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For starters, we’re kind of afraid of him. Also, his decision-making skills make him a questionable-at-best role model for the young minds at Parsons. Here’s why we’re not rushing over to the registrar.
While academia isn’t exactly the path we would have imagined John Galliano‘s career would take, it seems the designer is setting his sights on the classroom for his next big step.
Long before he was the toast of the downtown fashion scene (well, ok, not that long before — he is only 28), Alexander Wang was just a lowly intern in the Vogue fashion closet, cutting his teeth hauling garment bags and meticulously noting incoming samples just like the rest of us.
Eighteen designers from Parsons The New School for Design‘s Fashion Design and Society MFA program showed their collections Saturday morning. Sitting front and center to soak it all in was Mary-Alice Stephenson, who wholeheartedly supported the young designers and called them the “future of fashion”.
This Thursday marks the start of the marathon known as New York Fashion Week. And since fashion is always a season ahead, while we’re gearing up for fall, designers will be sending out models in breezy spring looks. We’ve got your first look at the inspirations behind their spring 2013 collections, and a peek at what’ll come strutting down that runway.
“This isn’t med school. We’re not saving lives, but have you ever tried to make the shirt you’re wearing? It’s really hard!” This is what Carly Cushnie told her family when they asked why she worked around the clock during her undergraduate years at Parsons. She relayed this story while hosting yesterday’s student thesis show.
If you’re afraid the apocalypse is coming and you want to face it on the bleeding edge of fashion, you might be in luck. Accessory design students are starting to experiment with ways to incorporate life-saving devices into everything from purses to trench coats.
We’re suckers for diffusion lines. We’ve bought pieces from tons of our favorite designers — Rodarte, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen — for a mere fraction of what we’d spend on their full-range lines. And we’re excited to report that Derek Lam may soon jump on the diffusion bandwagon.
Wang, Wu, Lam, Lim. We’ve been coveting their goods for quite some time now. And while their aesthetics are quite variable, they all have something in common: their Asian heritage.
Encountering a male sneaker enthusiast with more pairs of shoes than his female counterpart is an unusual scenario, but most unusual is one who has more shoes than 40 times the average women’s collection combined. Co-founder of Freshnessmag.com and web designer Yu-Ming Wu’s sneaker collection of 800-plus pairs, from brands like Nike, Adidas, and Puma, to name a few, was recently revealed in Women’s Wear Daily’s Footwear News.