Last night, FIT hosted its annual Future of Fashion Runway Show featuring innovative looks created by the top graduating fashion design students. The show featured designs from FIT’s five categories: knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion, and children’s wear. The latter always being the highlight of the show when adorable tots walk the runway. Throughout the spring semester, designers mentored students as they created their collections, including Chris Gelinas, Erin Rechner, Flora Gill, Karen Sabag, Morgan Curtis, Victoria Lambourne, Isabella Tonchi, Peter Do, Sander Lak and Sophie Theallet. Once the students’ collections were complete, a lineup of five fashion industry professionals judged the designs to determine which garments earned a coveted spot on the runway—think Project Runway for students! This year’s judges were Ken Downing (Neiman Marcus), Nicole Phelps (Vogue Runway), Lilliana Vazquez (TODAY), Diana Tsui (New York magazine’s The Cut) and Kemal Harris (stylist).
Those who came out for the show included Dennis Basso, Fern Mallis, Ken Downing, Shaun Ross, Ty Hunter, Claire Sulmers, Nicole Phelps, Randy Fenoli, Kemal Harris, Ruth Finley, Stefan Larsson, Sophie Theallet, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Liz Peek, Karen Sabag, and Ruthie Davis. “I was extremely impressed with the quality, creativity, and craftsmanship of the students’ work,” Mallis, who was recently named FIT Foundation Director, told The Daily. “Everything from the children’s wear, the sexy lingerie, and the spectacular knitwear that blew me away could all walk off the runway and into retail stores tomorrow. I seriously hope these FIT students get placed with good positions in the industry immediately!”
Also spotted front row was influencer du moment Olivia Perez. “FIT invited me to attend their senior fashion show and I was absolutely blown away by the students’ creativity, skill, and ambition,” she told us. “The future of fashion is incredibly bright, and I’m so excited to see how these young designers leave their footprint on the industry.”