Lights! Camera! Fashion! Jennifer Lopez's first-ever runway production was a three-act carnival, filmed for an MTV documentary to air later this month. As the show progressed, an enormous neon set at the back of the catwalk flashed a fire escape (representing her childhood in the Bronx), followed by a DJ's turntables (J. Lo's hip-hop epoch), followed by a stretch limo and red carpet (the megastar-designer's made-it phase). There were video cameras on booms and in the aisles. They even installed wind and smoke machines.
The biggest surprise was the clothes themselves. Skin baring? Yes. Sexy? Of course. But luxe? We weren't the only ones to be amazed. From the first look to the last, fur figured strongly in Lopez's Sweetface collection. Boleros were whipped up in lambskin and fox. One intarsia cardigan that looked like a knit turned out, on closer inspection, to be woven mink. And there was even a sable. What's a girl to wear with all that fluff? Baby doll dresses in chiffon or velvet. Bubblegum-pink hoodies and faded jean Capris. And least practical, perhaps, but certainly most fabulous, cashmere microshorts. Oh, and don't forget the diamonds.
For the finale, Naomi Campbell strutted down the runway in a navel-baring silk chiffon jumpsuit and a white mink picture hat the size of an umbrella. But the applause she received, loud and plentiful though it was, paled in comparison to the standing O for Lopez.