MODEL STUDENT: The French Institute Alliance Française kicked off its annual “Fashion Talks” series in New York on Wednesday, with Reed Krakoff as the first of its three-designer series (Stefano Pilati speaks next Tuesday, followed by Dries Van Noten on Thursday). Interviewed by Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre, Krakoff riffed on much of the expected: his tenure at Coach, the challenges of establishing his own line and finding the right balance between the two. Yet one of the more exciting moments of the evening came when the designer reflected on his schooling. “My parents would not let me go to Parsons unless I got a degree in economics, and I barely got it,” said Krakoff, who received his B.A. in economics and art history from Tufts University. And when he finally told his mother that he wanted to be a designer? “She said, ‘What if you’re no good?’”

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