Born in Antwerp in 1958, Dries Van Noten is the third generation in a family of Belgian tailors. Exposed to all aspects of fashion from an early age, he decided on design attending Antwerp's Royal Academy. His first line in 1986 met with almost immediate success and expanded rapidly. Known for his cerebral designs and colorful use of prints, original fabric and sophisticated layering, van Noten has been the recipient of numerous awards including the CFDA International Award and the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

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Born and raised in Germany, Tomas Maier received his design education and early training, at Guy Laroche, in Paris. He then worked at such prestigious luxury labels as Hermès, Sonia Rykiel and Revillon before founding his eponymous label in Miami Beach in 1997. His designs, sold in more than 30 countries, are known for their versatility and ease. In addition to his own line, Maier is also creative director of the Italian luxury leather-goods house Bottega Veneta.
Born in Canada, Erdem Moralioglu attended the Royal College of Art in London. After receiving his master's degree, he relocated to New York to work for Diane von Furstenberg, returning to London in 2005 to launch his eponymous label. His avant garde yet feminine designs approach fashion with a youthful exuberance. Known for his bold use of color, print and embellishment, Erdem's signature modern and romantic designs have earned him a bevy of awards as well as frequent appearances on the red carpet.

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Originally from Southern California, Rick Owens now creates his unique collection in Paris, where he moved in 2007 to design his own fur collection, after serving as Revillon’s Artistic Director. His vision, based on an aesthetic of black and white Hollywood movies with an edgy rawness, includes signature architectural leather jackets and elegant flowing bias cut pieces in dark somber tones. The recipient of several distinguished fashion awards, Owens has five stores around the world ranging from Tribeca to Seoul

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Alber Elbaz has become the darling of the fashion industry. Born in Casablanca and raised in Tel Aviv, he came to New York at 24 and worked closely with Geoffrey Beene for seven years. His next positions at Guy Laroche and then Yves Saint Laurent helped prepare him for his greatest role as artistic director at Paris’ oldest couture house. Known as a perfectionist, he oversees all collections at Lanvin, ensuring perfection in every category.
Consuelo Castiglioni's Marni label is one of the least trendy yet most innovative on the fashion front. This fully developed eclectic brand also includes a full bag collection, a quirky line of shoes as well as eyeglasses and bijoux pieces. And all production is tightly controlled within the company's Milan headquarters. Marni's trademark elegant fabrics and butter soft leathers all have a high end artisanal feel for the fashion conscious woman who wants her own style to shine through.
After graduating as an architect from Ecole des Beaux Arts in Algeria, Chemirik studied fine arts in Paris. Starting with a commission from the Opera de Paris to design costumes and accessories, he worked at Ralph Lauren and then interned at a Paris jewelry atelier where his work was noticed by Karl Lagerfeld. He has since worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Chloe, Jean Paul Gautier, and Loewe, Christofle, Bernardaud. His chic jewelry designs are coveted by in-the-know women everywhere.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen launched The Row in 2007 with the simple mission to make the perfect T-shirt. Now a fully expanded sophisticated collection, the line offers exquisite tailoring with a focus on clean lines, refined silhouettes and the perfect fit. These are pieces destined to become modern classics.
Wu’s elegant yet youthful collection is a product of both his diverse background, having lived in Taipei, Vancouver and Paris, as well as his interest in classic photography and fashion. After graduating from Parsons, Wu launched his collection in 2006 and has since been acknowledged as one of America’s leading young talents working today. His luxurious fabrics and tailored details combine to create a winning collection of relaxed yet elegant dresses, show-stopping gowns and refined sportswear that appeals to fashionable women of all ages.

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Founding her company in Italy in 1999, Dianora Salviati uses time honored traditional methods of craftsmanship to create her luxurious refined collection of scarves. Hand-loomed in natural materials such as cashmere, linen, cotton and silk, they are the ultimate in pure casual elegance. Salvati's exclusive customers know that her ethereal confections are the perfect accessory for year-round wear and travel.

