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May 20th, 2010 by Janelle | Hot Stuff, Industry News
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Alice Ritter, one of our favorite up and coming designers.

The atmosphere at yesterday’s CFDA Fashion Incubator open house was one of pure excitement for the designers and the lucky few who got a chance to visit the premises. The incubator space houses 12 rising talents, all under one roof and presents them with the unique opportunity to work in an affordable, central location in the heart of NYC’s Garment District. Supporting the next generation has always been a goal of the CFDA and the designers represented are all on their way towards becoming household names. Yesterday’s event was a combination housewarming and meet n’ greet that gave the designers a chance to show off their new pads and talk to the press.

The diverse group represents a cross section of the current fashion scene; from avant garde jewelry designers, like Subversive Jewelry’s Justin Giunta, House of Waris’ Waris Ahluwalia and Gemma Redux’s Rachel Dooley, to luxe handbag designer Sang A, edgy menswear from Public School and forward thinking womenswear from Prabal Gurung, Alice Ritter and Bibhu Mohapatra, every facet is covered. The collective energy behind the project could be felt in each of the designer’s rooms where they shared their latest work as well as a few goodies for visitors. For a taste of the goings on (and a peek at pieces we loved) take a look at our special behind the scenes pictures.

We loved all of Gemma Redux‘s pieces

Sang A creates coveted bags. Here, one of her signature python pieces.

Justin Guinta of Subversive Jewelry designs one of the most exciting jewelry lines around.

House of Waris‘ Waris Ahluwalia

Waris’ bracelets and rings are delicate yet powerful.

We adore the pins for the lucky visitors (like us).

Public School‘s Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell design a fantastic menswear line (Dao Yi is wearing one of the line’s distinctive jackets).

Jolibe‘s team (Designer Joel Diaz on right)

The beautiful, serene looks from Jolibe.

Coveted sunglasses from Grey Ant.

Great jacket by Grey Ant

A beautiful creation by Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu’s rich Fall/Winter palette

Bibhu with some of his designs, including a gorgeous wedding dress.


  1. masio says:

    wow/// it`s dress!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Rebecca N. Hassan says:

    the little crown shaped rings are really interesting

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