Best Unknown Downtown Designer (2008)

Mina Buqet

While the likes of Daryl K, Pixie Yates, and Rebecca Danenberg have risen from the fashion underground to gain mainstream (well, magazine editors') recognition, MINA BUQET continues to turn out unique designs in her obscure, eponymous Lower East Side storefront. All this summer, I coveted the bubblegum-pink voile halter top with a high frill and faux flower at the neck. Buqet's attention to finished details gives her stylish separates a luxe feel unusual for the price range.


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