STYLE > L.A. FASHION WEEK L.A. FASHION WEEK GOES ORGANIC.
"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, 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 blouson 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 her models with odd twig 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 (cheetah, 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 cape with gladiator 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 fishnet stockings. Somehow we seriously doubt that.
(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; Kevan Hall, bottom left, used Africa as his muse; and Heatherette, bottom right, aimed to raise eyebrows.
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