The Clothes: Michael Kors always uses "student work" as an insult to designers on Project Runway, but it was definitely not applicable here. The FIT students who sent work their work down the runway deserved to be at NYFW. The mini collections were filled with intricate knit work, beading, beautiful fabrics, and detailed craftmanship.
What the line sheet said: "Welcome to Fashion Next, an exclusive runway presentation and awards ceremony supporting the vision of emerging designers and fostering fashion's next generation. For the third annual Fashion Next runway show and design awards, ELLE has partnered with the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology."
The Hair & Makeup: The hair was relaxed and flowy, paired with a classic red lip.
The Soundtrack: Spanish club music mixed with dubstep.
The Vibe: After the PR nightmare that was check-in (it was like 100 well dressed women & men fighting for the last Birkin on earth), we made our way to the upstairs of the David Koch center. The lights were dimmed, but bright enough to still gawk at the bevy of amazing clothing in the room. After we watched a short video giving a backstory of the students, their collections, and the collaboration with ELLE, the models came out with each designer showing three looks.
The Front Row: Alexa Chung, Chrissy Teigen, Steven Alan, Alexis Bittar, BryanBoy, Ken Downing, Wes Gordon, Brad Goreski, Mara Hoffman, Catherine Malandrino, Christina Ricci, the ELLE staffers, Peter Som, Erin Wasson, Leigh Lezark, Fern Mallis
Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing these Collections: Michael Kors, for purely ironic reasons.
WTF Moment: Happening upon the girl who claimed she's Choupette Lagerfeld of @ChoupettesDiary. Naturally, she was looking purrrfect.
What the designer said: "At first, I couldn't say anything because I didn't even know it was me. I thought someone else would win. I was looking at their work for two full months, and [it] was so great. I was even inspired by them," said Jongsuk Park (humbly), Maybelline New York Fashion Next Award recipient, on winning the $25,000 grant and how it felt to beat his peers.
Swag: A free copy of ELLE (obviously), Maybelline mascara, lipstick and nail polish.
Click through to see collections by Joshua Myrie, Soyeon Hwang, Daniela Gutmann, Lauren Sehner, Paul Kim, Jongsuk Park, Maria Houck, Christine Smith, Aubrey Pederson, Kieran Pancho, Amanda Carlson, Rosa Ng, Tae Kyung Kim, Sunyoung Lee, Helen Castillo, Yvonne Luong, and Daniel Silverstein.