Kathy Hilton knows a thing or two about fashion.

After growing up in a house with two sisters (Kim Richards and Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), raising two ultra-fashionable daughters (Paris and Nicky Hilton, of course) and spending years jetting between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, and seeing the couture shows in Europe, it's safe to say she's earned her chops as a dress designer.

Though Ms. Hilton was never formally trained in fashion, the Kathy Hilton Dress Collection isn't her first foray into business. Owning her own specialty gift store on Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles for several years left Kathy with a carefully-trained eye and a sharp business sense -- she's in-tune with what the average woman wants to wear, and how much she's willing to spend on a party dress.

We sat down with Kathy in her showroom in Manhattan's garment district, and she walked us through some of the dresses her stunning, yet entirely wearable collection. Click through the gallery above to see a few of her personal favorites.