The Rising Stars: Parsons MFA Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear

At Milk Studios, where self proclaiming themselves, they state that they become the “crossroads of the fashion, music, photography and film worlds”, 11 designers emerged into the industry: Jaipei L, Ammar Belal, Jessica Walsh, Amelie Bahlsen, Natallia Pilipenka, Xiaotian Zhang,  Bei Kuo, Lako Bukia, Matthew Dolan, Pauline Cho and Alana Oakes; all began making their fashionable marks right before the glittering eyes of the fashion worlds most elite. 

Fashion is a system that brings together material resources, human capital, and artistic vision in a single garment. And that garment’s cultural reception, dissemination through the marketplace, and ultimate disposal involves an equally complex chain of activity.

-Parsons MFA

PHOTO BY MITCHELL MCLENNAN via milk made.com
PHOTO BY MITCHELL MCLENNAN via milk made.com

With 11 designers producing around 90 looks, its inevitable that there be a diverse aesthetic. Knitwear, metallics, transparents and padding, it was a menagerie of fashion and textiles experimentation amongst the Parsons fashionable crew.

WGSN were one of many who tweeted the show, keeping all fashion-followers informed of the inspirations as well as the final executions:

#wgsnhub #nyfw#madefw #parsonsmfawgsn

#Bei Kuo experiments with words and fabrics. Silhouette is boxy. Palette is sparse with metallica 

#Ammar Belal looked to the Afghan war for his collection. Lots of Layered looks with strong prints

#Lako Bukia’s shows dresses printed with fragmented photos. She was inspired by art therapy.

#Jessica Walsh’s collection examines the importance of male friendships.

#Strong embellished knitwear from Alan Oakes, who explores tangibility verses the psychological.

PHOTO BY MITCHELL MCLENNAN via milk made.com
PHOTO BY MITCHELL MCLENNAN via milk made.com

This is by far, their most pinnacle fashion moments, but what may happen next, may just be written in the stars. Some may decide to go onto one of the very many established ateliers worldwide, whereas others may continue on to develop their aesthetic and come back with even greater collections in the years to follow.

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