Mad for Plaid
Waltzing into the future, Isaac Mizrahi cherishes the grand old brand he inherited: Like Liz Claiborne, he takes familiar motifs (dots, stripes, checks) and turns them into modern shapes. "People respond to prints emotionally," he says. "They trigger memories." This gingham dress ($189), for example, has a built-in petticoat that reminds Veronica Webb, 43—model, actress, TV personality—of her Sunday school best. "Crinolines are like cookies," she says. "They're there to make you happy."