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Emerging designers at The W Times Square

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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Amanda Ross showed off her party-throwing skills last night when she hosted the Fashion Next cocktail party. The party, held at the W New York-Times Square, was packed with PYT’s in support of emerging designers: Mandy Coon, Frank Tell, Mara Hoffman, Tess Giberson and Michael Angel. The gathering was sort of a kick-off to the craziness that we all know as Fashion Week.

I caught up with Michael Angel as he worked the crowd and we attempted to speak over the beats delivered by guest DJ Alexandra Richards (who by the way, is an absolute gem and her DJing skills had guests on their feet all night). Angel will be doing a more personal approach to showing his collection—rather than a runway show, he will be showing by appointment only. “I want to cater to customers and focus on their specific wants and needs,” said Angel.

Back to the DJ booth I went to ask about Richards’ plans for Fashion Week… Richards told me she and her boyfriend will be DJing the B Brian Atwood presentation at The Lion, and then we proceeded to talk about her dad’s new book (which she proudly says is a best-seller in the UK). And then it was back to the bar, for another champagne…

As I was leaving, I spoke with Ross who said she was “thrilled with the turnout” and it was a great turnout and time. Other fashionable guests included Steven Kolb (of the CFDA), model Irina Pantaeva and Roopal Patel (Neiman Marcus). Can’t wait to see what these designers have to show us! But until next week…

Alexandra Richards


Amanda Ross, Carlos Becil and Gigi Ganatra Duff


Maya Stanic, Tess Giberson, Sarah Stout, Rebecca Rand


Irina Pantaeva, Leandro Perez


Mandy Coon


Anatol Yusef, Anne Vincent, Arthur Wayne
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