April 16, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Chaos reigned at L.A.’s second annual Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week, with a fire truck crashing the Michelle Mason catwalk, and Antonio Sabato Jr. getting into a backstage scuffle at Heatherette. The event (which took place March 29-April 2) lured the likes of C-listers Jerry O’Connell and China Chow. That plus the outlandish looks — stripes, polka dots, and white leather — ensured that L.A. won’t swipe the U.S. fashion tiara from NYC. But West Coast style does have one advantage, according to Dustin Hoffman (at Jenni Kayne): ”Less clothes.”

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