By  on December 7, 2009

It was business as usual at Gen Art’s Styles International Design Competition on Wednesday night.

Twenty-five finalists competed once again for top honors in categories of accessories, men’s wear, eveningwear, ready-to-wear and avant-garde fashion. There was the usual laundry list of sponsors — Sephora, Honest Tea, Ecru New York — and industry judges, including Twinkle’s Wenlan Chia, Victoria Bartlett of VPL, James Coviello and Elle’s Anne Slowey. But there was no escaping the fact that the evening was significantly more subdued than previous competitions. For instance, Gen Art swapped the usual runway theatrics at the Hammerstein Ballroom for the decidedly low-key tableau presentation at the 7W New York showroom and merchandise mart.

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