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Academy of Art University  New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

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Ten student designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University, based in San Francisco, CA, got a chance to showcase their work in their Fall 2013 collections in NYC at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The collective of recent grads, with the support of their school, are able to have their talent seen by industry professionals in doing so. Since 2005, the Academy of Art has made it possible for students in several areas of fashion design including Womenswear, Menswear, and Childrenswear, as well as Technical Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, and Accessory Design to participate, and essentially helped to launch their careers with the runway becoming a platform to the future on many levels. This season seven women’s wear collections, two of which were collaborative efforts between students in different concentrations, had the opportunity to show the world who they are, and where they’re headed.

Here’s a rundown of bright stars to keep an eye out for. Janine M. Villa, a New Jersey native, got inspired by her collection of vintage Welsh blankets. Centered around the richness of color amd texture, basic silhouettes and uniformed fits complimented the busy nature of the motif. She worked with Amanda Nervig who integrated knitted elements into the collection. The knitwear designer who hails from Iowa added depth to the constructed garments in creating knit accessories and sweaters with embellishments that played beautifully off the vintage blanket vibe.

Yuming Weng of China, was moved by distorted portraits from Henrietta Harris. Wools in shades of grey and brown dominated the collection and expressed the muted tone beautifully. The Bay area’s Teresa Field channeled depictions of the human body as well as sketches from H.R. Giger’s “Alien” for the collection she collaborated on with textile designer James Thai, and jewelry designer Leah Aripotch. California based Thai created custom leather textiles in compliment, take for example burning the leather to reveal imagery of flora and fauna blended into the medium. Leah Aripotch from New York created the jewelry and embellishments by fusing concepts from her collaborators and turning the work into her own with cast pieces of bronze, brass, and copper metals.

Heather Marie Scholl from the Northwest Pacific Coast region brought together her past studies in her current project. Her collection explores the sexually obsessed nature of queer culture and the glamour associated with it using materials like wool, cotton, and wool knit, with glass beads for embellishment. Chenxi Li (China) was inspired by fashions of the 1950s. She included exaggerated silhouettes and voluminous components while the knitwear pieces resembled traditional Chinese armor. Originally from Canada, Heather McDonald got revved up with Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, and explored humans vs. technology with angular forms and shaped knitwear. Inspired by natural light and ensuing shadows Qian Xie, originally from China, where she attended the Southwest University concentrated on geometric silhouettes and negative space were constructed in a variety of wools, and cashmere knits.

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Written by: Sarah Freiseis
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