For four years, Supima Cotton has hosted a design competition to find the next big thing in fashion. This week, they did.
Eight finalists showed five looks each at the live runway presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The show was hosted by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, and judged by model Coco Rocha, designer Charlotte Ronson, founder of Gilt Groupe, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, and Vice President of Bloomingdales, Kevin Harter.
While all of the mini-collections were impeccably chic and fashion-forward, the clear winner was the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jusil Carroll. This Korean designer, age 34, recently graduated from FIT with a BFA in Fashion Design. She has a strong interest in knitwear and last year won the CFDA Liz Claiborne design scholarship.
Jusil Carroll‘s collection consisted of two cocktail dresses and three evening gowns, all sleeveless and each with their own different but cohesive form of embellishment. A leather harness, a long train, and architectural hip detailing were all points of interest in this evening wear collection. About her looks, Jusil Carroll says, "I was inspired by ’The Blair Witch Project’ . . . I love the idea that each person interprets the witch differently and all they are left with is a sense of mystery and thrill." An interesting concept, which made for an ultimately unique and prizewinning show!
Jusil Carroll will receive a $10,000 check from Supima, and perhaps even a television role—at the end of the show, Rachel Zoe joked that she’d love to hire some of the designers!