In an age when designers routinely shoot to fame by way of hype and self-promotion, Behnaz Sarafpour is counting on her solid training and precise eye to put her a step above the competition. At 31, Sarafpour has worked with Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler and, most notably, Isaac Mizrahi; as if this weren';t enough, she also designs Barneys New York's private label.

"My debut collection is about a new, modern take on black-tie dressing" she says."For example, I took the classic satin strip of men's tuxedo trousers and reworked it into a rose-puff bolero shrug." Other highlights include a dashing cashmere top paired with white sailor pants and a sexy one-sleeve cocktail dress that was painstakingly hand-beaded.

Whether it's a simple cotton crepe camisole, a stretch lace shirt or a sharp, masculine suit, Sarafpour invariably turns out modern, sophisticated clothes that already seem destined to withstand the test of time.