There’s nothing that Los Angeles’ frockistas love more than inventing new looks for their after-dark lives. The DIY mandate continues to thrive, from overdyed rib tanks to vintage evening dresses — all fair game for reworking, embellishing and thrashing. The sensibility, from the East Side’s Echo Club to the streets of the West Side community of Venice, is decidedly new wave retro: colored tights and pumps, striped T-shirts, knee-high knickers, micro-minis and a fearless mix of colors, patterns and accessories.

This story first appeared in the February 18, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.