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Fashion folk may have a rep as a rather, er, frosty bunch, but the assembly of editors at Tuesday's Gryphon sample sale in midtown Manhattan cast aside suspicions that claws pop out when knocked-down duds and the aforementioned ladies are in the same room. Sipping Champagne from cheerful red plastic cups, staffers from numerous magazines offered each other helpful tips on which of the film-noir-esque trenches looked best ("I love the metallic cropped coat in navy." "The wrinkley trench is perfect for layering with that sweater.") Perhaps the year-old outerwear label—named for the medieval creature with the head, talons and wings of an eagle and body of a lion—was less the unifying force than the designer herself, former Vogue fashion writer and all-around popular girl Aimee Cho. "There are people here I haven't seen in a long time," said Cho, demonstrating the nifty dual pockets of her own cropped peacoat to a few friends. Noted one shopper, "It's like a high school reunion."

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