It’s all about design + business for modern fashion retail collaboration

Infor and FIT have created the ultimate design contest exploring the real-world partnership between fashion designers and business teams. FIT Fashion Design students submitted their red-carpet ready creations to a panel of judges including fashion and retail creatives, and business leaders. Then, the FIT Fashion Business Management students submit marketing plans to take the winning look from the design contest to the market.

The winners – students from FIT’s prestigious Schools of Art and Design and Business and Technology each receive a $5,000 award. The designer has the opportunity to collaborate with a professional gown fabricator in New York. And the opportunity to see his or her winning gown on the red carpet at the Harper's Bazaar ICONS event on September 8, during New York Fashion Week.

The FIT Fashion Design winner is…

Three FIT Fashion Design contestants submitted red carpet worthy designs: Fallon King, Jose Holguin and Brandon Johnson. After a vigorous and thoughtful discussion, the judges selected the winning look submitted by Brandon Johnson.

“I’m thrilled to have won. When I found out I called my mother, who inspired my pieces. In that moment I felt like I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. The pressure of not knowing was lifted off of my shoulders and I started to feel like I had a place in this industry.”

Brandon Johnson, winner of this year’s award, was inspired by memories of his mother putting on her pearls to go out for the evening. His hometown is Gardner, Kansas.

What does “ICONIC” mean for design?

Infor_Fashion_Design_Icons_MarigayMckee_205x205 Marigay McKee
CEO and Founder of MM Luxe Consulting

“A designer’s work is iconic when it has a point of difference – a wow factor. Many things and people are iconic today, it’s something people want to look up to, desirable. Icons used to be exclusive, and that’s changed dramatically - today icons are very inclusive.”


Infor_Fashion_Design_Icons_Temple_St_Clair_205x205 Temple St. Clair
Founder of Temple St. Clair Haute Couture Jewellery

“A design can be iconic as the centerpiece from which a larger collection is created. It’s how a piece is worn.”


Infor_Fashion_Design_Icons_Durand_205x205 Durand Guion
Group Vice President, Fashion Director of Macy’s

“Iconic means timeless, a connection to something, that has heritage and foundation. With fashion it’s about how it’s brought forward, changed or adapted for today.”


Infor_Fashion_Design_Icons_MarcScibelli_205x205 Marc Scibelli
Chief Creative Officer, Infor

“Each designer expressed their own point of view and demonstrated their goals for their designs. That’s what made them iconic.”

The judges

Our all-star panel of judges are leaders in fashion and business. Marigay McKee is a well-known consultant in the luxury retail sphere known for her astute business acumen and elegant fashion aesthetic. Temple St. Clair is a lauded haute couture jewelry designer. Her passion for creative expression in gold and precious gemstones is recognized around the world, with museums competing to host her collections. Durand Guion provides the strategic direction for trends and fashion forecasting for Macy’s. He is known for his ability to translate his impeccable taste to meet the lifestyle needs of the Macy’s customer. And Marc Scibelli, Chief Creative Officer of Infor, leads Hook & Loop Digital—a team of strategists and creatives who partner with Infor customers to plan, design, assemble, and run large-scale digital ecosystems.

Who’s wearing the gown September 8 at the ICONS red carpet event?

Infor_Fashion_Design_Icons_Olivia_205x205 Olivia Perez
Fashion Influencer, Red Carpet Doyenne

Olivia Perez has been selected as the fashion influencer for this year’s ICONS event to wear the winning design. The FIT design students were able to learn more about Olivia through her well-established social media channels. Follow Olivia on Instagram.

“Technology has helped advance the fashion industry. Technology is a direct influence in growing a brand’s community and gaining exposure. It expands the team.”

Why is a business software company sponsoring a fashion design contest for NYC college students?

Infor is not your typical enterprise software company. We’re committed to the success of our customers today, and investing in the next generation: the next generation of fashion designers and business leaders, the next generation workforce, and the next generation of software designers and developers.

Our software is designed to work beautifully—intuitively, responsively, and elegantly. Our industry-specific cloud applications are pre-built with last-mile functionality and requirements, and enhanced with scientific insights and predictive analytics.

We’re making a dedicated investment in next gen software for the fashion and retail industries. Retail software hasn’t seen much change in more than 20 years despite major technological advances. Infor is changing that. Learn about the Infor Retail revolution.

To continue to deliver on this promise, Infor is also investing in the workforce of the future through the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP), we’re helping today’s students gain real world experiences that will prepare them for their professional careers tomorrow.

Our partnership with FIT includes the Infor | FIT Fashion Design ICON Award and the FIT/Infor Design & Tech Lab. The Lab will train cross-disciplinary teams of students to act as consultants to analyze and solve real world business problems, with the guidance of FIT faculty and Infor experts.