Byline: Berry Bloomingdale

Retro-looking fashions shared the spotlight with hip-hop moves and serious salsa grooves at the Rising Stars Fashion and Dance Show, which was held Sept. 16 at the California Mart and hosted by the Fashion Business Incubator Inc. and the Fashion District.
Designers showcased their spring 2001 fashions on models who traipsed down moving escalators leading to a small stage. Sandwiched between the various collections were dance numbers by the Genuine Five, a group of hip-hopping, junior high school girls decked out in costumes by Stars by Jennifer Moyers, and by Los Rumberos Dance Co., spirited salsa-ers who wore skin-baring costumes courtesy of Tease by Theresa Gordon. The evening’s fabric of choice? Overwhelmingly, chiffon, in Seventies-dominated styles like the daringly cut polkadot blouse paired with white stretch pants, from Sky by David Park — a show highlight. Designer Hanna Hartnell used chiffon with vintage Parisian silk in the romantic blouses and dresses in her eponymous line. Chiffon appeared to more dramatic effect in Polly Ramm’s dark, ruffled, gauzily floral dresses. One of FBI’s rising stars, Ramm will appear on Nov. 3 at the company’s booth at the Designers & Agents show.

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