Fashion Scoops: Cate Comes And Goes... Hey Teach... Good Fortune...

A glowing Cate Blanchett helped light the new Armani Ginza Tower in Tokyo on Tuesday night, but it was a flying visit to Japan for the actress.

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GOOD FORTUNE: Vengsarkar Budhu, who reportedly was swindled by Ron Smith out of $5,500 and a fashion show at the Hudson hotel in September, had much better luck in China. Last week, he won the bronze medal, representing Fashion Institute of Technology at the first Jia Hai Cup, an international fashion show held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Wuhan, China. Budhu competed against 40 contestants from such countries as Russia, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.

An FIT graduate, Budhu was awarded "Designer of the Year," the Reem Acra Critics' Award, as well as the Saks Fifth Avenue women's wear award upon his 2006 graduation. Second place went to U.S. designer Sergio Guadarrama, who designs his own line, Celestino, and was also representing FIT. He has shown the past three seasons during New York Fashion Week. The first-place winner was Asano, a Chinese designer.
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