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First of the major fashion schools to kick off their graduation show was the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York last Thursday with their Future Of Fashion Graduate Show.
The show was presented by FIT alumni Calvin Klein and hosted by Alexa Chung.
Judged by six highly respected fashion and media professionals Colleen Sherin – Saks Fifth Avenue’s senior fashion director, Kate Betts – author and contributor to CNN NPR’s Marketplace, Leisure, and Elle Décor, Alana Kelen – MTV Networks stylist, Lilliana Vazquez – CheapChicas.com founder, Bryanboy – blogger, and L’Armoire Du Stylist founder Beagy Zielinksi.
The graduates were mentored by nine industry critics; Rebecca Minkoff, Brandon Sun for sportswear, Lisa Di Napoli of Tommy Hilfiger Kids for childrenswear, Kate Williams of Donna Karan, Daniel Vosovic, Reiko Waisglass of Phillip Lim for knitwear, Jennifer Zuccarini of Fleur du Mal for intimate apparel, Mathieu Mirano for special occasion and Felicia Zivkovic of Lela Rose who were all present and supporting at the show.
The graduates showing the 85 looks were Grace Cox, Peter Do, Sarah Conlon, Daniel Laudadio, Sarah Angel, Gayoung Ahn, Natali Collado and Talisa Almonte.
Peter Do, Sarah Conlon and Talisa Almonte are three of this year’s Critic Award winners.
Do and Conlon both interned at Calvin Klein, while Almonte worked with Rag & Bone.
The students that won the awards were Joelle Samaha for special occasion, Sarah Angel and Grace Cox for knitwear,
Grace Cox for Best Use of Colour, Natali Collado for children’s wear, Danielle Ortiz for intimate apparel,
In the larger sportswear category, Gayoung Ahn, Peter Do, Sarah Conlon, and Talisa Almonte all received awards.
So let’s take take a look at the work…
Grace Cox Knitwear Award and Best Use of Colour Award Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images
It reportedly took the designer Grace Cox three weeks working over 12 hours a day and almost every day just to knit the coat. “It was hard because it’s a mix of different materials so I had to keep cutting it and eyeing it to make sure that I wasn’t using too much ribbon in one place, I wanted it to look easily mixed,”.
Sarah Angel’s work was truly an award winning balance of boldness and delicacy due to her use of vibrant colour and intricate woven knit.
“I participated in the International Fashion Design program at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. During my year in Milan, I chose knitwear as my field of in-depth study. Still, my interest in fashion design is equally divided between knitwear and sportswear, resulting in a desire to fuse the two fields and work in untraditional ways.”
Peter Do’s minimalist sportswear was in tune with an overall style of wearable futurism that was evident in much of the show. He says of his creations – “ I find myself obsessing with finding new ways to construct/deconstruct clothes in my journey. I like the idea of blurring the line between 2D and 3D, reality and illusion, hands versus machines, and traditional versus technology.”
Sarah Conlon has a clearly defined idea of her creative sources and goals “I design because I am constantly intrigued by the functional and aesthetic possibilities of fashion. Themes of minimalism and futurism have informed my most recent works, fueled by a fascination with abstraction in sculptural, digital, and sonic forms. The rapidly changing pace of technology in our society makes fashion both a challenging and rewarding field.”
Cute little models bopped down the catwalk to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song creating a wave of smiles and adoration.
Natalie Collado, Winner of the children’s wear award, loves the freedom in range she has with designing children’s wear saying that… “Since specializing in children’s wear I feel that I have truly found a place where I am able express my full potential as a designer. What drew me most to kids’ wear was that I could design a little bit of everything. I’ve done everything from puffer coats to swimsuits. No matter what it is that I’m designing, I am enjoying every second of it! ”
Danielle Ortiz’ beautiful intimate wear was classic, sexy and very desirable “I knew that being a fashion designer was the only career path for me. I set goals for myself to help me achieve this dream. One of my greatest achievements was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. European culture evolved my creativity and desire for conceptual design. Florence grew my appreciation for all things vintage, organic, and beautiful. New York City fashioned my modern style. My vintage-modern aesthetic is a fusion of the two cultures that inspired me and shaped me into the intimate apparel designer I am today.
Joelle Samaha’s winning piece was a work of timeless chic and subtle detailing
“The most rewarding part is to see my designs come to life, from the beginning stages of designing to constructing the final piece. My meticulous and creative nature makes design an ideal match for me; it is the perfect outlet for my creativity.”
Gayoung Ahn “In my eyes, fashion is for fun. It’s been my life and a source of unparalleled delight for me. My goal is designing clothes that make women want to do a little dance and make them look like they are living in beautiful days.”
Talisa Almonte’s work focuses on being easy-to-wear “…growing up in a Hispanic household and hearing about the struggles of the women in my family trying to find stylish and proper clothing definitely fueled my passion for design and is what ultimately made me realize that I could create a brand that would cater to women of all shapes and sizes. I’d also like to believe that growing up with two very creative and supportive parents is what ultimately destined me to become the person that I am today: always growing and fighting for my dreams, not just for myself but for my family.”
Here’s some more of our favourite looks from the show….
In particular this skeleton-like 3D printed dress…
Congratulations to all the graduates of the Fashion Institute of Technology
The full show can be viewed on the FIT website @ http://blog.fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion/
Graduate quotes from
http://blog.fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion/ The Students