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Although the daughter of legendary Sir Paul, McCartney has earned fame on her own accord. After graduating from Central St. Martens in 1995, she launched her label, establishing her signature style of sharp tailoring tempered by a sexy femininity. Following a successful tenure as Creative Director of Chloe, she opened her own fashion house in 2001 and has never looked back. With 13 freestanding stores, distribution in over 50 countries, numerous partnerships and licenses and four children at home, she is a busy woman. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs and has been recognized not only for her fashion but humanitarian achievements as well.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Marcia Patmos and friend Tina Lutz ran Lutz & Patmos, the luxury knitwear brand, for 10 successful years through 2010. The new M. Patmos collection continues in the tradition with a classic modern line, merging new technology with traditional methods. Working with artisan communities around the world, Patmos incorporates her love for craftsmanship with beautiful understated designs for easy to wear updated wardrobe essentials.
Born in Italy, Riccardo Tisci moved to London at 18 winning a grant to attend the prestigious Central Saint Martins School of Arts. His graduate collection, bought by several stores, immediately put him on the map. After stints at Coccapani and Puma, the designer launched his own label in fall 2004, and the year after signed on as Creative Director of Givenchy. His conceptual designs and romantic sensuality have rejuvenated the classic label with a forward looking creativity.
Bouchra Jarrar is a French designer who originated from Morocco. Her clothes combine an unexaggerated femininity with a smart, serious and practical edge. Having studied under greats at Balenciaga and then Christian Lacroix, Jarrar developed a particular flair for the costume and spectacle of the presentational fashion show. Bouchra Jarrar is known for being virtuous and attentive to the construction of her garments, and desires an end product that is unique and innovative, always touching on the fine line between irregularity and asymmetry, and provoking a hint of masculinity in the details.
Born in Athens to a family well-versed in design, Mary Katrantzou moved to the US to study architecture and textile design, eventually earning her Masters in Fashion. Lauded by critics since her first ready-to-wear collection debuted in 2009, the printed image remains central to her aesthetic. Her thematic work revolves around a luxurious object from art or design that a women would not be able to wear if it were real. Each collection is accompanied by a capsule jewelry collection. Mary is truly a dual-talented rising star, having already been awarded Emerging or New Artist recognition by both The Elle Style Awards and The British Fashion Awards.
Singapore-born, raised in Nepal, and indoctrinated into fashion in India, Prabal Gurung has been New York City-based for years. Gurung unleashed his first collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour. Having gained much of his experiences with such greats as Manish Arora, Donna Karan, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, Gurung incorporates an unflagging quality and consistent innovation to his line. The designer's intent on maintaining a connection to visual arts and the modern aesthetic lends a rigorously playful dichotomy to his work that serves the innate duality of women everywhere.
Born in France, Theallet attended fashion school in Paris and then worked for Jean-Paul Gaultier whom she credits for teaching her to trust her own instincts. After 10 years with Azzedine Alaia, she moved to New York, launching her label in 2007. Theallet's collection is a blend of femininity, ease, sensuality and craftsmanship that appeals to women of all ages for its effortless perfection.

