StyleBakery.com Announces Winners of the First Annual "On the Rise" Awards Honoring the Best Emerging Designers Online

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StyleBakery.com, one of the Web's foremost supporters of emerging fashion designers, announces the winners of its first annual "On the Rise" Awards honoring the hottest independent designers and online boutiques. Awards were given in a variety of categories based on thousands of readers' nominations.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 1, 2005 – StyleBakery.com, one of the Web’s foremost supporters of emerging fashion designers, announced today the winners of its first annual "On the Rise" Awards honoring the hottest independent designers and online boutiques for 2005.

Thousands of fashion fans logged onto StyleBakery.com this spring to nominate their favorite emerging designers in the following categories: Jewelry, Handbags, Accessories, Clothing, Gifts & Home, Babies & Kids and Hip Boutiques. Based on these nominations, the StyleBakery.com editors determined the best in each category. A "readers' choice" nod was also awarded to the designers receiving the largest number of votes.

The 2005 "On the Rise" winners are:

Best Handbag Designer: Ted Rossi

Readers’ Choice: Birdsnest Bags

Best Jewelry Designer: Chearrings and Indulgems (tie)

Readers’ Choice: Lilia Jewelry

Best Clothing Designer: Mellifluous Couture

Readers’ Choice: Gina Michele

Best Cosmetic Line: Maven Cosmetics

Best Online Beauty Boutique: b-glowing.com

Readers’ Choice: Bath by Bettijo

Best Online Boutique: shoptrunkt.com

Readers’ Choice: copacetique.com

Best Gift Designer: Inkwell Collection

Readers’ Choice: Hi-Heeled Designs

Best Accessories Designer: Pellemelle

Readers’ Choice: India Romeo

Best Baby Products: bebe and bacups

Readers’ Choice: Lexie Rose

In addition to these awards, StyleBakery.com publishes a biannual Designers on the Rise directory featuring over 100 of the top emerging designers and independent boutiques, firmly establishing itself as a great supporter of up-and-coming designers and online boutiques.

"The 'On the Rise' Awards were the perfect opportunity for our readers to let us know who they think are truly making waves in the independent style community," says TV style expert and StyleBakery.com cofounder, Alison Deyette. "We’re truly honored to celebrate these talented artists and offer them a venue that will help elevate them to the next level of popularity."

Full information including links to the winning sites and interviews with the designers are available online at http://stylebakery.com/stylerecipes/ontherise/handbags.html.

About StyleBakery.com

Launched in May 2003 by Jennifer Davidson, Beth Herbst and Alison Deyette, a team that has covered fashion and lifestyle trends for television for over a decade, StyleBakery.com serves up daily style advice and online shopping picks to women across the country. A valuable timesaving resource, StyleBakery.com combs the Internet to find the most wearable and affordable fashions, accessories and gift ideas available online while translating the latest trends with an accessible and easy-to-navigate approach. StyleBakery.com editors are regularly featured on such TV shows as NBC Today, Ellen, ABC The View, TBS Movie & A Makeover and Oprah.

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