"When the cut of the dress is simple, you can get away with really bold colors."
What She's Making: 2 sexy cocktail dresses (2 to 3 colors each)
Shoshanna Gruss is famous for her come-hither frocks and flattering cuts, but as a native New Yorker, she also knows the value of practicality. "I love a dress with pockets so you can hide your phone or lip gloss," she says. For this line, Gruss stayed true to her trademarks: seasonless prints, versatile fabrics, and of course "getting the waistbands just right to carve out hourglass shapes on everyone."
"I wanted to make a sweater that would work with a dress as easily as with a pair of jeans."
What She's Making: 1 chic, drapey cardigan (5 colors)
Since 1996, the New Zealand-born designer has amassed a devoted following thanks to her flair for balancing grown-up pieces with romantic accents, like a prim pencil skirt done in a big painterly floral. Taylor continued on that theme for us here, doing a lightly ruffled cardigan that she calls "cozy, warm, and delicately feminine."
"The design comes from the draping. I didn't want any adornments."
What She's Making: 1 body-skimming party dress and 1 dolman-sleeved jersey cardigan (4 colors each)
Walk into Tracy Reese's store and you'll be bombarded with bold colors, prints, and textures, yet there's a wear-anywhere sensibility to her clothes that we can't get enough of. Case in point: this asymmetric jersey frock. It's sexy, goddessy, and artfully draped, but "it's not just a special-occasion dress," says Reese, adding that she chose muted fabrics to make it universally flattering.
JERSEY DRESS, $89.90, CORSAGE BY TRACY REESE, HSN.COM
JERSEY CARDIGAN, $54.90, CORSAGE BY TRACY REESE, HSN.COM
"I love how it moves—it sort of jingle-jangles with all the metal and stones."
What He's Making: 2 ethnic-feeling necklaces with handmade glass drops and 2 pairs of matching earrings
Yosca's jewelry is the kind of thing people stop you on the street and ask you about: The designs are intricate, the colors vibrant, the metals luminous. His most recent inspirations are the heavily worked Byzantine and Indian pieces you'd find in a museum. "I took that exotic aesthetic and filtered it through a lighter, cleaner lens," he says.
CRYSTAL AND GLASS BEADED BIB NECKLACE, $129, GERARD YOSCA, HSN.COM
BEADED PEAR-SHAPED DROP EARRINGS, $54.90, GERARD YOSCA, HSN.COM
"I used one of my favorite design accents—a bit of equestrian-inspired hardware—on the handles."
What She's Making: 1 stylishly oversize satchel
After Abbe Held spent years searching for the perfect handbag—"modern but with the attention to detailing you can only find in vintage"—she decided to just make it herself. The result sparked her wildly successful line, Kooba. This bag cleverly aces her signature formula: The shape is right on trend, while the patent finish is weatherproof, klutz-proof, and night-on-the-town-proof.
"The right color or texture is all you need to convey a little attitude in a simple, direct way."
What She's Making: 4 classic, go-anywhere handbags (2 to 4 colors each)
Known for high-quality leather and tricked-out hardware, Minkoff's bags are the ideal combination of hard and soft. The California native chose iconic styles—a slouchy hobo, a roomy saddlebag—then dressed them up with a single, high-impact detail. "I wanted to put the perfect elements together," she says. "All of these were made to transition from day to night seamlessly."
LEATHER "ENCHANTMENT" BAG, $250, MINKETTE BY REBECCA MINKOFF, HSN.COM
STUDDED LEATHER "VALENTINE" HOBO, $199.90, MINKETTE BY REBECCA MINKOFF, HSN.COM
EMBOSSED LEATHER "RAPTURE" BAG, $250, MINKETTE BY REBECCA MINKOFF, HSN.COM
"I love to mix different-shaped charms because it gives the necklace an interesting dynamic."
What She's Making: 2 delicate sterling silver charm sets
Ficalora's coveted necklaces—with their weathered, imperfect, ever-so-slightly battered look—are made to "have an heirloom feel," she says, "like they belonged to
your grandmother a long time ago." For us, she created two charm necklaces—one
with a horseshoe and a four-leaf clover inset with a brilliant-cut ruby, the other with
a key and love charm—bearing the graceful allure of her signature line.
SILVER "LUCKY" CHARM NECKLACE, $99, HELEN FICALORA, HSN.COM
SILVER "LOVE" CHARM NECKLACE, $99, HELEN FICALORA, HSN.COM