After Pratt and Parsons celebrated their graduating fashion design students this past week, yesterday was FIT’s turn. The alma mater of American design legends like Calvin Klein (who donated a whopping $2 million to the school) and Michael Kors, FIT is graduating about 150 BFA students this year, so watch out, fashion world.
About 80 of them had looks featured in yesterday’s student show, which ran the gamut from adorable children’s wear and the most intricate knits, to stunning evening gowns and gorgeous lingerie. We’re featuring 13 student award-winners here.
FIT is unique in that it lets students concentrate on a specific type of design, such as intimates or knits. Additionally, an appropriate real-world mentor/critic (like Diane von Furstenberg and Josie Natori this year) works with the students to provide constant and invaluable feedback. The results of this close student/critic relationship were evident in the quality of the garments that came down the runway–I was impressed with how sophisticated most of the pieces were. Many of the looks could have integrated seamlessly into any number of runways at New York fashion week.
A quick beauty note: I went backstage to chat with Gordon Espinet, MAC’s senior vice president of global artist training and makeup artistry at MAC, who conceived the makeup looks for the show, which couldn’t have been an easy feat considering he had to deal with about 80 disparate collections. He decided on a classic red lip using MAC’s Lady Danger, which is an orangey red. The 10 children in the show got the MAC treatment, too. “At first we were thinking to go emo [laughs]…no, no we just used a little bit of cream blush to give them a cherubic flush.” And it worked; kids on the runway are the most adorable thing ever. This group danced and twinkle-toed too, much to the delight of well, everyone. But I digress.
Click through to see the best looks from the FIT 2012 school show.