The Thread 10: Ones to Watch for Fall 2010 Fashion Week

Forget the well-established Oscar de la Renta-and-Ralph Lauren set: These 10 upstarts have our attention this season with their unique perspectives, fresh ideas, and above all, fearless fashion.

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Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai -- the designers behind Vena Cava and 2007 finalists for the award -- brought their signature blend of eye-catching colors and prints, combined with chunky, retro-inspired accessories.
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Sophie Theallet
The winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award this year, Theallet is an example of why New York trumps Paris in terms of fashion. The French designer lives and works in Brooklyn, and her flattering, pattern-heavy dresses and separates have earned her not only high marks from retailers, but also from a certain First Lady.
Jeremy Scott
Jeremy Scott
The L.A.-based designer has actually been showing the past few seasons in London, but hopped the pond this year to participate in MAC & Milk's lineup. His playful personality and eye-popping collections (we'll just say Lady Gaga's a fan) make his show one of the most coveted tickets of the week.
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Jason Wu
In the past year, Wu has expanded far beyond the simple step of designing Michelle Obama's inauguration dress. His Spring 2009 collection was as out-of-the-box and edgy as many had hoped, while still maintaing his regal, ladylike core. How Wu takes his next few steps will prove some of the most critical in his career.
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Vena Cava
Designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock are no strangers to fashion week -- their signature blend of eye-catching colors and prints, combined with chunky, retro-inspired accessories have been well-received for some years -- but the duo have, of late, been challenging themselves in creating some edgier collections, a departure from the more ladylike pieces that earned them acclaim.
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Gary Graham
A finalist for the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Graham (here with Zoe Kazan) is something of a cult designer among the downtown boutique set for his moody, romantic dresses -- layers of weightless skirting and breath-taking detail -- coupled with leather vests and jackets.
Joseph Altuzarra's history working under Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy is evident in his super-skinny pants, statement dresses, and meticulous lines, but the styling in the line he's spearheaded since 2009 has the kind of downtown edge that has attracted an enviable roster of insider editor fans.
Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung
After Bill Blass shuttered, Gurung set off on his own and created one of the most buzzed about debut collections ever for Fall 2009. By his equally-dazzing Spring 2010 collection, his architectural-yet-feminine dresses were already popping up on stars like Demi Moore and Leighton Meester on the red carpet.
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Rachel Comey
Comey's dresses are always in-demand in boutiques across the city, making her one of the most beloved indie talents working in New York. The designer herself, however, adopts a suitably under-the-radar outlook: She is, in many ways, the ultimate Brooklyn-based talent -- taking inspiration from the Brooklyn Flea and biking around the city.
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Alexander Wang
Arguably, there hasn't been a fashion wunderkind like Alexander Wang -- who blends fashion and retail with such precision -- since Marc Jacobs burst onto the scene. Yet despite his over-the-top success over the past few seasons, Wang continues to challenge and innovate, creating a Spring 2010 runway with more daring than anyone might have anticipated.
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Yigal Azrouel
His presence on the social circuit may have brought him further into the spotlight, but Azrouel is far more than a pretty face -- his expertly draped, jersey silhouettes and tough-but-sexy aesthetic has earned him legions of fans since he started doing fashion week in 1999. Despite having his own flagship in the Meatpacking District, Azrouel has managed to secure a relatively low profile, and consistently slick collections.
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