New York City is known for its art, fashion and opportunities for those who aspire to build a career using their creativity. The Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute are top fashion schools in New York City that put on runway shows for the public to see at the end of school year. The graduating seniors of both schools had their work paraded down the runway and what a sight it was to see; we were quite impressed.
Earlier this month, Pratt Institute held their fashion show at Spring Studios in honor of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia the Co-Creative Directors at Oscar de la Renta and Monse. A group of 14 graduating students were selected by a panel of industry experts to present their cohesive and progressive senior thesis collections at the show. Through 8 to 15 complete looks per collection, these designers put their distinct voices on display. In attendance, of course, was Fern Mallis, Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Robert Verdi, style expert. The Fashion Department Chair, Jennifer Minnitti announced two special student honorees, Lydumila Sullivan, who was selected to present her work in June at Graduate Fashion Week in London and Jessie Sodetz who was selected to show her collection at the Ralph Pucci Showroom during the highly coveted New York Fashion Week in September 2017.
Just a few days later, FIT’s Future of Fashion Runway show was held to celebrate and showcase the work of the college’s most talented graduating fashion designers. It’s the Fashion Institute of Technology’s highly anticipated end of year runway show and it featured some sensational, innovative looks created by top graduating students majoring in Fashion Design.
Sponsored by Calvin Klein Inc, and the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, the students were able to take home Critic’s and People’s Choice awards in the categories of sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. Throughout the spring semester, designers mentored students as they created their collections, including Chris Gelinas, Erin Rechner, Flora Gill, Karen Sabag, Morgan Curtis, Victoria Lambourne,Isabella Tonchi, Peter Do, Sander Lak and Sophie Theallet.
Once the students’ collections were complete, five accomplished fashion industry professionals judged the designs to determine which garments earned a coveted spot on the runway. This year’s judges were Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Nicole Phelps of Vogue Runway, Lilliana Vazquez of TODAY, Diana Tsui of New York Magazine’s The Cut and Kemal Harris, stylist. Some of fashion’s most prominent names were in attendance from Dennis Basso to Ruth Finley and Ty Hunter, just to name a few.
What an amazing month for fashion in New York City, starting with the Met Ball at the top of the month to these incredible fashion shows displaying great talent from graduating seniors of the class of 2017. Bravo!