11 Past Ecco Domani Winners Who Made it Big

Last night, Ecco Domani christened seven top emerging talents. Here's a look at past winners who've since ascended to celeb-designer status. 2011 winners: Take notes.

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Ecco Domani recently christened seven top emerging talents for the 10th year running. Here's a look at past winners who've since ascended to celeb-designer status. 2011 winners: Take notes. Zac Posen was among the fund's first awardees in 2002, and has gone on to become a go-to designer for red carpet garb.
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Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez were among the 2003 Ecco Domani winners for their concept-driven womenswear collections. In addition to expanding their ready-to-wear offering, Proenza has become a premiere accessories brand, with new incarnations of their mega-successful PS1 bag produced each season.
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Since 2004, Derek Lam has staked his brand's reputation on timeless elegance, restrained design, and luscious, no-detail-spared textiles. Each season, the front row of his show is packed with fashion's elite tier of editors and stylists.
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After his win in 2005, Richard Chai became equally known for his womenswear as his menswear. A successful Target Go International collaboration introduced Chai to the mass market, while capsule collections for Barneys New York and Odin ensure that Chai maintains his street cred.
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The sisters Mulleavy sky-rocketed to fashion fame after their Ecco Domani win in 2006. Since then, Rodarte has based its brand identity on being one of, if not the most, innovative and experimental of modern American brands.
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Along with Rodarte, 2006 honored Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for their Brit-chic work at Rag & Bone. The two have since expanded into something of an NYC empire, opening four stores in the past year, with another set to open in Georgetown before the start summer.
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2007 winner Patrick Ervell is one of the most buzzed-about new talents in menswear. Marked by traditional American tailoring and distinctive contemporary accents, an Ervell piece is always easy to spot on the sidewalk.
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Fall 2008 really saw the birth of Alexander Wang as a brand. Riding the wave from his Ecco Domani win that winter, Wang introduced the world to his signature "MOD," or model-off-duty aesthetic. He'll open his first SoHo flagship this spring.
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Alexa Adams and Flora Gill of Ohne Titel took home an Ecco award in 2009 for their techie, almost couture take on sportswear. Though tough to find on the racks, the brand has won heats in high places, including Karin Nelson of W and Anna Wintour of Vogue, both of whom have lent their considerable support.
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A number of big names were honored in 2010, but Prabal Gurung was a notable headliner. After cutting his teeth at Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, there's no doubt that Gurung has both the creative talent and the business know-how to develop his business into a premiere global brand. (And it doesn't hurt that Michelle Obama is a top client).
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2010 also honored Parisian designer Joseph Altuzarra, who has become a favorite among fashion-forward red carpet celebs. Though still finding his footing in retail, the buzz around Altuzarra mounts with every new collection.
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