City Hall's liaison to the fashion community, Cynthia Ruiz, told us hizzoner was instead attending a town hall meeting in Canoga Park "but might stop by later." (He did not.) Instead, Ruiz, who professed to being a fan of the label -- which she also noted had been named "Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year" in 2005 by Villaraigosa -- got things rolling by introducing the catwalk collection by saying: "Vintage fashion never goes out of style."
Unfortunately, given the plodding pace of the 21-minute-long show that followed, there was a good chance for just that to happen. (This is no reflection on the clothes -- no runway show should go on that long.)