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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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noodleloo noodleloo 8 years
It was a tough choice. Looove Marchesa. The gowns are just so beautiful and unique. Although Dries was a close second.
Pepper Pepper 8 years
I can't decide between Givenchy, Wang and Marchesa.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
WANG for moi
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to say that this year marchesa has really come to be one of my favorites and i can't imagine not seeing some of the most AMAZING dresses every day! it's one of those things that you can really pick out in a line up what comes from the collection, and there are so few things that i don't like so i'm utterly thrilled and think that i've got my favorite right there!
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
Wang. But that Marchesa dress. WOW.
fashionsake87 fashionsake87 8 years
i went for ysl but i love marchesa too!
littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 8 years
wang...i loved the whole grunge, beanie look.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
1.YSL 2.Wang 3.Marchesa 4.Givenchy 5.Dries ny i love them all
moonwater moonwater 8 years
I like Marchesa but a)I don't own any Marchesa and b)even if I did, I wouldn't have any occasion to wear it. So I'll go with what I actually own and wear: Wang! I agree with Lizlee, Givenchy surprised me too.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
of the five, Wang is my favorite in general. but this year, Givenchy knocked my socks off with that leather and ruffles fall collection - best collection this year! I like Marni and Diane von Furstenburg this year too, and of course my favorite: Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen...
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
i LOVE Marchesa.
shayela shayela 8 years
Hooray, I'm glad the majority agrees with me in this case. Marchesa is almost always flattering to the figure and gorgeous without being dull. Wang is definitely a close second. What a cleancut badass.
bealotus bealotus 8 years
Karen0193 Karen0193 8 years
I voted for Givenchy, but neither of my favourites are included in this list.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Another Marchesa vote...I've never seen a gown by them that I wouldn't ROCK, given the occasion and the figure for it!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I voted for Dries Van Noten but none of my favorites are listed.
shannydoots shannydoots 8 years
Marchesa Marchesa Marchesa!
emalove emalove 8 years
For me, it's Marchesa hands-down...their dresses are so amazingly gorgeous.
mommie mommie 8 years
The only reason I voted Marchesa was because I love gowns. But, I would have also chosen Givenchy and YSL.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Wang since it is everyday wearable with Marchesa a close second.
esweet esweet 8 years
Voted for Marchesa because their gowns take my breath away. Although I def would have voted for Chanel if it was a choice - I am in love with every single item I've ever seen. Total class.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Marchesa. Their gowns are artwork.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 8 years
daisyblink daisyblink 8 years
I did vote but in all honesty I love them all!
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 8 years
Wang all the way :-)!!! I agree Shopaholichunny...YSL is timeless, same with Chanel.
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