GEN ART’S NEW GANG

NEW YORK — Fashion as entertainment. That was the mood at Gen Art’s lively Fresh Faces in Fashion presentation at the Manhattan Center Tuesday night.
The show, now in its fifth year, featured six women’s wear and two men’s wear designers, along with an exhibition highlighting the work of four accessories designers.
With fashionista Lauren Ezersky in the role of MC, the evening focused on young designers who showed looks ranging from pretty girly dresses to over-the-top artistic ensembles.
Plum, designed by Cristina Ramirez, showcased clean, sleek pieces with a cool edge. From slinky tight-fitting black pants with shell-like tops that unsnapped at the shoulders and turned into a flap with pockets, to more feminine looks such as form-fitting black dresses with green abstract patterns, Ramirez’s designs fused minimalism with sex appeal.
Designer Benjamin Cho, however, let his inhibitions run wild with an over-the-top, but interesting, lineup. A fringed white top was worn with classic gray pinstriped pants; a sarong-style skirt paired with a teeny bikini top showed Cho’s flair for the unexpected.
Another one to watch was Sabbah, designed by Claude Sabbah. The collection mixed urban streetwear with couture elements. He showed sexy evening dresses in camouflage prints covered with black netting for a tough chic look. Also a knockout: the pink silk floral jacquard ballgown with a dangerous slit up the leg that revealed a flash of red and white stripe and camouflage print fabric as the model walked.
Handbag designer Leyla showed snakeskin bags in vibrant shades of turquoise and orange, as well as some pretty straw beach bags.
Jewelry designer Troy Smith presented an unusual selection of fringed leather looks that included belts, bracelets and a sexy leather choker with feather trim, while Nikki B. did beautiful beaded cuff bracelets and necklaces with a sophisticated flair.

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