3 EMERGING TOP DESIGNERS ON THEIR INSPIRATIONS

Rosetta Getty

Growing up in L.A.’s bohemian Silver Lake neighborhood, Rosetta Getty, 46, started making her own clothes as a child: “Fuchsia spandex leotards and tights, little wraparound skirts,” she recalls. Her color palette may have muted since then, but her creative impulse remains intact. A former model and busy mother of four—her husband is actor Balthazar Getty, the great-grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty—she founded her eponymous fashion line in 2014, designing sculptural dresses with cutout shoulders; blouses with kite sleeves; cropped, pleated pants and other wearable pieces. She also makes pared-down red-carpet looks for the likes of Alicia Vikander and Patricia Arquette, a longtime friend. Getty tends to design much of her collection at her New York office and then hop on a plane back to her family in California. Perhaps it’s no surprise that she describes her work in terms of movement: “I want to support women to maneuver the way they need to.”

Brock Collection

When Kris Brock, 30, and Laura Vassar, 29, launched Brock Collection in 2014, they focused not on trends but on longevity. “We wanted to create pieces that would be passed on for generations,” explains Vassar, a former stylist. She

and Brock, a tailor, have become known for elegant construction and fine materials like mink and taffeta, which elevate their timeless designs. The two, who first teamed up at Parsons, don’t divide their labor so much as double down on it.

“We both sketch, we both design, we’re both involved in every single fitting,” says Vassar. Their partnership is personal as well as professional: They married in 2014 and are now the parents of a toddler. As their family and brand expand—the couple recently opened an L.A. office and won the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in November—they stay true to their founding principles. “In the beginning, we were thinking of a woman who wants to feel beautiful and empowered,” says Brock. “I personally always think of Laura.”

Monse

Designers Laura Kim, 34, and Fernando Garcia, 30—who met while working at Oscar de la Renta in 2009—spontaneously named their buzzy New York–based brand Monse (mon-SAY) while visiting Garcia’s family home in the Dominican Republic in 2015. “It’s my mom’s name,” explains Garcia. “Laura thought it sounded strong and feminine—like how the clothes would look.” Two years later, the clothes do reflect that concept, playfully blending notions of femininity and masculinity with deconstructed takes on men’s shirting, pinstripe sequined chiffon caftans and “dad jeans” (“They’re too big, and they look like you cinched and stapled them together,” explains Garcia). The label’s effortless, unfussy glamour has won over Hollywood, with actors like Brie Larson, Blake Lively and Lupita Nyong’o parading the designs down the red carpet. Last year, the CFDA nominated Monse for its Swarovski Award for best emerging womenswear designer. In addition, as has been widely reported, the duo will also return to Oscar de la Renta this year as co–creative directors.