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“Please remember when I come to borrow some dresses, I did you this favor,” said Alexa Chung, British Vogue contributing editor, who hosted “The Future of Fashion” at the Fashion Institute of Technology Thursday night.
The fashion show highlighted 90 looks created for fall by FIT’s top graduating Fashion Design students. Designs ranged from sportswear and special occasion to knitwear, intimate apparel and children’s wear. Front-row notables included Calvin Klein; Francisco Costa, women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection; Tom Murry, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc.; Ulrich Grimm, creative director, Calvin Klein Shoes & Accessories; Rebecca Minkoff, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT.
The runway show was supported by a $2 million multiyear gift from Klein, an FIT alumnus, and the company he founded, Calvin Klein Inc. Klein made a donation of $1 million through the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, which was matched by a $1 million donation by CKI, a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp.
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At the podium, Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, thanked Klein personally for his devotion to the students’ success and the runway show. “You’re here to see the fruits of your investment. It means so much to the students that you’re here.”
“It was exciting to see what these students were doing,” said Klein, following the fashion show. “I’ve always loved lingerie, and it was so inventive.”
“I thought it was amazing,” added Costa. “It’s the most mature show they’ve done. The quality was incredible, and they’re really stepping up.” He said that it felt as though he was watching one designer’s fashion show, rather than multiple designers. Costa noted that one of the Critic Award winners for sportswear, Peter Do, will be interning for him this summer.
Grace Cox, whose specialization is knitwear, won Siempre Mujer magazine’s Best Use of Color Award. This is the second year that the magazine has sponsored this distinction. Cox will receive $2,000 and will be featured in the magazine.
The show included a capsule collection by graduating FIT Design Students who have spent their final year at the College’s Milan campus at the Politecnico di Milano.