NOT SKIPPING A BEAT: A few designers got a jump on Los Angeles Fashion Week with events showcasing their favorite music as well as clothing. Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo) and Johnny Irion and the Triim Band performed during a party at Hollywood’s Spider Club and hosted by Kellie Delkeskamp and John Cherpas and their contemporary jeans brand Grass.
The previous night, designer Jacquelyne Love enlisted her husband Mike Love and his band — the Beach Boys with bongo-banging actor John Stamos — as the backdrop for her spring show of resort separates and crocheted bikinis.
The evening at the open-air Cabana Club in Hollywood benefited the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which received a $100,000 check on behalf of The Love Foundation. It also launched a fund-raising auction for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina efforts at charityfolks.com. Up for the highest bidder: a private concert with the Beach Boys, as well as the chance to sing “Barbara Ann” with them, along with memorabilia, a Rio de Janeiro getaway, Charles Winston diamond earrings and a custom Jacquelyne Love wardrobe. The auction ends Oct. 20.
— Rose Apodaca
TWICE AS NICE: John Stamos wasn’t the only one with bongos on the brain Monday night. At Hollywood’s LAX nightclub, Bongo Jeans threw a Hurricane Katrina fund-raising event where buyers from Kohl’s, Federated Department Stores, J.C. Penney and other retailers could meet Bongo spokesmodel Nicole Richie and her fiancé, DJ AM. After ads featuring Richie alone in March, the junior jean label didn’t have to look any further than her betrothed to endorse the men’s line that bowed this fall.
“The timing could not have been better,” said Jimmy Tate, chief executive officer of the Iconix unit. The party’s venue was also kept within the family; DJ AM is co-owner of the mod airport-themed nightspot. But camera-shy DJ AM said posing for the ads that depicted him and Richie lounging at a club was awkward. “Sitting with her makes [the modeling] easier,” he said. “It wasn’t like we were working,” Richie cooed.
— Khanh T.L. Tran
TEA FOR 10: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has set the time and place of its second annual fete in Los Angeles, trading a night under the stars at one overheated Hollywood spot for a more decorous tea party and fashion presentation at the Chateau Marmont on Oct. 21, the close of fashion week. “We wanted to do something for the fund on the occasion of Los Angeles Fashion Week,” Anna Wintour said through a spokesman. “Needless to say, Los Angeles is such an important American city for fashion.”
The 10 finalists include Derek Lam, Isabel Toledo and Project Alabama showcasing four looks each. They are sprinkled with plenty of host sponsor’s Cartier’s jewelry. The entire class will be flown in for the afternoon affair — save for the designers from Trovata who are only an hour away; they might be getting a hotel room for the night anyway. The brand is also a finalist in the innovator category at the Los Angeles Fashion Awards later that night at the Orpheum Theatre downtown.
AND THE CALEB GOES TO: And speaking of the fashion awards, three categories and three honors will be handed out, including the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award, named after the accounting firm and attached with $5,000 in consulting services for the winner. MAFI nominees include Louis Verdad, Petro Zillia and Trovata. The Nasdaq Stock Market is sponsoring the award for the IPO of the Year to surf brand Volcom. All winners will receive handcrafted glass statues designed by artist Caleb Siemon.
COMMANDER GWEN: It appears no detail is too small for Gwen Stefani, who is capping an already eventful Oct. 21 in Los Angeles with a party celebrating her new Harajuku Lovers collection— after her Hollywood Bowl concert — kicking off the tour of the same name. The after-party, co-hosted with licensor Jerry Leigh and her label Interscope Records, is expected to draw some 400 guests at a secret location. Sources close to the event said Stefani is happily micromanaging every aspect of the evening “from her tour down to the sushi that will be served.”
KISS-MET: Hot Kiss founder Moshe Tsabag was honored last Saturday by the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. FIG raised $650,000 for the Ruth Bregman Children’s Health Clinic, adding to the more than $18 million it has raised for the hospital since 1956. Some 730 supporters turned out to fete Tsabag, including Warnaco Swimwear executive vice president Kathy Van Ness, Buchalter Nemer lawyer Jeff Kapor, Lucky Brand Jeans executive vice president Paul Price and California Fashion Association executive director Ilse Metchek. Tsabag’s wife, Gabrielle, swapped her usual outfits from junior label Hot Kiss and contemporary sister brand Jak & Rae for a burgundy sheath by Giorgio Armani. “I traded up,” she joked.