For an industry that's all about the new, fashion always runs the risk of getting bogged down in the same old, same old. People want to spend money on labels they already know and trust—good news for major brands, but bad news for recent graduates of Parsons and FIT.
Racked Young Guns is our attempt to highlight some of these up-and-coming designers. We started back in May by asking for reader submissions. Then we assembled a team of experts—designers like Pamela Love, Steven Alan, and Tibi's Amy Smilovic, plus some of the best retail buyers in New York and LA—to help us comb through over 500 nominees. Along the way, we profiled a few of the designers with the best stories, and let you in on our list of the top 50.
And now—drumroll please—it's finally time to unveil our 15 winners. Ranging in age from 24 to 35, and in location from New York to LA, these emerging designers are setting the standard for what we want to wear in 2014.