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Sue Wong Show

Fall 2005 Fashion Week Los Angeles

Los Angeles' Fall 2005 Fashion Week, which took place Mar. 16-20, kicked off with Gen Art's presentation of "The New Garde," featuring three emerging designers, a two-night series of shows at the Pacific Design Center, and a fashion event showcasing accessories for the new Sony PlayStation Portable. The Mercedes-Benz sponsored Smashbox Studios served as the headquarters for the variety of suites and shows for the rest of the week. However, there were events scattered all over Tinseltown.

Classic suit guru Hugo Boss showed L.A. he could still hang with the hip-hop crowd. The famous pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel was transformed into a sleek, white runway surrounded by cushy couches and bungalows for VIPs like Jason Priestly, Jewel, Nicole Richie and beau, DJ-AM. Other star guests, which included Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Mariel Hemingway, Alexis Arquette, Garcelle Beauvais, Ali Landry and Tony Hale (Arrested Development), mingled with break dancers and graffiti artists who added to the cool, hip-hop ambience. Colored lights backlit the famous poolside bungalows and revealed the silhouettes of hot dancers shaking their stuff. The show celebrated Hugo Boss' 2005 Fall/Winter collections, which takes inspiration from the influential worlds of music and entertainment. Girls sashayed down the runway in knee-high leather boots over jeans, fur caplets, stripped sweaters, plaid and tweed, bright-colored stockings and leather gloves in shades of red, yellow, and green. The men strutted their stuff in bright corduroy blazers, fur-lined trench coats, and a lot of scarfs and wraps.

The party was catered with delicious shrimp, scallops, lobster slices, duck wraps, and mini bottles of Moet! Attendees agreed that it was some of the best food they had ever had at an event. DJ-AM spun great tunes and partygoers socialized and danced the rest of the night away.

Louis Verdad stated that famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was the inspiration for his Fall collection. His signature '40s style and menswear-inspired frocks were dotted with deep, vibrant colors like turquoise and burgundy, satiny tunics, and sheer ruffled layers. Wool and tweed in shades of chocolate brown were also seen on the runway in more shows than just Verdad's. Rachel Griffiths, Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, Garcelle Beauvais and POWER editor, Loraine Colonello, as well as many other Hollywood fashionistas were seen in the front row.

The Petro Zillia show at Smashbox was kicked off by Paula Abdul and saw the return of '70s and '80s disco divas sporting Nony Tochterman's signature bright colors and metallics. Models showed off Tocherman's wool plaid and tweed, argyle and polka dot prints, pinstripe velvet numbers, tailored skirts and jackets, mesh stockings, wedge shoes with ribbon and heart appliqués, chunky pendants and long chains. Prints abounded-cat prints, floral and jester prints. Petro Zillia's signature heart appliqués turned up on cardigans, blouses and shoes. Evening gowns were decorated with pom poms and ruffles. Famous faces that came out to enjoy the show included Tiffany Amber Thiessen, Haylie Duff, Kiera Chaplin, Nicole Mitchell Murphy, Paula Abdul, Shari Headley, Dominique Swain, Constance Zimmer, and Taylor Dane.

Sue Wong presented an exotic show which was a throwback to '20s-era flapper girls and Arabian princesses draped in jewel-toned silk georgette, devore and charmeuse. Elaborate braided hair, asymmetrical hems, plunging necklines, intricate bead details and layered ruffles ruled the day.

Herb Ritts and Mario Testino received Rodeo Drive Walk of Style awards on March 21st. The ongoing award honors fashion moguls and their amazing contributions to the world of fashion and entertainment. Anjelica Huston, Lauren Bacall, Cameron Diaz, and Patrick Swayze all came out to see the ceremony and unveiling of a permanent plaque with a quote and signature from Ritts and Testino along the famed Rodeo Drive.

Other designers that showcased their Fall collections included Marc Jacobs, Michelle Mason (who brought out the likes of Vince Vaughn, Paris Hilton, and Roselyn Sanchez), 20-something designer Jenni Kayne (who brought out Dustin Hoffman and family and Luke Wilson), Grant Jarecki for Grey Ant, Carlos Rosario, Juan Carlos Obando, Magda Berliner, and Pegah Anvarian, among countless others. L.A.'s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising also had a show featuring their up-and-coming student designers who hope to be seen on the runway one day. Other celebs that turned up during Fashion Week included Jessica Alba, Amy Smart, Lara Flynn Boyle, Farrah Fawcett, and Jack Osbourne.

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