The Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our search for Philly’s next great fashion designer, and the eight fabulous outfits that came out of it. The winner, though? That’s up to you.

Welcome to the first-ever Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project, our search for the best and brightest local design ta­lent. We combed through countless portfolios and résumés and chose eight designers to each create one original, exclusive piece for our pages, which we styled with goods from some of our top local shops. Here, the end results, by the best designers you don’t know—yet. And it doesn’t end here: you can go here to vote for your favorite designer. The winner will be announced at our inaugural Philly Mag Shops event, a can’t-miss one-day shopping and fashion extravaganza on October 6th. In the meantime, check out our finalists below:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Prints Charming

Latifat Ob­ajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi

Lambskin leather and custom-printed cotton sateen babydoll dress with mandarin collar (available in limited release on their website and at Philly Mag Shops).

Saint Laurent cap-toe ankle boots, $945 at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia. Pamela Love Sororum cuff, $360, and Duel cuff, $198, both at Third Street Habit, Philadelphia.

Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi's design in the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


’60s SWING

Victoria Wright

Wool herringbone swing coat with quilted calfskin leather sleeves.

Prada oxford wedges, $950 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd. The Row Sharlow dress, $3,090 at Neiman Marcus. Carolina Amato fingerless gloves, $50 at Knit Wit, Philadelphia.

Designer Victoria Wright's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Impressive Structure

Terese Sydonna Brown

Sculpted sheath dress in lime green Ultrasuede and black stretch crepe

Lisa Freede stud bracelet, $65, and cigar cuff, $45, both at Peter Kate, Greenville. A.V. Max NYC cuff, $45 at Neiman Marcus. Earrings, $65 at Skirt, Bryn Mawr.

Terese Sydonna Brown's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Spun Gold

Mariel Rojo

Braided leather dress with mesh bottom.

Earrings, $34 at Skirt.

Mariel Rojo's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Art in Motion

Megan Swansen

Long paneled silk dress with g­athers, cutouts and recycled-leather belt

René Caovilla lace loafer pumps, $975 at Neiman Marcus. Marlyn Schiff silver chain necklace, $48 at Skirt. Dries van Noten chain and leather necklace, $542 at Joan Shepp, Philadelphia. Samantha Wills Lady of Shalot ring, $98 at Third Street Habit.

Megan Swansen's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Sheer Inspiration

Elizabeth LaBrasca

Organza “sweatshirt” embellished with handcrafted flowers and beadwork.

Carolina Herrera jacquard pants, $1,190 at Neiman Marcus.

Elizabeth Labrasca's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Zoë Rosenberg
>>Sara Teixeira


Queen of Pop

Zoë Rosenberg

Wool jacket with piped seaming and peplum detail.

Cushnie et Ochs stretch leather pants, $1,595 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Leather and gold bracelet, $60 at Neiman Marcus.

Zoe Rosenberg's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Sara Teixeira


Rock Frock

Sara Teixeira

Lambskin leather and silk crepe dress

Prada boots, $950 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Chan Luu studded wrap bracelet, $48, and crystal wrap bracelet, $172, Samantha Wills Safari Nights ring, $154, and Helen of Troy ring, $152, at Third Street Habit. Liquid Metal earrings, $82 at Joan Shepp. Lisa Freede ring (worn as ear cuff), $35 at Neiman Marcus.

Sara Teixeira's entry into the Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project.

Our other Philadelphia Magazine Fashion Project finalists:

>>Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson of Aso Damisi
>>Victoria Wright
>>Terese Sydonna Brown
>>Mariel Rojo
>>Megan Swansen
>>Elizabeth Labrasca
>>Zoë Rosenberg