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Zombie Boy, Harlem Shake: Inside Project Ethos' LAFW Bash

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Photo credit: Raphael Maglonzo of Runway Icon

This week at the super club Avalon in the heart of Hollywood, Project Ethos hosted a showcase of 12 of LA's trendiest designers. Heatherette co-founder Traver Rains kicked off the evening with his T. Rains collection and America's Next Top Model winner Caridee English rocked the range's featured looks.

English wasn't the only famous face on the runway: Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest, the former face of Mugler, sported several looks for Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva later in the evening. Project Runway designer (Season 8) and all-star (Season 1) Michael Costello showed his signature line of stark, draped formalwear and cocktail dresses. There were plenty of stars to be spotted off the runway, too, with Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears and stylist/ANTM creative consultant Johnny Wujek in attendance. Also spotted in the crowd were Danity Kane singer/Celebrity Apprentice villain Aubrey O'Day and actor/former Gregg Araki muse James Duval.

The overwhelming trend in the fall 2013 collections was skin for winter. Plenty of sheer pieces, low-cut dresses, flirty cocktail numbers, mini-mini-skirts and short shorts filled the runway. Though many collections featured drop-crotch pants (especially for men), camouflage prints and skulls, Deandri's collection of demure, understated high-waisted shorts, skirts and cropped sweaters was a noteworthy nod to the resurfacing '90s trend.

Rounding out the evening's runway shows were Hale Bob by Daniel Bohbot, Andrew Christian, Maor Luz, The Raz Collection by Siann Marlowe, Farahourani, Nine in the Morning, Pas Pour Tois and last but not least, Haus of Pinklemonaid, which featured "Harlem Shake" as their soundtrack and got the crowds dancing while models strutted down the catwalk.
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