TAKING CENTER STAGE IN L.A.

Byline: Kristi Ellis

LOS ANGELES — It was a melange of femme fatale and ingenue looks at the California Mart’s first-ever intimate apparel fashion show: opulent laces and embroideries, scanty thong-back bikinis and high-cut boy-leg briefs, and anything that had a junior flavor in novelty-print pajamas.
Softly padded bras of silk and satin and cropped camis with coordinating French-cut bikini bottoms also were top ideas at the runway show, staged during the mart’s August market.
The event spotlighted the first-time appearance of the mart’s intimate apparel designer gallery, as a market feature with a variety of designer and better-price labels.
Among the resources paraded at the show were: Fernando Sanchez, the purveyor of luxury at-homewear; Raza New York, a specialist in hostess gowns; Van Tisse, a San Francisco-based silk resource, and Tiziano, a sales representative for three European foundations lines — Anti-Flirt, Primadonna and Moschino.
There also were some ready-to-wear items that had a distinctive lingerie look. Highlights included La Perla — an Italian maker of upscale innerwear and rtw — showed a lace-up bustier top paired with a long evening skirt and a short evening dress beaded across the bust.

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