With a new leader at the Los Angeles chapter of GenArt, (publicist and show producer Lee Trimble), the show’s three-part theatrical installment late Monday night at a Culver City sound studio was a welcome diversion from the runway parade at Smashbox Studios. Guests gathered around clever, dreamlike environments, created by the designers with the help of Cirque du Soleil set artist Keith Greco. And what fun they were. On an all-white set of stairs and platforms, Society for Rational Dress’ Corinne Grassini sent out her delicate charmeuse smocks paired with frayed rust-colored linen minis.

Natalie designers Coryn Madley and Naama Givoni dove into a Thirties-tinged underwater fantasy, complete with tiny bubbles floating down from above. There were seafoam knit jumpsuits on their model mermaids; sweaters with short-sleeved batwings in brown and gold yarn insets hinting at a seahorse’s pattern, and cardigans dotted with sequin-sprinkled crochet rounds.

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