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Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural Institute on Grymes Hill, was the setting for Staten Island's nod to the fashion industry (and Fashion Week) a first-ever event celebrating local talent.
The evening proceedings inaugurated a three-day event in which organizers pay homage to and provide a unique opportunity to celebrate fashion here and recognize local designers.
To that end, last night's affair was an invitation-only launch party that provided some of the competition's finalist designers a chance to preview their work for such key supporters as models, designers, sponsors and in-kind partners, said Alex Porto, director of membership and outreach for the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.  The evening was sponsored by Bella Magazine and Sovereign Mercedes Motor Limited. View all photos on