Before I head out to Los Angeles, I bring you the last installment of my DC adventures. This post is especially close to my heart, since it was simply a ‘meant to be situation,’ and if you have been reading the dog and pony show for a bit, you know these are my favorites.
So here is the deal — while I attended the AIPAC conference last month, I was running late to an event and got lost (surprise, surprise). But despite the panic and countless directions from volunteers, I stumbled upon a lovely exhibit by students and graduates of the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design.
Shenkar is one of the most prestigious design schools in the world. In fact, it is No. 15 on Fashionista.com’s list of top fashion programs worldwide. They offer a variety of creative majors ranging from visual and industrial design, fashion and textiles to even more technical fields like software engineering.
Now on to the good stuff: My favorite NJB (nice Jewish boy) designer Alber Elbaz calls this place his alma mater. This man needs no introduction to those sartorially obsessed, as he is at the helm of Lanvin and was even immortalized as a Disney character for Barneys latest holiday campaign.
So if Paris, New York, London, Milan or Tokyo are not your cup of tea, perhaps plan a pilgrimage to the Promised Land. Embark on your design adventure in the land of falafel, timeless treasures and for some, the Holy Grail.
These dresses are by Shenkar graduate Mark Goldenberg (class of ‘11). His aesthetic has been compared to that of Alexander McQueen and Mark recently gained plenty of international press as a finalist in Italy’s ITS competition. Vogue Italia, Style Bubble, Glamour UK and Elle China are just a few of the publications that featured the rising star.
Anna Wintour, take note.
Can’t you picture Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj donning one of his creations. And of course, Ms. Dello Russo would be all over this little number!
Alas, I was so happy to get lost in design — and learn about the amazing talents that are emerging from the Middle East. Needless to say, my event started fashionably late, so it was a win-win for all.
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