Ones to Watch in 2011

From uber-CEO Mickey Drexler to Suno's mega-talented Max Osterweis, here are the names you need to know going into next year.

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Alex Matthews
Alex Matthews
From uber-CEO Mickey Drexler to Suno's mega-talented Max Osterweis, here are the names you need to know going into next year.
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The charismatic CEO of J.Crew not only managed to drive the brand to a whopping $3 billion sale to a private equity firm, he also managed to retain creative control. With additional funding and room to breathe creatively, we'd wager Drexler has some expansion and spin-off plans up his sleeves, especially when it comes to new brands like Madewell.
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Tom Ford's long-awaited women's collection involved a super-secretive catwalk presentation starring Beyonce, and was every sequin-swathed inch worth its hype. If this first foray was any indication, 2011 is going to be a big year for the designer.
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What started as teensy experiment with less than ten employees has become the definitive force in the explosive "flash-sales" market. Just in the past month, the site has staffed up its men's editorial team and sold Vespas and cars in minutes. We'd wager the site has even more growth plans for early 2011.
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Suzanne Rae is one of our favorite talents to emerge in 2010. Her whimsical, fairytale aesthetic is tempered by an innate sense of wear-ability and downtown cool.
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Mas Osterweis and his partner Erin Beatty skyrocketed to indie-fashion fame when Anna Wintour swept through their stellar Fall 2010 presentation last February. Since then, Max has become one of the most in-demand talents in the business. Til now, Max has explored his fascination with Turkish and African textiles, but we can't wait to see how his globally-minded vision expands in 2011.
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Alexander Wang graduated from boy-wonder to established fashion force in 2010. With a new store on the way smack dab in the middle of Soho, he seems to have made his way to the more established circle of New York designers. After such an explosive start, it will be interesting to see how he stabilizes the business.
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Model Arizona Muse was one of the most buzzed-about faces on the catwalks of 2010, and it was just announced that she's graduated to the big leagues in securing YSL's Spring 2011 campaign. With that kind of notch on her belt, we'd wager we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the glossies for 2011.
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Among the most extraordinary new talents of 2010, Felicity Brown's gravity-defying gowns are singularly inspiring. We hope she gets the red-carpet love she deserves at upcoming awards ceremonies like the Golden Globes and Oscars.
Jenna Lyons' undone aesthetic helped transform J.Crew into a relevant fashion brand. Her look is so specific that we've even begun noticing her influence trickling up the fashion ladder -- who do you think is responsible for all those military parkas on the runway? 2011 promises to be big for Lyons as the J.Crew juggernaut rolls into another knockout fiscal year.
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Jade Lai, owner of the famous LA boutique, Creatures of Comfort, opened a massive NYC space this year and is quickly carving out a rep for herself snug between Opening Ceremony and Oak. With a to-die-for online boutique, we predict Ms.Lai will be a retail force to be reckoned with in 2011.
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Louisiana-native Billy Reid is an authority on Americana-inspired style for both men and women. Recently named GQ's menswear designer of the year (beating out talents like Richard Chai and Frank Muytjens), Reid is also planning a capsule collection for Levi's, the ultimate in classic USA style, in the new year.
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Expectations were high for Prabal Gurung's spring '11 collection, but the up-and-comer definitely delivered -- and then some. 2011 will be an important year for Gurung, as he is now faced with the important tasks of increasing brand awareness and finding placement in new stores.
Blogger and model Hanneli Mustaparta went from fringe fashion commentator to media broadcaster in 2010, co-hosting Fashion's Night Out: The Show with Andre Leon Talley. The pretty photographer's face is all over the top style blogs, but we wonder if she's looking to take a more active role in the industry next year, possibly becoming the new Alexa Chung.
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