This past weekend, the fashion crowd made its annual pilgrimage to Savannah, Georgia for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s senior fashion show–and this year I had the pleasure of being a part of it–and even got to interview Francisco Costa, this year’s recipient of the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.
We chatted about Savannah, his own fashion education, career challenges, and celebrity dressing–including his experience outfitting a few A-listers for this month’s Met Gala. Also–expect another mass collaboration in the near future.
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) School of Fashion is one of the best in the country, and the student fashion show is an event that we always look forward to. Last year’s senior fashion show left us seriously impressed with the students’ skills, and we have no doubt it will be even better this year.
Take a front row seat with us and watch the next big names in fashion bring their designs to life on the catwalk as we livestream the show on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm EST–in other words, now!
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A month ago, I had the privilege of attending Savannah College of Art and Design‘s 2012 senior fashion show. Having attended fashion shows all around the world (and never having attending a student fashion show), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But upon meeting the students, touring the school, taking a mini fashion illustration class (and even riding a horse!), it became clear that SCAD does not mess around when it comes to fashion: Their 2012 senior show was perfectly-produced, chockfull of covetable pieces, and even boasted a killer soundtrack. In short, it exceeded all my expectations.
The show featured designs from some of the school’s most promising students–and with a school so brimming with talent, that meant it ran a good hour. It was without a doubt one of the longest fashion shows I’d ever attended, so it really means something when I say that I was entertained the whole time. Seriously, every minute. From modern garments made out of neoprene-esque fabric, to filmy, romantic dresses, there was something for everyone. The seniors had poured the last six months–or more–into these mini-collections (one student told me she hadn’t had more than five hours of sleep for the past four months), and it showed.
Because We Cannes, Cannes, Cannes: It was an extrava-Cannes-za this week at Fashionista as we covered the French film festival from all angles. From what was worn on the red carpet, to the best WTF red carpet moments, we’ve got it for you – even the amfAR gala and all black fashion show organized by Carine Roitfeld.
Gwynnie and Kimmy Go Twinsies: Now that Kim K is dating Kanye, and making her way towards the inner circle of one Gwyneth Paltrow, we couldn’t help but notice that the two have started to make the same sartorial choices. We’re sure Gwyneth is thrilled.
Andre Leon Talley and Ralph Rucci Kriticize Kim Kardashian: Speaking of Miss K, fashion heavyweight Andre Leon Talley and designer Ralph Rucci spoke at SCAD this past weekend, where they weighed in on dressing “celebrities” like Kim. It got a little harsh.
Farewell, Kristen Wiig!: We will definitely miss Wiig’s arsenal of hilarious characters next season on SNL, but fret not – SNL has always nailed some of the funniest fashion impersonations out there. Champagne Versace Pockets for all my beautiful bitches!
“I’m so awesomely proud to show off our SCAD student work here in New York City with our incredible partners of Hugo Boss,” Michael Fink, SCAD’s dean of fashion explained at a dinner this week celebrating the school’s latest Etoile Award recipient: Hugo Boss CEO, Mark Brashear. Held at the Mallick Williams & Co gallery, which is currently exhibiting a display of Jeremy Kost’s jigsaw Polaroids, the event served as a platform to show off some of the school’s senior theses, which will take to the runway on May 19th in Savannah.
“I’ve gone down there twice now, I just love the whole Savannah thing–they just own the whole town. I couldn’t be more impressed with the programs and the quality of the work,” Fern Mallis said.
This past weekend, contributing Vogue editor, departing America’s Next Top Model judge, and front row fixture André Leon Talley left the fashion hustle and bustle of New York for the Southern Live Oak-lined streets of Savannah. He was there to celebrate the opening of his namesake gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s new museum of art. He curated the gallery’s first exhibit too, pulling dresses from the 12 designers who have received the ALT lifetime achievement award, an award presented each year to a different designer selected by Talley at the SCAD student fashion show. Past recipients include Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada.
“I am genuinely inspired to come here,” Talley said. “It’s an antidote to the chiffon trenches of fashion week…the rich and complex beauty of the city, the school as a first class art and design university, it means a lot to me.” Talley has long been affiliated with SCAD–he sits on the board, received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities, is helping to create the College’s first costume collection, and now has a gallery named for him at the school’s new art museum.
While weather prevented us from actually seeing the gallery and speaking to Talley face-to-face, he was gracious enough to take some time for a phone chat. We talked to him about curating his namesake gallery, what he’d like to see in that space in the future, and coping with the break-neck every increasing speed of fashion today.
Remember that City episode where Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo sort of rips apart Whitney Port‘s clothing line? Well, in the realm of things that might be awkward, the two now sit on the very same judging panel. Along with Chris Benz, Iman, Joe Zee, and a dozen other industry insiders, they’re part of Elle Fashion Next, a pretty cool program that (like GenArt) helps open doors for emerging fashion designers.
In addition to connecting promising design students with industry mentors, Elle Fashion Next selects a handful of students to show at Lincoln Center during fashion week, and awards the two most outstanding finalists with individual $25,000 grants.
It was hard not to notice the cameras trailing Andre Leon Talley at the Savannah College of Art and Design this past weekend. Talley, who’s a member of SCAD’s board and was in town for the art school’s annual senior fashion show and a panel with good friend Manolo Blahnik, was reportedly filming his very own reality show. But since it’s yet to be picked up by a particular channel–we would have heard about it at last week’s Upfronts if it was debuting this fall–we’re wondering: Who’s behind this new venture? Three possibilities:
Rachel Roy is one of the many designers and fashion industry insiders who have supported the talented fashion students at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
She has served as a mentor to the students at SCAD‘s Atlanta campus this year along with fellow designers Chris Benz and Christian Cota, and now she’s been named honorary chair of the upcoming SCAD Seen Gala.