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Lane Bryant Rouges Up

Line Of Intimate Apparel

By Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Rob Rich

ERCEDES BENZ Fashion Week in New York kicked off with a bang as big models and cabaret hit the runway. Rouge, The New Bohemia added extra sizzle to Lane Bryant’s Spring 2003 Intimate Apparel Fashion Show.

Patrick Bonomo’s Epicurean Productions created a dazzling, glamorous environment to showcase the sensuous collection and imaginatively utilized the cast of Rouge to produce a dynamically hip floorshow.

Joining the Rouge cast for one night only were comic Roseanne Barr who emceed and IT girl of the moment, Kelly Osbourne.

The Hammerstein Ballroom immediately heated up when chanteur Daniel Isengart appeared out of nowhere and electrified the crowd with his opening number.

But it was the Rouge Coquettes led by Ami Goodheart that had the pulses soaring of the likes of Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, rocker Steven Tyler, club impresario Lionel Casseroux, jewelers to the stars John Wegorzewski and Laurence Krashes, and model Tyson Beckford.

Celebrity models Mia Tyler, Kate Dillon, TV star Kim Coles,  along with Rouge’s Meryl “Lady” Finger  and The World Famous Bob were among the plus-size gals who strutted the runway in skimpy, sexy undies to the delight of all.

Unlike the usual backstage fare of veggies and Evian water, the champagne – accompanied by cookies – were devoured by the L.B. gang who know that the heft translates into $$$ for them.

Star Jones gushed, “I love Lane Bryant.  This country has a prejudice against anyone who isn’t a size 6. Right on Lane Bryant!”

Kim Coles, now a full figure gal herself, was “really inspired by the girls who didn’t come to the show wearing tents but figure hugging sweaters and jeans.”

Victoria’s Secret watch out: “Big girls don’t cry” anymore – they strut!

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