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NEW YORK, NY(SMI-FASHION-UNIVERSITY, MAY 11-13, 2022)-The Fashion Institute of Technology known as one of the leading school of design in the world, hosted its 2022 annual Future of Fashion Runway Show Today (Wednesday May 11,) with a live in-person audience for the first time since 2020, exhibiting few dozens looks of select students of the 2022 FIT's Fashion Design BFA Graduating Class, and announcing the winners of the competition in five categories: Knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion, and children’s wear at the FIT school site in the Garment District,  Manhattan NYC.

The 2022 FIT Future of Fashion Runway Show was presented by Macy's, who early in the year launched two new programs to support the FIT's BFA Fashion Design program entitled : the "Macy's capsule collection" where its in-house design team selected
Francesca Bornancini's design for its Quality, Business Appeal and Originality to be display and purchase at the renowned Macy's Herald Square store in the Big Apple. And the second one, where its Retail Diversity Strategy team selected three student's collections for its debut of "Macy's Bold Representation Awards " : Sandra Zapata(Best use of Sustainable Materials), Karen Qu(Most Commercial Look), and Renee Clifford (Most inclusive/Gender Neutral Design).

Twelve students were selected as the Critic Award winners in five categories and The designs are inspired by personal stories and address wide-ranging themes such as heritage appreciation, sustainability, gender neutrality, accessibility, and mental health awareness. 

 The winners are: Yawen Chen, Jiawen Hou (special occasion), Amy Eisenstein, Claire Greidanus (knitwear), Karisma Hisahkawa, Monica Palucci, Allison Ko, Marie Louise Kurrer, Monica Palucci, Yuna Seki, Xiahela Xiaokelaiti (sportswear),  Guziyu Yan (Childrenswear) and Devin Olguin (intimate apparel).

Notable attendees included: Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, FIT; Ken Downing, chief brand officer, HLC  Ecommerce; Zanna Roberts Rassi, co-founder, Milk Cosmetics, style host, E!; Kesha McLeod, image consultant, and wardrobe stylist; Suzanne Anderson, vice president, Design Apparel, Macy’s; Michelle Wang, vice president, Retail Diversity Strategy, Macy's; Jason David Mahler, associate vice president of design, Victoria’s Secret; Stacey Tester, senior design director, Coach; Jeffrey Dodd, fashion designer, of namesake label, Jeffrey Dodd ; Danielle Elsener, fashion designer, DECODE; Kimberley Gordon, creative director and designer, Selkie;  Sally LaPointe, womenswear designer, LAPOINTE; Jacky Marshall, design consultant; Mary Ping, founder and fashion designer, Slow and Steady Wins the Race; Flora Backer, founder and designer, Rya Collection; Keith Lissner, executive vice president of design, Vera Wang; Andrea Pitter, founder and designer, Pantora Bridal; Halla Elias, founder and designer of Halabaloo.