The Clothes: Downtown chic. Colors and shapes reminiscent of clothes by Stephen Burrows and Rick Owens.
The Breakout Moment: Winner of season two of Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show,” and winning a featured spread in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Fashion's Next Best: LaQuan Smith
The Designer: LaQuan Smith
The Collection: Nonchalance and color come to mind with LaQuan’s glamourous womenswear collection. He also offers a diffusion lined called LQS which is full of neon colors.
The Breakout Moment: Having Andre Leon Talley of Vogue attend his first collection, then being featured in Vogue shortly after. In addition, he designed Rihanna’s catsuit in her “Rude Boy” video.
Fashion's Next Best: Terri Stevens
The Designer: Terri Stevens
The Collection: Taking thematic inspirations of funk and bohemian influences, she offers a great choice of color and modernity.
The Breakout Moment: Season Five contestant on the hit show “Project Runway.”
Fashon's Next Best: Farai Simoyi
The Designer: Farai Simoyi
The Collection Type: Her sultry collection, “Madame’s Rouge”, is inspired by the controversial role of Fanny the seductress in the French based play, “Sapho”.
The Breakout Moment: Moving to New York City after a summer in Italy and showing at New York Fashion Week.
Fashion's Next Best: Jerome Lamar
The Designer: Jerome Lamaar
The Collection Type: Hot new accessories, well-being meets technology glam jewelry collection. Every necklace is one of a kind and is handmade by Jerome. Each gem is hand selected for its color, shape and energy.
The Breakout Moment: As a former designer for Baby Phat, Jerome decided to create his own fab lane by launching an accessories collection.
Fashion's Next Best: Viscera
The Designer: Sherita Jennings
The Collection Type: Coming from a family of curvy women, Viscera is a luxury clothing line dedicated to curvy women of all sizes.
The Breakout Moment: Having her collection being featured in both Essence and Uptown magazines.
Fashion's Next Best: Sheila Rashid
Who: Sheila Rashid
Collection Type: Her collection is made with love, innovation, dedication, and she pays close attention to detail offering classic sportswear for young fashionistas.
Breakout Moment: Dressing Keri Hilson
Fashion's Next Best: Dominique Auxilly
Who: Dominique Auxilly
Collection Type: Her collection tailors to the urban cool girl, with a sexy street-wear attitude. Don’t be surprised to see seatbelts on sheer spandex dresses.
Breakout Moment: Getting her dresses on female rap sensation Nicki Minaj and Miss America Caressa Cameron
Fashion's Next Best: Samantha Black
Who: Samantha Black (Sammy B)
Collection Type: Dresses came short and body conscious tight, served with lots of black and turquoise colors.
Breakout Moment: Having celebs like Kelis and Keri Hilson flaunt her clothing.
Fashion's Next Best: Leon Curry
The Designer: Leon Curry who has named his line Ellie Owen.
The Collection Type: Quirky, yet luxurious, outerwear and ready to wear statement pieces.
The Breakout Moment: Dressing Aubrey O’Day on MTV.