The lunch that began with Mayor Tom Bradley pretending for a moment to be a model and parading down the runway, ended with Councilwoman Joy Picus audibly sighing over a beautifully beaded evening gown.
"Oh, it's so gorgeous," Picus said within earshot of everyone sitting near her when a satin caftan floated by.
The Real Show
In between such rare moments of civic expression was the real show. Entitled "Debut '85," it was a presentation of clothing designs by students graduating from the Advanced Study Program at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Seven students showed their eight-piece collections during the event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
The clothes turned out to be as eclectic as the students who made them. Three of the students werefrom Asia, two were natives of Mexico and two were born in the United States.
Luis Martinez's men's collection included striking chartreuse silk tuxedos, raj-inspired skirts and Chinese tapestry Nehru jackets. And when Martinez came on stage to take a bow, he stepped out in velvet evening slippers and what appeared to be a long apron worn over his trousers.