The Parsons 74th Annual Benefit Event Championed The Next Generation Of Designers
THE PRESTIGIOUS FASHION INSTITUTION HONORED INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS IN ADDITION TO GRADUATES.
BY KERANE MARCELLUS
"Among all the stars in the room at the 74th Annual Parsons Benefit to honor supermodel Naomi Campbell, such as Olivier Rousteing and Geoffroy Van Raemdonck, CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, the graduate design majors shined the brightest. “I am honored to be recognized by Parsons for my contributions to the fashion industry and for my philanthropic work that has raised money and awareness for causes so close to my heart. Throughout my career, I have worn the designs of many Parsons graduates, and I’m so proud to receive this award from an institution celebrated for their bold and innovative approach to fashion,” said Campbell in her acceptance speech . . .
. . . After speeches given by Rousteing, Jacobs, and Carolina Herrera, the fashion show began. Music radiated throughout the space, and out came models wearing original designs by Parsons graduates. If I felt an immense sense of pride in artists that I don’t even know, then I can only imagine how good they must’ve felt to have their work shown in this way. Most people who have never worked a fashion show don’t realize how much labor goes into the planning of one. These students poured heart and soul into their designs. Parsons’ emerging students include Celeste Nicole Haselrig, Ahmrii Johnson, Chiedza Kaseke, Kelisi Smith, Sherleen Motan, Hadassah Aristide, and Donna Nicole Carter."
photography by Shaina Suri
talent: Essence Campbell