By  on May 29, 2013

A lot sets Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters apart from their peers.

For one, there’s the unusual name of their label: not the typical pairing of their last names, but Creatures of the Wind, taken from a line in the old Johnny Mathis song “Wild Is the Wind.” The tune inspired Nina Simone, David Bowie and George Michael to do remakes, and, in 2008, it gave the two designers a phrase on which to pin their fashion aspirations. Then, there is their home base: Chicago, the Windy City.

It’s exactly those differences, though, that — coupled with the duo’s talent and charmingly quirky and slightly nerdy demeanor — is now touching a fashion nerve. Creatures, as it’s casually bandied about in fashion circles, has become one of the hottest tickets of New York fashion week.

The designers, who increasingly spend time in New York and plan to open a studio in the city soon, seem almost nonchalant about their rapid recognition in the industry. Their low-key manner suggests they didn’t anticipate any of it at all.


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