Best Emerging Fashion Designers


Felicia Kassim and Dartanya Butcher's new collection reflects the designers' personalities: loud and risqué. The duo's 2006 catalog includes denim miniskirts with lacy pink fringes and black fishnet tank tops paired with furry leg warmers. Kassim and Butcher, both graduates of Kent State's prestigious fashion program, are as likely to draw inspiration from hard-rock bands like Audioslave and Hole as from Madison Avenue. At Cleveland's Fashion Week, the duo won raves for their low-slung, hot-pink gauchos paired with ripped, razored tees.