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

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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Love to have seen Logan Real attend the runway at MOCA.



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