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Los Angeles-based fashion designer and celebrity stylist Margi Kent, who has long served as a fashion designer and personal stylist for A-list Hollywood and music personalities, has just announced her re-entry into the retail market this Fall.  Her clients include Meryl Streep, Demi Moore, Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, Teri Hatcher, Neil Diamond, Don Henley and the late Beatle George Harrison, among others.

Comprised of both day and evening looks including jackets, dresses, suiting, cocktail and bridal wear, her Fall ’09 Collection takes inspiration from Kent’s love of conceptual art, sculpture, and architecture.

Kent, who helped define the much imitated ethereal and romantic style of rock legend Stevie Nicks, has also once again reunited with the music and style icon on Fleetwood Mac’s 2009 World Tour. Kent’s history with Nicks goes back to the 1977 world tour supporting Fleetwood Mac’s record-breaking Rumours album.

The designer’s custom pieces for Nicks blend vintage, mystical, bohemian chic and gothic styles. A series of opulent shawls, scarves, diaphanous dresses, hats and layers of lace are employed to swirl around the star as she works the stage. Kent has also brought more stage focus to the petite star by outfitting her in 6-inch suede platform boots in a variety of colors. This iconic fashion formula has been so thoroughly embraced that one of these classic ensembles is now displayed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kent’s designs for the 2009 tour provide new energy, imagination and variations to Nicks’ iconic fashion formula, represented in a new selection of exotic textured fabrics and a lighter color palette.

According to GQ Magazine, Kent’s ability to diagnose and cure stage fashion problems has earned her the nickname “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor.” Kent recently created a new, more reserved image for musical icon Neil Diamond that was inspired by his recent album Home Before Dark, showcased to critical acclaim on his 2008 tour and onstage at this year’s Grammy Awards.

"Stars must stay true to themselves and wear things that express who they are, while keeping a silhouette that fits their body type,” stated Kent.

“They should never let the clothes wear them. It’s important to acknowledge the current trends, but do not give in completely. The end result is an image that is classic, individual and therefore timeless. Pulling back from large retailers for a time has allowed me to explore what I love best, fashion as conceptual art – and to create couture pieces in a studio setting,” she added.

Margi Kent Studios is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.