What: Mishmash of young design talents worthy of rivaling St. Martin grads.
Take away: the graduation show of Parsons School of Design's Class of 2012 is a mishmash of aesthetics ranging from African tribal chic to Mondrian minimalism to futuristic separates channeling Balenciaga SS12. Silhouettes for the first 30 looks are long and flowing, with lots of play into asymmetric hemlines. Color blocking is also dominant in many of the looks. Prints are rare although one graduate opt for heavy use of brocades in slim fitted pantsuits and pencils. Volume is at play this season, which is refreshing to see after witnessing seasons of slim silhouettes that are unforgiving to the less than perfect figures.
What we love: the tribal caftans that opened the show, flowing chiffon maxi dresses with side-slits and intricate floral shoulder details, and the simple new pantsuits (actually is a tunic over pants) that reminded us of 90s Calvin Klein.
Note: Great to see mentors such as Donna Karen and Cecilia Dean (of Visionnaire) at the front row. It's important to scout and cultivate new talents!
(Photo credit: New York Times News Syndication Service)