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3 Fashion Prize Finalists Share Their NYFW Hero Pieces


Rodarte Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Alessandro Garofalo /

New York Fashion Week has come to end. Now, three DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize finalists—ready-to-wear designers Mira Hayek and Reema Al Banna and accessories designer Roula Ghalayini)—share their favorite looks and reveal the pieces that caught their attention at the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear shows in the city that never sleeps.

MIRA HAYEK – DKNY Spring 2017
Mira Hayek

DKNY Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Luca Tambolini /

DKNY Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Luca Tambolini /

“As soon as I started going through the DKNY Spring 2017 collection, I knew I would end up picking one of its looks. The entire collection spoke to me through its athletic and futuristic spirit. I chose this one because it embodies all the good stuff this collection has to offer. The first thing that caught my attention was the oversized fanny pack—it reminded me of a Star Wars Stormtrooper. Then, I noticed the versatile double-breasted jacket that has an ‘80s feel with its sculptural, rounded sleeves. I love how it’s paired with sheer biker shorts and killer thigh-high socks for a fresh, street vibe. I think this look, and the entire collection, is edgy, modern, and truly reflects the urban essence of DKNY.”

Reema Al Banna


Rodarte Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Umberto Fratini /

“It was difficult to pick one look from all the shows at New York Fashion Week. However, I really loved the Rodarte [Spring 2017 ready-to-wear] show. This look is my favorite, as it’s feminine but the belt and pins on the pants add a tough element. The one-sleeve detail gives the ruffles an edge, and the crop top length is sexy and cuts on the right line. While I’m not a fan of looks that are too feminine, the safety pins throughout the collection balance them for me.”

Roula Ghalayini

Derek Lam Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Raquel Allegra.

Derek Lam Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear, photo by Raquel Allegra.

“I love his [Derek Lam’s] take on the classic bucket bag silhouette. Bucket bags are often too dull for my taste, but Derek Lam’s interpretation is quite fresh. The multiple pockets are functional, but also have a strong visual impact. Another strong element to note is that the bag design does not have a front or a back. In fact, it looks interesting from any angle, which gives it edge. The nude color is classic, but the contemporary design makes it exciting while retaining its versatility. Meanwhile, the gold hardware accents add a hint of femininity, and brighten the overall design.”

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