I love Norma Kamali. I literally haunt Ebay and many vintage shops in search of her jersey pieces and sleeping bag coats from the 70s and 80s. (I'm not the only one - Tara Subkoff is said to hoard Kamali's pieces as well.) Kamali rose to prominence at a time when women's roles were still in flux from the influence of feminism, and her designs reflect a sense of fluidity and optimism, not to mention the reality that women wanted to literally move around with more mobility and dexterity than ever before - while still retaining sophistication and ease. As a young girl, I used to imagine that I'd throw her clothes into a suitcase on short notice as I went jetting about the world doing big, important things; they are designed for a life where clothes need to be versatile and multi-purpose, and non-fussy. We love that her pieces are often sensuous and elegant alone, but can easily blend into the grunge ballerina look we prefer. We love what she's doing with Everlast and our favorite will always be the stuff out of the lifestyle jersey collection. But also check out her classic designs, now available at Spiegel, shopping catalogue titan. Available at even lower prices, the line features pieces that convert into several different forms and are as wash-and-go as the originals.