The Thread 10: Ones to Watch for Spring 2011 Fashion Week

Every season we choose 10 up-and-coming names to know for Fashion Week. Study up on our roster for Spring 2011—it looks these talented and visionary designers will be around for a while.

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A finalist for both the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA's Swarovski prize this year, Prabal Gurung is already a favorite amongst editors. We predict it's only a matter of time before his beautifully-tailored dresses make him a crowd favorite.
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Following the debut of their first independent womenswear show last February, Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville had us clamoring for more. Coming down the runway were well-executed separates like cozy woolens, updated blazers, plaid button-downs, and plenty of the label's signature vintage-inspired accessories.
Jason Wu is no stranger to media attention these days but the young 27-year old designer, who was swept into the spotlight when Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to the Inaugural Ball last year, turned out a stellar Fall 2010 collection with incredible prints and luxurious details. The best is yet to come.
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A favorite amongst the late-night downtown set, Jen Kao caught our attention last season with her cool and sophisticated sweater-knit dresses in sexy, body-con silhouettes, matched with her trademark cut-out detailing.
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Clearly we're not the only ones who are taken by Christian Cota's striking use of lines and vivid prints. The forward-thinking designer is one of this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashon Fund finalists.
Kimberly Ovitz
West-coast transplant Kimberly Ovitz easily won us over for her edgy minimalist wares, imbued with a subtle SoCal sensibility.
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Not intended for the sartorially-meek, Suno's bold prints and vivid use of electrifying colors appeal to the fashionably outspoken. Last season Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty reinterpreted African prints in the form of acid-hued diamond and zig-zag prints.
Another finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Joseph Altuzarra has the versatility required of a new designer to maintain a lasting presence in the industry. His Spring 2010 collection was an updated approach to 70's-inspired silhouettes and fabrics, while the next season took a turn for the fierce: powerful and sexy dresses in a limited palette of red and black.
As the fifth design director to helm Bill Blass since its founding designer stepped down in 1999, Jeffrey Monteiro has quite a bit of pressure on his shoulders. In January 2010, following a brief one-year closure, the label tapped the Monteiro—whose resume includes stints at Derek Lam as well as his designing his own line—to revive the brand with his understated, chic aesthetic. For Resort 2011, he masterfully captured the classic and unfussy Bill Blass look while injecting the collection with a much-needed dose of modernity, offering us an exciting glimpse of more to come this season.
A Detacher
Mona Kowalska, the Polish-born designer behind A Détacher possesses a timeless sartorial sensibility that's both playful and smart.
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