While in New York for Fashion Week, I checked out the ELLE Magazine Fashion Next Presentation. This was the second year of the magazine's show, and it was nothing short of spectacular and inspiring, showcasing the fashion collections of 22 design students.
ELLE Magazine partners with Savannah Collage of Art and Design (SCAD) to help students gain exposure and provide mentors as they finish up their senior year and move in to the world of fashion. Sitting in the front row at Lincoln Center was a panel of industry judges, who included Karolina Kurkova, Iman, Joe Zee, Chris Benz, Ken Downing and Julianne Hough. Watching as the models, dressed in the collections paraded down the runway, their job was to select a winner for the $25,000 ELLE/SCAD Design Award. Other prizes awarded included a People's Choice Award worth $10,000 and Maybelline New York Fashion Next Award for $25,000, meant to help a student launch his/her own collection.
After the presentation, the group spilled out onto the balcony, overlooking Lincoln Center, beautifully lit up not only by lights, but also by the well-dressed, well-heeled fashionistas who attended the incredible evening...