“You never know what you’re going to get,” Calvin Klein said last night at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s senior show. The FIT alum was playing fashion critic for the evening—something of a role reversal for the iconic designer—and was pleasantly surprised by some of the students. Not that he had experience in his collegiate days. “Back when I was a student, we didn’t have critics. I don’t know what we had!” Klein said with a laugh. Each critic offered advice throughout the program and named one exceptional student an award winner. Klein was full of compliments for his pick, Liudmila Urbina, who showcased a minimalist (naturally) black silk/wool-blend petal-hem coat paired over a simple white gazar cocktail dress (upper left). (Fellow judge Carolina Hererra picked the ladylike designs of Diana Donovan as her favorite.) Other highlights of the runway show—one that took a page from Burberry’s playbook and was shot and broadcast in 3-D—included a fringed mint-colored dress by Jane Carlton that recalled Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2010 collection, and a superbly executed leather men’s motorcycle jacket by Murphy Thiel (upper right), who took home the menswear prize.
Meanwhile, at Parsons, graduating students paraded their collections for a crowd that included William K. Fung and Vera Wang, the evening’s recipients of honorary awards. They weren’t the only winners. Niloufar Mozafari, who took last year’s Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship and CFDA Scholarship, nabbed the prize for womenswear designer of the year for her memory-inspired collection (lower left). Dylan Taverner, who’s worked with Patrik Ervell, won the trophy for menswear (lower right), and Susan Kay was named childrenswear designer of the year.