Whether it was an interpretation of currency and spending in America, the spirit of Feminism and Masculinity, the balance between chaos and serenity, culture vs personal or display of artistic expression, the unspoken chosen theme was, well, the story of “life”. The kids of the Parsons Design Institute cast delivered.
The thesis project for fashion design students is no small feat, and as a spectator of the presentation at this season’s NYFW, it was an honor to be a part of the scene. In one seamless stream, each collection perfectly segwayed from one to the next, clearly showcasing individual talent, while also presenting the Parsons brand. A majority of the graduating class this year was of Chinese descent, so the interest here for Temper Magazine, is clear.
With sincere depth and creativity, the designers dove into the depths of their creative souls and pulled out what spoke to their personalities, experiences and visions of the world. Whether it was an interpretation of currency and spending in America, the spirit of Feminism and Masculinity, the balance between chaos and serenity, culture versus personal or display of artistic expression, the unspoken chosen theme was, well, the story of “life”. What here doesn’t speak to the abstract and literal conversations had by people around the world?
Fashion is, after all, just another language for communicating these complexities and dynamic ways of thought.
As each collection glided down the runway, every minute became more exciting than the last. The colors and materials passed around were vibrant, exciting, abstract, and innovative, They were even more dynamic and intriguing than even some established designers already on the market.
Past-time nostalgia, present day controversy and future sought-after dreams define this year’s Parsons MFA graduation show and ignited a brilliant fire in everyone’s anticipation for the future of fashion.
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Edited by Elsbeth van Paridon
All images come courtesy of Parsons Institute of Design
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Laiter went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Studies and Communications Rhetoric at The University of Pittsburgh and a Master's Degree in Translation at NYU. Immediately after college, she moved to New York City and since then has worked in a number of different industries such as branding, manufacturing, fashion, public relations and real estate. China always acting as the common denominator.
Inspired by her career, Laiter launched a website called Chinese Graffiti, on which she features emerging Chinese designers, talks about the intersection of tradition and modernity in China, as well as the evolution of society and business culture. As time went on, she sought out like-minded businesses individuals who were interested in a similar market, which is how she became involved with Temper Magazine.
The China market is creating a whirlwind around the glob and it’s only just getting started.
The world can be a small place with a dash of mutual understanding and Laiter loves to be the storyteller who helps to bridge that gap.
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