New York Fashion Week showed only a handful of collections by established designers of color. But waiting in the wings are a host of young designers poised to storm the runways in seasons to come. From Vogue-mentored designers like LaQuan Smith to reality TV contestants like Jeffery Williams (pictured with Mary J. Blige), this crop of designers has as much spunk and sass as they do style.

We took a look at the best of them. Learn who they are…