The third time was a charm for L.A. designer William Beranek, who was named Designer of the Year by CaliforniaMart Monday. The Argentine transplant's William B. line had been nominated for the award twice previously.
Jenisa Washington was chosen Emerging Designer of the Year for Sold Apparel, her line of lightweight leather tube dresses, camisole tops and skirts in solids, metallics and snakeskin prints.
A force on the L.A. fashion scene, Richard Tyler was the recipient of CaliforniaMart's Fashion Legacy award. Women's surfwear line Roxy by Quiksilver was honored in the Fashion Performance category for promoting California fashion in the national marketplace, and the Gap's television ad campaigns received a nod in the Entertainment Style category.
Honorees were determined by a voting committee composed of wardrobe stylists, the press, retailers and retail buyers from across the country.
The CaliforniaMart Designer Awards ceremony will be held Oct. 3 at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.