focused the detail in his garments and on a small cliental, which has helped him build a loyal following.  When it comes to his clothing creations Grant holds nothing back when it comes to the quality of his designs. In last season’s looks he turned heads with his beautifully crafted coats and hooded jumpsuits. Be sure not to miss Martin Grant’s new collection in Paris this year, it will surely turn more than just heads.

Andrew Gn

Andrew Gn

In the words of Singapore-born Andrew Gn, “I’m not the type of designer who makes things that need to be explained in order to sell. I make clothes that when a woman comes into the store and sees them she says to herself, ‘I’ve got to have it.’” Quoted by Women’s Wear Daily. And in the essence of true Parisian fashion Gn presented a very feminine collection of short and long dresses accentuating the female figure with bright and bold colors for last season’s fashion week.

José Castro only recently made his international debut at Paris Fashion Week for his autumn-winter 07/08 collection, El Cuervo. Castro’s style is a pleasant combination of the gothic extremes and romantic touches.  His latest collection was rich in satins, silks and bright pink inspired by disheveled flowers.

John Ribbe has been dubbed by the Herald Tribune as being “one of the leaders of the latest trends in Paris.” Describing his style as one that relies on contrasts and mixing different materials. Influenced by his love of architecture, he creates clean lines and silhouettes.

Paris Fashion Week runs from September 30th – October 8th.

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