Whatâ€™s considered the true launch of New York Fashion Week these days? The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technologyâ€™s benefit luncheon at Lincoln Centerâ€™s David H. Koch Theatre has our vote. This year Michael Kors followed in the footsteps of designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de la Renta as the latest recipient of the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday.
Michael Kors is set to receive The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s honor for Artistry of Fashion next Wednesday. Hilary Swank will present FIT alum Kors with the honor at a benefit luncheon at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch theatre. Considered the official launch of fashion week (and filled with a crowd of women who really know how to turn it out!)…
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Last night, quite the fashion clatch gathered at Cipriani’s 42nd Street location for FIT’s annual gala fundraiser. Guests dined on lobster salad, risotto, and lamb as artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s flowery and dreamlike video installation, Orbit Art Work, served as the backdrop on the big screens. Steinkamp’s art was said to be very much a part of honoree Stefano Tonchi’s vision, who’s well known to be a supporter of the arts not only in W, but also in his personal life.
One of the coolest cats in the biz is Dennis Basso, and today the designer is receiving an honorary degree at FIT’s commencement ceremony. We couldn’t let this honor pass by without checking in on our buddy, who’s also celebrating thirty years in the industry.
BY EDDIE ROCHE
Just when your eyes could use a bit of runway action, FIT’s annual The Future of Fashion show at their school in Chelsea comes along to show off the best of the best of their graduating class. On Wednesday evening, established designers such as Lisa Perry, Dennis Basso, and Rag & Bone’s David Neville sat front row for a chance to watch the biz’s future superstars put 90 looks on the runway for the first time.
Who’s in and who had to say auf wiedersehen? FIT students nervously awaited the results at Judging Day on Wednesday, from their senior projects to find out if their designs had made the competitive cut to be included in the design school’s annual Future of Fashion show, which will take place May 1st.
Are you in or are you out? Fatigued students with rattled nerves wandered the floor of the Great Hall at FIT today as their final designs were carefully looked over and critiqued to decide whether or not they had made it into the school’s annual Future of Fashion runway show, taking place on May 1st. The judges who will be deciding their fate include: Elle creative director Joe Zee; Kate Betts, contributing editor to Time and The Daily Beast; Saks Fifth Avenue senior fashion director Colleen Sherin; stylist Alana Kelen; fashion blogger Bryanboy, and style expert Lilliana Vazquez.
Michael Kors will be returning to his alma mater, FIT, this year to accept the esteemed Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, presented by the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The designer is scheduled to be honored during a benefit luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center to commence New York Fashion Week on September 4. In previous years, Kors has been nominated for the award by a seasoned committee of industry heavyweights in fashion journalism, retail, and museum curation, but this marks his first win. And, as expected, he’s in good company. Past recipients of awards doled out by the Couture Council are Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Rents, Alber Elbaz, and Valentino to name a few.