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Globe style writer Christopher Muther's full list of must-see events during Boston Fashion Week, kicking off Sept. 27, runs in tomorrow's Style section but here's a preview of five that you can't miss:
An event that consistently lives up to its name. Each year a panel of local tastemakers from Fashion Group International plucks some of the most promising local talent and gives them an opportunity to showcase their work. This year, you can catch the work of Launch designers not on runways but in artistic installations all over the city. Your first glimpse of Launch designers Tatiana Tejedor, Sasha Thomas, Carlos Villamil, and Sammi Yang is at the Launch Lens party at the W Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Four of the cityís top fashion shutterbugs ó Tracy Aiguier, Joe Benjamin, Sadie Dayton, and Bob Packert ó each photographed the work of a Launch designer. The results range from ghostly and ethereal artistic shots to magazine-ready glamour pics. The event is free, but an RSVP is required (www.launchlens.eventbrite.com).
You can also see the work of Launch designers in a furniture store (yes, I said furniture store) on Monday, Sept. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Circle Furniture (31 St. James Ave., Boston location). The four designers will be on hand and models will wear the 12-piece capsule collections. Itís free, but an RSVP is required (also at www.launchlens.eventbrite.com). Finally, you can see the collections on display at Copley Place. The exhibit will remain in place until Oct. 11.
Proenza Schouler at the Institute of Contemporary Art
The designing pair Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (pictured) ó the name of their label is an amalgamation of their motherís maiden names ó are in Boston Thursday, Sept. 26, to talk about their work with ICA chief curator Helen Molesworth. They are two of the most innovative and exclusive designers showing at New York Fashion Week, with their clothing sold at exclusive boutiques. In Boston, you can find their work at Louis. The talk is $20 for nonmembers, $15 for members. 6:30 p.m. ICA, 100 Northern Ave. www.icaboston.org
Ruben and Isabel Toledo
The designers best known for their intricate, sculptural clothing and the bright lemongrass-colored ensemble worn by Michelle Obama for the 2009 inauguration will speak at a fund-raising event at MassArt to benefit the Stitching Studio. The $250 ticket gives you access to preferred seating and a VIP reception with Ruben and Isabel Toledo. 6 p.m. (reception), 8 p.m. (talk). Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. www.iine.us/stitch-by-stitch
Marilyn Risemanís fashion lunch at the Colonnade Hotel
If youíve yet to attend one of Risemanís fashion presentations at Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel, you can hardly call yourself a fashion enthusiast. With a keen eye for talent, the grand dame of Boston fashion asks some of her favorite young designers to present their designs during these lunch-time gatherings. Itís wonderfully old-school peppered with cutting-edge fashion. On Friday, Sept. 27, sheís asked designers Selahdor and Gregory Paul to show. French onion soup, and fashion, is served at noon. 120 Huntington Ave., 617-425-3240.
Simon Doonan book signing
Simon Doonan, the international brand ambassador for Barneys New York, signs copies of his tasty, dishy new book, ďAsylum,Ē at Barneys at Copley Place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 2 p.m.