"SILICONE-ENHANCED models on the runway, drag queens and C-grade celebrities in the front row, stylists sporting handgun-shaped belt buckles, sticky tequila nights and days of empty seats … it must be Los Angeles Fashion Week again. But as crass as the off-the-runway scene can be, on the runway the word was romance, a through line that continued from the collections in New York, Milan and Paris. Color palettes were softer and designers emphasized airy volumes. And in this capital of denim, it is dresses, not jeans, that are emerging as the must-have item for spring.
Although L.A. may not be the place to look to for design inspiration, the runways here do offer a dose of reality after four weeks of out-of-reach luxury, showcasing more of the clothes that will actually end up on the racks — the $200 dresses, the $150 bikinis — instead of just in glossy magazine pages. The styling is more interesting too, with designers taking their cues from the street and the beach. So instead of $2,000 "it" bags designed with a luxury firm's bottom line in mind, you will see the return of the fanny pack!"
No, I don't know what a 'fanny pack' is. Maybe the Californian equivalent of a sporran?
Do you suppose our First Minister was actually there, amid the "drag queens and the C-grade celebs in the front row"?