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Academy of Art spring 2018 and fall 2018 NYFW

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One of my favorite runways to see when I attend New York Fashion Week is the Academy of Art University’s collections. When I was a student at the University of San Francisco, we socialized with the kids from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, so I have always felt a tie to the school. As one of the most world renowned art schools, I am also proud to say it is located right here in the Bay Area. I love seeing the fresh take on fashion that students from the University produce. They are the future of the fashion industry. Seeing their show, is getting a glimpse into the future of what emerging designers will create for us to wear.

For the spring 2018, and fall 2018 seasons, the Academy of Art University showcased ten emerging designers from both the BFA and MFA programs. The designers took their inspiration from the world around them; including San Francisco’s own landscape.

The designers from the Academy of Art University who showed at New York Fashion Week included; Hailun Zhou, Eden Slzin, Dina Marie Lam, Carlos Rodriguez, Rheanna Oliver-Palanca, Saya Shen, Joanna Jadallah, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, and Jelly Shan.

“Every year our designers have shown an amazing showcase of their talent and this year is no exception. This group has crafted each collection, and every piece within their collection has its own unique identity,” comments Jayne Foster, Graduate Director of Fashion. “They have stayed true to their vision and pushed their creative process into collections that show exploration of silhouette and textile techniques. These are the designers who will inspire and lead the next generation of new creatives. It has been a privilege to work with them.”

While the spring 2018, and fall 2018 collections offer an artistic take on fashion, they do reflect what we see trending in the world of fashion for the upcoming year. Hot trends for 2018, spotted on the Academy of Art’s runway include; black/white, geometric silhouettes, silver/metallic, knits, prints, suiting, and the emergence of one piece dressing for men.

To learn more about the Academy of Art’s spring 2018, fall 2018 New York Fashion Week runway show, as well as the designers, please visit FashionSchoolDaily.com. To learn more about the University, please visit AcademyArt.edu

My iPhone final walk video:


Academy of Art University fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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The Academy of Art University showed their fall / winter 2015 /2016 collection during New York Fashion Week on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in The Theater at Lincoln Center. There were fifteen designers who presented ten collections; four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students at AAU. On the runway, we viewed eight womenswear collections, one mixed menswear/womenswear collection, and one menswear collection. 

It is always thrilling to watch the Academy of Art University runway show at New York Fashion Week. These talented and creative students are learning and expanding on their creativity right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. To be able to see what current students and recent graduates are designing, is nothing short of amazing. This is the future of the fashion industry!

The fall 2015 collection from the Academy of Art University featured cutting-edge silhouettes, outstanding textures, and a fresh take on how to use textiles in fashion. The sweaters you see in the photos above are actually woven with strips of leather; not yarn. You can see a better view of the textiles in the IMG Fashion video below. 

According to Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the school of Fashion, “This group of designers focused on transformation. They used fabric manipulation and printing techniques to change the inherent qualities of textiles to create new textures and surface qualities. There is a focus back to the body and wearability in silhouette, which the designers have utilized advanced tailoring techniques to achieve.”

The Academy of Art University designers who presented their work at New York Fashion Week for fall 2015 included; Emmanuelle Ciara Jones, Ghazaleh Khalifeh, Christian Willman, Xiaowei Liu, Stella Xingyu Hu, Han Tang, Tam Nguyen, Erin A.F. Milosevich, Paulina Susana Romero Valdez, Kevin C. Smith, Andrea Nyberg, Ozanhan Kayaoglu, Farnaz Golnam, Xue Yang, and Oom Terdpravat.

To learn more about the Academy of Art University, please visit AcademyArt.edu.

To view Academy of Art University’s fall 2015 collection from the runway at new York Fashion Week, please watch the IMG Fashion video below.

 


Academy of Art spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

The Academy of Art showed their spring/summer 2015 collections on September 6, 2014 at New York Fashion Week. The Academy of Art collections are near and dear to my heart. When I was a student at the University of San Francisco, I knew a lot of students who attended the Academy of Art and their work was always inspirational. I was mesmerized by their talent and how art was shaping the future. To see the Academy of Art’s collection presented live, across the country in New York for fashion week, isn’t only a treat, it is a proud Bay Area moment!

The spring/summer 2015 collections from Academy of Art, once again, push the boundaries of what we wear and how we wear it. The collections showed tonal dressing, mixes of texture, layers (a huge trend on the runways for 2015!) and longer hemlines (another huge trend!).

I wish my photos were better, but my seat was at a bad picture taking angle. To view the collection in its’ entirety, please watch the IMG Fashion video below.

Just like last season, I want to get my hands on the cozy sweaters from Academy of Art’s runway! I wish I could just walk into a store a buy one, but alas, I cannot. What is your favorite look from the Academy of Art runway?