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Discover the established and emerging luxury designers new to MATCHESFASHION.COM for SS17.

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KHAITE
KHAITE

Helmed by designer Catherine Holstein, New York label Khaite champions wardrobe staples that feature deceptively simple silhouettes, luxe fabrics and understated shades. Cashmere, shirting, denim and elegant dresses are the focus for the SS17 collection.

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BALL PAGÈS
BALL PAGÈS

The brainchild of Gemma Serra, footwear label Ball Pagès is named after a traditional Ibizan dance where espadrilles are worn. Each pair of the label’s espadrilles is hand-woven in Ibiza from 100% natural hemp.

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JACQUEMUS
JACQUEMUS

Asymmetric silhouettes and directional designs take centre stage for the label’s rebellious creations. A protégé of Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, founder Simon Porte Jacquemus is one of the most talked-about Parisian designers of the season.

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KHOKHO
KHOKHO

After eight years working for labels including Rag & Bone, Sapna Shah went to Swaziland to study the artisanal craft techniques, developing her handbag line Khokho shortly after. ‘Traditional crafts don’t need to disappear,’ says Shah. ‘They can evolve and feel relevant within the luxury market.’

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BY. BONNIE YOUNG
BY. BONNIE YOUNG

Previously creative director at Donna Karan Collection, Bonnie Young launched By. Bonnie Young last season for AW16. Imbued with a globe-trotting spirit, her feminine designs feature free-flowing silhouettes, delicate details and a vibrant colour palette.

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GOYA
GOYA

Madrid-based label Goya was founded in 2015. Working with Spanish artisans, the designer creates sandals inspired by the traditional menorquina shoes that have been worn by locals on Spanish Mediterranean islands for over a century.

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JOHANNA ORTIZ
JOHANNA ORTIZ

This fashion-insider favourite is known for its flamboyant pieces that promise to make an entrance. Designer Johanna Ortiz’s SS17 collection takes inspiration from her native Colombia, from the country’s recent political unrest to its bold tropical landscape.

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OFF-WHITE
OFF-WHITE

Milan-based label Off-White was founded by architecture graduate Virgil Abloh. Mixing urban influences and youth culture with high-fashion, the cult label is famed for its elevated sportswear and laid-back design aesthetic.

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MUUñ PARIS
MUUñ

Muuñ combines Ghanaian craft with Parisian design and Japanese influences. Local Ghanaian artisans weave handbags in the small village of Nyariga, which are then sent to the label’s Paris atelier where additional design techniques are incorporated.

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VIKA GAZINSKAYA
VIKA GAZINSKAYA

Architectural construction and couture-like attention to detail characterise street-style icon Vika Gazinskaya’s dramatic creations. Using luxurious materials sourced from Italy and France, each piece is handmade in the label’s Moscow atelier.

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MARTINIANO
MARTINIANO

Championing the season’s glove shoe, Martiniano is a name to know. Each pair is cut and sewn by hand from the supplest leather, ensuring a fit that moulds to the shape of your feet over time.

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BRIGID BLANCO
BRIGID BLANCO

Brigid Blanco draws on her years as an art collector in the design of her fine jewellery collections. Sourcing materials across Europe, from vintage markets to prestigious dealers, she creates bold statement pieces brimming with vivid colours and textures.

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SARA BATTAGLIA
SARA BATTAGLIA

Sara Battaglia has worked in collaboration with some of the finest Italian fashion houses during her career, which has influenced the one-of-a-kind shapes, playful accents and energising colour palette that define her eponymous line of handbags.

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AEANCE
AEANCE

Nadine-Isabelle Baier and Arendt van Deyk founded Aeance to bring timeless style and impeccable quality to the world of performance apparel. Bridging the gap between fashion and function, each piece is made from high-grade materials with sleek bonded seams and modern laser-cutting.

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AMANDA WAKELEY

Fusing luxurious fabrics with effortless silhouettes, Amanda Wakeley – established in 1990 – offers ready-to-wear tailored to the modern, multi-tasking woman. This season’s fluid styles are inspired by the gracefulness of dance.

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ANJUNA
ANJUNA

Anjuna’s embroidered kaftans and cover-ups are designed to be worn on sun-bleached sands. Founded by passionate traveller Emanuela Corvo, this Italian resort wear label excels at flowing silhouettes and folkloric details.

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GABRIELA HEARST
GABRIELA HEARST

Simple sophistication and attention to detail is at the heart of this Manhattan-based designer’s collection. In the words of Hearst herself, the label is ‘where things are made with care and detail, where tradition is more important than trend.’

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CARL KAPP
CARL KAPP

After honing his skills as a tailor in Cape Town, South African designer Carl Kapp launched his own label. Sourcing the finest fabrics from Italy, France and Switzerland, he creates slick suiting, fitted dresses and relaxed separates for the modern woman.

