Editors, retailers and other finicky fashion types are always on the prowl for the latest and greatest. Here, a peek at some of Fashion Week’s up-and-comers.
Name: Zac Posen Age: 21 Birthplace: SoHo, NYC Progeny of: Artist Stephen Posen. Front Row: Lola and Stella Schnabel. Fall Theme: Artemis–goddess of the hunt. On the Runway: Karen Elson and Sophie Dahl.
Name: Paul Chan Age: 36 Show Stylist: Rebecca Weinberg of “Sex and the City.” Fall Theme: “Back to Boarding School meets Gosford Park.” Awards: Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for women’s apparel, 2002.
Name: Alvin Valley Age: 27 Birthplace: Cuba Highlights: Silk chiffons, leather and vintage Galanos fabrics. Fans: Lourdes Fanjul and Jennifer Tilly. Sold to: Kirna Zabete, Fred Segal and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Name: Michael Soheil Age: 27 Birthplace: Tehran, Iran Experience: Sketching accessories at Givenchy and designing at Jill Stuart. PR Tag Line: “Interested in the aesthetic enhancement of women instead of deconstructing them.” Fans: Tom Cruise’s old and new flames — Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz. Sold to: Henri Bendel, Jeffrey and Ron Herman/Fred Segal.
Name: Diego Binetti Raised in: Buenos Aires, Argentina Age: 29 Experience: Design director at Jill Stuart. Fall Theme: Inspired by the story of a young girl lost in the forest. Known for: Combinations of unusual fabrics.
Name: Rick Owens Age: 40 Raised in: Porterville, Calif. Fall Theme: Sparrows. Colors include grays and pearl, inspired by the bird. Signature Fabrics: Washed cashmere, chiffons and boiled wool. Fans: Courtney Love and China Chow; Front Row Fixtures: Girlfriend-muse Michele Lamy and stylist Arianne Phillips.