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Last night’s Future of Fashion Show at the Fashion Institute of Technology was as good an indicator as any that comfort is still women’s top priority. This year’s graduating fashion design students opted for more loopy knits, boxy sweatshirts, and spongy neoprene coats than we could count, while also experimenting with 3-D printing, hand knits, and luxe fur. It Brit and style icon Alexa Chung was tapped to host the event, which was sponsored by Calvin Klein Inc. and the Calvin Klein Family Foundation. An FIT alum, Klein recently gifted $2 million to the program.
The show included approximately eighty-five looks and was live-streamed to FIT campuses all over the world. A front row packed with designers and industry leaders likely inspired a few butterflies backstage— Klein, Francisco Costa, Rebecca Minkoff, and Anya Ziourova were all in attendance.
“I knew it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be that good,” Chung told Style.com after the show. “I thought Sarah Conlon’s silvery-gold pleated skirt [above, left] was brilliant.” She wasn’t the only fan. Minkoff selected Conlon as her Critic Award winner in sportswear. Another standout look was Grace Cox’s neon-pink sweater coat, which featured a thick, intricate weave and frayed edges. It earned Cox the Best Use of Color Award by Siempre Mujer‘s editor in chief, Maria Cristina Marrero. A slew of ethereal lingerie pieces also drew praise from the crowd. Danielle Ortiz won the Critic Award in intimate apparel for her sheer, vintage-inspired bodysuit crafted from creamy lace and blue satin. As for the cutest moment of the night? The parade of kids who stepped out for the children’s wear category, red balloons in hand. Their miniature fur coats, doll-like dresses, and fringed vests looked like they were plucked from our fall wish list.
As an ambassador to the British Fashion Council, Chung is used to spotting young talent on her home turf, citing Emilia Wickstead as a new favorite. “I work with the BFC to sort of champion young London designers, and this was an amazing opportunity to do that in New York City. I didn’t know that anyone knew who I was here, which is nice,” she joked. “I thought it was wonderful. I was incredibly impressed.”
Today in Milan, a panel of judges including Style.com’s Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani, Angelica Cheung, Frida Giannini, Colin McDowell, and Alexa Chung selected the winner of the coveted International Woolmark Prize. Competitors included the States’ Joseph Altuzarra (who will be sending us a diary chronicling his experience), the U.K.’s Sibling, Asia’s Ffixxed, Australia’s Christopher Esber, and Rahul Mishra, who represented India and the Middle East. So which talent won the judges’ affections? That would be Mishra. Having shown a lineup focused on embroidery, the designer will take home $100,000 AU in prize money, and his Woolmark collection will be stocked in such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, Harvey Nichols, and Joyce.
Antipodium is a London-based label with Australian roots. Its name, according to creative director Geoffrey J. Finch (an Aussie, East London transplant himself), is “a play on Antipodean, and a nod to the democratic nature of style in our homeland. As the label has developed, the name continues to reflect our laid- back approach to fashion.”
Fittingly, Antipodium’s East London base is ground zero for the type of person for whom Finch designs: young and hip yet professional—the working girl who loves (and pays) for her party life. In the few years since the brand launched, Antipodium has become a firm favorite of cool purveyors like Alexa Chung, Beth Ditto, Edie Campbell, Dree Hemingway, and Carey Mulligan, among others, and is stocked by international powerhouses such as Barneys, Liberty, Opening Ceremony, Isetan, and many more.
The Spring ’14 collection, which is previewed here exclusively ahead of this Saturday’s runway show, is entitled Attention Shoppers. It is a tribute to Finch being a “shopgirl at heart. It’s a mash-up of Are You Being Served?, Cher from Clueless, Miss Piggy, Romy and Michele, Pretty Woman, and Barbie—essentially the glory of retail,” says the designer. The good news is that his hodgepodge of references works. A blush pink, iridescent knife-pleat skirt with a Tropicana-patterned bowling shirt takes the girl from the office cubicle to cocktails. Ditto a houndstooth jacket and a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work white dress. “With SS14, we’re pitching to move to the next level,” offered Finch. “These are exciting times.”