Graduation season is upon us, and that means lots of student fashion shows. Last week we took in Pratt's student show, and yesterday we saw 39 collections from budding designers from Parsons the New School for Design. If Pratt is the scrappy Brooklyn up-and-comer, Parsons is the sleek and worldly star-maker. Many of its alumni reside in the highest tiers of American design (Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, to name just a very few), and it boasts a strong international student roster. Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (class of 2007) of Cushnie et Ochs gave the student designers some words of wisdom, and empathized with the long hours the students put in. Recounting a story about how her family once said of her crazy hours, "You're not in med school!" Cushnie acknowledged that they weren't saving lives but replied, "Have you ever tried to make that shirt you're wearing? It's hard!"
Indeed, I couldn't have imagined making anything that the bevy of exceptionally talented students sent down the runway. The student Designers of the Year were (see some of their looks, above): Women's Wear Designer of the Year Jin Kay, 25, from Seoul, South Korea; Menswear Designer of the Year Christy Jeehyun Lee, 25, from San Francisco; and Children's Wear Designer of the Year Giuliana Raggiani, 22, from Boston. After the runway show some students posed with their models for a spread in V magazine (where we're quite sure their wares will make appearances again in the future.)
And can I just say all runway shows should start with children's wear? A tiny hipster-in-training in suspenders and clunky plastic eyeglasses (at right) stole the first few minutes of the show.
Click through to see some of the best looks from the show.