[Robert Verdi as "Master of Ceremonies"]
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Last night the Hammerstein Ballroom was packed with about 1,700 guests all there to get a glimpse of the fashion future. GENart and Botox sponsored the 10th Anniversary of the Styles International Runway & Awards show. 30 young fashion designers were there competing for $35,000 in prize money. The fabulous Robert Verdi was Master of Ceremonies, Sophia Bush was a special presenter and other sponsors included Acura and Tone Body Wash.
The group of 30 designers was whittled down from over 800 entrants from 32 foreign countries and 35 US states. The looks going down the runway were genius and it was clear that all the finalists possess enough talent to be the next IT designer.
Styles International Runway & Awards show has helped debut designers including Peter Som, Rodarte, Duckie Brown, Sari Gueron, Jeffrey Chow, Cloak, Lulu Frost and Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll.
Who helped pick the talent? Fashion Judging Panel Included: Designer Victoria Bartlett, Designer/Entrepreneur Marc Ecko, Designer Alvin Valley, Designer Douglas Hannant, Designer Carlos Falchi, Designer Alexis Bittar, model Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, Stylist Rebecca Weinberg, Sak's Fashion Director Michael Fink, and Designer & Agent's Founder Barbara Kramer