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Christopher John Rogers
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Christopher John Rogers’ awe-inspiring collections embody drama, enchantment and elegance. His penchant for vibrant colors and love for classic couture has earned him fandom from respected fashion critics around the world. Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Cardi B are just some of the influential women that have worn Rogers’ grand dresses, making him one of the most exciting designers right now.

Rogers was named CFDA’s 2020 American Emerging Designer of the Year, which follows up his CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award win in 2019. With these prestigious accolades under his belt, Rogers has become a true fashion darling in the industry — Vogue, Business of Fashion, Vanity Fair and more have done numerous profiles and interviews on the Louisiana-born designer just this year. Rogers’ 2020 was filled with more A-listers and politicians donning his designs — Zendaya’s purple number at the Emmys, Lady Gaga’s grand green dress at the MTV Music Awards and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s blue power suit for a Vanity Fair cover story all made big fashion headlines.

On top of the celebrity co-signs, Rogers is well-positioned for growth. Renowned retailer Net-a-Porter started carrying his designs just this year and the launch of a dedicated e-commerce destination now allows fans to pre-order some of his pieces. Rogers’ positive momentum looks unstoppable and his pragmatic approach to luxury should yield more consumers getting their hands on CJR designs. “I see my team and myself continuing to make really special clothes that will eventually become heirlooms or future vintage, while simultaneously creating more work that allows for a wider range of people to access it,” Rogers told HYPEBAE about his immediate future. “I’d like to increase the sizing distribution and introduce more product categories.”