Yesterday afternoon MAC's John Demsey and Milk's Mazdack Rassi hosted a panel discussion for Parsons and FIT students in the studio that was the site of so many shows this past week. First, let us just say kudos to the two. MAC & Milk was a huge success in my opinion. It was such a more serene atmosphere than the agita-inducing tents. The staff was incredibly helpful. PR people told us it was drama-free and easy to stage their shows and presentations. There were no nightmarish elevator or temperature situations (two of our big concerns). My only real complaint was the patchy internet service I sometimes got inside on the second floor. A girl's gotta Tweet!! But all in all, it was a job very, very well done. Let's do it again in February! Back to yesterday's interesting panel, moderated by the hilarious Suzy Menkes and including Rassi, Jack & Lazaro, Humberto Leon and Caral Lim from Opening Ceremony, Parsons Dean of Fashion Simon Collins, and Alexander Wang.
Here are a few things I learned: —There's no love lost between Suzy and most bloggers. Alex, the Proenza boys and Rassi are much more interested in embracing all the technology and social networking that is changing the industry right now. Rassi said the Alex Wang party even started to trend as a Twitter topic. Britt and I definitely contributed on that front. (We're still not over watching Courtney Love and brushing up against Jordan Catalano.) —Humberto and Carol actually look at almost every designer who emails them about a collection. One of the soon-to-be grads in the crowd made them a pitch during the Q&A, even bringing along her lookbook. They were impressed with her moxie. Humberto also told us that the way they approach buying for the store is to ask about every piece, "Why is this worth it?" Designers, take note and put that extra finish on your clothing. —Rassi wants to project shows onto a section of the Highline for all the public to see. We say, go for it. —If shady companies try to recruit Parsons students for internships and take advantage of them, Simon Collins will send them a nasty letter and considering he threw out such quotables as "If you put a bunch of monkeys in a room with typewriters, eventually one of them will write Shakespeare" we can imagine that they're rather amusing. —Alexander loves the unspoken connection he feels when he sees a girl walking down the street in something he's made. He also got one of the best questions of the day when Suzy asked him about his design process saying, "Do you start with a Twitter?"