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The rumor mill concerning Kim Jones’ fate at Fendi is more active than ever, even among his own team, although a person close to him continues to deny that he’s going anywhere. Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage
Lauren Sherman
May 20, 2024

On Thursday, en route from London, I flew over to Savannah, of all places, to attend SCAD’s annual fashion show. Dirk Standen, the former Style.com editor and current dean of fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design, invited me—but also, I’ve always been charmed and intrigued by SCAD, a young school (45 is the new 30) that has managed to establish itself as a formidable competitor in the industrial race to shape creative minds. André Leon Talley, for example, had a relationship with the school for nearly 20 years, cajoling his friends and acquaintances to join him for various goings-on. SCAD was where I met the late Julia Reed, a former Vogue editor and close friend of Hamish Bowles. Also, everyone in Savannah dresses up.

The school’s annual fashion show is a chance to showcase top design talent from both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses, not only to proud parents but also industry insiders who make the pilgrimage. Among the crowd in town during my stay: SCAD alum and Vogue Runway writer José Criales-Unzueta; Vogue’s Virginia Smith and her husband, the designer Patrick Robinson; my old BoF colleague Robin Mellery-Pratt; Neiman Marcus’s Bruce Pask; and Brother Vellies’ Aurora James, who was presented with the ALT Award, among others.