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FABRIZIO VITI
FABRIZIO VITI

Italian shoe designer Fabrizio Viti launched his eponymous label in 2016 after 12 years as the shoe style director of Louis Vuitton. Named Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, his first collection features dainty kitten heels and elegant block heels with daisy embellishments.

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TEIJA
TEIJA

Previously mentored by Christopher Bailey at Burberry, Finnish designer Teija Eilola launched her label in 2012 through the Fashion Fringe initiative. Fusing couture techniques with an urban edge, her minimalist designs are a lesson in effortless elegance.

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SERENA BUTE
CAROLINE CONSTAS

Canadian-born, New York-based designer Caroline Constas creates feminine yet wearable designs inspired by sun-soaked destinations. Off-the-shoulder pieces, generous ruffles and statement prints are  a must for your new-season wardrobe.

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APIECE APART
APIECE APART

Laura Cramer and Starr Hout founded Apiece Apart with the intention to create simple, sophisticated pieces that can be mixed and matched. This season, the duo incorporate rich textures, intricate embroidery and vivid patterns into their signature clean aesthetic.

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LE MONDE BERYL
LE MONDE BERYL

Helmed by friends Lily Atherton Hanbury and Katya Tyumentseva, this London-based label creates velvet flats based on the slippers of Venetian gondoliers. Skilled craftsmen in Florence hand-make every classic pair with artisanal techniques.

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RAQUEL DINIZ
RAQUEL DINIZ

Brazilian-born Raquel Diniz studied fashion at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. Her dresses are rendered in bold hues and crafted from lace and silks.

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VIlSHENKO
VIlSHENKO

Inspired by her home country of Russia, designer and street-style star Olga Vilshenko uses couture techniques to create feminine designs with folkloric prints and delicate embroidery.

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ANDREW GN
ANDREW GN

Andrew Gn established his line in 1996 after a year as an assistant to Emanuel Ungaro. Inspired by influences as varied as the Eastern world and French naturalism, his resort collection features bold prints, oversized silhouettes and eclectic details.

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HUDA AL NUAIMI
HUDA AL NUAIMI

Based in Dubai, Huda Al Nuaimi creates bold statement brooches. From sparkling lips to beaded rainbows, the hand-crafted pieces add an irreverent touch to any look.

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HUISHAN ZHANG
HUISHAN ZHANG

After graduating from Central Saint Martins and working at the Dior haute couture atelier, Huishan Zhang founded his eponymous label. Juxtaposing couture techniques with elements from his Chinese heritage, Zhang designs modern feminine pieces with an Eastern twist.

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TRACK & BLISS
TRACK & BLISS

Luxe activewear label Track & Bliss was founded in 2015. Combining high-performance fabrics with elevated design, its slick pieces embody LA cool with a dose of New York edge.

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JIMMY CHOO
JIMMY CHOO

Since its inception in 1996, Jimmy Choo has become a red-carpet favourite thanks to its elegant, handcrafted heels. The label is now helmed by Choo’s niece, Sandra Choi, as a creative director.

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CHARLI COHEN
CHARLI COHEN

Trained in both fashion design and personal fitness, Charli Cohen fuses activewear with ready-to-wear – think technical fabrics, relaxed silhouettes and sporty details.

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ALBUS LUMEN
ALBUS LUMEN

Albus Lumen, which means white light in Latin, was launched in 2015 by Marina Afonina. The label uses luxe silks and flawless craftsmanship to create timeless, understated pieces.

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JADE SWIM
JADE SWIM

Jade Swim uses sustainable fabrics with shape retention technology, resulting in slick swimwear that smooths and sculpts the body.

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RHODE RESORT
RHODE RESORT

Rhode Resort’s pieces are influenced by everything from travel to exotic animals. Embodying a modern bohemian spirit, the versatile dresses and kaftans work from the beach to the city.

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CASA NATA
CASA NATA

Based in Munich and launched in 2015 by Carolin Sangha and Nadia Tatomir, Casa Nata champions timeless design, high-quality materials and unexpected design details.

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EPHEMERA
EPHEMERA

Following a stint at Saint Laurent, designer Nicole Banning established Ephemera in Paris in 2012. Now based in Sydney, the label’s mission is to create swimwear that is as elevated as ready-to-wear.

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LILA EUGéNIE
LILA EUGéNIE

Founders Louisa and Evgenia were inspired by the artisanal craftsmanship they saw on their global travels. Creating sophisticated silhouettes, the duo use fabrics that help keep the body cool in humid temperatures.

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BOWER
BOWER

Rupert Tapper and Fiona Ryn founded swimwear label Bower in 2015. With fabrics sourced from France and Italy, the designers create vintage-inspired silhouettes with a modern spin.

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MATTEAU
MATTEAU

Matteau was launched by New York-based stylist and editor Ilona Hamer and her Sydney-based sister Peta Heinsen. Subtle pieces by the minimalist label are the epitome of simple sophistication.

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