It was a rainy evening but a bustling one in New York City on Wednesday, October 15th A certain set of society fashionistas headed down to Osswald NYC,*** in Soho, to enjoy the launch of Fashion Designer Victor de Sauza's inaugural headband launch.
The two-hour cocktail party was hosted by Manhattan socialite Chiu-Ti Jansen. Jansen was a fitting choice to play hostess for De Souza, their friendship of several years notwithstanding, Jansen is a natural fashionista whose love of fashion and beauty are a match for De Souza's aesthetic eye. Whimsical, flirty yet sophisticated looks fit Jansen best and this night her custom-made teal jumpsuit**** designed by De Souza was in perfect concert with a vibrant intricately designed floral headband.
Jansen who works as Publisher and Founder of the New York Observer backed, Yue Magazine as well as the Founder of China Happenings, is an enduring lady of society who enjoyed playing hostess alongside fellow fashionista Barbara Regna, a former model. Each wore fashion and headpieces by De Souza as did OsswaldNYC store owner Tanya Dreiding Wallace.
Notable attendees included: Rachel Inman, Bettina Bennett, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jean Shafiroff, Jackie Shafiroff, Joy Marks, Dr. Penny Grant et al
De Souza, in keeping with his partner Dustin Lujan, now designs head wear to satisfy the need of having amazing accessories to accent his ballgowns, cocktail dresses and cocktail suits. De Souza says of his very delicate wares, "I believe that beauty is in the balance and a great head piece can give the perfect edge that is classic and poetic. I make all my head wear pieces with high quality materials. They are all hand made by couture seamstress to ensure the quality of my products"
*photo credit by John Paul Melendez
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****Jansen has an affinity for difficult silhouettes and conceptual designs. She wore a red silk organza mini-dress with a plunge neckline and an asymmetrical hemline when she hosted De Souza's Fall 2012 fashion show. The dress was purposefully loose fitting, leaving more to the imagination