Francisco Costa on Saying No to Tom Ford, Accidentally Getting Into FIT, and Ignoring the Met Gala’s Punk Theme
This past weekend, the fashion crowd made its annual pilgrimage to Savannah, Georgia for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s senior fashion show–and this year I had the pleasure of being a part of it.
Aside from the talented graduating students themselves, the weekend’s man of the hour was Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa, who came in straight from Cannes to receive the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award on stage before the show began. Additionally, the SCAD Museum of Art staged an exhibition (in Talley’s namesake gallery) of his spring 2013 collection as well as several of his most iconic red carpet looks–including Katie Holmes’s Met Gala dress (see photos taken with my iPhone below).
Earlier that day, Costa also sat down with former Essence EIC Constance White for an on-stage discussion about his career. In need of even more Costa time, I sat down with the designer–who is refreshingly sweet and humble–in the sun-drenched lobby of the Andaz Savannah, where we chatted about Savannah, his own fashion education, career challenges, future collaborations and celebrity dressing–including his experience outfitting a few A-listers for this month’s Met Gala.
I’ve always admired Joelle‘s sense of style. Whenever I spot her on campus, her outfits always look incredibly cute, yet also completely effortless – it’s kind of unfair. The day I spotted Joelle in her trendy high-low dress, I had to take the opportunity to chat with her about her fashion favorites as well as her California style.
While it is technically spring, the weather is saying something different on the University of Kansas campus. The sun has been paired with cold winds lately, making it colder than it should be during this time of year.
Given the chillier-than-usual weather, I was excited to see Erin going against the elements to put a cute outfit together, despite the many other girls on campus rocking sweatpants. Read on to learn more about Erin and her stylish ensemble:
What I really love about fashion is the subtle details of an outfit that often goes unnoticed at first glance. In Ana‘s case, I was immediately struck by the sophistication of her flowy H&M blouse and high-waisted Tory Burch pants. Though it wasn’t until I reviewed my photographs that I really understood how connected and purposeful every accessory really was to her ensemble.
The next time you see someone walk by wearing an interesting outfit, be sure and take a closer look! Ana’s style perfectly demonstrates how the little unexpected details can really make a look special.
While many people may know SCAD for their fashion department, it turns out that students from every department have inspirational personal style. For instance, I spotted Megan on my way out of Bergen Hall, the photography building. After seeing her around a few times before, I decided it was a great time to ask her all about her fashion sense.
I’ve learned to never be too quick to dismiss a trend –- I always end up eating my words. This is exactly how I was with wedge sneakers. When they first popped up on the blogosphere, I stood on my metaphorical soap box, preaching about how silly I thought they were. Now, not only do I own a pair, but I’ve got my eyes out for another to snatch up.
Wedge sneakers haven’t exactly taken my campus by storm yet, so Bani’s sleek black ones stood out to me. I’ve had classes with Bani before, and she has definitely mastered the art of “less-is-more” style for school, which I would venture to guess was a direct result of her time spent studying abroad in Paris. Meet Bani and check out her effortless style!
The sun is shining and the snow has finally started to melt on campus after a random springtime snowstorm. Florals, pastels, and dresses are emerging after the long, cold winter. When I spotted Hannah’s floral jeans, I knew she was the girl to talk to about spring’s arrival!
It’s a funny thing, but students at UNLV tend to dress like the weather. When it’s sunny and warm, bright colors abound. When it’s cold and dreary, students match the gray clouds and dress in dark and neutral colors.
Marco is in my British Literature lecture, and on one particularly dreary day, I noticed that his monochromatic outfit stood out from the rest of the darkly-clad class because of his self-assurance and distinct personal style. Marco’s all-black outfit combines elements of the dapper Mad Men-era with punk and Gothic-inspired styles, creating one uniform look.