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All that bitching and moaning over the popularity of venues on the far, far west side? We understand it now. After a long day at the tents, we trekked to Twelfth Avenue for a cocktail or two at the WSJ. magazine launch party held at Espace. The event was co-hosted by the CFDA, which meant some big designers actually showed up (Jessie Randall, Liz Lange, Philip Crangi, Rafe Totengco). Diane von Furstenberg attended for an hour or so, then skipped out—hey, she has a show on Sunday to prepare for. Former Project Runway contestant Santino Rice, on the other hand, practically closed the place down. Some observations:
1) Being on a reality TV show really parts the velvet ropes these days. Seriously, Santino Rice and Fatima from America's Next Top Model were both in attendance.
2) A few folks were trying to rock those "Save the Garmet District" tees last night. One had even tried to make the shirt a bit more chic by cutting the sleeves off. This was the first time we've seen the tops make an appearance at any Fashion Week events, for good reason.
3) Swag bag report: free copy of WSJ. magazine and a Wall Street Journal-branded tank top. B- effort.