CRITIC’S CHOICE: Daniel Lalonde, fashion critic? The president and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton North America took a spin outside his regular job description on Thursday night by judging young fashion design students at Parsons The New School for Design at a competition called Reconstruction. Vuitton donated older ready-to-wear samples designed by its creative director and Parsons alum, Marc Jacobs. Ten teams of two students created conceptual looks based on historic silhouettes, using the samples with only a day to get it done. “I came to do the easy job,” said Lalonde of his judging. “The creativity, originality and execution are wonderful.” On the panel with Lalonde were Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Esquire fashion director Nick Sullivan; stylist Robert Verdi, and Sugar Vendil, founder and artistic director of the Nouveau Classical Project. Min Sun Kim and Lydia (Yeo Chung) Kim’s dramatic evening gown with men’s wear elements and a hand-painted hemline was judged the best. The winning students each won $2,500 and an invitation to visit the Vuitton Paris headquarters. All entries will be on view until Sept. 25 at the school’s Fifth Avenue location and will be worn by the Nouveau Classical Project for an Oct. 2 performance at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium.
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