As we"ve mentioned before, on Wednesday night, MyItThings.com announced the winner of their "It Designer Contest" with a fashion show at the Lotus Space. Superstar models including America"s Top Model Jaslene Gonzalez and Lisa Nargi, the model-winner on Project Runway last season, walked the runway, Mary Rambin from NonSociety hosted the event, and an all-star panel of judges including:
"Project Runway" alum Malan Breton, designers Keith Lissner and Kathlin Argiro, Design Expert Greg Littley, Style Expert Hitha Prabhakar and MyItThings" Yuli Ziv, after voting by the entire MyItThings.com community narrowed the field to a final three. In front of guests like Kevin Covais (Runway Season4) and, of course, Emily Brill, models strutted down the runway in designs from three new designers. Wakana Koike of New York was chosen as the winner, edging out other finalists Nora Del Busto of Chicago and Adolfo Sanchez of Las Vegas.
"It"s rare to find a designer whose vision is so original and unique, yet very wearable and can fit in any fashionista"s wardrobe. Wanamaker is a true fashion artist, and I"m sure many women out there (including myself) would love to be canvases for her work," said MyItThings founder Yuli Ziv.
Wakana is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She studied at Department of Crafts at Joshibi University of Art and Design. After graduating, she worked for Tsumori Chisato as a textile designer for five years. She managed the production of her own print fabrics, which designed by hand and also using Photoshop and Illustrator. Wakana has been awarded a $5,000 Grand Prize, as well as exclusive collection sale on MyItThings.com.
All of the models walked in footwear from Spring Shoes. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity Fashion Delivers, which provides products from the fashion industries to victims of natural disasters.