Some 90 looks paraded down the runway Wednesday night, created by graduating Fashion Design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology for their annual end-of the-year runway show. These looks were selected from a field of 300 and spanned sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel and children’s wear.
While the children stole the show with their sashaying and antics on the runway, those in attendance were impressed with the professionalism of the designs.
“I thought it was great,” said Dennis Basso, who was seated in the front row. “It’s always great to see these students who are real innovative and creative. They’re so talented. I thought the lingerie was extraordinary, and I’m an eveningwear kind of guy.”
Others at the show included Tom Murry, president and chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc.; Rebecca Minkoff, Lisa Perry, Maggie Norris, Marcus Wainwright, Fern Mallis and Yigal Azrouël.
“Calvin Klein Inc. is pleased to underwrite such an important and inspirational show. This year’s students showed diversity and design prowess. As a brand we are proud to support FIT and their role in the future of fashion,” said Murry. The professionally produced show, dubbed “The Future of Fashion,” was supported by a $2 million gift from alumnus Calvin Klein and the company he cofounded, Calvin Klein, Inc. Klein was unable to attend this year’s show.
Nine major designers and design houses, Amsale Aberra, Maggie Norris, Lisa Perry, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, Gary Graham, Flora Nikrooz, Tom Scott, Lars Andersson and Bonnie Young, mentored the students and selected the most exceptional garment by a student in their group with a special citation as a Critic Award winner. They are Trung Vu (Special Occasion); Elle Loow (Special Occasion); Carly Rosenbrook (Sportswear); Miguel Pena (Sportswear); Jae Lee (Sportswear); Alina Kulik (Intimate Apparel); Sijeo Kim (Knitwear); Marines Padilla (Knitwear), and Thaiana Cruz (Children’s Wear).
The designers also vied for cash awards from Cotton Incorporated, a longtime show sponsor. Three students were awarded for displaying the best use of cotton in their designs. The first place prize of $10,000 went to Tae Kyung Kim; the second place prize of $5,000 went to Jong Suk Park, and the third place prize of $2,500 went to Emily Levine.
In addition, Siempre Mujer, published by Meredith Corp., sponsored a new award for the best use of color. That award, judged by María Cristina Marrero, editor in chief of Siempre Mujer, also went to Tae Kyung Kim and came with a $2,500 cash prize and a feature in the August/September issue of Siempre Mujer.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion