Heatherette: Metaphorically speaking, a Heatherette show is always a three-ring circus. But this time, the Barnum & Bailey-style action was literal, as Richie Rich and Traver Rains presented their big top-inspired show. Show goers munched on cotton candy made by a tutu-wearing fat lady; contortionists pretzeled themselves and walked on their hands; “drag clowns” on stilts dueled with those who weren’t, and a hula-hoop girl in a silver bodysuit twirled a cloud of hoops round and round. And, oh yes, on with the show.

“Welcome to the Heatherette Fashion Circus!” boomed Boy George, making his way down the runway, taking a seat from which he announced the show. Out came the big surprise: real clothes. Oh, sure, there have always been some beacons of reality, and the designers didn’t do away with their club-land hits such as spangled tulle bodysuits and a dress made entirely from peacock feathers. But they also worked in pretty silk dresses, both printed and plain, a sharp-shouldered tailored suit, sailor pants and adorable Western-style jeans. There was also a great series of screened T-shirts that could easily fly off shelves. ?

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