An especially bronzed Rachel Zoe declared Kate Wilkoff the winner of this year’s Supima Design Competition yesterday. Eight student finalists were selected to present a capsule collection of five looks using exclusively Supima cotton. The artistic parameters “required each designer to rethink familiar fabric conventions: the woven fabrications customarily used as high-end shirting; the fine jersey that goes into luxury tops and lingerie; and the sturdy denims, corduroys, and twills that make up premium jeans and sportswear.”
It’s hard to tell whether Wilkoff’s designs are truly wearable in the most practical sense, but each construction was expertly finished and at the same time undeniably intriguing. Inspired by “architecture that is affected by natural deconstruction processes,” Wilkoff’s unique hand-dyed denim patterns—in rusty, weathered hues—seemed almost physically contained by the pronounced black trim and piping that emphasized the discrete shapes built into each gown.
Kate Wilkoff graduated from Pratt with a BFA in Fashion Design in May of this year. Finalists included: Yvonne Luon (FIT), Kyle Philip Edmund Pearson (FIT), Meredith Lyons (Pratt), Abigail Glass (RISD), Jacqueline Seifert (RISD), Eduardo Labohemia Calvo (Savannah), Natalia Yepes (Savannah).