Mizrahi, Lagerfeld Confirm Style’s Newfound Egalitarianism

Once upon a time, a typical Kmart customer might have lost the jackpot if a game show host asked her to name three couture designers. Or, an affluent yuppie might have elected to drive an American car rather than be caught shopping at a discount store. Not anymore. The rise of the branded department store and success of cross-over designers heralded the beginning of the end for those days. Now, top international designers are making a point of permanently terminating that old-style caste system. Isaac Mizrahi, who championed the changing nature of fashion (and fashion buyers) with the launch of his Target clothing line last year, took another chance in June on his mass-market line (dubbed "masstige" for its elevation of mass goods to prestige style). The risk-taking Mizrahi blended pieces from the Target line with those from his custom-made Bergdorf Goodman couture line and sent the

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