September 1 2014

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2 posts tagged "The Fashion Institute of Technology"

Jason Wu Remembers His Carefree Days


Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Olivia Chantecaille, and 600 other dinner guests did their part for New York fashion last night, at a Fashion Institute of Technology benefit at Cipriani honoring Saks CEO Stephen Sadove. Acknowledging that the industry keeps 175,000 or so of his constituents employed, Mayor Bloomberg presented the award and at least one trademark quip: “This is an evening I like to call Saks in the City.” These are tough times for retailers, but Sadove took it a step further at the podium. “We’re in an environment where it’s chic to bash luxury,” he said. No doubt the $700,000 the event raised for scholarships and student services will help Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s alma mater continue to inject talent into the industry. But all the talk about money made recent Parsons grad Jason Wu, for one, a wee bit nostalgic for his student years. “I could just design something and not have to worry about it—not have to market it, sell it, just create,” he sighed. “Carefree days.”

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there goth the neighborhood


The “goth” epithet tends to elicits an eye roll, followed by snarky references to the Cure’s Robert Smith or moody teen mall haven Hot Topic. But Valerie Steele is here to debunk a few myths. Steele, director of the Museum at FIT and curator of Gothic: Dark Glamour, opening today, led us on a tour of the exhibit, which features over 75 ensembles from the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Rodarte (pictured), Alexander McQueen, and of course, admitted former goth Rick Owens. “Most fashion designers are not inspired by goth street style so much as they are inspired by the origins—Victoriana and horror movies and, to some extent, the music,” Steele explained. Fitting then, that the exhibition is set mise-en-scène-style, its pieces housed variously in iconic gothic settings: labyrinth, “ruined” castle, laboratory, and, our personal favorite, madhouse. While Coco Chanel once declared that “fashion must die and die quickly, in order that it can begin to live,” Steele has her own take: “Like the vampire, fashion is undead.”

Photo: Courtesy of FIT