Rising Star: Julian Louie

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, In the Know, One to Watch, RTW, Trend on January 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

Fashion designer for the love of fashion, not commerce. That’s the best way to describe NYC-based craftsman Julian Louie. He’s been labeled as the new Prince of Fashion by NY Times Magazine — a seemingly well deserved title so far—and has already got the thumbs up by Sarah Jessica Parker. Not bad for someone who just kinda fell into the field.

Either way, he’s prodigious. After studying architecture at Cooper Union, Louie tried his hand at an internship under Tara Subkoff of Imitation of Christ (R.I.P IOC), then under Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein. As you can see, both terms were a success.

His début collection was a clear manifestation of his educational background, with lots of sharp edges and geometrical shapes. But upon his spring/summer 2010 collection, something changed – drastically.  The looks are so much more fluid, placid; it’s as though his hand swerved into the art of fashion rather than the mathematics of it. The sunset and sand colourways along with silk fabric cuts are very reminiscent of Calvin Klein, but that’s okay, because Louie maintains his own voice with a signature shape here, and embellishment there.

He’s bang on with minimalistic drapes. He has a very Va-Va-Voom `90-esque influence in this collection, best exemplified through the tank tops and high-waisted trousers.

We have a winner.

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