Best of Philly

Best Local Designer

2019 Best Urban Outfitters Alum of the Year

Alana Oates of Llani

Haddon Heights-based Oates’s hand-embellished, globally inspired women’s slides, babouches and moccasins do the impossible: They make any boring faded jeans or little black dress feel entirely new. Read More »

Website

2019 Best Sustainable Local Brand

Lobo Mau

Brazilian-American brother and sister Jordan and Nicole Haddad craft high-fashion-inspired pieces that still manage to be utterly wearable. Think geometric-print wrap dresses, puff-sleeve crop tops and high-waisted pants, all made with locally sourced textiles and sustainable ink by a South Philly-based production crew. Look for their brick-and-mortar this fall. Read More »

| 610-764-9035 | Website

2019 Best Streetwear

Milano di Rouge

The badass casual-but-high-end looks by designer Milan Harris (unisex logo-emblazoned sweatshirt/shorts sets; women’s crushed-velvet neon jumpsuits) have become the go-to for those in the know, including Meek Mill and songstress Monica. Read More »

1509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-239-0000 | Website

2019 Best Local Designer for Statement Jackets

Gaudmother

West Philly-based Brittany Rodriguez breaks all the fashion rules with the eccentric creations she makes under the moniker Gaudmother. She puts out crocheted hood masks and printed Fruit of the Loom briefs, but it’s the oversize jackets — this one made from hair extensions — that are real head-turners. Read More »

Website

2019 Best Local Designer for Matching Sets

Aunt Tot

Tatyanna Nance of Germantown’s Aunt Tot morphs colorful materials into funky two-piece (matching crop top and flared pants) and three-piece (matching socks and bags) ensembles that Whack and her DJ regularly don onstage. Instagram.com/aunt.tot. Read More »

| 267-250-8585 | Website

2019 Best Local Designer for Artsy Dresses

Nancy Volpe-Beringer

Nancy Volpe-Beringer — a Drexel alum and the in-house designer at Joan Shepp — created Whack’s stunning Grammy dress/coat combo by printing a painting by local artist Liz Goldberg on a floor-length gown. Her other offerings are made from shiny fabrics in dramatic shapes. Read More »

| 609-731-8006 | Website

2019 Best Lilly Pulitzer Alum of the Year

Jane Winchester Paradis of Jane Winchester Jewelry

Oversize coin pendants emblazoned with symbols and words (and, soon, zodiac signs) without any cheesy trappings are what make this Wayne designer’s necklaces smart. What makes them brilliant? How they only get cooler when layered. Read More »

Website

2019 Best Creative Innovators

Amy and Leo Voloshin

As makers, the husband-and-wife team are crushing it with their textile design firm Printfresh Studios and clothing line Voloshin. And as the developers behind maker spaces Paperbox Studios and Jasper Studios, they’re at the center of Philly’s fast-growing creative universe. Keep reading here. Read More »

Website

2019 Best Breakout Designer

Renee Hill

Sure, Hill wowed Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano on this past season of Project Runway, but we’re happy the Moore College of Art and Design alum is back home, because her fierce-but-feminine designs (that genius five-way VersaCoat!) could only be dreamed up by a Philadelphian. Read More »

Website

2018 Best Feminist Designer

Iris Barbee Bonner

Iris Barbee Bonner’s in-your-face clothes and accessories have earned a famous fan base (Cardi B, Pink, Alicia Keys) and turned phrases like “Boss Bitch” and “Pussy Not War” into powerful fashion statements. Read More »

Website