Thai Nguyen Atelier
The designer: New to Moda, this California-based designer is best known for doing custom red carpet gowns seen on the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford and Juliette Lewis.
This season it’s about: With an emphasis on separates (how chic is the black crepe jacket with pearl-embellished pants?), Nguyen’s versatile pieces are designed to be layered and mixed. Textures are striking and sophisticated, from a marbleized brocade to a muted sequin silk georgette.