Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Future of Fashion

Sijeo Kim, right, and the model wearing her lovely dress.

“The Future of Fashion” show I attended at FIT on Wednesday, featuring the 2013 Graduates’ Collection, was the first time I’ve seen a fashion show in person and it gave me a jolt. It is quite a leap to go from looking at and writing about museum-quality and historical clothing to a fashion show where the designers are very young and just getting started with their careers.

I thought there were a few really strong pieces on the runway, particularly from Sijeo Kim for knitwear, Olga Santiago, and Tae Kyung Kim, who won The Siempre Mujer Best Use of Color Award, as well as the first place award for best use of cotton, both awards very much deserved, but the show also made me think that the best thing for a young designer coming out of FIT or Parsons or any fashion school in the world would be to go work for an established designer for at least five to ten years or more to keep learning the business, to make contacts, and to keep refining their own design aesthetic.

Before the show. 

There was a short video featuring the graduating students.

I loved the striking color on this dress by Olga Santiago.

A better shot of it.

The dress by Sijeo Kim seen at the top of the post.

This dress is by Tae Kyung Kim.

The colors were amazing. It was my favorite piece in the show!

Tae Kyung Kim, right, with the model wearing her award-winning dress.

If you caught this show on the live stream, what did you think of it?


Adrienne Shubin said...

I forgot to tune in to the live stream. Darn it!
Love that first gorgeous.
Looks like a great show!

Love your new URL, too!

Jill said...

My mom looked for me during the live stream but didn't see me, I was way off to the side, and way in the back, just as I expected. Nothing like a fashion show (and New York) to keep you humble. XO, Jill

gracefully50 said...

How cool! I'd love to attend one of these live shows....just to say I've done it.
Hope you're having a great weekend!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

So cool! That last dress is gorgeous!
Becky :)

Lisa said...

Whoa....I love the cut of that gold dress...the hem is divine!

Heather Lindstrom said...

Love this! What an exciting experience Jill. So much raw talent and energy. That dress by Olga Santiago really captivated me.
I love NYC!! Thanks for the glimpse!
xx, Heather

Lucy said...

I love seeing young talent and creativity!

While the shape of the Tae Kyung Kim dress is not my style, the print and colors are gorgeous. I would those on a shift dress.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I wish I could have seen the live stream!! I love the pieces you selected to feature on the blog. In the last project runway, Nina Garcia spoke of the balance you have to achieve between creativity and wearability. She said, "Stores are not museums." That stuck with me, because while the art is important...selling it determines success!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Great designs, great look and great Smart casual dresses.