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How Many Project Runway Contestants Can You Fit Into A Barkar?

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Gen Art events will always pack the house. Sometimes overpack the house as LAist has been to other events of theirs where you couldn't tell if you were coming or going. Interestingly, the makeup of Gen Art is very different from city to city (we hear Chicago has the best mix of young professionals - as the LA version can at times just have too many wanna-bes).

So when LAist trekked to the Santa Monica airport Friday night for Gen Art's ninth annual "Fresh Faces In Fashion" show, we kept our expectations in check. Sometmes the first obstacle is check-in, but this time it went smoothly, and we made our way into the Barkar, found our way to the open bar and assessed the scene. It seemed that just about every reality show on Bravo was represented - Workout (check), Blowout (check), Project Runway (quadruple check). Also on hand were Reggie Miller, Macy Gray and Tracy Bingham.

Typical of both fashion, runway shows and Gen Art - you can bet if the doors said 7 and show at 8, we arrived at 8:30 for the show to being just before 9. We took our seats and did a quick scope of the gift bag (three randoms in the crowd received new Blackberry Pearls!). Nick Verreos and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon opened the show (lovely the both of them, but talk about forced compliments and awkward pauses, ouch.) Here is a quick recap of the collections that were shown:

*Trasteverine - See clip above. Classic and flowy black dresses, capes, ruffles and pleats.

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*Fremont - Whimsical, fun, wearable. Cute designers to boot.

*Katy Rodriguez - Bubble skirts (somehow don't know who these would look good on). Beautiful navy colors.

*Augustine - Lots of buttons on skirts and pants.

*Anzevino & Florence - Menswear. Slim leg pants. The only menswear collection.

*Haverhill - Swimwear. We would love to say if we liked the collection or not, but we were four rows back. And the women were 6-foot-tall models in bathing suits. We were holding our tongues in our mouths instead.

*Crispin & Basilio - Metallics, shimmers and sheers.

*Ziji - Big panels and big buttons.

Best overheard? One pixie-esque blonde model walked the runway with a half-smirk on her face. Like a Mona Lisa. The guy sitting behind us snarked, "Why is that bitch smiling? Amateur."

Was there anything that blew us away? Not completely - and the crowd around us seemed to feel the same, but kudos to these designers for taking a step into the limelight. For a fashion week kick-off, it was a haute night indeed.