Probably the only contemporary designer whose designs I've followed on a regular basis throughout the years is Wendy Mullin.
She has made quite a name for herself in the home sewing community with her books on sewing, most notably her first book Sew U: The Built By Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe. And then there are the Built By You series of sewing patterns that she designed for Simplicity (the majority of which are now sadly out of print).
Her transition from self-taught home sewer to designer is quite inspiring, and you can hear her tell the whole story in her own words at Craftsanity. It's a must-listen for anyone who loves sewing and fashion design!
The Built By Wendy Fall 2010 collection was launched online today. It's heavily inspired by traditional menswear, early 1980s New Wave fashion and preppy Ivy League collegiate styles. Here are a few of my favorite pieces: