Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller and author of “Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls” will host the end-of-year runway show at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The event takes place at FIT on May 5 at 7 p.m.
The show, titled “The Future of Fashion,” will feature looks by a selection of FIT’s graduating design students. Ten designers are mentoring the students as they create their final looks for the show, including Dennis Basso, Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia, and Dushane Noble of Narciso Rodriguez. Gabriel Asfour of Threeasfour, will serve as mentor in the new wearable technology space.
The show will feature five fashion design specializations offered at FIT: Knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion and children’s wear.
The judges for the evening include Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director of Neiman Marcus; Nicole Phelps of Vogue Runway; David Thielebeule of WSJ Magazine; Lilliana Vazquez of the “Today” show, and Annie Georgia Greenberg of Refinery 29. Jessica Torres, editor in chief of Siempre Mujer, will select the winner for the Best Use of Color Award.
The show is supported by a $1 million multiyear gift from Calvin Klein, an FIT alumnus, through the Calvin Klein Foundation, as well as Calvin Klein Inc. MAC has also provided a grant for the show, and the video presentation is supported by Chico’s FAS.
The runway show takes place in the John E. Reeves Great Hall on the FIT campus. While the event is by invitation only, it will be streamed live at fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion.