August 21 2014

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Hamish Bowles, Designer? Just Ask DVF


The graduating fashion students of Pratt Institute lived out every young designer’s dream last night at the school’s annual fashion show, where they had the opportunity to show their collections in front of an audience that included Diane von Furstenberg and Hamish Bowles.

DVF, a former Pratt Institute Fashion Icon Award winner, was on hand at the Metropolitan Pavilion to bestow the same honor on the Vogue European editor at large. Before leaving the stage, DVF admitted, “Since I have known him, I have wanted to say this to him, but I actually never have—I hope, Hamish, that some day you will be a designer.”

Bowles—who seemed leery of launching a design career of his own—was eager to direct attention to the 18 budding designers eagerly waiting in the wings. He did allow, though, that a recent trip to the Pratt campus had led to a moment of introspection. “It reminded me of my own misspent years as an art student at Saint Martins in London,” said Bowles (left, with Daphne Guinness), whose college contemporaries included the late John Flett and John Galliano. “While I’m afraid I may have spent more time concocting ever more outlandish nightclub garb, and indeed frolicking in said garb, it was of course profoundly inspiring to have spent time in the company of such astonishing creative talents.”

The collections from Pratt’s young designers ran the gamut, from JiHye Wang’s camel-colored sportswear accented with pops of acid orange and Sarah Lind’s gold lamé bodysuit (that noticeably resembled the leggings of audience member Guinness) to Dara N. Rosen’s beautifully detailed wedding gowns (maybe she’s the undisclosed designer of the Royal Dress?) and Elishah Rho’s elegant eveningwear, which had deservedly earned the closing spot.

“I was very struck by how pragmatic it was,” Bowles told after the show. “I sometimes anticipate crazy runway fantasies with a student runway show, but I thought it was very interesting that they were really thinking about the future and beyond their runway show.”

Photo: Will Ragozzino / Patrick McMullan

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