Richie Rich and
Traver Rains have a vision of America -- and it's got
little to do with mom, baseball, and apple pie.
behind Heatherette brought their funky all-American road
trip from New York to L.A. Fashion Week, putting on ''Route
66: California or Bust,'' a whimsical collection of
bedazzled Speedo-style swim trunks; dresses dripping
with lace, sequins, and fringe; and swingy skirts in
bold graphic prints.
Here's how the
design duo described the line in a rapid-fire minute
backstage before the show Monday:
Rich: It's pretty, flirty dresses out of like
beautiful chiffon printed kind of madness we came up with.
Rains: There's some red, white, and blue stuff
going on, a little Americana.
Rich: Kind of like rubber-bumper hot-roddish
razzmatazz going on.
Rains: Sexy swimwear too. Some cute pieces.
Rich: We like sexy.
Adding to the
sexy factor was former porn star Jenna Jameson, who opened
the show wearing a retro-style two-piece swimsuit with a
beaded empire waist.
was decidedly skimpier. Tattooed models smeared with black
paint sported tiny trunks adorned with sequins,
appliques, and beaded fringe. One man wore
crocheted black lace shorts sprinkled with sparkles.
Men's shirts also got the sequin-and-fringe treatment,
including one design trimmed with netting and daisy
silky and swingy in green graphic prints and purple
Pucci-esque swirls. One solid violet stunner had a full
skirt, narrow waist, and plunging V-neck accented with
slim-fitting and superembellished. Each corset-inspired
creation sported an assortment of lace, beads, sequins,
appliques, or fringe. One blue beaded number was
finished with an American flag-printed chiffon
hem. A pink zip-front crocheted confection was decorated
with feathers. A strapless sequined minigown was
covered with ribbon roses and finished with fringe.
Then there were
dresses that were just plain playful, like the
empire-waist lace gown lifted by impossible layers of tulle
and a hoop-skirt dress that supported half a dozen
satin beach balls.
which followed on the heels of their New York fashion
show, fits with the ''lighthearted'' vibe at Mercedes-Benz
L.A. Fashion Week, Rich said.
''We love L.A.,''
he said. ''It's the entertainment capital of the world
and we just wanted to be a part of it and...continue
the madness.'' (Sandy Cohen, AP)