DDi - August 2012 - (Page 12)

12 | Newsworthy | Headlining DDI announces the winners of its first-ever Student Window Challenge DI Magazine announced the winners of it first-ever Student Window Challenge, presented in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, on June 7 in New York. The inaugural design competition brought together 12 visual merchandising students (grouped in two-person teams) from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to compete in a daylong challenge, which took place inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s 49th Street windows at the Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York. After a hectic day of design—and even a visit from Tim Gunn!—everyone gathered for the After Party and Awards Presentation, where the winning team was announced. Lani Gedeon and Michael Johnston of (team No. 1) were the winning team members, taking home a onemonth mentorship with Saks Fifth Avenue’s visual staff, a $500 Saks gift card and four tickets to the “Romeo and Juliet” ballet, plus backstage passes. At the After Party, competition participants mingled with the industry’s top talents who stopped by to toast the winners and celebrate the day’s events. Check out some After Party highlights in the photos shown here, and see behind-the-scenes photos from the competition—as well as the finished windows—on page 36. DDI thanks all the students for their hard work, creativity and inspiration. And a big thanks goes out to our sponsors for donating the materials used in the windows: Architectural Systems, Centiva, Fusion, Lifestyle/Trimco, Mondo Mannequins, Seven Continents and Van Stry. Leftover materials were donated to FIT. Also at the After Party, DDI announced the launch of its new Student Center—a section of its website totally dedicated to students. Student news—think competitions, design school announcements, etc.—will be part of the focus, as well as an area called “Community,” where students can share their experiences in retail design and industry experts can share their insights and tips. Check it out at www.ddionline.com/studentcenter and let us know what you think! View additional photos from the After Party at www.ddionline.com/projectgallery. —JESSIE DOWD, SENIOR EDITOR D 1 1 2 FIT students from the competition pose for a group shot with their professors and Saks visual team members. The winning team poses with the DDI Student Window Challenge judges. From left to right: Matt Reed, Saks; Alison Embrey Medina, DDI; Michael Johnston, FIT; Lani Gedeon, FIT; Harry Cunningham, Saks; Jessie Dowd, DDI; Eric Billinger, Saks. Leanne Potter, Seven Continents; Peter Huston, Fusion; Ellen Johnson, Fusion; Larry Shore, DDI. Brett Barndt and Kaitlin McMenemon, Envirosell. Dan Menchions, II BY IV; Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV; Nancy Jackson, Architectural Systems. Stephanie Wiesner, InterParfums; Ah Rerm Oh, Lord & Taylor; Steve Swirczek, Saks. 2 3 3 4 5 4 5 6 7 Linda Gjolaj, FIT; John Henry, Warner Bros.; Reginald Rogers, RKR Design Group. 6 7 | August 2012 www.ddionline.com http://www.ddionline.com/studentcenter http://www.ddionline.com/projectgallery http://www.ddionline.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DDi - August 2012

DDi - August 2012
Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Newsworthy
Shopper Insights
Visual Perspectives
Editor’s Choice
Design Snapshot
Harry Potter
Total Wine & More
Visual Super Section
DDI Student Window Challenge
Store Windows Showcase
Visual Products
Right Light
In-Store Technology
Product Spotlight
Calendar
Advertisers
Classifieds
Shopping with Paco

DDi - August 2012

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