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Creative cool, under the tent

Fashion trends find energetic expression off the runway.

October 23, 2006|Booth Moore

It wasn't just the models who were working a look at Los Angeles Fashion Week. Makeup artists, stylists, volunteers and guests made the tents last week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City a fashion show too, with message T-shirts ("Make Levees Not War") and the ever-present jeans, hand-painted or frayed, skinny or low slung, sometimes with enormous belt buckles. Headgear came in all shapes and sizes -- cowboy hats, porkpies, knit caps, even a colorful hairnet. There were hip-hoppers, Rastafarians, bohemians, trannies, vintage trawlers and label whores. But if there's something that can be said about all of the fashion tribes, it's that nobody rocks shorts and boots like L.A. girls, and nobody wears jewelry like L.A. boys.

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-- Booth Moore

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