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Fashion’s tastemakers, buyers, editors and financiers work this week to not only note the trends and set the tone for the coming season but to hunt for the insider’s holy grail: the industry’s next Marc Jacobs or Proenza Schouler.
Each season the Academy of Art University presents a select few to the masses at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, a veritable auction block for the next fashion-industry darling. Friday's presentation of their 2013 collections at Lincoln Center proved that their best and brightest are not only accomplished technicians, in step and on-trend, but that their vision behind their clothes is strong, strong enough to keep the industry at full attention, on thier radar, ready to see what’s next.
In New York, a cultural mélange of punk, highbrow, and hippie has long called the industrial lofts, tenements, and cottages of old New Amsterdam home. Now haute fashion joins the fray. Since the economy took a spill, the fashion industry has been migrating south, leaving its midtown Manhattan epicenter in favor of offices in a grittier new garment district, where pretty young things roam. Even publishing juggernaut Condé Nast is claiming new floors in the rising 1 World Trade Center, and wise designers are setting up headquarters in its shadow.
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