By  on November 16, 2005

LOS ANGELES — As stylists to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Mandy Moore, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes and other Hollywood "It" girls, Cristina Ehrlich and Estee Stanley have their pick of frocks from the world's designers.

Now they're getting into the game themselves.

"At times, finding the quintessential dress for our clients, one that fits the way we really want them to look for an event, is not that easy," said Ehrlich, who teamed with Stanley five years ago.

Even worse is when a fashion house promises exclusivity to Penélope Cruz or Portia de Rossi, whom they also style, and a week later, their client and another actress appear in the same dress.

"It used to be so great when designers didn't want that to happen," Stanley said. "Now they do."

So the partners are introducing another resource — one they designed under the Miss Davenporte label. The 30-piece collection of cocktail dresses, tailored trousers and jackets, knit camisoles and other separates, mostly cut in silks — raw, georgette, chiffon — is to launch Thursday night during a party and trunk show at Ron Herman at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue here.

Several of their celebrated clients are to be among the 250 invited guests.

"If you're a great stylist, you have a great eye, so you could become a good designer," said John Eshaya, the women's buyer at Ron Herman and the first to carry Ehrlich and Stanley's clothes.

"Design is knowing what's chic now," Eshaya said. "But you have to have the technical down, too. And Estee and Cristina nailed it from the beginning. They have such great everyday style in the way they personally dress, not just what they do for their clients, and that shows throughout the collection."

This is actually the second incarnation of a line designed by Ehrlich and Stanley. The pair created two styles — a shirtdress and pleated skirt — under the name Miss Robinson and brought them to Eshaya. They sold out immediately and he took the next five styles in April. But when they learned the name was already in the marketplace, the partners decided to rechristen the self-financed brand and launch it for spring 2006.

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