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BENEFIT SALE: The bridal industry has organized a charity wedding gown sale for this Friday and Saturday to benefit the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
Nearly 1,000 dresses will be sold from designers such as Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Reem Acra and Carolina Herrera at the offices of Handshake Dynamics, 30 West 26th Street, from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday.

DESIGN CONTEST: Up-and-coming designers have another opportunity to gain exposure, this time through a foundation that will pay for a fashion presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
A competition has been established by Italian wine maker Ecco Domani to select five designers who will receive a $20,000 grant each to assist with a show. Applications, which will be judged by a group of fashion retailers and editors, must be submitted by Nov. 21. Winners will be selected by Dec. 12. Information can be obtained from the Fashion Group International’s Web site at fgi.org.

NEW HIRES: Nicole Schiano has been appointed co-president of Marina, the year-old beaded dresses and separates unit of Jump/Onyx Nite Apparel.
She joins Felice Hurwitz in the position and will report to Glenn Schlossberg, chief executive officer of the parent company. Prior to joining Marina, Schiano was a sales manager at Scala Dress.
Also, Moonstone Mountain Equipment, a technical outdoor apparel company, has named Hoby Douglass vice president of sales. Most recently, Douglass was a representative for Deuter Packs & Crescent Moon Snowshoes. Moonstone is a division of the Pacific Trail subsidiary of London Fog.

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