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The shows at New York Fashion Week typically end with some polite clapping and a rush out the door. But when the fashion crowd dedicates to a standing ovation, well, you know something big just took place.

Such was the case at Christopher John Rogers’s show earlier this week. The relatively new designer (he’s been showing at NYFW for only three seasons) served up a collection that was worthy of more than an Instagram post; it required IRL acknowledgment of how memorable his saturated colors were and the playful feeling that his poufy dresses embodied. From an impressive lineup of celebrity fans to a unique upbringing, here's what you need to know about Christopher John Rogers, who is definitely a talent to watch. 

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Who is Christopher John Rogers?

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Rogers is now based in Brooklyn, New York. The 25-year-old designer attended Savannah College of Art and Design and he credits Instagram and "that nifty little DM button" for kickstarting his career.

He’s currently a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an Anna Wintour–led endeavor that acts as a fast lane for putting emerging designers on the map. 

Who's worn his clothes before?

Lizzo wore one of his neon green frocks (that was embellished with matching fluorescent feathers!) to the MTV Movie and TV Awards, while Michele Obama slipped into a sparkly green suit that was custom designed by Rogers. Other celeb fans include Gabrielle Union, Karlie Kloss, Priyanka Chopra, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross and SZA. Phew, what a lineup!

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What made this collection so special?

Even if you couldn’t see yourself wearing a silver iridescent pleated skirt or two-tone top that mixes zebra print and a wonky checkered pattern in just a few inches of fabric, you can recognize the au courant creativity that Rogers has infused into each of his creations.

Plus, we can tell that plenty of the gowns in the collection were absolutely made for the red carpet (and hello, the Emmys are only a few weeks away!). We could see Lady Gaga wearing the over-the-top caped number in a shimmery shade of green to some upcoming performance and Tracee Ellis Ross putting her fabulous mark on the fiery orange strapless dress for a twirl on her Instagram (and the TV cameras).

Oh, and did we mention that Rogers is still working out of his living room to create these incredible outfits? Yeah, he might be the literal definition of up-and-coming, but we’re confident that Rogers’s ascent will continue to be a steep and steady one.

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