Rachel Zoe Picked a Winner! Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

The Supima design competition held their runway show and contest under the tents.

Rachel Zoe Picked a Winner! Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Rachel Zoe wear fierce black suit, anoints fresh new designer.

-PJ Gach

 Rachel Zoe

It’s one thing when a design student enters a contest where his or her clothing will be shown during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It’s another heart-racing, sweat-inducing event when the emcee and one of the judges of the show is Rachel Zoe! Can you imagine what it would be like to be a design student at Pratt, FIT, Rhode Island School of Design or the Savannah College of Art and Design and find out that fun fact?

MaRu Jung and Debra Rosen from Pratt Institute (yay, my mommy’s school!) Rachel Pullman and Connie Weng from RISD, Lorena Cuevas and Marlow Larson of SCAD and Amy Bittner and Jusil Carroll of FIT had that experience when they were nominated by their schools to enter the Supima Design Competition.

Each student showed five looks that ranged from fitted sheaths to long gowns on the runway. They had to create clothing from jersey, cotton shirting, denim and corduroy. The corduroy was so fine that it looked like velvet. All the fabric was supplied from Supima cotton’s best fabric mills. Each student had the chance to have those styles worn by gorgeous, willowy models walking down the runway in New York City. And each student had Rachel Zoe sitting in the audience watching and judging their creations!

South Korea native Jusill Caroll of FIT won the grand prize: praise from Rachel Zoe herself and a $10,000 check from Supima. That’s a lot of fabric! Here’s one of her five looks below.

jusil carrol

Of her collection, Jusill said she 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.”

 Check out the show’s highlights.


Here’s a clip we shot from the front row of Rachel Zoe presenting the award to Jusil. (And yes, RZ is actually that tiny in person, too.)

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.

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