Kathy Hilton is designing dresses that both moms & daughters will obsess over. Literally, her two daughters Paris & Nicky were raving about the fit and comfort as they twirled around demonstrating the flow of the silky fabrics. Nicky purrs, "The dresses are easy to wear and affordable." In celebration of the line Mrs. Hilton hosted a private viewing at her Bel Air estate, which sorta resembles a giant jewelry box. The minute you enter the foyer an army of female goddesses greet you wearing her tasty designs and their loyal butler pours a flute of Veuve Clicquot, to shake of that LA traffic . "I admit that my major inspiration for the gowns comes from within the home, the dresses really match the house." Kathy giggles, "...from the drapes to my seashell collection, it all pumps creativity into me." Just like the Art on her walls (in this case Murakami) to the polished checkered floors her line offers a perfect balance of antique touches and contemporary style.
painting by Murakami
How involved are you in the design process?
I am a total control freak. I'm not one of those designers who just slaps their name on a label and really has nothing else to do with it. I'll doodle designs, pick fabrics and make sure the tailoring perfect. Not to tight and that it drapes perfect, where it's suppose to.
Besides your home what inspires you?
Architecture, travel and art. I have a piece in my front foyer from Rachel Hovnanian that is a Beauty Queen Vending Machine and there are only two in the world. I'm lucky to have one.
What are some of your favorite travel destinations?
I love South Hampton, Paris, Montecito, Palm Beach and Palm Springs. I remember driving out to the desert once a month from LA when I was a little girl. Halfway there we would stop at Taco Bell or some fast food place and I'd be asking the entire way, Are we there yet?
Besides your daughters, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your dresses?
Wow, thats tough, but I love Reese Whiterspoon. She is so cute.
What do you think of your mom's dresses?
I love them so much. They are just really beautiful and you can wear them to any occasion. Oh and they are a great price.
Your having a lot of success as a designer yourself, what's been your latest high?
I just came back from Shanghai where I just opened my 55th Paris Hilton store and it was a huge success. We have them in over 35 countries now.
Which was your favorite store opening?
Dubai by far. It's hottttt. It's an entirely different world but its so fun and exciting. The women were totally covered up.
I hear you've been designing sunglasses too, do you have a favorite pair from the new line?
I do, it's the black pair from the new AD campaign with the silver cheetah on the side. They make me feel sleek.
Nicky Hilton with her Dad, Rick Hilton
Check out our previous story on the launch of Kathy Hilton's dress line here.
Mark Zunino’s beefy good looks should not distract from his clear understanding of femininity & a flair for attitude. The designer’s latest line pays homage to Rita Hayworth era 1940, bringing sultry drama to the runway during Fashion Week El Paseo. The floor-length evening gowns had timeless silhouettes with edgy detailing like deep plunges, corsets and extended trains. While more Diva-ish pieces contained louder statements like oversized hats, asymmetric sleeves & below the hip belts. His lush fabrics are tailored so that they pull in all of the right curves making some of the dresses as interesting in the back as in the front. Just like any good film it takes a lot of practice to get it right and with 25 years in the fashion biz he’s done everything from assist Emmy Award winner Nolan Miller to design for legendary actresses Elizabeth Taylor & Sophia Lauren. He continues to reinterpret Classic Hollywood designs in films, catwalks on today’s hottest lead ladies including Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow & Angelina Jolie.
We caught up with Mr. Zunino backstage 10 minutes before the start of the show and these are a few things we chatted about:
E: When you think of your line what comes to mind?
MZ: Glamorous Hollywood Female
E: What’s your next exotic destination?
MZ: Tahiti, I love the colors, the weather and it’s the perfect place to truly relax.
E: What were the last three songs you listened to?
MZ: The Girl from Ipanema, Madonna’s Erotica & The Beatles’ I wanna hold your hand. All three remixed for tonight’s show.
What is different between working abroad and LA? -Modeling in L.A. has been great so far, I am constanly learning ways to improve my modeling career. I think working abroad is always different because your in a new surrounding , compared to modeling in your comfort zone.I can bring my comfort zone anywhere. I like to travel.
Any advice for up and coming girls? -My advice would be for every girl to follow your dreams because honestly anything is possible. You have to start at the bottom to make it to the top.
What comes after modeling? -After modeling? I love Art & Fashion--So something mixed in there. I like to paint : )
What was the coolest / most fun shoot you have ever done? -The coolest shoot I've done so far was a recent shoot for FHM Magazine where we got to dress as Old School Cheerleaders--it was a lot of fun!
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