All photos Lieba Nesis
The “Future of Fashion” held at FIT is a pivotal event for those graduating students who have spent four years at FIT culminating in this end of year fashion show. Joyce Brown, president of FIT thanked Calvin Klein, who donated ten million dollars to FIT but could not make the show, and Cotton Inc. for helping sponsor this show. Additionally, Brown expressed appreciation to all the mentors and judges who gave of their time such as Lisa Perry, Lars Andersson, Kate Betts and the many other esteemed members of the industry who participated. The event was being streamed live on the Web and was being broadcast in 3D so students and other interested parties could view it worldwide. A film was then shown talking about what inspires these students to design. There were students and professors from FIT at the event as well as fashion industry professionals, lawyers in the fashion industry and designers such as Dennis Basso and Yigal Azrouel.
|Emily Levine’s black popover jacket with white cotton shirtdress|
The fashion show was an amalgam of those student’s designs who the judges felt were most worthy of being shown. The winners of the show were: Thaina Cruz in children’s wear, Alina Kulik in lingerie, Sijeo Kim and Marines Padilla in knitwear, Elle Loow and Trung Vu in evening wear, Carly Rosenbrook, Jae Lee and Miguel Pena in sportswear and Tae Kyung Kim with a $10,000 monetary award for the best use of cotton. The first outfit, by Jinjoo Cho, was an ivory wool draped jacket with a black leather harness cutout asymetrically; this was a very complex garment for a graduating student and quite impressive. The other designs for casual wear were predominantly in the current trend of black and white alternating between wool, leather, cotton and knit. The black popover jacket , by Emily Levine, with the white cotton shirtddress was a favorite for its freshness and simplicity. There were a lot of asymetric designs, chunky knits, and futuristic pieces giving the totality of the collection an edgy fashion forward vibe.