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New York Dolls

NEW YORK — The red carpet set may be fickle, dressing in Versace for one premiere and in Chanel the next. But with the swooning loyalty of the love-struck, social butterflies like interior designer Celerie Kemble and rocker Karen O of the Yeah...

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While Hultquist, now 28, was working at the Daryl K store she promised O, a frequent customer, that if the band ever made it big, she would sew all of the singer’s clothes. Ever since, O has refused all other offers, both for her debauched stage performances and for photo shoots, favoring Hultquist’s tattered, tarty creations. The designer will have the opportunity to show her first full collection — a tamer take on the painted DIY stage gear — in New York this September.

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.’ ""
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