Gen Art (, the US-based arts and entertainment organization devoted to showcasing emerging talent, announced the winners of its ninth annual Styles International Design Competition at a packed fashion show, awards ceremony and party at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night.

Open to emerging fashion talent from all over the world, the competition awards $5,000 grants each to winners in five categories: women’s ready-to-wear, menswear, accessories, eveningwear and avante-garde. In addition, a special $10,000 prize, the Perrier Bubbling Under Award, is given for sketching and envisioning a collection based on a certain word or theme. This year’s theme was “pop.”

For the apparel categories, the five nominees in each category presented two looks each on the catwalk, which were then judged by a panel of fashion VIPs made up of model Lia Kebede, designer Cynthia Rowley, designer John Bartlett, Bill Blass designer Michael Vollbracht, Fern Mallis of IMG, designer Reem Acra, designer Trina Turk, retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky and Isabel Dupre, the style director of Elle magazine.

There were an abundance of New York-based winners, including men’s jewelry line Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons for accessories, e.y. wada for ready-to-wear, A3 for menswear and Form for eveningwear. London-based Dragana Rikanovic won the avant-garde category and Wanda Marie Sanders of Wisconsin won the Perrier Bubbling Under Award.

The five nominees in each category had been previously selected from hundreds of entries by a panel of editors and retailers that included Sportswear International’s North American bureau chief Christopher Blomquist.