Went to LVMH/Parsons “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited” presentation at Milk last night, which was really amazing. Even got some press photos of me taken! Is it because I’m that cool? Or is it because Clint from Patrick McMullan is a nice guy?
Enjoy these photos, taken after a couple glasses of champagne (aka me making excuses for my lack of photography skills…)
Enormous thanks to Simon Collins, Parsons The New School for Design students, and The New School’s Tishman Auditorium for making this event possible; to James Bae, photagrapher; our volunteer staff. And to all the incredible musicians–Walter Aparicio, Asuka Fu, Josh Henderson, JY Lee, and SYBARITE5–you all rocked it!
Enjoy these snaps, taken by Lydia Kim, the other half of the design duo that won the Reconstruction competition. More photos on their way…
Join us tonight for Barber Souvenirs, Ravel Piano Trio in a minor, and the New York Premiere of Thomas Osborne’s Furioso-Vendetta. And fashion inspired by these pieces of music, made out of Louis Vuitton samples!
Models: sit back and enjoy the show, you won’t be working tonight. The clothes will be worn instead by the musicians.
Take a break from an average Friday night. Get tickets here.
…because on October 2 we have a live concert at The New School’s Tishman Hall, where garments created at the Parsons/Louis Vuitton live competition will be worn by the musicians. The students designers drew inspiration from the music that will be performed at this concert.
more info: www.nouveauclassical.org
I went to Parsons today, where I had the privilege of viewing the capsule collections of the finalists for the Designer of the Year award, which will be announced Wednesday evening at the Parsons Fashion Benefit. The presentations today lasted over 3 hours and it was worth every minute (plus, it was nice to be sitting in a fashion show instead of sitting on a piano bench for a change). I was damn impressed. These talented fashion students spent months on their creations, and their inspiration and attention to their art clearly shined through both their pieces and their oral presentations. We are extremely excited to collaborate with Parsons for a top-secret event that will take place this Fall.
I got some decent snaps (as decent as is humanly possible with my old digital), but my camera ran out of battery for Michelle Copelman’s presentation, one of my favorites this afternoon! But maybe we’ll see her stocked at Barney’s soon!
Some collections had themes in common; for instance, Julia Blum, Robert Fitzsimmons, and Shawn Reddy spoke of having the independent, confident woman in mind when designing their collections. Blum drew inspiration for her lingerie line, Ardor, from a novel she had read where women were portrayed as powerful. Fitzsimmons’ collection referenced the sport of wrestling and he mentioned having read Maureen Dowd’s book “Are Men Necessary?” and found the idea fascinating, while Shawn Reddy mentioned that he grew up with very active women and has always been attracted to young women in suits.
The idea of being enclosed or covered was shared in Anna Zurick’s and Bessie Afnaim’s collections, but in completely different ways: Zurick took the idea of feeling trapped and based her collection on “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” a memoir by late French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby while he had locked-in syndrome (completely written by blinking his eyes), while Afnaim talked about feeling safe and protected. Both collections looked extremely comfortable, with Zurick’s super padded designs and Afnaim’s soft, washed fabrics, and Rachel Cohen’s line was made to feel comfortable as well, not to mention easy to wear. Like her peers, Cohen also mentioned her wearer as a confident women (seems no one cares to have vulnerable women wearing their clothes!)
Although there are some similarities in inspiration and themes, these students’s collections were definitely completely different from one another. Take a look…