With a new season at our heels, we teamed up with Mario Tricoci to spotlight five local designers and five beautiful burgeoning faces to inspire your fall aesthetic. For these style stars, fashion is so much more than the patterned pieces and fastidious silhouettes they create—this group of talented designers see far beyond the world of fast fashion and trends, creating garments that embody a personal philosophy and a culture they strive for.
And what’s a designer without a muse? Mario Tricoci’s annual MARIO, MAKE ME A MODEL modeling competition lends five fresh faces to bring these designers’ pieces to life. You’ll also see them sporting these designers’ goods on September 25th at the Elements of Style runway show to announce the grand prize winner of the competition. Read on to learn how style goes beyond the clothes as each designer divulges their inspirations and influences. Plus, watch the video interviews to get a peek behind their creative process. Your fall wish list is about to get longer, and your sartorial spirit inspired.