Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin hosts student designer competition


Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin hosts student designer competition RunwayMuse at Runway 7 during NYFW with designer Naeem Khan as judge

New York Fashion Week at Runway 7 kicked off this year with an innovative live runway competition featuring the best in upcoming talent. Student designers from across the nation took to the runway to show off their original designs on Thursday, February 10th at 1 PM at Runway 7, held at Sony Hall, 235 W 46th Street. Officially known as SohoMuse x Runway 7 present RunwayMuse, vertical one-stop fashion platform Runway 7 produced the show in collaboration with SohoMuse, the professional networking website for the global creative community.

Hosted by SohoMuse co-founder/CEO and Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, the runway competition featured 16 graduating student designers culled from fashion schools around the country, including the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Istituto Marangoni Miami.

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin hosts SohoMuse x Runway 7 present RunwayMuse

Critiquing the students’ two original designs – one athleisure/streetwear, and one edgy nightlife look – were five esteemed judges: Fashion designer Naeem Khan, Paper Magazine editor-at-large Mickey Boardman; fashion business coach Elliot Carlyle; actress and model Debbie Dickinson; and fashion writer and designer Joseph DeAcetis.

Fashion designer and judge Naeem Khan greets the audience at SohoMuse x Runway 7 Present RunwayMuse
Fashion designer and judge Naeem Khan greets the audience at
SohoMuse x Runway 7 Present RunwayMuse

Fashion Institute of South Florida graduating student Desislava Simeonova was awarded first prize, Jacqueline Mones of MassArt in Boston won second place, and Miami International University of Art & Design’s Francys Lorena Herrera was the third runner up.  All three will be awarded the exclusive opportunity to have their debut collections produced by Runway 7.

Winner Desislava Simeonova greets the audience with her models at SohoMuse x Runway 7 Present RunwayMuse
Winner Desislava Simeonova greets the audience with her models at
SohoMuse x Runway 7 Present RunwayMuse

Simeonova will be awarded an original 20-piece collection, Mones will be awarded a 15-piece collection, and Herrera will be awarded a 10-piece collection. In addition to a professionally produced runway show during NYFW in September 2022, all three winners will have their lines featured in the SohoMuse Marketplace, an e-commerce retail platform. Each designer will have an e-boutique designated specifically for direct-to-consumer sales, and online exposure for one year.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for young designers, who would soon be coming out of school and entering the workplace, to be mentored and nurtured,” said SohoMuse founder and Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. “Giving them access to fashion industry insiders for valuable advice and direction, plus the chance to create the line that they have always dreamed of, and then to be able to sell it and showcase it in their first show is an incredible opportunity. The business of fashion is just as important as the creative aspect,” said Costin.

“Becoming a success in the fashion industry can be especially challenging to a student who may be blessed with an innate design talent yet lacks the specific skill sets to hone his or her craft – as well as the backing to produce the first collection. That’s where Runway Muse is a true game-changer,” says Amy Montoya, Runway 7 Director of Operations and a partner in Runway Muse.

“Runway 7 is proud to play a role in empowering the next generation of fashion designers,” said Anthony Rosa, founder of Runway 7. “Our platform is unique in the New York fashion industry – Runway 7 is the only fashion vertical that will cut, sew, and manufacture your collection – as well as produce the runway show to launch it. We are the total package and have the infrastructure to produce fashion industry superstars.”

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