Parsons Presents New York Its New Crop of Talent

With its annual graduation show, Parsons reminds the world why it’s often considered New York’s best design school. Past years have introduced new talent like Marc Jacobs (’84) and Proenza Schouler (‘02). This year, the show at Chelsea Piers, hosted by Parsons alumnae Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (’07), was packed with proud parents, plus plenty of press looking for the next big thing.

Among the 39 BFA grads, a few trends emerged: collaged fabrics (Ashley Riley, Janelle Abbott), reinterpreted Aztec prints (Tanni Xu, Giuliana Raggiani), and the color red (Alex Perez-Castells, Aram Sung), while highlights included Lizzie Wright’s padded silhouettes and Gihae Choi’s beaded pieces. At the end of the day, the womenswear award went to Jin Kay for his relaxed black separates, Christy Jeehyun Lee took home the men’s award for her mismatched patterns, while Giuliana Raggiani took the children’s crown. No matter the winners, we look forward to seeing them all at New York Fashion Week.

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