Second year fashion students competed for the second year running for a prestigious fully paid internship at Banana Republic headquarters in New York this summer.
This year’s winners pictured with the Creative Director and Vice President Simon Kneen are Lauren Sanins and Alicia Duncan – Smith. Lauren created a stylish jersey and knit knot dress and Alicia a new take on a traditional trench coat which Simon selected as being modern and on brand.
Simon , an ex Kingston graduate flew in from Paris to judge the portfolios and garments and gave constructive feedback to the 25 finalists and interviewed 14 to choose the winners. Simon wrote after the event:
“Thank you Elinor for Friday and the amazing work of the students for our BR Summer internship. Congratulations to our winners Alicia Duncan – Smith for women’s wovens and Lauren Sanins for women’s knit-jersey. Thank you and your staff for the support and enthusiasm for our project but most of all the students exceptional work that this year has taken it up a couple of notches with talent and creativity that is humbling. It is always such a great experience for me to be able to encourage young talent from our beloved Kingston.”