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7 Emerging Rtw Brands That Stood Out During American Collections Week

Duncan
Year founded: 2019
Design aesthetic: After-dark glamour: a focus on tailoring and modest dress with an edge.
Inspiration: A love letter to New York, inspired by founder Michelle Duncan’s time spent as a tourist in her own city. Over the holidays, Duncan took advantage of the pandemic-driven, tourist-less city to explore popular sites that she had never visited before. “Even though it’s quiet, this is the greatest city in the world,” she told WWD. Duncan interpreted this love into architectural lines, fine tailoring and a moody élan.
Key pieces: Tailored separates inspired by classic men’s wear, but fitted to accentuate the female form: an Italian gray overcoat, two new trousers (one wide-leg, high-waisted, the other cropped and with fishtail backs, a cropped blazer with signature bleeding heart embroidered decoration). The introduction of moody, deep black, velvet dresses for nights out — a dramatic, cupcake version or slinky body-hugging number with a sweetheart neckline and nipped waist. Updated pleated skirts and modest dresses zhuzhed up with metal grommets, elongated pleated collars and beaded embroideries.

A look from Duncan. Courtesy of Duncan 
Courtesy of Duncan

Marcell von Berlin
Year founded: 2012
Design aesthetic: The label has offered modern streetwear and statement pieces with an urban edge since its inception in Berlin. Due to its celebrity

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