For the second year in a row, Kering (formerly PPR) is hosting the "Empowering Imagination" competition, which will give two winning Parsons students the chance to intern at one of Kering's 19 luxury brands. Kering is home to some of the industry's biggest brands--last year's winners interned for Gucci and McQ Alexander McQueen--so this is certainly an amazing opportunity for a design student.
Parsons has narrowed the field down to 14 students, who will soon be judged by a group of fashion insiders: Eco Age’s Livia Firth, Style.com’s Dirk Standen, Barneys New York’s Dennis Freedman, Kering’s Laurent Claquin, Paper Magazine’s Mickey Boardman, and Parsons’ Simon Collins.
And for the first time, Parsons and Kering are teaming up with Style.com, which will profile each of the 14 students between May 2 and May 15. (Two profiles have already gone live--Sophia Sung Suh and Kaye Applewaite--at Style.com.) The website will also host a mentoring session with the students.
If all that wasn't cool enough, Barneys New York will display looks from all 14 finalists in its Madison Avenue flagship.
A profile on Style.com and a display at Barneys? Somehow, we think even the 12 students not chosen for an internship won't be too disappointed.