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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:

NYFW photo journal spring 2018

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photo: Taoray Wang spring 2018 NYFW

My trip to New York Fashion Week was shorter this season then usual. I have stepped up to be troop leader for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and everything seemed to happen the week of fashion week. I was required to be home, to lead the troop, for service unit activities and to kick off the new scout year.

Thankfully, I was able to get to New York for the weekend shows. Although I watch many shows via You Tube, there is nothing like seeing the clothing on the runway. When I can see the fabrics, stitching, and movement of the silhouettes up close, it is easier for me to report on the collections, and incoming trends, for you.

These are the shows I was so thankful to be able to attend. I will share my favorite look from each collection. In some cases, I was only able to get a final walk video on my phone. My seating ranges from front row to standing room, so depending on where I was placed, results in the quality of photos I can show you.

Day one: I woke up at 4am and drove with my friend Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun to the airport for a 7am flight. I landed at 3:30pm in New York, caught a Taxi, checked into the hotel, and jammed over to my first show at 6pm. It was an exhausting, but productive day!

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Cindy Montiero spring 2018

Michael Costello spring 2018

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Maison the Faux spring 2018

Day two: This was a heavy schedule! I saw five shows and attended the rewardStyle rooftop party where I met up with fellow bloggers. I arrived late after a show, and left early to get to another show. It was a whirlwind!

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Taoray Wang spring 2018


Runa Ray spring 2018

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Custo Barcelona spring 2018

Olivia Palermo at the NYFW Banana Republic “See Now Buy Now” presentation.

My favorites from the collection can be found below:

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A Detacher spring 2018

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Academy of Art University spring 2018

Day three: This was a heavy schedule too. I attended seven shows; it would have been eight but I had a logistical issue getting to one. Yikes!

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Francesca Liberatore spring 2018

Dan Liu spring 2018

Nina Tiari spring 2018

Leann Marshall spring 2018

Vivienne Hu spring 2018

Jarel Zhang spring 2018

I also attended Rinat Brodach but was unable to get photos or video due to the lighting at the presentation. The CAAFD Showcase is the one I missed due to logistics. Many of the shows are spread apart throughout lower Manhattan, so it isn’t always easy to get from show to show; especially if one runs late; and they always run late. It was a whirlwind trip and so much fun! I will definitely be bringing you more NYFW coverage, as well as continuing to talk about our present fall season.

Thanks for stopping by!



Top 5 New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

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photo: Maison the Faux spring 2018 NYFW

The last model has walked off the runways of New York Fashion Week. As the fashion world moves to London, Paris, and Milan to continue fashion month, those of us who look closely to New York designers for inspiration are left with a new set of trends for the upcoming spring/summer 2018 season.

There are so many trends which seemed to inspire New York designers this season. We saw new trends, old trends, continuing trends, and confusing trends, for the upcoming warm weather season. Despite the large amount of trends, and inspiration, from New York designers for spring 2018, there were five trends which stuck out, and dominated the runways of New York.

Without further ado:

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018: Menswear

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photo: Francesca Liberatore spring 2018 NYFW

Menswear inspiration has been a huge trend in fashion over the past few seasons. It is showing no sign of slowing down for spring 2018. Designers showed a large amount of menswear inspiration in the form of suiting, prints, tailored blazers, trousers, and shoes. Look for more menswear as we move out of winter, and into spring.

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018: Clutches

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

photo: Nina Tiari spring 2018 NYFW

Clutches are making a comeback for spring 2018. While they never really went out of style, designers have favored saddle bags, hobo bags, and satchels the past couple of seasons. For spring 2018, designers are looking towards small clutches.

Also of note; the fanny pack appears to be making a comeback. Let’s see if the streets like that one. I’m a little frightened by the thought.

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018: Small Florals

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

photo: Nina Tiari spring 2018 NYFW

Florals, I know. Soooo groundbreaking. Seriously though, florals are really small for spring 2018. Alice + Olivia, Zimmermann, and many more showed small floral prints for the spring season. No big flowers, only small ones; all squished together. Small, busy florals. Not groundbreaking, but noteworthy.

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018: Silver and Metallic

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

photo: Academy of Art University spring/fall 2018 NYFW

Silver is the new metal du jour. For spring 2018 look for silver jewelry, silver accents, silver footwear, silver handbags, and silver metallic clothing. Silver is already a hot trend for fall, look for more in the spring 2018 season.

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018: Cold Shoulders

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

photo: Vivienne Hu spring 2018 NYFW

Cold shoulders are not going anywhere for the spring 2018 season. Look for this trend from last season to continue into next year. There will be peek-a-boo shoulders, off-the-shoulder, strapless (no shoulder), cold shoulders; so many types of naked shoulders! In addition to cold shoulders, look for a continuation of ruffles surrounding these cold shoulders.

There you have it! The top 5 New York Fashion Week trends for spring 2018. In addition to these five trends, look for a continuation of asymmetrical lines, longer hemlines as well as mini skirt hems, two piece sets, and black/white combinations.

Handbags for spring 2018 will offer small clutches, shoulder bags/saddle bags, east/west totes, and <gasp> fanny packs.

When it comes to color, dark sea foam green, shades of yellow, grey, and white are hotter then hot. See the top 12 colors from NYFW by clicking here.

What do you think of the spring 2018 trends from New York Fashion Week?

New York Fashion Week trends spring 2018

photo: Custo Barcelona spring 2018 NYFW

Yes, that is a fanny pack. Several designers were showing them on the runways for spring 2018. Thoughts?

All photos Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2017©