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Fashion Group International hosts a soiree for L.A. designers in time for Fashion Week

October 13, 2009 |  2:08 pm

RamiA clutch of L.A. designers and fashion industry professionals crowded onto the rooftop bar at the downtown Standard hotel Monday night for "Meet the Designers," a cordial cocktail party hosted by Fashion Group International's Los Angeles chapter.

The event, timed to the start of L.A. Fashion Week, was very "Model as Muse" in concept -- designers were meant to turn up with their creative muses, decked out in an original design. And while there were a few gussied-up models floating around, others interpreted the theme more casually.

"This is my daughter, my muse!" said Nony Tochterman, the pink-coiffed designer for Petro Zillia, pointing to her grade school-aged daughter sitting next to her, looking cute as a button in a sequined striped cardigan.

Meanwhile, "Project Runway" alum Rami Kashou went all out -- creating a structural black-and-white checkered dress for his (grown-up) model that was "inspired by Frank Gehry and Disney Hall."

Designer Randolph Duke, looking dapper in a dark suit and tie, said he felt the FGI event was prudent because the L.A. fashion scene "needs some coddling right now -- it's really important to nurture talent."

He added that creating a fashion week in L.A. that would be worthwhile "all comes down to talent. If there are enough good people showing, you'll get the Anna Wintours getting on a plane."

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Rami Kashou, left, with a model in one of his designs. Credit: Emili Vesilind / For The Times

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