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In 1981, when she presented her first collection,Carolina Herrera was already very clear about the style of woman she wanted to dress. Words like luxury, exclusiveness, sophistication and elegance came to mind. "I love the idea of elegance and intricacy, but whether it's a piece of clothing or fragrance, the intricacy must appear as simplicity," sais Carolina Herrera of the aesthetic sense that has driven her for over thirty years as a fashion designer. "I think that standard has served me well; women seem to love my clothes. I am extremely grateful for the success they have given me."
With footwear in his blood, Gianvito Rossi grew up surrounded by a world in which the tradition and artisanship of the Italian cobbler was expertly combined with international glamour. After debuting in 2006, his success has grown and hides a little secret: the point of departure for each creation is the female figure. In his search for inspiration, the goal is to get as close as possible to women in order to understand their desires. Rossi leaves behind the excess of self-celebration to exalt a sensual modernity, taking inspiration from the irony of life, "because a shoe is like the frame of a beautiful painting, in which the main subject is the woman."
Born in Lebanon in 1973, Rabih Kayrouz left his home country at sixteen to study Paris fashion. Drawn back to Beirut after only several months' work experience in the ateliers of Dior and Chanel, he founded his own small fashion house in 1997, serving a highly-exclusive collection of clients. This selective venture lasted eleven years but Paris called to him again. He had never ceased dreaming of creating his own "made in France" ready-to-wear label; and the Maison Rabih Kayrouz was founded. Supporters have praised the poetry of his approach and the way he conveys emotion and rigor through the architecture and construction of his garments.
An alumnus of prestigious design schools in England, Nicholas Kirkwood launched his eponymous shoe collection in Spring 2005. The architecturally inspired pieces, with clean curvlinear and innovative designs focus heavily on craftsmanship. All Kirkwood's shoes are 100% hand crafted at artisanal factories in Italy using the finest traditional materials combined with modern techniques. His use of unusual skins and fabrics combined with his geometric forms and strong clean lines have won him numerous awards.
With a signature style that revolves around an understated, yet insouciant mix of the cosmopolitan and the bohemian, Marant's pieces capture the effortless sophistication that defines contemporary Parisian chic.With her first runway show in 1995 and the opening of her first store in Paris three years later, Marant has remained a tenacious presence in Paris fashion. Proudly maintaining independence from any corporate conglomerate has allowed the line to nourish a subtle, yet distinctive aesthetic that both references and defines contemporary Parisian style.
Janis Provisor is an acclaimed artist with paintings in major museums and private collections around the world. Living in China in the early 1990s, Provisor started making necklaces with semiprecious stones and jade pendants collected in her travels. Back in New York, she partnered with long time friend and marketing/ publicity executive, Debi Wisch in 2005 to create Janis Provisor Jewelry. Provisor's one-of-a-kind pieces, known for their color, artistry and statement sizes have been featured in luxury magazines, worn by celebrities and collected by woman everywhere as works of art.

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After eight years working with the Junya Watanabe collection at Comme des Garcons, Chitose Abe established Sacai in 1999. Her innovative and experimental line reinterprets femininity with a new and unique vision. The juxtaposition of contrasting textures and fabrics allow her to create pieces with unexpected shapes and silhouettes. Transforming classic items into a collection with a distinctive modern attitude, Sacai blurs the line between day and evening.
Thakoon Panichgul was born in Thailand, raised in Omaha and is now New York-based. A study of innovative construction, his collection imparts a feminine spirit, poised elegance and an underlying hint of playful wit. He has developed a uniquely niched cult following, consistently showing collections of beautifully crafted, feminine designs which are as romantic and sensual as they are modern and intelligent. Panichgul is fascinated by the decorative ideas that spin out of constructing clothes. Where classic patterns have existed for decades, the nuances involved in finishing the garments are often reexamined or altered in some way. The subtleties, he believes make all the difference.
Born to wheat farmers in Tunisia in 1940, Azzedine Alaïa's love for couture was inspired early on by his glamorous twin sister. In 1957, he moved to France and began work at Dior, quickly moving on to Guy Laroche to learn tailoring and after that, he worked alongside his friend, Thierry Mugler. Known for being shy and more comfortable with a smaller clientele list, in the late 1970's, Alaïa began running his tiny atelier as a secret, word of mouth concern, where he is revered for his independence and discreet luxury. A tireless craftsman, Alaïa is famous for his research into cutting and shaping new textiles and materials.
American designer Wes Gordon infuses luxury and sophistication with a young, modern edge. He designs for a quietly confident woman who seeks garments that amplify her identity rather than mask it. Gordon decided early on to pursue a career in fashion, and enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London. After interning for Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, he was awarded the Packham Bursary for Design Excellence in 2009. Gordon presented his first collection in 2010 at NY Fashion Week. Fashion Group International awarded Gordon the coveted Rising Star Award in January 2012. Wes Gordon proudly produces his line in New York City's Garment District.
Founded in 2002, Rag & Bone had one clear and admittedly untrained vision: to make clothes that they would love to wear every day: jeans. Marcus Wainwright & David Neville believed that denim represented the authentic history of work wear that they would strive to reflect in their designs. With these decades-old principles in mind Rag & Bone produces the majority of their garments in U.S. factories, guided by expert local artisans schooled by legacy. Rag & Bone launched their men's line in 2004 and expanded to women's wear in 2005. Guided by a British tailoring influence, Rag & Bone produces classic yet modern sportswear for men and women that is known for being understated and wearable.