The Best American Fashion Designers

Take a trip through the nation's sartorial scenery: From Calvin Klein to Thakoon, and Donna Karan to Jason Wu, this land was made for you and me.

June 18, 2009 12:00 AM
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MY FARE LADY
Coat, $3450, top, $945, skirt, $855, belt, $460, Jason Wu; cuff, $938, Tom Binns.
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Dress, $2295, belt, $375, hat, $1895, Michael Kors; gloves, $150, LaCrasia; shoes, price upon request, Christian Louboutin for J. Mendel; socks, $6, Hue.
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IN FUR A RIDE
Fur shrug, $1995, top, $895, Doo.Ri.
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TRACKS STAR
Jacket, $1790, pants, $665, hat, $1345, Thakoon; gloves, $150, LaCrasia; shoes, $995, Phi; socks, $6, Hue.
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Top, $995, blouse, $395, skirt, $4100, shoes, $695, belt, $100, gloves, price upon request, Marc Jacobs; hat, price upon request, Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs; earrings, price upon request, Fred Leighton.
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FULL GLEAM AHEAD
Cardigan, $695, top, $895, skirt, $750, earrings, $295, Vera Wang; clutch, $1250, Derek Lam; cuffs, price upon request, Fred Leighton. On lips: Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in 137.
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Dress, $3495, Donna Karan New York; shoes, $950, Phi; necklace, $700, Michael Kors; black ring, $465, Jody Candrian Jewelry; gold ring, $55, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry; socks, $6, Hue.
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PLATFORM PRETTY
Dress, $4995, shoes, $1295, Calvin Klein Collection; black ring, $465, Jody Candrian Jewelry; gold ring, $55, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry. On hair: TRESemmé 24-Hour Body Foaming Mousse.
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Dress, $2990, Oscar de la Renta; bird pin and ring, price upon request, Fred Leighton.
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SHOP THE SHOOT
O beautiful, for sky-high heels, for amber waves of shine, for purple tailored majesties...

AMERICAN TREND TIP: Always look on the bright side: A jolt of sunshine yellow punches up an otherwise staid black-and-white ensemble.
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GLOVES $150, LaCrasia; lacrasia.com.
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SHOES $129, Guess; guess.com.
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SKIRT $119, Ann Taylor; anntaylor.com.
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TOP $71, Nation Ltd.; nationltd.com.
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SKIRT $79, Liz Claiborne New York; (800) 555-9838 for stores.
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TOP $198, French Connection; bloomingdales.com for stores.
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NECKLACE $540, Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi at Barneys Co-op; (212) 593-7800.
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TOP $48, Adrienne Vittadini; macys.com for stores.
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BAG $240, Marc by Marc Jacobs; (212) 924-0026.
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DRESS $430, Nicole Miller Collection; nicolemiller.com.
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SKIRT $268, LaRok; shopbop.com.
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SHOES $770, Brian Atwood at Intermix; (212) 741-5075.
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JACKET $148, Kensie; amazon.com.
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TOP $780, Araks at Mick Margo; (212) 463-0515.