FOR THE MOB: A motley assortment of East Side hipsters, local designers and former "Project Runway" contestants showed up for Jeffrey Sebelia's Cosa Nostra runway show March 28, staged in the courtyard of a loft building in downtown Los Angeles. Male and female models walked down a maze-like path dressed as plebeian neo-Victorians — in handkerchief-hemmed slipdresses and skintight deconstructed jeans paired with knit leggings and louche cardigans. Crowd-pleasers included structured wool-and-leather jackets with squared-off tuxedo lapels and skinny, wool zippered pants. "It was quintessential Cosa Nostra," said fellow "Project Runway" alumnus Santino Rice. "It's fresh, but always rooted in punk." A performance by Los Angeles band Ima Robot punctuated the punk-rock theme, but the good vibes ended when guests were forced to wait for an hour or more for the valet service to dig their cars out of remote parking lots.
FLYING HIGH: An in-flight show? Yes, for the first time, eyewear manufacturers Safilo, Luxottica and Marcolin will showcase their new designs during a flight between New York and Milan, to coincide with Mido, the international eyewear exhibition running in the Italian city May 4 to 7. The Eurofly business class-only Airbus A319 will leave New York for Milan on May 2, returning on May 6. Anfao, the Italian association of eyewear manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Commission will promote the event. Andie MacDowell is expected to host Mido's opening gala on May 4 with a retrospective on the history of eyewear.