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The CFDA Welcomes a New Generation

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Vera Wang hosted the CFDA new-members cocktail party last night at her Park Avenue duplex. "It's a banquet hall," she joked about the grandly proportioned but mostly unfurnished rooms, which will soon undergo renovation. (One of the not so secret attractions of this annual event is the opportunity to gawk at the impressive digs of the evening's host, who is generally chosen from the upper reaches of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.)

The added elbow room was useful in accommodating the 26 designer-strong group of new inductees. "The more people you have in a family, the more interesting the conversation," CFDA executive director Steven Kolb said, adding, "It's a strong bunch, diverse not just in terms of talent but also of location and age."

Take Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon. She's been hard at work with her partner, Vicki Beamon, on their jewelry collection for over two decades. "I don't like to jump into anything," she laughed, explaining that her daughter Mandie surprised her by filling out the application forms. Menswear designer Adam Kimmel has considerably fewer years under his designer belt, but he's contemplating branching out. "Everyone's pushing me to do women's," he said. "I think I'd start by creating more tailored versions of my men's." No word on whether his female customers will be asked to swim with sharks, as David Blaine does in the short film Kimmel is unveiling at PS1 this weekend.

L'Wren Scott, too, is busy diversifying. She had to skip out early to catch an overnight flight back to London. On Friday morning, she's doing a PA at Selfridges for her new Lancôme beauty line. "The most fun for me was working in the lab, seeing all the different technicians," she said. "My only disappointment: I didn't get a white lab coat." This week, Scott had to settle for seeing Michelle Obama in her ivory jacquard shift dress.

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