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The Next Big Thing: Degen Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Degen

Label: Degen, designed by Lindsay Degen

Need to know: Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degen never fails to surprise. In past seasons, she’s looked to such esoteric themes as the interlocking architecture of genetic structures (an ode to mom and dad; both parents are geneticists) and World War I “dazzle ships” for inspiration. This past Fall, she took a step away from her art-school (she’s an alum of both RISD and CSM) standard to collaborate with Victoria’s Secret on a series of “OMG”- and “LOL”-inscribed, social-media-centric thigh-highs and Technicolor woven long johns. One look in particular—a transparent tiger-stripe bodysuit pieced together from fishing line and worn by model Jessica Hart—was the jumping-off point for Degen’s colorful Fall ’14 lineup. Yesterday’s presentation at Industria (a sort of performance-art-cum-knitting rave with made-to-order matcha tea in place of…well, other uppers) gave us neon green-hued, loosely woven crop-top sweaters; thin, nineties-club-styled party tanks; as well as looks made from that same fishing line of VS suit fame. The idea was to visually replicate the trippy experience of working with nonconventional knitting materials, such as the aforementioned fishing line and reflective yarn. This collection is for a very creative type—male, female, however you may identify—with a decidedly DIY bent.

She says: “The whole idea is that a rainbow is really awe-inspiring as a child, and that’s how I felt knitting the fishing line. As I was working, all of this crazy stuff was happening—because it’s not normal yarn, it does weird stuff—so I was like, Wow. This is awesome! I wanted to create that feeling in the person looking at the collection—like magic.”

Where to find it: VFiles, International Playground, and Swords-Smith in New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Degen

Ecco Domani Toasts NYFW’s New Guard

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Lindsay Degen

New York fashion week is fast approaching, and things just got a little more exciting for three young designers. For the past thirteen years, Ecco Domani Wines of Italy has awarded a trio of $25,000 grants to up-and-coming New York brands that embrace “good taste” and “everyday style,” and today it announced its 2014 winners: Timo Weiland (designed by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein, and Donna Kang), DEGEN by Lindsay Degen (who, pictured left, designed some clever body stockings and socks for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret runway), and Novis by Jordana Warmflash. While the labels are each very distinct—Weiland is known for his romantic-meets-downtown style, DEGEN specializes in playful handmade knitwear, and Novis favors bold colors and vintage-inspired silhouettes—Ecco Domani sees each one as a key player in the future of fashion. If past recipients are any indication (Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang are just a few), these on-the-rise designers have a very bright future ahead.

Photo: Getty Images

Degen: Victoria’s Secret Weapon

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Degen x Victoria's Secret

Here’s one fashion collaboration we never saw coming. Lindsay Degen, the Brooklyn-based designer known for her quirky knitwear and conceptual woven art installations, was tapped by Victoria’s Secret to create a series of one-of-a-kind pieces for the Pink portion of last night’s show. The VS team first discovered Degen back in March, during a chance encounter at a knitwear factory in midtown. They were taken with her “crazy” outfit—a loopy yellow onesie and matching oversize sweater—and immediately signed her to work with them on this year’s show. “Degen [her namesake line] is always about doing something weird but lighthearted, and I don’t feel like I compromised my aesthetic at all,” the designer told Style.com. “While it wasn’t necessarily an idea I would’ve come up with myself, I think the Victoria’s Secret show represents fashion’s ultimate over-the-top and fun side, so I was really proud to be a part of it.”

Degen x Victoria's Secret

VS provided Degen with a social-media theme and several desired silhouettes as a jumping-off point. From there, she let her imagination run wild. The result? Woolen long johns with smiley-face emoticons, fuzzy-pom-pom thigh-high socks, and miniskirts intarsia-ed with hashtags and phrases like “OMG” or “LOL.” “I’m actually really bad at social media, so I have a really positive, fun, cartoony view of what it is, and was able to tap into that.” A sheer, tiger-stripe bodysuit, worn by Jessica Hart, was made entirely from knitted fishing line (an original technique developed by Degen). “It was difficult to fit, because we didn’t know who the model was going to be—I don’t have the opportunity to work with supermodels—and I had to fit it to myself, like I always do,” she said of the piece. “Obviously I’m not Jessica Hart-sized, and I worked on tailoring it to her measurements for two days straight before the show. When I finally saw it walking down the runway, I totally lost it and kept yelling ‘Work’ like a lunatic!”

For more information, visit degen-nyc.com.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Suzanne Rae Fall 2013

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Label: Suzanne Rae, designed by Suzanne Rae Pelaez

Need to Know: Now in her sixth season, Suzanne Rae Pelaez pulled inspiration from the quiet simplicity of religious clothing for her Fall ’13. The result was a calm, easy collection filled with drop-waist dresses, fluid pants, oversize vests, and paneled column gowns in black, white, dusty rose, bark and rust. A matching gray-green wool top-and-shorts combo was especially sweet, and knits by Lindsay Degen, which included everything from soft, slim sweaters and skirts to turbans and snoods (Pelaez’s updated take on nuns’ habits), brought texture and warmth to the wearable range.

She Says: “I turned to the robes of missionary monks, priests, and nuns. Their clothing was so beautiful. The linear geometry, the lines, the silhouettes, the layers, the modesty that they carry—I wanted to capture that and turn it into something you could wear every day.”

Where to Find It: Steven Alan, Henrik Vibskov, and Joinery in New York; Tomorrowland in Japan

Photos: Chris Gabello

Degen Fall 2013

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Label: Degen, designed by Lindsay Degen

Need to Know: For the past several seasons, Lindsay Degen has built up a reputation for quirky knits that reassert the fun in fashion. The up-and-comer dubbed her Fall lineup “The Doctors Degen” in honor of her parents, who are both geneticists, and drew inspiration from their old biology slideshow presentations (which she projected on the wall at Industria yesterday). She whipped up (or, rather, knit up) webbed leggings that mimicked the molecular structure of mold, as well as a soft pullover that spelled out “Yuck.” Degen told Style.com that it was this piece that set the collection in motion.

She Says: “Fashion shouldn’t be so serious.”

Where to Find It: International Playground, Vfiles, and www.degen-nyc.com

Photo: Getty Images