UPDATED 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Rami Kashou

Who is he?

The 28-year-old Jerusalem-born designer emigrated to L.A. at 18 and worked as a fashion buyer before starting his own line in 2001.

Celeb fans: Jessica Alba, Amy Smart, Erykah Badu, Portia de Rossi

Signature look: Fluid designs that are "definitely organic," says Kashou. "Mostly a lot of natural fabrics—it is very flowy."

Price range: $220-$l,200

Get it: Aero & Co. (323-653-4651)


What is it?

A luxury-wear collection by French designer Estelle Dahan

Celeb fans: Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Sharon Osbourne

Signature look: Vintage-inspired silk herringbone pieces with a deliberately wrinkled look.

Price range: $65-$400

Get it: Fred Segal (310-458-8100)

Sass & Bide

Who are they?

Sydney-based design duo Sarah-Jane Clarke (a.k.a. Sass) and Heidi Middleton (a.k.a. Bide) first teamed up to sell embellished Levi's at flea markets.

Celeb fans: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts

Signature look: Low-slung, 2"-zip jeans and '40s-inspired flirtatious tops.

Price range: $100-$700

Get it: Bloomingdale's (866-593-2540)

Olga Kapustina

Who is she?

Before teaching herself to sew, the Russian-born, New York University philosophy grad planned on becoming a doctor.

Celeb fans: Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan

Signature look: Sexy, yet dainty dresses with a vintage feel.

Price range: $260-$500

Get it: Belle Cosa (310-550-9300)

Corey Lynn Calter

Who is she?

A former costume designer for the San Francisco and Los Angeles operas.

Celeb fans: Zooey Deschanel, Shiva Rose McDermott, Jessica Simpson, Paula Abdul

Signature look: Vibrantly colored, feminine frocks. "I combine old and new looks, quirky fabrics and sophisticated cuts," says Calter.

Price range: $70-$550

Get it: corey lynncalter .com

Editte Keshishyan

Who is she?

The daughter of a dressmaker and a cobbler for whom a career in fashion was a no-brainer.

Celeb fans: Jennifer Lopez, Tracee Ross, Carmen Electra, Brittany Murphy

Signature look: Draped jersey styles that are "a little edgy and interesting, not basic," says Keshishyan.

Price range: $150-$500

Get it: Big Drop (212-966-4299)

Ingwa; Melero

Who are they?

Hamburg, Germany, natives and best buds Nike Ingwa Clausing and Tina Hernaiz Melero began crocheting clothes as children.

Celeb fans: Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Kelly Ripa, Eve

Signature look: Funky, multicolored crocheted hats and hip yet pretty apparel, "designed for fancy ladies with a naughty twist," says a company rep.

Price range: $85-$300

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Burning Torch

What is it?

A five-year-old company started by former design consultant Karyn Craven.

Celeb fans: Halle Berry, Renée Zellweger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Demi Moore

Signature look: Hand-beaded and embroidered vintage fabrics.

Price range: $65-$900

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