The FBI of Fashion

Tease by Teresa's salsa styles set the runway on fire

By Dena Burroughs
Published on LatinoLA: July 2, 2002

The FBI of Fashion

Last Saturday evening I attended the FBI's annual dinner and fashion show fundraiser. No, this is not the FBI you are most likely thinking of, but rather Fashion Business Incorporated, a project of Community Partners, working to benefit the start-up to mid-size apparel manufacturers in the Los Angeles area.

The FBI is comprised of over 200 members, including designers, manufacturers, contracting associations, sales representatives and others, who network, attend forums, cultivate business alliances, and stimulate each other's growth within the Los Angeles economy.

The FBI hosted a fantastic event, priviledged with the attendance of some very prominent people in our city, such as Mayor James K. Hahn, who was recognized for his support for the economic redevelopment of the Los Angeles Apparel Industry. Our Latino community was likewise well represented by the presence and honorary recognition of Councilman Nick Pacheco.

The evening started with a silent auction and cocktails, which allowed for the mingling of all those in attendance, including some very good looking people who, as we would learn later on, were the models for the FBI's fashion show. The auction was then followed by a delightful dinner, and shortly thereafter, by the anxiously waited fashion show.

Up and down the aisle strolled several gorgeous people, exhibiting outfits that would make any of us look attractive in any type of setting, from the beach, to evening walks in Rodeo Drive. Some of the participating designers were Karl Kani, with a great hip-hop-look clothing line (and a great tap dance show), and Hanna Hartnell with some gorgeous, feminine chiffon dresses perfect for Spring time.

I was of course biased towards the Latin L.A. fashion designer Teresa Gordon, owner and designer of 'Tease by Teresa', who presented a wonderful line of eye-catching dancewear, which in part has already been featured by professional Salsa dancers in performances in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Asia and Europe. To make the presentation even more enthralling, Teresa had two couples from the renowned 'Los Rumberos' dance team of Los Angeles perform for the crowd wearing Teresa's designs.

Teresa did us proud!

Her designs are beautiful and the crowd by its applause let her know just that. As a Latin woman, and a Salsa dancer, I was thrilled to find myself so well represented.

My thanks to Teresa for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful evening. It was surely a treat and a learning experience I am told the party continued until midnight to the sounds of 'Del Oro Music', although I had to leave a bit early as my Latino fever called me yet elsewhere?. I had a final World Cup soccer match to watch!

Los Angeles has surely a wealth of activities in which our Latin community takes a great part. More power to those who, as Teresa Gordon, make us look ever so good!

Note: Some of Teresa's designs and her contact information can be found at www.teasebyteresa.com

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