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Rosie Assoulin
This Brooklyn native might be a fashion school dropout (she lasted four months at FIT)—but a slacker, she most certainly is not. Internships with Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin helped teach Assoulin the tricks of the trade, while gentle pushes from her NYC pals Leandra Medine (of The Man Repeller) and Claire Distenfeld (of buzzy Upper East Side boutique Fivestory) urged her to take the plunge and launch a design career. Judging by her stunning Resort 2014 debut—an exercise in couture-like draping and dramatic volume—this girl's going places.
Nellie Partow
Before she even graduated from Parsons, Partow cut her teeth working at Donna Karan. She later held positions at both Calvin Klein and John Varvatos, which perhaps explains her predilection for masculine-influenced, super-streamlined designs. We can't wait to see what Partow (who, by the way, also happens to be a competitive boxer—she took home the New York Daily News Golden Gloves championship in 2007!) has in store for her NYFW debut.
Malibu designer Katharine Polk debuted her collection (called Houghton, after her muse Katharine Hepburn's middle name) in February 2012; since then, the line's caught on with the Young Hollywood set. Lily Collins, Selena Gomez and former Lucky cover girl Lucy Hale have all worn Houghton on the red carpet—but make no mistake, Polk's clothes are anything but twee. Just look at the creamy midi skirts, boxy crop tops and sheer layers she showed for Pre-Spring 2014. Gorgeous, no?
Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin's label may be three years old, but over the past several months, this Sydney-bred duo's been racking up some serious industry accolades. After winning the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in the women's design category back in January, TOME was named as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist over the summer. All eyes will surely be on Lobo and Martin as they unveil their Spring 2014 offerings this week.
Adam Selman
Tomorrow, the man behind Rihanna's most sensational, scandalous on-stage and red carpet getups is striking out on his own with a solo presentation. Also responsible for the look of Riri's recent Rihanna for River Island collaboration, for which he served as head designer, Selman took inspiration from '70s-era Cosmopolitan covers and a 1981 HBO special on supermodels for his first collection. Expect lots of satin and spandex—and expect for it all to perform just as well as Selman's superstar celeb employer.