HILTON’S OBSESSION: Kathy Hilton’s namesake evening line for Mon Cheri hit the retail trifecta its first season: The spring collection hangs in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, contributing to wholesale bookings of $1.4 million. “Business is very good, knock on wood,” Hilton said during a visit to the Dallas Market Center. “We’re getting reorders.” A self-professed “control freak,” Hilton is more than a figurehead for her new label, which embodies her taste for “something classic that you can take down with a flat or dress up with a heel.” She selects fabrics for their drape, test-drives every sample and heeded the advice of her daughter, Nicky. “She said, ‘Check the buttons and zippers, and don’t take anything for granted,’ ” Hilton noted. The wife of hotel heir Rick Hilton worked her booth for the duration of Fashion Coterie last fall, and then made follow-up calls to merchants to check on her line’s performance. While she flashes an emerald-cut white diamond the size of a postage stamp on her left hand, Hilton said she’s equally comfortable shopping at Bergdorf Goodman or Target. “We went to a dinner at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and Camilla, and I bought this dress for $250,” she recalled. “I said, ‘No one else is going to have it.’ ”

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