It is no doubt that the beginning of fashion week would bring about the rise of design talent in the industry. Parsons school of design is often bound to do such – Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs are proud alumni.

This year, the stakes have been risen even higher because the school’s board brought in former creative director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz, as a mentor. Plus, only about ten percent of applicants get to be accepted, and only a handful of those truly standout.

Opening the Parsons presentation was Gahee Lim, whose diaphanous suits miraculously maintained structure, even with how fragile they looked. Styled with pumps, she also made a case for the gender-fluid movement.

Mook Attakanwong’s clothes was a masterclass in distressing clothes, particularly the ultimate casual uniform- tshirt and jeans.

Xiang Gao’s looks maintained a certain sophistication, even with the arty trompe l’oiel lapel.

Whether or not she’s in the know, Snow Xue Gao’s clothes looked highly influenced by the Vetements craze.

Even thought the Caten twins did almost the same thing at Dsquared2 just months ago, the tweaking of the glam-rock cowboys by Kozaburo Akasaka made all the difference.

Mickey Mouse made a surprise appearance at Jessie Shroyer.

At Purple Mountain, colorful smocks & separates of the oversize variety ruled.

The influence of fashion’s current obsession with active wear was very present in the designs of Anna-Marie Gruber. With a little David Koma thrown in.

Ran Bi’s menswear was very architectural in construction, almost like piecing together fabrics in a calculated manner.

Alex Huang’s ethereal deconstructed tulle dresses helped lay out and enabled spectators appreciate the painstaking amount of time and energy it takes into creating a garment.

Bjorg Skarphedinsdottir seemed caught up in cinemas current fixation with dystopia.

The iridescence of Queenie Qinghe Cao’s shiny clothes might make you think you’re at a disco party, circa 2084.

Finally, there was Maria Kazakova, the Russian lass who literally tried to piece the world together using flags. According to her, the world is one tribe.

In these sensitive times, it warms the heart to know that designers like Maria Kazakova see the world in such light, especially in an industry whose aim, outside clothing the human anatomy, is to bring people together with a common interest. And that outside this amazing display of talent, togetherness will also help move fashion forward.

Author: Kayito Nwokedi