At age 8. Simon Porte Jacquemus made his first garment: a skirt cut from a curtain. “It was ugly, but it changed my life,” he says. Today, the self-taught designer (now 26) preserves the same playfuI irreverence at his namesake label, using his art-project- and dress-up-filled childhood in southern France as inspiration for the skewed silhouettes and simplified color palettes that have become his signature. “I’m not trying to create ‘designer clothes’; I just do whatever I want,” says the recent LVMH fashion prize winner. “I love the idea of something cut. raw, and in slightly bad taste.” Whatever your opinion, he gets props for imagination.