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With a touch of Chinese tradition and some fun, Hong Kong-based Lane Crawford celebrated “The Year of the Tiger” at the Bowery Hotel on Friday night, where the retailer’s president, Jennifer Woo, surprised guests by greeting them with red envelopes. Inside the envelopes — in a token of good luck and to ward off evil spirits — were U.S. dollar bills. Guests weren’t supposed to take a peek until Chinese New Year’s on Sunday. “You put it under your pillow and it brings you luck,” Woo explained.

Party chatter centered on how landlords have tried to lure Lane Crawford to Manhattan — despite resistance from the retailer. Woo expressed optimism about the future without addressing real estate. “It’s such an exciting time for us,” she said. “We feel the energy. We had a strong fall and we are off to a strong start to spring.”

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Also greeting the 250 or so guests were Sarah Rutson, Lane Crawford’s fashion director, and a fortune teller.

Earlier on Friday night, Domenico Vacca staged his fall show at the Peter Tunney Gallery off Fifth Avenue, a collection inspired by the craftsmanship and fabrics of his men’s wear, particularly wool and cashmere. “We call it ‘edgy sartorialist,’” Vacca said.

In addition to being cheaper than showing at Bryant Park, in a gallery presentation, “you can really see the details,” he said. “In the tents, it moves too fast.”

As far as new stores, a unit is to open in Atlanta in 2011 “and we are looking at Moscow and London for flagships,” he said.

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