They may not be household names yet, but it's time to get these New York City-based fashion designers on your radar. From bold prints to artful silhouettes, they're providing all the style inspiration your closet needs to make a statement this spring.
Assoulin, who hails from Brooklyn, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for just four months, but that didn't stop her. After interning for Oscar de la Renta and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, the designer decided to launch her own line with some prodding from high profile friends, including New York City-based fashion blogger Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller. She made her New York Fashion Week debut in February 2014, and her designs have been spotted on model Lily Aldridge. (Credit: Getty Images)
Best for: Stand-out silhouettes
Sophisticated draping and artistic detail make Assoulin's designs ultra-feminine, yet powerful. Her mastery of flowing dresses and structured suits alike represent the range of a perfect spring wardrobe. Her pieces may not be in your price range, but you can still take a page from her book-- transition to spring by pairing your go-to winter pants with a flirty new top, and liven up a suit by cuffing at the ankle and adding a soft, playful blouse. And when you do get around to picking up a new spring dress, don't be afraid to make a statement. It's finally time to wake up from style hibernation, New Yorkers. Live it up.
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Brooklyn-based designer Samantha Pleet has already won over the city's artist crowd with her custom prints and easy-to-wear yet unique cuts. The Pratt Institute grad has a shoe collaboration with Wolverine under her belt and has shown her work at New York Fashion Week. (Credit: facebook.com/samanthapleetnyc)
Best for: Subtly showing skin
Pleet's Spring 2014 collection plays on the season's skin-baring trend, without going overboard. Her whimsical cut-outs and easy silhouettes coupled with wild prints and colors make for the perfect spring blend of breezy and fun. Pleet's collection teaches us balance when it comes to showing skin: high-waisted shorts with an oversized crop top or a maxidress with cut-outs at the waist are flirty while still leaving plenty to the imagination.
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Ermilio comes from a long line of fashion folk-- her grandfather was Grace Kelly’s personal clothier, and her father runs a custom clothing shop in Philadelphia. The New York University graduate now has her own designs sold in boutiques across the world and at Barneys New York. (Credit: facebook/katie ermilio)
Best for: The updated girly-girl
Spring is the season to let your inner girly-girl run free, and Ermilio's collection does just that. She shows that with the right tailoring and subdued hues, some of the same style aspects that appealed to us as little girls can be sophisticated at any age. She churns out instant classics and also rocks one of spring's hottest trends, the full-volume skirt, like a pro.
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The woman behind brand Novis, Jordana Warmflash, has worked under Zac Posen, Stacey Bendet, Peter Som and Jay Godfrey. She says her creativity bloomed while growing up amidst the "cultural vibrance of New York City," and her eclectic designs scored her the 2014 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award. (Credit: Getty Images / Joe Kohen )
Best for: Wild prints
Novis is bursting with fun prints and sheer, layered detail, keeping things light and bright for spring. This brand shows us that it's ok to keep our favorite black sweater around for another few months, as long as we pair it with a sunny skirt or eye-catching blazer.
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Though she was raised in Arizona, Whitney Pozgay has been working her way up in the New York fashion scene since 2003. She dove right in, working at Kate Spade New York and studying at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Pozgay left a job at Steven Alan in 2009 to launch her own line, Whit, a year later. (Credit: Getty Images)
Best for: Easy, breezy style
Whit doesn't make women choose between comfort and fashion, seamlessly blending the two with cute rompers, wide-leg pants and mis-matched short sets. If we learned one thing from this brand, it's that spring style doesn't have to be high-maintenance-- just take your closet staples and mix them in ways you've never tried for a fresh new outlook on your old wardrobe.
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