Designers including some from Michael Kors, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Kate Spade were on hand to “Crit”-ique Publicolor Students Design Project. Publicolor is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging at-risk students in their education by involving them in the painted transformation of their struggling schools and neglected community facilities.

The organization hosted a Design Crit where some of the city’s top designers reviewed designs with students who participated in this summer’s Next Step Prep program where, each summer, struggling students hone their literary skills through Publicolor’s unique program that uses product design as the scaffold.  This past summer, the product was an original design of a t-shirt.

Members of the t-shirt design crit jury included: Nicole Miller, Alex Shuman and  Lily Gunn from Michael Kors, Nancy Dorn (Parsons board), Nikki Kule of Kule Designs, Jeffrey Banks, Harold Koda (Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Simon Holloway from Narcisco Rodriguez , Pamela Bell from Kate Spade and designer and Kate Spade husband Andy Spade.