Parson’s 2011

Reed Krakoff speaks to the packed house. All photos Betty Sze for

Parsons has always been one of fashion’s breeding grounds for new talent: the list of designers who got their start at the famed college is long and illustrious. Names like Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Donna Karan all got their start at the NYC institution and this year a whole new set of generation of design innovators are set to graduate into the big leagues. The Parsons Fashion Benefit honored big name alumni like Coach’s Reed Krakoff, but it also served to introduce the world to the work of impressive grads like Jovana Mirabille, Paige Kettering and Jeanne Tasma. The end of year runway show, cast by Edward Kim was an wonderful showcase for fresh design and some of modeling’s freshest faces.

Young models in colorful designs by Serena Chang

Karen Han & Jessica Klinger’s fashion’s kept their models happy

Brazilian Marina from Ford in a John Paul Rangel creation

A colorful lineup from Snehal Bathwal

Close up on a design by Paige Kettering

Fresh designs from Jeanne Tasma and Paige Kettering

RJ King and River Viiperi in designs by Alicia Pang

Corey Baptiste looks cool in Matt Conmy

RJ King in a design by Matt Conmy

A sheer design by Myrtle Quillamor | Relaxed looks by Ali Benaim

Paolla Rahmeier in a print by Jovana Mirabille

Kel Markey in Mia Wright Ross (left) and streamlined designs from Charlie Liebel

Edythe Hughes and Marihenny in  elegant designs from Joanna Akkaoui

David Hlinka in T. Young Hwang | Cece Yost  in Joanna Akkaoui

Katherine Kim’s bold colors and vintage silhouettes had the crowd oohing

Megan McInerney and Lilian

Kel in a minimalist look from Hugo Tsang

Li Ming and Ulrike in exotic looks from Carmen Chen Wu

RJ King in an appealing design by T. Young Hwang

Corey Baptiste looks at ease in this relaxed leather jacket by T. Young Hwang

River Viiperi and Miles Frank in T. Young Hwang

  1. Snehal Bathwal is kind of like the next Miuccia Prada, so creative!!!

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