NEW YORK — A sense of whimsy mingled with straight-up sex appeal at the annual Fashion Institute of Technology Accessories Design Show here last month, produced by graduating seniors.
While some student designs strayed into somewhat bizarre realms, others picked up on current trends in the accessories market — fur trims, velvet, rich colors, embroidery, feathers, flowers and beading.
The strongest looks were the more refined cocktail hats with touches of netting, antique-style flowers or ribbon. One student manipulated piles of fabric into a regal head wrap a la Nefertiti or the more current look of soul singer Erykah Badu.
Interestingly, many of the students included corsets in their lines. Perhaps it was fashion’s recent rehash of gothic that inspired them to make haste with boning and lace. Styles ranged from a St. Mark’s Street look — basic black paired with red plaid pants — to a burgundy velvet number with black swirls.
The students put on the show three times during the day on May 12.

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