But don’t expect to see any of those O originals on the runway. "The clothes I did for Karen are all super trashed," says Hultquist. "When I see her pouring beer on something that took so long to make, well, it bothers me a little. But after that first can hits, I always like the way things look. She makes clothes look like vintage immediately."
A customer like O is more than a mere muse. She’s the designer’s ultimate challenge. "Karen lets me have free rein over what I make," says Hultquist. "She says ‘Christiane, you can do whatever you want. I’m your doll.’ ""