It was business as usual at Gen Art’s Styles International Design Competition on Wednesday night.
Twenty-five finalists competed once again for top honors in categories of accessories, men’s wear, eveningwear, ready-to-wear and avant-garde fashion. There was the usual laundry list of sponsors — Sephora, Honest Tea, Ecru New York — and industry judges, including Twinkle’s Wenlan Chia, Victoria Bartlett of VPL, James Coviello and Elle’s Anne Slowey. But there was no escaping the fact that the evening was significantly more subdued than previous competitions. For instance, Gen Art swapped the usual runway theatrics at the Hammerstein Ballroom for the decidedly low-key tableau presentation at the 7W New York showroom and merchandise mart.
“It’s a very different experience,” said Gen Art founder Ian Gerard. “This is much more intimate. The whole setting before: Unless you were in the front row, you were a good 50 feet from the clothes.” The motive behind the switch, however, was a far more practical one: Gen Art has been going through tough times, which explains the lack of monetary prizes. In June, for example, Gen Art held a benefit to support the struggling 15-year-old firm. “That gave us the heart to push on,” said Gerard, adding that, contrary to reports, the company has not merged with Rock & Media Entertainment. “Gen Art is still Gen Art. We’re still independent.”
As for the winners, they proved there’s plenty of talent to go around. Yoon Chang and Je-Won Hwang of Whistle & Flute took home the rtw prize for their polished tailoring; Kimberit, the eveningwear nod for her airy dresses, and Johan Ku, the avant-garde prize for his elaborate, chunky knit dresses. Claude Grant and Lady Grey’s Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader won in the men’s wear and accessories categories, respectively. Jeffrey Monteiro, meanwhile, won free booth space at New York’s The Train trade show in February. “We still have the same philosophy and the same goal,” said Gerard. “We’re about giving these designers a stepping stone to where they can be.”
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@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
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“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
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@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)