Janice Dickinson and Paris Hilton on the catwalk
(right); Nikki Hilton, Tara Reid and Rhea Durham in the audiencethis
was a night of spectacle at the famed Studio 54 nightclub
by Richard Spiegel with Jack Yan
Photographed by Richard Spiegel
DICKINSON might not be the most likely choice of model to open a
show at Studio 54, since legend has it that she once ODed there
in the late 1970s. But Lloyd Klein, the Parisian designer now more
based out west in Los Angeles, has never been afraid of a little
glamorous spectacleand his springsummer 2003 collection
at the infamous nightclub certainly had glamour and spectacle.
Dickinson might have made some headlines with
a dress with a plunging neckline and her new occupation as an author
Lifeguard on Duty recently launched), but she did share
the stage with socialitemodel Paris Hilton, who appeared and
closed the show in a flowing, open wedding dress. And in the audience
were none other than her sister, Nikki; between the pair of them
they have not only appeared more in the press but their enfants
terribles image has steadily disappeared. It's the Hilton
sistersand we look forward to that, rather than fear
where they might next appear (refer
features editor Phillip Johnsons article from the Swarovski
show last year). Their mates Tara Reid and Rhea Durham added
to the A-list spectacle at the event. Fitting, after all: Pink had
worn Lloyd Klein clothing in her videos.
There is a slight change from mere black, a Klein
staple in some past collections, with white tossed in as contrast.
Another welcome addition we noticed was the increase in the number
of proper dresses, including some reaching floor length. Laced backs
were another feature.
Klein has also continued his small menswear line
that had a few looks in the show. Straightforward jackets and slacks
for the boys as well as Lloyd Klein underwear. We found the underwear
cute with pink swimming sperm logos but will it fly? Perhapsthe
cheeky new lad humour might just make it across the Atlantic and
Lloyd Klein could herald this.
Opinion was divided at this office about the collection:
some felt Lloyd Klein's fall 2002 collection was stronger stylistically;
others felt this was an evolution brought on by the economy (reliable
colours) and not any slip in the designer's style.
No Lifeguard on Duty: the Accidental Life of the World's First
Supermodel, by Janice Dickinson
Richard Spiegel is New York editor of Lucire.
Jack Yan is founding publisher of Lucire.