NEW YORK — A strapless dress billowing with what looked like five giant one-dollar bills and clasped on the side with what looked like a silver clip was one of the many unexpected looks at the Parsons MFA “Generation 7” show Friday morning.
Barely there mesh cutout bodywear, men’s black leather shorts and blazer and a circus-like swing dress printed with smartphone-wielding hands were among the styles that were paraded down the runway at Spring Place. Parsons alumna Donna Karan, who initiated the MFA program in 2010, sailed into the crowd after a well-meaning greeter asked her for her seating assignment.
The designer was joined in the front row by Parsons’ Joel Towers and Kay Unger, as well as Kering’s Laurent Claquin, Simon Collins and Julie Gilhart. The 30-minute show featured designs by Rui Zhou, Limeng Ye, Irina Wang, Jimin Kim, Saya Zalel, Floyd Hogan, Max Cui, Yang Liu, Kota Okudo, Amy Crookes, Shie Lyu, Wrong Xiao, Stephanie Frig, Venice W. and Annaliese Griffith-Jones.
They earned high marks from Karan, especially for the sustainability factor. “Everything was made from scratch — every fabric, every bead, every design. For these guys to do that is extraordinary. Usually, you see things like that on the