We were dazzled by the array of innovative design.
Grand prize $25,000 winner David Yoo showed richly textured, minimalist coats and sharply tailored pants. We particularly loved Heeyoen Uee's digital print draped silk dress and playful knits by Kate Spade mentorship winner Caroline Hust. (Style note: Quite a few designers repped nude silks; we predict it'll dominate fall formalwear.)
Prize sponsors included Maybelline, which donated $25,000, and Kate Spade New York, which awarded $10,000 and a mentorship with company co-president and creative director Deborah Lloyd. In addition to the $25,000 grand prize, today's Elle.com People's Choice Award winner will also receive $10,000.
The arrival carpet was dotted with Elle editors, including editor-in-chief Robbie Meyers, Anne Slowey, Joe Zee and (awesomely fierce) PR director, Erin Kaplan, along with the lovely Alexis Bledel and Betsey Johnson. Johnson, who remained her chipper self despite recent rumors of a Steve Madden takeover, shut down a photographer's request for a cartwheel with a spunky, "No way! Not in this dress, are you crazy?"
We love a good student competition, and from what we witnessed this morning at Lincoln Center's (exquisite) Koch Theater we plan on seeing a lot more from many of this morning's talented bunch.