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Going in Style 

Wednesday, Nov 6 2002
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Why this outfit to this show?

Tonight I'm gonna give it. Because last night I went to some shows and I was dressed down, and it made me feel bad.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I'd compliment them, say, "Love ya" -- and then I'd spill my drink on them.

What defines the L.A. look?

Denim and flip-flops. In New York you never used to see people wearing that, and now they do -- but it started here.

EDUARDO LUCERO

Call him Eduardo Scissorhands: Eduardo Lucero keeps coming up with new ways to slice up a slinky gown. There were slits, cutouts and peekaboo lace all over his elegant collection of islands-influenced dresses and pantsuits. The audience at Smashbox seemed palpably relieved that they weren't subjected to yet another trip down memory lane, but rather experienced a vixenish voyage through sex-it-up chic.

Kate Merrill, actress (

I'm in a vintage suit from the National Council of Jewish Women thrift store, and Kenneth Cole shoes.

Why this outfit to this show?

I wanted to match Eduardo's show. There's lots of orange and brown and safari colors in it.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I'd say, "Good for you, being able to find that!"

What defines the L.A. look?

It's so eclectic. Anything goes -- it's not so conservative.

Ginnina D'Orazio, publicist

I'm wearing a Sterling Capricio coat, and the necklace is by the Liquid Diamond Collection.

Why this outfit to this show?

I wear this a lot of places because it's elegant, chic and comfortable.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I wouldn't feel bad. I'd say, "Where'd you purchase that coat?"

What defines the L.A. look?

T-shirt, jeans and flip-flops.

Emily Current, stylist for a company called Maude (left)

The skirt and purse are vintage. The top -- I have no idea. The shoes are Frederick's of Hollywood.

Why this outfit to this show?

I wanted to be warm on top and be one-of-a-kind. I know Eduardo's fancy, and I didn't want to be so fancy-schmancy.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I would think it was my soul sister and get her number.

What defines the L.A. look?

Individual and comfortable.

Meritt Elliott, also a stylist for Maude

I'm wearing all vintage.

Why this outfit to this show?

I have to be directional. Today it's punk. Yesterday it wasn't.

What would you do if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I would die. I'd slit my wrists and bleed to death.

What defines the L.A. look?

High-low dressing. There's always an element of casual, like a denim jacket over a beading gown.

Claudia Castellanos, manager at Mercedes-Benz

I'm wearing Joe's Jeans, and the purse and top are from Italy. The vest, shoes and hat are all vintage, from Melrose.

Why this outfit to this show?

This is the way I am. I dress like this every day.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I would keep my head up because I'm fierce.

What defines the L.A. look?

Diversity. You're not afraid to be who you are.

Dolf Castillo, designer for Cantu & Castillo

My outfit is all Cantu & Castillo. Except the hat -- it's from Neiman-Marcus.

Why this outfit to this show?

It's one of the latest pieces I'm working on. I need to be seen out with my wares.

What if someone else showed up wearing the exact same outfit?

I would embrace them.

What defines the L.A. look?

Elegant, quality, craftsmanship and design.

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