New York might house some of the biggest names in fashion, but Philly is home to some of the best up-and-coming designers. From Project Runway’s Kristin Haskin Simms to Desperate Housewives designer Carmelita Martell, this list is jam packed with talent. And you’ll find them all here in Philly!

Strangefruit by Kristin Haskin Simms

Simms puts a modern twist on historical fashion. Her line is for women who are versatile yet timeless. The former Project Runway contestant caters to independent women who dare to be different.

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Nic*Fish by Nicole Fisher

This model-turned-designer got her start as a technical designer for Urban Outfitters and a costume designer with the Walnut Street Theater. Now, she’s taking her love of design and adding in her own theatrics with a line tailored to the “It Girl.” Think convertible dresses, rompers and jump suits. Style that makes you “get up and go.”

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Carmelita Couture by Carmelita Martell

17 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Lucky for us, the Desperate Housewives designer decided to open her first-ever bricks-and-mortar boutique in Old City. Her body-conscious line uses fine silk, vinyl and eye-catching prints. Got an eye for design? Let Carmelita create your very own custom-print shorts ($85).
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Autumnlin by Autumn Kietponglert

Art meets structure with this collection. The ethereal garments are carefully constructed, using fine silks and exotic leathers. A mainstay on both New York and Philadelphia runways, this is high fashion made wearable.

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A Different Fur

This is a collection that focuses on individuality and freedom of spirit. Form and function come together, creating a line of active wear with an edge.

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marina makaron moscow by Marina Makaron Moscow

This Russian-born designer’s collection transcends cultural barriers with luxurious, ready-to-wear silk, vintage-inspired prints and playful patterns. Having studied in diverse metropolises, this fashionista uses vibrant colors and dream-like shapes to inspire style-setters across the globe.

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