Many young designers have wished for a fairy godmother—someone to wave a magic wand (or exert some industry influence) to propel their career into the stratosphere. Etienne Deroeux, however, is quite content with his actual godmother, Martine Carette, a patternmaker and production supervisor who is now his business partner. “Watching her work is one of the reasons I became interested in fashion,” he says. Deroeux, 24, grew up in the French town of Lille and attended Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the La Cambre School of Visual Arts in Brussels before heading to New York to assist Matthew Ames. But don’t come to him looking for fairy-tale gowns. For fall, Deroeux presented graphic day wear in printed canvas and melton and double- knit wool.