PPR + The Fancy.com "Empowering Imagination" x Parsons 2012 Finalists!

Last month, our  partnership with PPR + TheFancy.com launched “Empowering Imagination”  with twenty Seniors from the School of Fashion at Parsons. Each presented their work to a panel of fashion industry insiders, having just three minutes to pitch their design vision and ethos highlighting a key look from their Thesis Collections. The panel included Simon Collins (Parsons), Laurent Claquin (PPR), Joseph Einhorn (The Fancy), Dennis Freedman (Barneys New York), Candy Pratts Price (Vogue), Dree Hemingway,  and Vanessa Friedman (Financial Times.) The panelists reviewed the students’ work and selected five finalists who best exemplify the theme.

Congratulations to the five finalists:

This month, the finalists will have their collections featured on The Fancy where its one million users will democratically decide which two designers will win. The one ready-to-wear look and one accessory “Fancy’d” the most will be awarded an expense-paid internship with a PPR brand. During September New York Fashion Week, the contest winners’ work will be showcased in a display at the iconic Barneys New York on Madison Avenue. The partnership will be celebrated at a private event hosted by The Fancy during Fashion’s Night Out.

“We are looking forward to seeing what the brightest young designers in the world are dreaming up at Parsons. It is an honor to launch these great talents on The Fancy. We are grateful to our colleagues at PPR for providing the opportunity for the students to hone their skills and to Barney’s for showcasing the winners in their flagship store. May the best designers win!” said Joseph Einhorn, founder of The Fancy.com.”

“The opportunity for our students to work with such an esteemed roster of premier brands in both the luxury and sport & lifestyle sectors will provide these students with the additional experience that will all but guarantee them a strong start to their careers,” said Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons. “Partnering with PPR and The Fancy will provide our students with an international perspective, thus positioning them as design thinkers poised to lead fashion globally.”

Stay tuned for profiles of the five finalists here at fashion.parsons.edu!
Also, look out for the finalists in on TheFancy later this month.