We must not disregard the fine work of the dear students at Parsons.
Make no mistake; if the great circumstance of the grand names of fashion cause you concern, join us at the Parsons MFA Showcase, an unpretentious space and, arguably, the most intriguing of the all the shows. Indeed, adventure is here, at the student shows, captivating not only for their experimental tendency, but they’re favorable place among the award distributors and the job creators. The Parsons MFA in particular is quite renowned, odds are good if you show here, you’re going somewhere. And so it was, Nihl opening with beadwork by hand, leotards that didn’t feel stretchy or, often the problem in student shows- unfinished. It was detailed and carefully scaled- French cuffs exaggerated to Thom Browne levels, silk shorts and denim to tie it all, literally, together.
Zoe Champion opted for restrained symbolism, neon and pastels, wide necked turtleneck sub-species with careful sleeves, and other clothes superimposed over garments. It was reminiscent, slightly and favorably, of a Prada show not long ago, featuring women’s faces. The most compelling was a yellow dress with a multiplied blue and red sweater over it, all tied together with a striped belt.
Shanel offered bondage-girl, belts and leather strips, finished and elegant, wafting behind and before, black leather- so sincere. Cinched and precise, Shizhe He’s menswear was concise and elegantly draped, textured in a relax fabric. The colors were luxurious- dark blues, black and whites, receiving light in an enviably expensive-looking way. Amanda Brown offered localized plastic influences, the shoes particularly well designed, with “Have a Nice Day” or “Thank you” printed or written on the sides.
The Parsons Show is unique- it’s the only fashion MFA in the United States- and proves to be a powerful interlocutor between the today’s work and the future.