Becki Newton in Liz Claiborne
Photo: Roger Neve
When Liz Claiborne, one of fashion's most venerable labels, needed a fresh look, Isaac Mizrahi came to the rescue. The high-energy designer kept the quality and the modest prices (nothing much over $200) and reinvented the clothes to be witty, modern, and buoyantly colorful—just like him. 

His first collection overflows with bright color and classic prints. And it comes with coordinated shoes, bags, jewelry, and lingerie so that women with no time to primp (that would be all of us) can instantly look pulled together. It's body-friendly (includes plus and petite sizes) and budget conscious (nothing is outrageously expensive; everything is beautifully made), with ageless appeal.

Bright ideas: See the collection
 Mute It
People with more subdued taste can follow Isaac's color math formula: any neutral + any bright = gorgeous.

Go for It
If you don't mind being noticed, mix shades you love, even those that supposedly clash. Use a strong, clear palette—nothing murky or dull.

Don't Avoid It
When you perpetually wear black, you aren't really alive. "Color is a form of energy; it's nourishment for the soul," Isaac says.

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