L.O. Class Art @ Wacky Wacko Peggy Noland
On one of the first warm weekends of 2017, Echo Park's Wacky Wacko-Peggy Noland managed to experience a "it's my first time" moment after years of being in business. In collaboration with fashion label L.O. Class Art, the bizarre retail store hosted its first fashion show. The shop is no stranger to low-brow brilliance in fashion design. After all, it is the proud home of the Tampon Dress and Condom Tee.
The event started with a pop-up shop with the creator of L.O. Class Art, Leen O. Cleonette Harris was on the tune selection and we all relived the 90s a bit as people flitted from curio to curio. My favorite piece from the pop-up was a custom faux jersey crop top with matching underwear. As you can glean from the first performer, Papermashay(pictured above), this was not your grandmother's fashion show.
These performers were really feeling themselves in Leen's designs. They moved with both abandon and finesse as the designer looked on and captured their poses with a look of adoration. A couple of the performances featured multiple pieces in vinyl and fishnet with rhinestone accents. Clarys Biagi, however, had a presence that took up the whole room.
What can I say, the environment was right. It was a 100% non-judgmental space with a hardcore audience that sighed over every turn and empowering word. The biggest cheerleaders were the two owners of Wacko, who smiled from ear to ear over the pure perfection of this event. Peggy and Seth wondered aloud, amused over the fact that they have never had a fashion show before. It was small but very natural. The clothes carried very well, and brought that small corner of Sunset Boulevard to life.