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As bleak economic news devastated the industry, two women emerged to captivate it like no one else in years. Though their styles are as different as their natural habitats (the East Wing, a klieg-lit piano seat), each derives from a personality-driven mystique that offered diversion from grimmer news — while supporting fashion’s core belief in the illuminating power of style.
This story first appeared in the December 14, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.