Frankie B : LA Fashion Week October 2004
   

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FRANKIE B.

As the lights went down for this much-anticipated show, a soulful rock ballad filled the darkened studio. Almost instantly, a few concert-savvy onlookers began waving tiny lights in the air, then more appeared and finally it seemed the whole audience was in synch with neon cellphone monitors swaying to the pensive beat. How fitting a fanfare for this fashion-rock goddess, the diva of beadhead and the daring 6-inch rise.
What followed was another spontaneous eruption - of boldly sexy and ultra-wearable denim separates. The Frankie B. label exemplifies Los Angeles style and this collection showcased the most sophisticated offerings ever. On every must-have list were the diaphanous silk chiffon tops in paisley print - some with beaded details, tunic slits and others with retro smocking. A beaded jacket in Orchid revved up signature lowrise jeans, music-insider slogan tees upped the hip factor and Lurex trenches provided delicious sizzle. This was beatnik style, ghetto-fabulous with an Afro-Cuban vibe all rolled into one. And who on the West Coast doesn't dream of looking like that?

Models strutted the rattan-covered runway in platform wedges, with disheveled locks and blissfully incognito thanks to the recent launch of oversized Frankie B. sunshades in conjunction with San Francisco-based eyestyle. Showing her most polished and feminine personality for this collection, Daniella Clark built on subtle references introduced last season, and hinted that another local micro-brand might be poised for global expansion.
 

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Review written by Debra Stevenson & Photographs by Carlos Alberto

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