Fusion Fashion Show 2013: FIT Takes Top Prize

This post appeared on W27 Newspaper website in March 2013. To view original visit http://w27newspaper.com/post/45413178236/fusion-fashion-show-2013-fit-takes-top-prize

A design by FIT’s Best Designer, K’Luu All photos courtesy of Ryan Duffin, official Fusion Photographer

On March 9 and 10, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design met, once again, on the runway for the annual Fusion Fashion Show, a competition that allows 15 young talents from each school to showcase their own collection at the Parsons Midtown Campus. K’Luu, 19, from FIT and Maria Van Nguyen, 23, from Parsons were this year’s winners, both awarded the title of “Best Designer.” FIT was awarded “Best Overall School,” following last year’s loss to Parsons.

The winning collections, Sentiment by K’Luu and Eunoia by Maria Van Nguyen, were, to say the least, unique ones. “Sentiment seeks to slow down modern human behavior, and asks for cherishment and memory. An infant tenderly blanketed in mother’s arms, a borrowed scarf shrouding off winter’s bite, a cloak of purity and devotion: these are my memories.” wrote K’Luu. Eunoia, on the other hand, is a collection based on a minimalist style and the notion that less is more using an all-white palette. “It seems perfect from afar, but when you look closer the clothes have slits and surprising cuts which represent vulnerability and sensitivity.” explained Van Nguyen.

The weekend was an intense one consisting of five shows, three on Saturday and two on Sunday; the Sunday one being the most important as judges were present and winners selected. This year’s judges included some of the industry’s elite such as Mary Kate Steinmiller from Teen Vogue, Todd Thomas from Victoria’s Secret, Anne Slowey from ELLE and Peter Davis from SCENE magazine.

The show was sponsored by Maybelline New York for the second year in a row. Not only did Maybelline give away free limited edition makeup samples to guests and create each model’s makeup look, but they also provided both winners with a $1,500 scholarship. Mood Fabrics and M&J Trimmings also sponsored the event by providing fusion designers with discounts on fabrics for their clothing collections.

Fusion Fashion made its debut back in 1999 when Jimmy Ramey, Fusion director and founder, came up with the idea while he was a student at Parsons. Fusion 2013 marks the 14th year in a row of a competition that becomes bigger year after year. Not only do so many young talents emerge from it, but the show also acquires more media attention every year, even at an international level. Former “fusioners” include Alexander Wang, Chris Benz and Prabal Gurung.

“Fusion has been a great experience,” said Parsons’s Van Nguyen, “after the show I felt so inspired and eager to do more. I want to start my own label one day, but I’m not in a hurry. I want to make the perfect essentials, and clothes that people will truly appreciate and keep in their wardrobe for years.”

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