Parsons School of Design
Rooftop Terrace of Lord & Taylor
May 14, 2009
Wendy R. Williams Photographed by Daniel Perry
Fashion Designer Betsey
Johnson and IMG Director Fern Mallis
On a beautiful night
in May on the rooftop of the Lord & Taylor store
on Fifth Avenue, Parsons The New School for Design
presented the first AAS Icon Award to FernMallis,
Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion. Ms. Mallis'
award was presented by sesigner (and also a fashion
icon) Betsey Johnson. According to the press release,
"the award recognizes Ms. Mallis' groundbreaking
achievements in the fashion industry, among them
creating and organizing what is now known as Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week in New York City, her work with various
charities including "Fashion Targets Breast
Cancer" and "7th on Sale", and her
undying support of emerging fashion designers."
Designer Jen Kao,
a Parson alumni, was awarded the Stacy Nipps Alumni
Award and Sarah Creagh was awarded the CRYSTALLIZED
Swarovski Elements Award, which included a $2,500
prize. The assembled group was then treated to forty
designs from the AAS Fashion Studies graduating
class. These looks that were showcased were selected
by a jury of industry professionals.
The 2009 Line Debut
was generously sponsored by Donna Karan International,X-Rated
Fusion Liqueur and Side by Side Financial.