By  on September 4, 2007

GILLES MONTEZIN: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., Verdura, 745 Fifth Avenue

Pedigree: An education at Paris' Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne served Montezin well at Christian Lacroix, where he worked on the haute couture collection for five years. The Canadian-born designer went on to assist at Azzaro under Loris Azzaro, but eventually grew tired of the hierarchical French design world ("I was not patient; I've never been very patient," he says), and launched his namesake line two years ago.

Stats: Wholesale prices are about $550 for tops and $600 for dresses, but can go up to $1,110 for elaborate eveningwear. The collection is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Frances Heffernan in Winetka, Ill., and Kleinfeld in New York.

Spring forecast: Sparkle aplenty — sequined dresses and lamé dominate the lineup of 30 looks, inspired by, Montezin says, "what Sophia Loren would wear on the Riviera."

JEN KAO: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., 250 West 39th Street

Pedigree: Kao is an alum of Jill Stuart, Twinkle by Wenlan and Southpaw. Although she has a penchant for the avant-garde, "I think working at those companies taught me about taming things down," she says. Her undergraduate work with mixed-media sculpture at New York University also informed her approach to "piecing together fabrics that don't usually go together," such as cotton and chiffon, or denim and lace.

Stats: This will be Kao's first collection to be sold in the U.S. Her fall 2007 debut was sold exclusively to Loveless in Tokyo. Wholesale prices begin at $250 and go up to $1,000 for evening dresses.

Spring forecast: Kao plans to show 15 looks with a backdrop of photographs by art star Ryan McGinley.

AGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 4 to 8 p.m., 135 Wooster Street

Pedigree: In her native Spain, de la Prada is a one-woman design force. Aside from clothes (she launched her collection in the early Eighties), everything from tiles and plates to stationery and electrical plugs bears her name. And what's more, she is completely self-taught.

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