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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Designing Clothes, Mending Fences

Lauren LC Conrad, star of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real OC and The Hills, made the transition from reality TV show star to fashion designer last night as she debuted her clothing line at her own fashion show in Culver City, CA. The front row of LC's show was packed with a few of her besties, including her formal Laguna Beach rival, who were happy to come out in support of their friend on her big night. Here are a few pics from the runway at last night's fashion show:

Lauren Conrad has another show to add to her resume. Conrad, full-time star of MTV's "The Hills" and part-time student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, made her designer debut at Mercedes-Benz L.A. Fashion Week without her MTV reality TV crew in tow Tuesday. The budding 22-year-old designer's first fashion show won't be featured on her popular docu-soap because she says it's "what I do in my spare time." "I kinda like that it's separate," Conrad told The Associated Press after the show. "It's not something that I really want to be part of a reality television show. It's a career I want beyond my 15 minutes." Conrad's debut featured 30 different looks from her fall 2008 line. Flowy wraps and strapless dresses were accented with touches like leather gloves and berets. Conrad said the oh-la-la designs were inspired by her recent trip to Paris, which will be documented on "The Hills" when it returns March 24. The mostly subdued fashion show wasn't without its own drama. At one point, a model accidentally slipped out of her left shoe while strutting down the runway, prompting many audience members to cringe or gasp. Once the model reached the end of the catwalk, she coolly kicked off her other high heel and continued barefoot. "Poor thing," Conrad said, flashing a frown about the misstep after the show. "It happens." "Hills" co-stars Whitney Port, Audrina Patridge, Lauren "Lo" Bosworth and Brody Jenner — in that order — lined the front row of Stage One at Smashbox Studios. On-screen adversaries Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, however, were nowhere to be seen. The remanning recognizable faces in the audience were like a who's who of "Laguna Beach" alumni. Kristin Cavallari, who infamously feuded with Conrad on their sun-kissed "Hills" predecessor, was perched next to Jenner pal Frankie Delgado. Meanwhile, Dieter Schmitz and Stephen Colletti, the boy Conard and Cavallari clashed over in high school, sat on the other side of the catwalk.

Say what you will about LC's reality TV persona, you've got to give her props for taking full advantage that her status has given her. I imagine it cannot be easy to launch your own clothing line but it seems very smart to me that LC would use the opportunity that her TV fame has given her to get her design career off the ground. Now, I'm not a particularly good judge of this sort of female fashion (ie. I don't know shizz about shizz) but these outfits look kind cute, I think, and seem right in step with the look that LC wears on the show ... therefore, there is a certain audience out there that will prolly eat this stuff up. I have to give LC props for pulling this off ... it will be interesting to see if her design career will be able to live beyond her reality TV career. [Source, Source]

Now ... getting back to that front row ... yesterday I blogged that LC extended the olive branch to her former rival Kristin Cavallari and invited her to attend this fashion show ... and, happily, KC accepted and showed up. Here are a few pics of Kristin sitting in the front row with LC's closest friends and cast mates:

Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari was also on hand to tell Don't believe the hype about beef between her and LC. Wearing a Lauren Conrad original, Kristin said, "Lauren and I have been cool for a long time. It's the magazines that like to make us look like [enemies]. I thought this would be a good way to support her and clear the air."

Yay! All's right in Laguna/Hills land ... er, except that LC's current rivals Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were not included on the guest list nor were they anywhere in sight ... which is a bit of a bummer ... I was hoping that they might bring the drama to LC's doorstep. Wouldn't it have been genius if Speidi decided to shoot Heidi's newest music video last night in the parking lot of this fashion show? I can just see it now, the treatment might involve an attempt to crash a fashion show that ends with Heidi walking down the runway wearing a dress of her own design. LOL. LC may not have wanted to feature her fashion show on MTV but that doesn't mean that Speidi could've have tried to have it featured anyway. [Source]



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