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FabSugar Best of 2009 Designer of the Year Award

Best of 2009: Designer of the Year

It's time to kick off our fun Best of 2009 polls — you ready? Which designer reigned supreme this year? Big decision, after all, they're the ones who inspire us to think creatively, look our best, and try out new trends. We narrowed it down to five based on their accolades (and our obsessions) throughout the year: Isabel Marant, Jason Wu, Marchesa, Balmain, and Stella McCartney.

(L-R: Isabel Marant, Jason Wu, Marchesa, Balmain, and Stella McCartney)

French designer Isabel Marant, swept our hearts with her rocker romantic aesthetic and flirty frocks. Fashion darling, Jason Wu, made a major presence this year with his chic, political-worthy frocks. Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, continued to stun us with their outstanding red-carpet gowns. Balmain's Christophe Decarnin brought badass back — Balmania!!! — with his endless supply of bedazzled body-con dresses and acid wash jeans. And Stella, who can deny the designer's stellar eye for tailored everyday pieces and animal-friendly stance? Don't forget to join our Best of '09 group to share your '09 favorites — the news, trends, models, designers, celebrities, and musings that rocked your world this year. Vote happy? Vote on our other Best of 2009 polls!

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crazygirl93 crazygirl93 6 years
Balmain!
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Rodarte! duh; can't believe that's not an option. Balmain was pretty good, too...
jumpingjellybean jumpingjellybean 6 years
Huge Marchesa fan, but they're not very accessible. Would have to go with Balmain. Loved their military/marching band coat!
stellaroheight stellaroheight 6 years
I voted for Isabel Marant, but I'm sure Balmain's gonna take this round.
Kaki Kaki 6 years
i votedfor jason wu but there's no denying that bailman had a great year... too bad i don't like their designs.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I would have to vote for Jason Wu. I love his designs. He is one of my favorite, too bad I can't afford them.
Chelle_Belle Chelle_Belle 6 years
Balmania for sure!!!!!!! What an amazing year...
smallbee smallbee 6 years
while i do love stella, it definitely was balmain's year.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
Balmain! Gotta love the leather, buckles and zippers!
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 6 years
So hard to choose!!!
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