The Emerging Designers Who Are About to Take Over the Industry—and Your Closet

by Julia Rubin

They say fashion week is a marathon, not a sprint, and it's true. Editors (and buyers and bloggers and lots of other industry types) find themselves running from this show uptown to that presentation downtown, buzzing about blockbuster events thrown by fashion royalty one-namers (Diane, Ralph, Donna). But the real satisfaction is off the beaten path, in the discovery of the next generation of rising stars.

Who are this year's need-to-know emerging designers? Our favorites come from around the globe and their aesthetics range from the wonderfully whimsical to the seriously sharp. Click through to see the things that really wowed us from the labels you'll soon be spotting.

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