“This is what you call a full-circle moment,” Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough said at Parsons’ Fashion Benefit last night. He was onstage with Lazaro Hernandez, accepting an award from their alma mater eleven years after Barneys New York bought their graduation collection. Earlier, McCollough remembered the spring of their own senior year. “Narciso Rodriguez came to talk to us. We were in awe.” Rodriguez, Tracy Reese, and Prabal Gurung were among the alums in the 900-person-strong crowd.
It was an evening of milestones, professional and personal, small and large. Gurung revealed that Gwyneth Paltrow wore a dress of his for the first time this week, and Catherine Malandrino told Style.com that she hadn’t yet come down from the high of skydiving for the first time. The annual fund-raiser, which features a runway show of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothes designed by the school’s graduating class, and which also honored the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Bonnie Brooks, raised a whopping $1.7 million. As Simon Collins, the dean of the School of Fashion, put it, “You never leave Parsons.”