Proof that there are kids in Orange County who care about individual style surfaced at the Coach House last Friday night, when the sit-down concert hall made a rare exception and allowed people to dance for its "Rave New World" show.
The live techno concert featured performances by Cybersonik, the Prodigy and Moby. The mostly under-age crowd (as evidenced by the large black X marked on the backs of their hands at the door) took advantage of the rarely uncovered dance floor throughout the night.
Because this wasn't your typical joint for a rave, this was certainly not a typical rave-style event. As anticipated, there were skinny folk decked out in fat duds, with labels such as Fresh Jive, Split, SMP and Twenty-Four Seven prominently showing. Several teen boys favored the flat-bottom, old Adidas shoe, recently reissued from two decades ago, worn hidden under long, elephant-leg cut jeans.
Females mixed retro with grunge: military or Dr. Marten boots, long skirts, hooded flannel tops and 1930s-inspired velvet hats. A few borrowed from '70s funk and mixed it with oversized elements. Touches of the '70s also appeared in the foil fabrics and long hair some males wore.
A few young ladies replaced their purses with bright-colored lunch boxes. One wanna-be Lolita took the kindergarten look a step further, donning a romper dress and Mary Jane shoes probably more fitting for her toddler sibling. So much for looking like big sister!