Parsons Hosts Student Fashion Show and Benefit

Alexandra Nam, women’s wear

New York—Looking for tomorrow’s talent? Look no further than Parsons The New School for Design, which presented its student fashion show on Tuesday at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.

The impressive show was staged at noon and again during the evening Fashion Benefit, which raised $1.4 million for scholarships and programs at Parsons.

Now in its 64th year, the event also honored Parsons Board Chair, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, and Parsons alumna and board member Donna Karan.

Mary Beth Bachand, womens wear

As always, a highlight of the Fashion Benefit was the runway show of select collections by graduating students. Other creations were displayed before the show in a static exhibition. The winning designers: were Women’s Wear Designer of the Year Jin Kay, 25, from Seoul, South Korea; Menswear Designer of the Year Christy Jeehyun Lee, 25, from San Francisco; and Children’s Wear Designer of the Year Giuliana Raggiani, 22, from Boston.

The runway show featured lots of ideas, included mixes of transparent and opaque, hard and soft and lots of layering and proportion play. Accessories were created by the designers themselves and were equally impressive. A sampling:

Amy Layton


Bach Mai

Mary Beth Bachand

Gihae Choi

Jin Kay (Jim Woo Kim)




Yingshi June Lin


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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.