• Sat. Dec 10th, 2022



5 Emerging Designers to Watch This Season

Peter Do, 29, New York

Growing up on a small farm in Vietnam, the fashion designer Peter Do owned roughly five pieces of clothing as a child. Today, he is known for creating a sharp and tailored uniform for the modern-day woman, one that is revered by the likes of Phoebe Philo, his first boss after he graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. His eponymous line, currently in its second year, is produced by a small, close-knit team in New York that worked around the clock to bring this spring 2021 collection to life. “The way we work is very physical; we do a lot of fittings to test each garment, to see how they wear on the body, and how they feel,” Do told T. “It wasn’t until the pandemic that I realized how difficult it was to describe how a fabric feels.” Do, who was already building an online showroom before Covid hit, believed it was crucial for buyers and editors to not only see the pieces through photographs and virtual appointments but also feel their textures, and so he and his team sent out boxes filled with fabric swatches from the collection, which debuted recently on Instagram TV. Some garments are made of silk and jersey, a departure from his usual structured fabrics, and can double as a dress or a reversible top. Others are hard to the touch: stainless steel-toed boots, workmanlike jackets and leather pants. Together, they’re a play on the idea of protecting a woman’s inner strength, he’s said. See each look here.

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