Bold Debut

October 17, 2007 | By Bridget Burns | Entertainment

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The Whitley Kros label debuted at at Smashbox Studios for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles on Tuesday with bold color combinations and an air of rock n’ roll cool. The collection showed restrained edginess and efficient use of a punchy palette against neutrals. Shapes were simple and easy, with volume coming mainly from the drape of lovely lightweight over-sized tops and caftans. Thick stripes, electric tartan and a vibrant mosaic graphics broke up fields of color and naive appliques added whimsy. The “cool” element might come from the new-wave feel of the pieces. Late 1970s era Debbie Harry (below right) was reincarnated on the runway. The team behind the label, Sophie Coloma and Marissa Ribisi enjoyed the attendance of several celebrity guests including Ribisi’s musician husband Beck, actors Jason Lee, and Jaime Pressly. Actor Giovanni Ribisi supported his sister from the front row along with Juliette Lewis (below left). One outfit, a short dress paired with a flowing over-sized jacket and braided headband conjured a look that one might expect Lewis, the actress turned rocker, to wear.

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  • angela

    I could also see Katie Holmes and Kelly Preston donning these duds.

  • jake

    Oh! you’re totally right about the Debbie Harry thing. Busted!

  • echolalia

    Me too. Also Jenna Elfman.

    P.S. Beck is married to Marissa Ribisi.