Best Local Fashion Designer

Valerie Mayen

Readers' Choice

You don't always have to move to New York City to find success in the fashion industry, as Valerie Mayen of the Yellowcake label has proven. First thrust into the national spotlight on Bravo's Project Runway, back in 2010, the then-28-year-old Clevelander lasted nine episodes before getting the boot. At a point where she could have gone anywhere, Mayen stayed home and worked to make Cleveland more fashionable. Check out her designs online and also at her annual Hullabaloo fashion show.