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MIDTOWN WEST—Budding designers, gather up your samples and put the finishing touches on your business plan. Via press release, we hear that Showroom New York (202 W. 40th Street, 9th Floor) is holding an open call for contemporary rtw and accessory designers on January 14th and 15th from noon to 6pm (pictured at right, a look from current Showroom New York designer Threshold). Think of it this way: It's gotta be less painful than trying out for Project Runway. [RackedWire]
GLENDALE—A Racked reader sends word of a new boutique in that faraway land otherwise known as Queens. His note: "Just wanted to give a tip about a new boutique that opened up where my office is located in Queens. It is called Dresses & Denim. They sell predominately cocktail dresses and formal dresses and also some denim articles (jackets/jeans etc). They opened up last Wed at the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale Queens and seem like a good place to pick up a dress for a party. Their phone number is 718-326-2009 but I could not find a website for them." [RackedWire Inbox]