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"It's only Day 2 and I am really tired," one fashionista complained as she relaxed between shows in the Mercedes-Benz VIP lounge at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, where that company's Spring 2008 Fashion Week event entered Day 2 of 5. And while the people who populate the shows -- Hollywood stars, fashion editors, store buyers, models, stylists and clotheshorses out to show off their latest get-ups -- are an eclectic bunch, they all share a willingness to stand in long lines to get into one of the three stages where California couturiers are showing off their wares.

Monday began with a green bent, as Ecoganik showed in the Stage One tent. That organic cotton, hemp hemp, common name for a tall annual herb (Cannabis sativa) of the family Cannabinaceae, native to Asia but now widespread because of its formerly large-scale cultivation for the bast fiber (also called hemp) and for the drugs it yields. , and silk line had a '60s vibe, as models sported hippie headbands with the mostly loose, comfy clothes they showcased. Some of the best looks from that women's wear line by Genevieve Cruz included a neutral-toned shirtwaist mini-dress with chest pockets and a belted waist; a strapless strap·less  
adj.
Having no strap or straps, as a dress or an undergarment.

n.
A garment having no strap or straps.


strapless
Adjective
 blouson blou·son  
n.
A garment, such as a dress or shirt, with a fitted waistband over which material blouses.



[French, diminutive of blouse, blouse; see blouse.
 paired with sweats-style pants; and a strapless tan sun dress with nipped waist and lattice-trimmed hem.

"Transformers" beauty Megan Fox arrived in time for the Coco Johnsen afternoon show; she watched that ex-"Playboy" model-turned-designer show some pretty evening gowns in brilliant colors (the hot pink and yellow were the prettiest). But Johnsen chose to bedeck be·deck  
tr.v. be·decked, be·deck·ing, be·decks
To adorn or ornament in a showy fashion.


bedeck
Verb

to cover with decorations

Verb 1.
 her models with odd twig TWIG - Tree-Walking Instruction Generator.

A code generator language. ML-Twig is an SML/NJ variant.

["Twig Language Manual", S.W.K. Tijang, CS TR 120, Bell Labs, 1986].
 structures across their faces, an annoying and distracting motif that diminished the effect of the clothes.

Hollywood favorite Kevan Hall made no mistakes whatsoever in the show of the day, as he thrilled front-row fans -- including Jennifer Beals, Eric La Salle, Nia Long, Shari Belafonte, LeVar Burton, James Pickens Jr., Cuttino Mobley and Rebecca De Mornay -- with his "Africa: A Safari"-themed collection. His signature elegant gowns were ramped up with silks that evoked the Serengeti, the Sahara, and the wild animals WILD ANIMALS. Animals in a state of nature; animals ferae naturae. Vide Animals; Ferae naturae.  (cheetah cheetah (chē`tə), carnivore of the cat family, Acinonyx jubatus, native to Africa S of the Sahara and SW Asia as far east as India. , leopard, zebra) that roam the African landscape.

"I thought his show was unbelievably beautiful," De Mornay said afterward. "He did a wonderful job of combining the African motifs with extremely elegant designs. I've been impressed with Kevan's clothes in the past, and now even more so."

Day 2 was capped off by craziness in the form of Heatherette, the wacked-out line that springs from the minds of Richie Rich and Traver Rains. Showing men's and women's clothes, the openly gay duo offered up designs that only a brave few will be willing to sport. The men's looks consisted mostly of tiny "swimsuits," itty-bitty Speedo-style trunks made of velvet and covered in glitter. One guy sported a superhero su·per·he·ro  
n. pl. su·per·he·roes
A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime.
 cape with gladiator gladiator

(Latin; swordsman)

Professional combatant in ancient Rome who engaged in fights to the death as sport. Gladiators originally performed at Etruscan funerals, the intent being to give the dead man armed attendants in the next world.
 suspenders over his tiny trunks; another got skinny blue suspenders to go along with his patchwork short-shorts. Other men's looks included a pair of wildly painted and embellished overalls (worn shirtless) done in the show's theme colors of red, white, and blue; the added bonus to those was the cut-out back pocket, revealing the model's naked, well-toned butt cheek. One of their runway models was adult film actress Jenna Jameson.

Cheering on the Heatherette madness, first at the Moet champagne VIP party in the Green Room, then in the front row of the show were Kim Kardashian, Brittny and Lisa Gastineau, Davis Factor and Sandra Bullock's hubby, Jesse James, of "Monster Garage" fame. Wonder if he's going to buy her the craziest look of the night, a strapless mini-dress festooned with giant beach balls covered with white mesh and worn with black oversize o·ver·size  
n.
1. A size that is larger than usual.

2. An oversize article or object.

adj. o·ver·size also o·ver·sized
Larger in size than usual or necessary.

Adj. 1.
 fishnet stockings. Somehow we seriously doubt that.

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(1 -- 7 -- color) Spotted on the second day of L.A. Fashion Week are, from top: Megan Fox, Jennifer Beals, Eriq La Salle, Shari Belafonte, LeVar Burton, Rebecca De Mornay and Jesse James.

(8 -- 15 -- color) On the runway, Ecoganik, top left, went hippie casual with natural fibers; Coco Johnsen, top right, topped flowing gowns with twiggy headgear headgear,
n the apparatus encircling the head or neck and providing attachment for an intraoral appliance in use of extraoral anchorage.

headgear, radiologic,
n a device that is used to protect the head from injury by radiation.
; Kevan Hall, bottom left, used Africa as his muse; and Heatherette, bottom right, aimed to raise eyebrows.

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