On Thursday, the Fashion Institute of Technology kicked off commencement season with its 2018 Future of Fashion runway present. Industry consultants, alumni, household and workers gathered on the highly-acclaimed design faculty for a presentation of 77 seems from its prime graduating BFA college students throughout sportswear, childrenswear, intimate attire, knitwear and big day. Each runway look was handpicked by a bunch of esteemed trend professionals, akin to stylist Kemal Harris, Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Elle.com’s Nikki Ogunnaike, The Cut’s Emilia Petrarca and Nicole Phelps of Vogue Runway.
The course of of being chosen for this sought-after showcase is rigorous. Students of their last semester at FIT spend about 10 weeks creating two head-to-toe seems inside their design focus whereas trade critics, together with Yigal Azrouël, Zac Posen and Sharon Tal, amongst others, mentor them alongside the best way. Within every focus, the critics additionally select a profitable look: Michelle Yoon for childrenswear, Kaitlin Barton for intimate attire, Charlotte Sasko and Paola Lizano Umana for knitwear, Laurin Cabralissa for big day, in addition to Elaine Back, Lauren Barkley, Michelle Ortega, Liana Jaime-Lopez and Stacy Isaacs for sportswear.
Before the runway present, a video performed that recapped the ultimate weeks main as much as the occasion. It’s an attention-grabbing time for these college students to be getting into the style workforce. The development of digital media and expertise has developed the trade’s conventional enterprise mannequin and methods at a fast price, whether or not that is adopting see-now, buy-now, constructing a model on Instagram or rethinking the style calendar. In order to actually survive on this house, these graduates should apply innovation, authenticity and flexibility. And judging from the seems that we noticed on the runway — forward-thinking takes on athleisure and knitwear; clothes full of social commentary; and a really robust assortment of lingerie design — we now have a sense that the long run of our trade will likely be in good arms.
See the gallery under for each look from FIT’s 2018 Future of Fashion present.