Last year, when we visited the Savannah College of Art and Design to attend the annual runway show for their fashion school graduates, we were so impressed by their work that we rounded up five of the most promising collections and featured the designers in our September issue. So, obviously, when SCAD invited us back this year, we were more than happy to see what the next batch of students had dreamed up. But the weekend is not only about the students who are embarking on sure-to-be-amazing careers in everything from apparel to footwear to jewelry design--the school, along with Andre Leon Talley, also gives a lifetime achievement award to an outstanding designer.
This year, that was Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa, who participated in a Q&A session with fashion editor Constance White before the show and also gave a heartfelt and encouraging speech before the kids sent their final projects down the runway. (His advice: Stay curious and keep every door open.) The school is also hosting an exhibition of Costa's best work for Calvin Klein at the school's Andre Leon Talley gallery in Savannah. At the runway show, we were particularly amazed by Michelle Leal's romantic floral gowns and Joanne Henriquez's energetic use of prints and color.
And awesomely, after the presentation is over, the school sends the designers and models outside to continue the party in the street. (Not a bad way to get a closer look.) Check out the snaps from the show and let us know which collection needs to come to a store near you...immediately.