Last night the Pratt Institute, one of the amazing design schools we are lucky to have here in NYC (well, technically it’s in Brooklyn) held its annual graduating student fashion show. Pratt counts a lot of fashion industry insiders as friends, and this year gave Fern Mallis the “Pratt Institute Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award,” which was presented to her by Calvin Klein.
Betsey Johnson probably summed up Mallis’ achievements best, in a video tribute to her (which was loaded with designers singing her praises): “She achieved a whole fuckin’ lot in her short life.” Mallis told us that she’s not done yet, either. “This is a half lifetime award. I’m definitely writing new chapters now.” Her successful 92nd Street Y series is going to continue–and features Tom Ford next week–and she has a new consulting firm. After an introduction by Calvin Klein and a teary speech from Mallis, the lights went down on the X-shaped runway and the show started.
Seventeen students showed five pieces each over the course of the show. And as usual–and this is what makes student shows so fun–there was a lot of creativity on display. From a provocative cigarette themed collection to dresses laced with electric lights, there was a lot to see. There were also some gorgeous tailored collections, and one of my favorites came courtesy of Kelsy Carleen Parkhouse (center look above), whose quilted collection won her the Liz Claiborne Award-Concept to Product, which is worth a cool $25,000.
So click through to see the work of these students–maybe someday we’ll be writing about one of them receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Photos: Shawn Punch