By Mercedes Sanchez

What's one thing Kat DeLuna, Arlenis Sosa, Raul Acosta and Maluca have in common? They're all of Dominican heritage and met for a private press party at LQ's as the Dominican Ministry of Tourism announced Republica Dominicana Fashion Week 2011.

Members of the press and reality TV stars like Model Latina Jessica Caban and Dwight Eubanks from the Real Housewives of Atlanta stopped by for the announcement and cocktails. I even caught Dwight dancing merengue and not surprised that he was pretty good!

Only in its third consecutive year, RDFW continues to attract a host of international designers and emerging native artists to its Santo Domingo stage. Designers such as Angel Sanchez, LuLu Guinness and Jose Duran, are among past presenters.

More details to come on Republica Dominicana Fashion Week on their Web site.

To learn more about the Dominican Republic, visit

Photos from the cocktail party:

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Have you been to the Dominican Republic? What did you enjoy most?