Coming to America

As Fashion Week comes to a close, we bring you a shoot inspired by the designers who arrived in the city with a dream and each season turn it into a reality, forming the eclectic melting pot that is New York fashion. To check out their Spring 2011 creations, take a look at our Fashion Week coverage on Style.

Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After studying in New Delhi, he moved to Parsons. Upon graduation, he worked for Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, launching his own line in 2009.

Photographer: Kah Poon
Stylist: Joshua Williams
Hair: Sarah Sibia at See Management
Makeup: Robert Greene at See Management
Model: Ana Leticia at Ford Models
Photographer’s Assistant: Martin Rigby
Stylist’s Assistant: Ewa Davis

Above: All clothing, Prabal Gurung. Tights, Wolford. Boots, Robert Clergerie.

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Yigal Azrouël was born in Israel, but is of French-Moroccan decent. He presented his first collection in New York in 1998 and opened his first boutique in the Meatpacking District in 2003.

Oscar de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. He was an apprentice at Balenciaga and couture assistant at Lanvin before he moved to New York, where he worked with Elizabeth Arden prior to launching his eponymous line.

Above Left: All clothing, Yigal Azrouël. Bag, Sang A. Necklance, Anndra Neen. Shoes, Boutique 9. Right: All clothing, Oscar de la Renta. Bracelets and belt, Anndra Neen. Tights, Wolford. Boots, Robert Clergerie.

Wayne Lee and her family fled Vietnam in the 1970s. She originally went to medical school before deciding to focus on fashion, first as a salesperson at Barneys New York and then as a designer, starting her own line in 2007.

Above: Top, Wayne. Pants, Yigal Azrouël. Necklace, Aesa. Shoes, Robert Clergerie.

Jean Yu was born in South Korea and moved to New York to attend FIT in 1990. In 2001, she launched her namesake lingerie line and opened her store 37=1 at 37 Crosby Street.

Chilean-born Maria Cornejo debuted her minimalistic line Zero in New York’s Nolita district. Her line expanded from ready-to-wear to accessories in 2005, and in 2009 she moved her flagship store to 33 Bleeker Street.

Above Left: Top, Jean Yu. Necklace, Aesa. Right: All clothing, Zero + Maria Cornejo. Necklace, Aesa. Shoes, Robert Clergerie.

Catherine Malandrino was born in Grenoble, France and moved to New York City in 1998. Her iconic Flag collection marked her first US presentation in 2001, followed by Hallelujah, presented at the Apollo Theater.

Elise Øverland was born in Norway and moved to San Francisco to study business before transferring to Parsons in New York. She began creating one-of-a-kind pieces for musicians like the Smashing Pumpkins and the White Stripes before shifting her focus to ready-to-wear in 2006.

Above Left: All clothing, Malandrino. Bracelet, Anndra Neen. Boots, Robert Clergerie. Right: All clothing, Elise Øverland. Necklace, Aesa. Bracelet, Anndra Neen. Tights, Agent Provocateur. Boots, Robert Clergerie.


  1. Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I love the way the textures look in these black and whites.

  2. Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Great work! Really inspiring. Thanks for your comment on my blog, hope you’ll be back soon.

  3. Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Sick shoot! Truly amazing! Nice work!


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