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–Jerome C. Rousseau – The Canadian-born designer—whose collections are inspired by New Wave music, geometry and nightlife—launched last fall to raves and already has been snapped up by high-end retailers such as Fred Segal and Barneys New York ($495 to $1,200, at jeromecrousseau.com).
–Mechante of London – Fine art is the theme at Méchante of London for this line’s spring launch. Inspired by Mediterranean superstitions and Western realism, designer Deborah Lyons tapped into her days as an art student to deliver a collection of delicate silks in colorful contrasts ($400 to $900, at Chuckies New York, 877.693.9898).
–Omelle – There’s nothing conventional about the architectural heels designed by Nicole LaFave and Cherise Angelle. The duo behind Omelle turned heads with funky geometric shapes in python for its spring launch ($495 to $1,545, at omelle.com).
– Chrissie Morris – A love for the exotic shines through in Chrissie Morris’ Art Deco– inspired designs. Launched last spring, Morris has blended sky-high heels and wedges with luxurious materials, from lizard to stingray ($850 to $1,600, at chrissiemorris.net).
– Raphael Young – It’s a little bit of physics and a whole lot of sexy edge. The look, dubbed “hard-rock couture” by Raphael Young, who incorporates his engineering background into the hand-stitched collection, embodies a lavish urban attitude with a bit of a dark side ($550 to $2,000, at H Lorenzo, Los Angeles, 310.659.5785).