NEW YORK — Gen Art is officially looking for new talent.
The arts and entertainment organization is accepting submissions for its ninth annual International Styles Competition and Runway Show, scheduled for May 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom here.
Twenty-five young designers will vie for more than $35,000 in cash prizes. The finalists show their clothing designs and compete before a panel of judges, who have included Nicole Miller, Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Tim Gunn and Saks Fifth Avenue's Michael Fink.
March 30 is the deadline for open call submissions in the categories of women's ready-to-wear, men's wear, women's avant-garde, women's eveningwear and accessories. April 13 is the deadline for the Perrier "Bubbling Under" award for design. For that honor, Perrier is asking aspiring designers to visualize and create the best design concepts based around the theme: "POP." Five finalists from this competition will be showcased in installations and video presentations at the Styles show. Finalists will be judged during the event, and the winner will be chosen and announced that same evening and presented with a $10,000 check.
All entries in the five categories will be reviewed by a selection committee of top editors, stylists and retail buyers that will meet to select the finalists on April 20. The open call reaches out across the globe to emerging designers from all ends of the spectrum. The competition drew its largest pool last year, with more than 850 entries from more than 25 countries and 30 U.S. states.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)