Top Creative Directors of the Year

In 2017 we have seen some amazing designs take the fashion world by storm. We have seen high-end fashion lines like Balmain and Louis Vuitton continue their consistency as well as streetwear brands like Youth Machine and I Love Ugly continue to push the boundaries. This list combines both high-end and street fashion to show which designers have set themselves apart.

 


Jerry Lorenzo

This is sort of a no brainer, Jerry has been the most inspiring individual for the streetwear commmunity outside of Kanye himself for some time now. His effortlessly deliberative aesthetic is put atop some of the best materials in the world. That alone makes him one of the best designers we’ve seen thus far.

 

Chris Stamp

STAMPD busted out on the scene in 2016 and has continued their momentum into 2017, especially on the west coast of the United States. Their latest collection shows where California streetwear culture meets the more traditional fashion world. It will be interesting to see if they can climb up to the ranks of some of the industry giants.

 

John Melchico

This name is going to be new for most of you, but will be a mainstay for years to come. The creative director at the new Manchester-based brand Only The Blind about to create a shockwave in the fashion industry. John has markerted the brand directly through his own social channel amassing nearly a quarter of a million followers with that in mind and the design skills to match, the sky is the ceiling for this young creative director.

 

David Kollar

Kollar is another lesser known brand doing amazing things and has been for the past few years. This Canadian-based brand has some of the best cut and sew of any brand in the world and David’s expertise in materials and fit makes this the best quality brand you can get at his price point.

 

Teddy Santis

His brand Aimé Leon Dore in my opinion is up there with John Elliott terms of extremely  high quality products, but ventures into fashion more than John Elliott. They recently had a collaboration with Ronnie Fieg and walked at Paris Fashion week. His latest collection was a perfect combination of essentials and fashion.

 

Virgil Abloh

As you can see, this list is in no particular order because he is not at the top. Over the past year Abloh has done the impossible, created a high-end streetwear line that competes with Fear of God. OFF—WHITE is by far the hottest streetwear brand out right now and his latest collection had the unique ability to appeal to girls and boys, the rich and the poor, high-end, and streetwear customers. His ability to become universal as a brand while keeping his authenticity is remarkable.

 

Alessandro Michele

Honestly Gucci has been on this list for years and it looks like they will continue to be. They have no issues attracting a younger audience like some of its counterparts and did not need to rely on a supreme collaboration to stay relevant .. cough cough. Their designs and marketing campaigns have been second to none.

 

Jelani Arthur Williamson

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