The Academy of Art University Students Creations Stun: MB Fashion Week Fall 2012
Originality reigned at the Academy of Art University’s fashion show.
When you picture a student-run fashion show, it can be all too easy to dismiss it as an amateur dress-up session conducted by a bunch of kids. But the Academy of Art University’s Fall 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was proof that young up-and-comers are more competitive than ever.
The California-based school has brought the lines of its recent graduates to New York City for the past seven years. Showcasing eight women’s wear collections and one men’s wear collection, this season’s show, which was held on February 10, 2012, was packed with fashion’s most ardent followers.
Wu Di, who began her own design studio in China, sent models down the runway in luxurious cashmeres and wools in geometric patterns. Ivory, camel, and charcoal hues featured prominently in the patterned Aaron Coleman-inspired collection. Coleman was a printmaker known for using geometric shapes.
Amy Bond continued the neutral-color trend with her black, ivory, and grey pieces. But Bond, who started her own clothing line in 1999, also added silken jackets, dresses, and tops to the mix. The airy, breathable materials made her collection look comfy-chic and totally covet worthy.
Meanwhile, Xiang Zhang took philosophy out of the classrooms with his Plato-inspired designs. He referenced the theory of the golden ratio for proportions, stitches, and patterning. I don’t know if Plato ever pondered over what his theories would look like as clothing lines, but we’d venture to say he’d be impressed by these goddess-like yet modern pieces.
And if you’ve ever longed for your beau’s stylish blazers and striped vests, Deanna Pei-Ju Lo’s collection contained just the right amount of feminine flair to make her borrowed-from-the-boys pieces look glam. Pleated sweaters and skirts, wool coats and pants, and silk vests? Your guy’s old sweaters could never be as sophisticated!
Donghyuk Dan Kim, who designed the show’s only collection for men, presented the audience with gorgeous, vintage-looking ensembles inspired by military uniforms and the American West.
Farida Khan proceeded to take the show back to black with her sleek suits and silk pants.
Then, Kate Y.K. Lee presented her gleaming, largely silver creations. And ode to architecture, the shimmering jackets and polished tweed pants were an eye catching contrast to the neutrals that seemed to rule the runways.
Jeanette Au sustained the silvery look with her highly original knitwear collection. Deep sapphire, copper, garnet, and ruby were all laced with metallic silver, which was all inspired by the paintings of Leon Bakst and Sergei Diagliav’s Ballet Russe.
Jade Juanyu Liu, inspired by collage artist Damien Blottiere, finished with heavily layered pieces in copper, grey, and black wool and fur.
By the end of the show, one thing was for certain: this won’t be the last time we’ll hear these students’ names.
Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.