By Lesly Xochmitl & Orialys Coriano, FIT Hot Topics Interns
Alice + Olivia’s Ready-to-Wear Fall 2014 collection depicted garments that are “dark, sexy, and all tied back to a Victorian element,” (just as Bendent previously stated). She was inspired by Benjamin Lacombe’s fantasyland and whimsical illustrations. And accordingly, Bendent named her own fairytale Enchanted: The Search for the Golden Monarch. Bendent explicitly displays characters such as Cinderella or Rapunzel with rich and modern looks. The model portrayed as Cinderella wore a luxurious royal blue gown and for Rapunzel we see her in a vivid green cock-tail dress and matching stockings that read: “Don’t hate a dirty mind, have a sexy imagination.”And, despite the “pure” reputation these characters demonstrate in stories, Bendent adds edge as she styled looks with dark buttons, lavishing black chokers and dramatic black cat-eye makeup touches. Bendet also showcased what she interpreted to be seventies-fashion highlights. Overall, Alice + Olivia’s designs concentrate on the Victorian era as it was interpreted in the 1970’s.
The second (annual I hope) Design Entrepreneurs NYC program came to an amazing finale Thursday evening September 26 with the announcement of two winners of cash awards of 1st place- $25,000 and 2nd place- $10,000. Becca McCharen owner of CHROMAT (chromatgarments.com) placed first in the business plan competition and Vasumathi Soundararajan (an FIT grad!) of Ken Wroy, Inc. (kenwroy.com) came in second (there were only two places). Kudos to the winners!
And kudos to the entire 2013 class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC! Everyone is on their way to growing their companies with freshly minted business plans in their possession. The intensive mini-MBA program started in June with solid weekend-filled classes and then the entrepreneurs spent their summer, under the guidance of mentors, working hard writing and refining their business plans. After submitting their business plans, the entrepreneurs waited to hear which ones were selected to present – half of the class of 35. The presentations, in front of industry judges in four different rooms, narrowed down the field to 4 finalists who then presented in front of all the judges and the 2013 class. Some of the Judges included: Tim Baxter (EVP & GMM, Macy’s), Morris Goldfarb (CEO, G-III Apparel), Ellen Rodriguez (President & CEO, French Connection), Jeffrey Binder (Consultant, Former Divisional Merchandise Manager, Bloomingdales), and Laurence Leeds, Jr. (Chair, Buckingham Capital). I was privileged to be a moderator for one of the panels.
So the entrepreneurs are off now to grow their businesses and take them in new directions as a result of this experience. As well as stay in touch with their classmates, faculty, school and judges.
Showcasing past enrolled and current adult student pet product designs. See our doggie models strut the runway in true fashionista style. BARK-à-Porteris also a charitable endeavor, held in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Alliance and Animal Care and Control of NYC. We promise an experience worthy of market week in Paris.
Get your tickets before they sell out!
Date: May 3, Friday
Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheater