The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Future of Fashion Celebration and Honors, taking place May 10 at 7:00 PM at FIT, will honor Karlie Kloss and Victor Glemaud and be hosted by Ashley Graham.
Glemaud, a Haitian-American designer who launched his hip knitwear label in 2006, will be recognized as an Outstanding Alumni. Model, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kloss will receive the Fashion Icon award.
The evening will feature the annual Future of Fashion show. The event benefits the FIT Foundation, which helps nurture the next generation of FIT students by facilitating programs, developing new initiatives, and providing scholarships.
FIT’s Future of Fashion show is an annual showcase of selected works by BFA Fashion Design graduate students, where their talents are showcased to an audience that includes industry leaders, designers, influencers, the media, notable alumni and friends of FIT. The designs span four concentrations: knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel and special occasion.
Macy’s will once again support the future of fashion through two programs under its social purpose platform — Mission Every One — dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable future. For the Macy’s x FIT Every Body Collection capsule, the retailer’s in-house design team will select a student’s look — which appeals to a wide range of body types — to sell at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York in autumn 2023 with a tag with the name, photo and biography of the recognized student. Macy’s designers mentored the Macy’s Capsule Collection finalists.
Additionally, Macy’s will present three Bold Representation Awards, recognizing the best use of sustainable materials, the best culturally inspired look (inspired by the student’s cultural/ethnic heritage), and the best gender-neutral look.
Models selected by Macy’s will be featured in the Future of Fashion show as well as a range of Class of 2023 models selected by industry professionals who will serve as judges. Judges include Hollis Daniels, director of design, INC RTW, Macy’s; Noah Kozlowski, director, global designer relations and development, IMG; Fern Mallis, president, Fern Mallis LLC; Lilah Ramzi, feature editor at Vogue; Catherine Treff, design director, special projects and collaborations, Macy’s, and Alex White, fashion director of Elle.
Before the show, students are mentored by designers who act as critics covering the four specializations. The mentors will nominate 11 Critic Award winners who will be honored during the runway show. This year’s critics and their category are Georgina Chapman, co-founder and designer, Marchesa (Special Occasion); Jonathan Cohen, co-founder and creative director, Jonathan Cohen (sportswear); Marshall Columbia, founder and designer, Marshall Columbia (sportswear); Sergio Hudson, creative director and founder, Sergio Hudson (sportswear); Naeem Khan, rand’s founding designer, Naeem Khan (Special Occasions); Sally LaPointe, co-founder and creative director, LaPointe (sportswear); Nicole Miller, founder and designer, Nicole Miller (sportswear); Ralph Rucci, founder and designer, Ralph Rucci (Special Occasions); Daija Simpson, knitwear designer, Oscar de la Renta (knitwear); Stacey Tester, senior design director, knitwear and jersey, Coach (Knitwear), and Jennifer Zuccarini, founder and chief executive officer, Fleur du Mal (Intimate Apparel).
Tickets to celebrate and honor the future of fashion are available for purchase. In addition to the live event at FIT, the show will be streamed to the public.