The pendulum swung from ladylike to racy at the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) fashion show held April 4 at downtown’s Orpheum Theatre, featuring the works of nine up-and-comers. There were va-va-voom looks such as the body-conscious halter dress fashioned from T-shirts with backside ruffles and strips and a Rigged by Barbara Horowitz design, to Starchild’s recycled denim fitted jumpsuit and the wraparound top and crocodile miniskirt by Mona and Company. The two other M designers, Madley and Mhope, kept the mood girly. Madley showed a crocheted beaded top and wool skirt while Mhope modeled its green tweed suit and dramatic mohair Empire ribbon coat.

This story first appeared in the April 16, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.