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April 21 2014

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Student Body-Con

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“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.

Photos: Lorenzo Ciniglio (FIT) and Dan Lecca (Parsons)

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  1. FashionsRobinHood says:

    A great night for parsons and its students alike…. always a dark side of fashion though that was clearly on display in the second portion of the evening…

    Its always a better fairytale when Cinderella gets the prince at the end so its no surprise (at least to the Parsons students who humbly saved their applause) that Ms. Niloufar Mozafari won the Designer of the year.

    Unlike her fellow students she barely contributed a stitch to her entire collection which was produced for her by all outside sources….

    Either way its what you do with the award that really counts.. Now that the awards are in its time for the real challenge to start…getting a job.

  2. iheartfaire says:

    Jealous much? I know Mademoiselle Niloufar and she works her a** off! She is an extremely talented designer so please, let her have her moment.

    Your post makes me ill. Shame on you.

  3. mszutarski says:

    To Murphy Thiel,

    Murphy, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! We are very proud of you. John and Maureen Szutarski