For the last couple of years, Katayone Adeli has been quietly cultivating a devoted following of in-the-know girls who cherish her super-slim pants and trendy tops, so it was no surprise to find Christy Turlington and Famke Janssen avidly checking off looks on their programs as the show progressed.

Adeli has successfully tapped into the need for clothes that retain an air of romantic sensuality but are imbued with a street-smart edge. In her hands, a train on an indigo-blue dress becomes a chic accessory that can be toyed with while sipping a martini, then pinned to the waist when it's time to face reality and fetch a taxi. Her leather jackets are paneled and sliced, creating an effect that's both tough and delicate; pencil skirts are ruched at the seams and paired with lacy shirts with turquoise sequin details half-hidden at the shoulder. Adeli is proving that she has some savvy tricks up her sleeve, reworking traditional notions of femininity into sexy, functional looks that are relevant to a young, urban generation of women.