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Gen Art: Celebrating its 10th year on the runways on Friday night, the Gen Art show packed The Manhattan Center to present Fresh Faces in Fashion. This year’s lineup included six women’s wear designers, two men’s wear and four accessories collections. And there was some promising young talent to be recognized.

First up, in just her second season, Parsons grad Hye-jin Hwang showed 11 looks with a vintage bent and a quiet confidence in her Gam in Gale collection. A navy tropical wool vest, a button-front skirt and a sweet butterfly jacquard blouse signaled the Seventies, while a high-neck jersey top with a silk chiffon skirt featuring wool insets suggested the Victorian era. But whatever period they evoked, the pieces were assured and beautifully constructed.

Alice Ritter seems to have a lot of ideas about what fashion should be. She was on the right track with her beautiful tiered silver satin dress with a yellow cotton bust and a pretty brown T-shirt and skirt with pleated insets. But she slipped with awkwardly poufed and gathered tops and pants.

Meanwhile, Sarah Spratt and Christian Stroble put everything that was bad about the Eighties into their Eventide collection, while Olivia Wildz of This Dress Is Your House was unable to decide whether she wanted to rehash last season’s naughty secretary or wander the Middle East deserts. Katie Zorn, on the other hand, did well with her more tailored pieces, but missed with her prom gowns. Sarah Blumenthal, the younger sister of Alice Roi, created a lineup of sweetly styled dresses in brash, boldly colored prints for her Sarah collection. These frocks had attitude to spare, but the line needs more development to render it truly viable.

This story first appeared in the September 13, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.