UP CLOSE: Celebrating emerging talent in fashion, SUPIMA – known for the finest cottons, celebrates young designers. During the spring 2017 shows at NYFW, 6 graduating designers were selected to present their collection on the runway. Working closely with this year’s mentor, fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra, the six finalists worked closely to gain feedback and insight throughout the process.
Captured by Paul Terrie, here are some of my favorite details – and check out the gold on top of denim leaves above. Though there was only one winner, the incredible interpretations of design made out the Supima cotton all deserve a spotlight. The young creatives included Duston Jasso from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Jiyeon Lee from Fashion Institute of Technology, Kara Michelle Kroeger from Kent State University, Jacqueline Zeyi Chen from Parsons School of Design, Jacob Blau from Rhode Island School of Design, and Jeffrey Taylor (the winner- below) from Savannah College of Art and Design.
ABOUT: Started in 2008, the annual Supima Design Competition was created to give runway exposure to emerging talent and was modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that launched the careers of the then-teenaged Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Since its start, former Supima Design Competition winners have gone on to launch their own labels, show at New York Fashion Week, and secure jobs with top international labels including Michael Kors, Marchesa, Ralph Lauren and Phillip Lim.
close up: SUPIMA emerging designers commentary + favorites by Brigitte Segura.