“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. "It’s nice when you get out of New York because we become so centric here--you realize that people are teaching design other places in the country, and doing it really well.” And she couldn’t have been more right--each of the student creations could without a doubt rival the skill sets of a Parsons graduate.
Lucky for us, we were seated amongst a flurry of Boss employees—each dressed in the company’s razor-sharp attire to celebrate their CEO. Between dinner and dessert Australian actor (and total hottie) Hugh Sheridan popped up from his seat to sing Brashear a song in the vain of Elvis Costello, eliciting warm smiles from even the straightest members of the Boss clan.
But despite the serenade from a smoldering pacific rim import, Brashear remained humble, just as much in awe of SCAD as his fellow attendees. “I’m particularly honored to be presented with an award from a creative institution as renowned as SCAD. They value what I personally value in my life: individuals pursuing their dreams and taking a creative path, not just the safe path,” he proudly explained.
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