Oh, what a show! FIT’s Future of Fashion show, held last Thursday evening at the John E. Reeves Great Hall on the FIT campus, was absolutely spectacular. Presented by Calvin Klein and hosted by Nicole Richie, it was a fun-filled night of fashion surprises. For fall ’15, there were 72 fabulous styles on the runway, created by FIT’s top graduating fashion design students. Fashion categories included nine award-winning looks from children’s wear, intimate apparel, knitwear, special occasion and sportswear.
Winning designs for the Best Use of Color Award and for the first-ever People’s Choice Award were also presented. In the audience, the celebrity and VIP guests included Nicky Hilton, Sonja Morgan, Francisco Costa, Lorraine Schwartz, Jonathan Cheban, Phillipe and David Blond, K. Lee Graham and others.
As this year’s host, Richie, the creative director of House of Harlow, shared her vivacious personality and her take on the Future of Fashion show.
“From an early age, I was fascinated with creating my own unique look,” said Richie. “Staying true to yourself and not letting others influence you is very important. The Future of Fashion runway offers these emerging designers a unique opportunity to get their designs in front of influential members of the industry at the beginning of their careers. To witness their creations come to life on the runway (with them) will truly be inspirational.”
From designs by the college’s most talented graduating fashion designers, 27 garments were selected for the People’s Choice Award by the fashiondesign faculty. They chose three garments from each of the nine classes. The contest was promoted through social media and more than 17,000 votes were cast. The People’s Choice Award winner is special-occasion designer Caroline Vagnone. Shannon King, a knitwear designer, won the Siempre Mujer Magazine’s Best Use of Color Award.
Three designers were honored with the Cotton Inc. Awards. Jenna Zhang, from FIT in Milan, won first place, Hee Soo Lee won second place and Chanan Reifen won third place.
The Future of Fashion recognizes MAC and its team of makeup artists, led by Romero Jennings. Celebrity stylist Halli Bivona of John Barrett Salon, located on the top floor of New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, directed a talented team of hair stylists.