StyleBakery.com and Girlshop.com Announce Winners of the Second Annual “On the Rise” Awards Honoring the Best Emerging Designers Online

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StyleBakery.com and Girlshop.com, two of the Web’s foremost supporters of emerging fashion designers, announce the winners of the second 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.

StyleBakery.com, one of the Web’s foremost supporters of emerging fashion designers, and Girlshop.com, the ultimate daily shopping destination, announced today the winners of its second annual “On the Rise” Awards honoring the hottest independent designers and online boutiques for 2006.

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 2006 “On the Rise” winners are:

Best Handbag Designer: Hayden-Harnett

Readers’ Choice: Kathrynell

Best Jewelry Designer: Jessica Hicks

Readers’ Choice: Zubie NYC

Best Clothing Designer: Twospace

Readers’ Choice: Elaine Perlov

Best Beauty Line: Symren

Readers’ Choice: The Body Bakery

Best Online Boutique: CoutureCandy.com

Readers’ Choice: ShopRapunzels.com

Best Gift Designer or Boutique: Bisou Boutique

Readers’ Choice: Betz White

Best Accessories Designer: Bella of Cape Cod

Readers’ Choice: Amy Schwab Designs

Best Baby Products: Emily Allyn

Readers’ Choice: Drooz Studio

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 are 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 is available online at http://www.stylebakery.com/stylerecipes/spring2006/ontherise/ontherise.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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