PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

 
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The Parsons 2012 Fashion Benefit

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. May, 2012. By Jamie Sharpe

Any fun college stories? “I failed draping!” Really? “It was such a shock. I had to go to summer school, and I was told that I would never be a designer and that this field just wasn’t for me.” —DONNA KARAN

JULIE GILHART

What did you wear during college? “I had a ponytail in those days, and it wasn’t subtle. It was a really high ponytail.” —REED KRAKOFF

FERN MALLIS

VIVIENNE TAM (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Any tragic fashion trends from your own school days? “Oh, absolutely! One time, I wore my party clothes to class before going out to the clubs in London, and I won a fancy dress competition that I hadn’t even entered.” —SIMON COLLINS

SHEILA C. JOHNSON (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

LISA MAYOCK (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Any regrettable fashion moments from your student days? “I had a mullet.” Really? “Yes. My entrance exam to Parsons was a self-portrait. My mom still has the drawing.” —NARCISO RODRIGUEZ (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

JESSICA PEREZ

ASHLEIGH VERRIER

Were you a good student? “No. When I was young, I never got stars on my report cards. Teachers always checked those mean ‘unsatisfactory’ boxes and wrote things like, ‘Doesn’t pay attention in class.’” —ALEJANDRO INGELMO

SOPHIA LAMAR

Were you a big partier in college? “I don’t think I was too crazy, but I loved those Sex on the Beach drinks. That was the best cocktail!” —PETER SOM (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

CHRIS BENZ

JENNé LOMBARDO

What were you like in college? “I was a pothead.” Were you a flirt? “In high school, I realized that I was gay. So, I thought, ‘I can’t wait to unleash it all in college.’ But then I ended up in an all-guys dorm, and they were all straight.” —STEVEN KOLB

BIBHU MOHAPATRA

Did you ever go through a shy phase? “I can’t remember ever being shy.” —LORENZO MARTONE

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