At Ralph Pucci, a showroom within the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for luxurious furnishings, lighting, nice artwork and mannequins, there’s room for scholar designs.
This month, Pucci featured the designs by two graduates from the style program at Pratt Institute, who participated within the faculty’s senior vogue present competitors final May.
“The two graduates selected, Elie Romero and Fiona Conlon, best represent the ethos of the fashion department,” mentioned Jennifer Minniti, chairwoman of Pratt Institute School of Design. “Fiona and Elie developed their fashion collections in dialogue with contemporary issues including cultural identity, while articulating new approaches to sustainability methods.” Romero positioned first within the competitors; Conlon was second place.
While Minniti selected Conlon and Romero to show on the Pucci showroom, it wasn’t with out some enter from Ralph Pucci himself. “It’s about whose designs best fit into the spirit of Pucci and who my audience would embrace.”
In current years, Pucci has showcased Pratt vogue college students in his showroom and never essentially those that come out as winners of the annual Pratt senior vogue present. “There must be a spirit of creativity and a willingness to embrace new concepts, which actually suits properly into the showroom. A lot of our furnishings displays new concepts and new supplies. It’s very edgy. I encourage shops to ship their vogue departments to see these scholar designs.
Aside from the coed fashions, Pucci, situated in New York at 44 West 18th Street, does showcase fashions from skilled designers. His enterprise began as a model store that advanced to current progressive and avant-garde collaborations on mannequins with vogue designers, illustrators and supermodels together with Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Christy Turlington, Maira Kalman and Rebecca Moses. The enterprise additional advanced into showcasing furnishings starting in 1989 when French inside designer Andrée Putman created a model for Pucci, after which urged Pucci to signify her furnishings within the U.S. Pucci additionally has showrooms in Los Angeles and Miami.
Pucci locations his mannequins, sculptures, furnishings and lighting “so there’s room to breathe,” affording full 360-degree views. Between the mannequins, the style, furnishings, sculptures and paintings, “It’s a very zen-like world — a whole universe,” Pucci mentioned. “Everything has to complement each other.”
Minniti mentioned Conlon’s assortment facilities round fluidity and transformation. “It’s an homage to the unifying force of the ocean and made-from-found, natural, and hand-dyed materials….The garments in this collection are in continuous flux, and create an individualized experience and connection. The emphasis is on circular design, where pieces are remade and recycled, rather than discarded at the end of their life. Garments are made from predominantly found fabrics, “upcycled” utilizing pure dyeing processes.”
Romero’s assortment, Minniti mentioned, is impressed by the present political stress between white America and immigrants “with an ironic clash between uniforms that define the white man and Hispanic immigrant. This collection was heavily driven by the designer’s reflection on her parents’ journey to America and the experience of the migrant worker, as well as the history of workwear and the badge of delinquency represented by the zoot suit.”