IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Byline: Kim Friday
Recent parties have underscored that among Angelenos, fashion can be a family affair. A Pea In The Pod christened the opening of its Beverly Hills boutique Oct. 3 with celebrity moms Mimi Rogers, Catherine Oxenberg, Natasha Henstridge, Vanessa Williams and Melissa Rivers.
The signature collection was on preview, along with the maternity stylings of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Eli Tahari and Nicole Miller. But it wasn’t just about the clothes: The party kicked off the March of Dimes October Campaign for Healthy Babies, with Pea In The Pod donating $25,000 to the fund.
Also on hand was Los Angeles photographer Danica Perez, signing copies of her latest book, “The Glow: A Journey to Motherhood.” Proceeds also benefit the March of Dimes.
“We think that at a time like this, the family is our greatest American resource, and this event was a real celebration of life,” said Pea In The Pod owner Rebecca Matthias.
Family values served up with a splash of humor were the order of another event, when a local couple gave new meaning to the phrase “stuck on you” when they said their “I do’s” courtesy of Duck Tape.
Before an enwrapped crowd at Universal Studios on Sept. 29, Kevin Thomas and Joyce Lotta exchanged their vows. What made this ceremony unique was that the couple’s attire, the floral arrangements and even the cake were all fashioned from the popular all-purpose tape.
Los Angeles designer Brian McKinney created her gown and his tuxedo jacket using the tape and Bavarian crystals. Canadian sculptor Todd Scott designed the floral bouquets for the bridal party as well as the decorations for the unconventional ceremony.
Across town, Julie Park threw open the doors of her four-month-old boutique Miah Y on Oct. 4.
On LaBrea Avenue near Melrose, the store served up sushi and saki from Pan-Asian restaurant Shin Ju and The Pearl bar, both local faves.
Lining the racks of the 600-square-foot selling floor were Park’s own Miah Y collection, local brands Trina Turk, My Salad Days and Fishnet, as well as a host of Italian contemporary labels to round out the mix.
On Sept. 17, designer Renee Bardot hosted her own evening of fashion, inspired by Twenties Berlin and coined “Kabarett.”
Held at the historic El Rey Theater, more than 300 revelers gathered to support the event. Originally conceived to benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA), organizers redirected the proceeds to the American Red Cross Relief Fund and the victims’ families.
Hosted by drag superstar Jackie Beat, the runway show was interspersed with musical numbers by Beat, Miss Coco Peru of Trick and Terri Nunn of Berlin.
Bardot showed 28 pieces from her holiday collection. Celebrity models including Apollonia, Lisa Arturo (“American Pie 2”) and KTLA entertainment reporter Mindy Burbano hit the catwalk in halter dresses, off-the-shoulder tops and asymmetrical skirts or shorts.
In a rousing finale, models joined Bardot for a last walk down the runway waving American flags, a gesture the crowd met with applause for the designer and the country.