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New York Welcomes A New Wang

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While it takes a cranked party to drown out the sound of World Trade Center construction, such was the scene at last night’s W Hotel Downtown soirée for Chinese designer Uma Wang (pictured, right), who turned heads this past fashion week in Milan, where her namesake label made its Italian debut. Hosts Meredith Melling Burke and W Hotels global fashion director Jenne Lombardo (pictured, left) took it to eleven, with help from guests like Peter Som, Alejandro Ingelmo, and Kate Foley. Wang, who is here for a month as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund China exchange program (a new initiative targeted at expanding opportunities for CFDA designers in China and vice versa for Chinese designers like Wang), kept a noticeably low profile. “I was so happy to come to New York, but I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I’m just following the schedule.”

She’s right on time for a breakthrough. Wang’s design vibes combine the almost-goth moodiness of Rick Owens with the sharp utility of that other Wang, Alexander. Or, as she puts it: “I only wear black, unless I’m wearing white.” On that note, Lombardo said, “Look at her, she’s wearing all these black layers with long hair and a nose ring—it’s so right-on. She’s more New York than all of us!”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com