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Designer Uma Wang Welcomed to New York

It seems like designer Uma Wang is hardly ever down on her luck, but last night fate threw her yet another bone: the weather was pretty much perfect for her official welcome party to the city, which took place at the W Downtown Living Room Bar & Terrace.

After launching her eponymous label in 2005, Wang quickly rose to the top of China's fashion industry and established an enviable international reputation. Earlier this year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced they'd be bringing her to New York City as part of their new China Exchange initiative. (NYC-based designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler are headed to Shanghai.)

The evening was hosted by Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke, the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, and W Hotels fashion director Jenné Lombardo. As you might imagine, these heavy-hitters helped to draw an impressive industry guest list: Peter Som, Jenna Lyons, Kate Foley, Christian Cota, Doo Ri Chung, and so many others were on hand to celebrate Wang's arrival.

And of course, there was no shortage of fashion eye candy. My favorite looks: Opening Ceremony's Kate Foley wore a navy peplum top over shimmery emerald pants bedazzled with gold, and sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens drew attention in drapey neutral kaftans and statement pieces from their rising star jewelry label, Anndra Neen (below, right). 

Images via Joe Schildhorn /