Who are fashion's next big stars? Fashion Group International named them at FGI's Rising Star Awards ceremony at the Cipriani 42nd Street in New York on Thursday.
Wes Gordon & Misha Nonoo of Nonoo tied for the womenswear honor, while Simon Spurr was awarded the menswear trophy. Gordon later told Women's Wear Daily, "To get up in front of a room full of people that I admire and am in such complete awe of was, although terrifying, such a huge honor and I am so grateful."
That room full of people included Ralph Rucci, Thom Browne, Monica Rich Kosann, Catherine Malandrino and Tommy Hilfiger, there to support Ally Hilfiger and her nominated line, Nahm, that she co-designs with Nary Manivong.
But despite several Hilfigers and keynote remarks by Isabel and Ruben Toledo, the day belonged to the relative unknowns, the talented designers whose names are not yet "household."
How far will their stars rise? Check out the winners below and keep them on your radar -- they may be the next Joseph Altuzarra.