[Maria Korovilas, Camilla Olson, with models. Images via Zimbio.com]
The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California is no stranger to showcasing emerging talent during New York Fashion Week.
Jungah Lee’s opening collection of hand-dyed and painted pastel silks set the tone for what would prove to be a general consensus among the recent graduates of an M.F.A. in Fashion Design. Spring is lightening up, straying from the leather-studded dominance of the past few seasons, and growing into a feminine sophistication.
Cara Chiapetta followed with long, lean jersey, silk, and wool pieces that truly exemplified what the modern woman needs in her closet. Louie Llewellyn and Xiang Zhang’s menswear collaboration executed the theme of disagreement, combining hard and soft in both color and texture choices. resulting in a versatile mix of cozy layering pieces to suit a variety of men.
A Print Collaboration of technical, fashion, and texture design students revealed through a mixture of colorful patchwork quilting with vivid prints that harkened back to the 60’s, with a little Willy Wonka thrown in for good measure. April Howard and Camilla Olson, respectively, each followed with collections that felt the most in tune with what today’s young crowd is wearing. Howard’s leather interpretation of urban wasteland plus Olson’s laser cut technique had M.O.D. (Model Off Duty) written all over it. Maria Korovilas closed the show with her ornate, metal-encrusted collection, which had the audience in awe with every slow step the flat-shoed models took.
-Aaron de Jesus