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This Wednesday French Connection Creative Director, Maria Chen, was in New York City to host an exclusive preview of the Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.

To heighten the bold and artful energy of the new collection, guests were invited to Gallery 151 situated in the heart of Chelsea. The space had a cool, downtown vibe featuring white brick walls, concrete floors and an exposed ceiling.

The evening kicked off with an energetic cocktail party, followed by an impromptu runway show showcasing key looks from the Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Identical twin DJs Angel + Dren set the tone for the evening serving up high-energy sets with hip-hop influence. Buyers, fashion press, influencers and industry notables were greeted with handcrafted cocktails by Brooklyn Gin and street food style bites.

French Connection teamed up with Brooklyn based jewelry designer, Martine Ali, who set up a curated jewelry bar on-site. Guests had the unique opportunity to customize a French Connection x Martine Ali necklace by choosing from a range of elements including chains, charms and closures.

Ahead, check out some of our favorite snaps and looks from the event...

Check out more from the event on our Instagram.

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