August 28 2014

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Alexa Chung, Calvin Klein, and FIT Salute the Future of Fashion


FIT Future of Fashion 2014

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 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.”

Photo: Paul Porter/

FIT Unveils the Future of Fashion


Japan, horseback riding, and fear of the dentist were among the inspirations at FIT’s annual Future of Fashion show last night, where students of the graduating class of 2013 showed off their creations. Supported by a gift from Calvin Klein (an FIT alum, of course), the show was divided into several categories, including special occasion, sportswear, intimate apparel, knitwear, and children’s wear—which, thanks to a rambunctious mini model who moseyed down the runway with his tongue stuck out, was a particular crowd pleaser. “I was really blown away,” said Lisa Perry, who mentored designers in the sportswear category. She bestowed the Lisa Perry sportswear award upon Jae Lee (above, left). The winning designer sent out an oversize charcoal wool skirt suit garnished with electric orange PVC, and topped it off with a clever plastic visor. “He was incredibly creative,” Perry said of the graduate, who was inspired by yearbook images, which he etched into plastic. “And the quality was amazing. I was so proud!”

Other standouts included Jong Suk Park (above, right), whose chunky hooded knit look won second place in Cotton Inc.’s Best Use of Cotton contest, as well as Carly Rosenbrook’s structured white denim and PVC look, which took the Gary Graham sportswear prize, and Miguel Pena’s waxed cotton and leather separates, which received the Rag & Bone sportswear award. Visit FIT’s website to learn more about the many talents in the graduating class of 2013.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Costa On Ford’s Decision Process


We could probably all use a story about a job interview gone right, and Francisco Costa was happy to provide one at FIT on Monday night. During a Q&A session with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Calvin Klein womenswear creative director remembered interviewing with Tom Ford at Gucci earlier in his career. Lacking a proper portfolio, he stayed up all night sketching prior to the meeting. Those must have been some sketches because according to Costa, they prompted the following exchange:

Ford: Get a lawyer.

Costa: Why do I need a lawyer?

Ford: I want you to come work for me.

Proof that even before he turned his attention to directing movies, TF had a way with snappy dialogue.

Photo: Marcio Madeira