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Best of 2008: Designer of the Year

If you weren't a Fab devotee last year, get ready for our fun-filled Best of 2008 polls. We're going to present our favorites from the year, and it's up to you to choose the readers' favorite. We're kicking it off with a toughie. Talk about a hard decision. We racked our brains for the five most impressive designers of '08. These five come down to our personal preferences, your enthusiasm for them, and their accomplishments throughout the year.


(L-R: Marchesa, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang)

Marchesa wowed us with every single gown worn on the red carpet this year — we have much love for co-designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. Ricardo Tisci churned out beautifully goth, wonderfully tailored collections for Givenchy RTW and Givenchy Couture. Belgian-born Dries inspired and promoted color and prints in his eclectic ready-to-wear collections. The house of Yves Saint Laurent, led by Stefano Pilati, is in full force redefining menswear and sexiness — the late Yves would be proud. Lastly, Alexander Wang emerged as the new industry darling. He won CFDA's Fashion Fund and made looking cool cool again. It's down to five. Who gets your vote?

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