"'I DESIGN FOR PEOPLE WHO DO THINGS, WHO ARE ALIVE. NOT THESE BLANK-FACED DOLLS,' SAYS KAROLINA ZMARLAK, QUOTING 1940S FASHION LEGEND VALENTINA. THE EMERGING DESIGNER SHARES A FAIR AMOUNT IN COMMON WITH HER IDOL. BOTH HAVE AN UNMISTAKABLE APPRECIATION FOR REAL WOMEN. BEFORE LAUNCHING HER NAMESAKE READY-TO-WEAR LABEL FIVE YEARS AGO, ZMARLAK WAS RUNNING A MADE-TO-ORDER BUSINESS OUT OF HER SMALL NOLITA APARTMENT. SHE'S CONTINUED TO MAKE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS WITH HER CUSTOMERS AT REGULAR TRUNK SHOWS. THEIR VALUABLE FEEDBACK HAS HELPED TO REFINE HER DISTINCTLY MATURE POINT OF VIEW. FOCUSING ON CLEAN SHAPES AND MODERNIST TAILORING, ZMARLAK AIMS TO 'CREATE LIVING SCULPTURES' WITH HER WELL-CONSTRUCTED CLOTHES PRODUCED IN MANHATTAN'S GARMENT DISTRICT."

BRITTANY ADAMS, VOGUE