Joseph Altuzarra, of Altuzarra
Bio: The 26 year old Parisian-turned-New-Yorker wunderkind who, after graduating from Swarthmore College with a major in Art History in '05, worked with Marc Jacobs, Proenza Scouler, and Givenchy, and then launched his own label in '08.
Claim to Fame: Karolina Kurkova donning an other-wordly Altuzarra dress at the Costume Institute's American Woman Gala.
Fan-club: Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Vanessa Traina.
Secret Power: His mastery of duality—hard/soft, unfussy/sultry, masculine/femenine, avant-garde/practical.