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2012 January 20

Bergdorf's, Louboutin, and Parsons Join Forces on Design Competition

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Parsons alum Manuela Di Prima's winning sketch, Bergdorf Goodman and Christian Louboutin competition Parsons alum Manuela Di Prima's winning sketch, Bergdorf Goodman and Christian Louboutin competition
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(NEW YORK) Louboutin lovers, and BG aficionados, take note. The haute heel purveyor is continuing to celebrate two decades of chic cobbling with its collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman and Parsons on a design competition for the school's standout recent students. A talented trove of five Parsons alums are turning out ensembles, each inspired by a shoe from the Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary capsule collection. Bergdorf's will exclusively carry the capsule line for one month at the Fifth Avenue flagship. 

The quintet of lucky Parsons alums' designs will debut on January 31, and Louboutin himself will be on hand for the occasion in BG's second floor shoe salon from 3 to 6 p.m. “I work with many young designers and I believe that it is in the order of natural things for a more mature designer to help a younger one," Louboutin said in a statement. Looks by the students will stay on display at BG, front and center on the main floor, from February 2 to 8. The chic project will also be celebrated with a soirée early next month.

Nabbing that covetable foray into the Bergdorf's spotlight was no cakewalk. The winning Parsons alums, limited to fresh whippersnapper graduates from the past two years, whipped up a garment based on a Louboutin capsule collection shoe style, along with mood and fabric concept boards, plus an illustration. At the beginning of January, twenty finalists were whittled down by BG's Linda Fargo and Simon Collins, dean of Parson's School of Fashion. "Christian's shoes clearly ignite fantasies in both the women who buy them, and certainly in the alumni who used these iconic shoes to inspire their designs,” said Fargo in a statement. 

The final five—Isaias Arias, Joanna Baker, Vivian Graf, Hyeyoung Kim, and Manuela Di Prima—crafted their Louboutin-inflected looks by way of a BG stipend. All but Di Prima, who finished Parsons last year, are 2010 grads. The alums' inspirations spanned the gamut from a Vogue Mexico cover to the Coliseum.
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV  




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