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The CFDA Goes Pop

Lisa Perry hosts a party for the new members

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Diane von Furstenberg, Ruth Finley, and Steven Kolb   
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You know it's not going to be your standard cocktail party when Diane von Furstenberg kicks things off with a roll call. "I suggest that members identify themselves," she said last night at a get-together honoring the CFDA's newest crop hosted by the designer Lisa Perry. "So everyone will know who you are!" It was a good idea on DVF's part—with thirty-two entrants this year, everyone benefited from the rundown.

"The CFDA has evolved so much over time, to a fuller and fuller picture," said Perry from her media room. The designer opened up her pop-art-filled apartment for the fete—cue an exceptional East River view framed by Takashi Murakami statues, and inductee Adriano Goldschmied embracing Catherine Malandrino in the malachite glow of a Jeff Koons Diamond. "It has really broadened," she added, noting, in particular, the strong mix of jewelry designers making the cut this go-around. "I love Mark David—colorful Bakelite and diamonds!"

Much of the evening's buzz concerned this Monday night's announcement of the 2013 Fashion Fund winner. "I'm really liking that Public School," offered Dannijo's Danielle Snyder. "I admire their personalities and their collective aesthetic—it's a winning combination." To that, Maxwell Osborne—who runs Public School, one of ten labels up for the prize, with Dao-Yi Chow—said: "I'm definitely not going to have a speech prepared. I don't want to go into it with any expectation."

For a full list of new members, visit the CFDA's site here.

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