By  on June 24, 2008

Remember the old Johnny Mathis song "Wild Is the Wind"? It inspired Nina Simone, David Bowie and George Michael to do their own versions. Now that ditty also has influenced a couple of Chicago designers, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters. They recently launched Creatures of the Wind, named for a phrase from the song lyrics. Their fall debut skews "a bit hippie, a bit folksy," says Gabier. Here, one example, an embroidered cotton and silk dress with a cotton jersey inset.

From a sister act to an interior-design doyenne, a new set of designers is hitting the fashion scene.

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