NEW YORK — Morgan Selin, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, won the $10,000 grand prize at the Sixth Annual Supima Design Competition Thursday afternoon.
Competing with seven other finalists at the runway show staged at The Studio at Lincoln Center, Selin presented a capsule collection of eveningwear made exclusively with Supima cotton fabrics. Supima is the promotional organization of the American Pima cotton growers.
Selin’s mini collection — which was rendered in a mix of handmade matte knits and shiny metallics in a palette of blue, silver and pewter tones — won accolades from the judges, who included Douglas Hannant, Fern Mallis and Rachel Roy, for her innovative style. Her résumé is peppered with several design awards and scholarships, all resulting from her draping and experimenting with materials such as bulky machine knits.
Selin said her goal was to transform garments into wearable jewelry through sheen and reflective qualities.
“I wanted to work with metallics and thought it would be a challenge. I used silver and pewter foil, but I also wanted to add texture to the garment, so by shredding it into strips I gave it a certain texture. My inspiration was the ocean, a deep blue palette of the currents and waters twisting around,” said Selin.
Asked if she plans to start her own design business with the $10,000 check that was handed to her by the show’s host, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, she replied, “No.”
“I’m going to buy a working foot sewing machine — a sewing machine to work with leather — and create a lot of leather designs. But I would like to work for another designer for a while and learn the ropes of the business,” she noted.
Selin’s mentors for the competition were Meg DeCubellis and Donna Gustavsen.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews