THE Academy of Art University selectively allows soon to be- and recent graduates- a chance to display their skills on the runway in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and industry pros who are clued in enough to attend this show-looking for future talented hires.
Backstage- we first took in in the elaborate warrior princess hairstyles for the women-designed by Aveda's Jon Reyman.
|orange, olive green or off white-sewn in-depending….pinned under|
The makeup was clean and natural looking BUT-with super strong brows…
|Aveeda's Sheer Fig (Fall 2014), gave moisturized lips a bit of color…precisely applied with a lip brush|
|Janessa Pare-Makeup-for Aveda|
|brushed up brows---extra heft with brow powder/pencil to get this look|
|serious Dr. Spock like brows-|
|Nails by Patricia Yankee|
|Andrea Nieto-B.F.A. Textile Design|
Our favorite part of this show is getting a chance to chat with some of the designers- before their talent is shared with the invited. WOW.
As a 'student' show-vs. retail ready sway the storer owners/fashion critics show-the elaborateness of the design and textiles really take center stage and have to be seen up close…as it all take months to craft. A luxury that only exists in the couture world.
ALTHOUGH---in a fast mass maker knock-off world-we noticed a few runway ensembles by NY designers this season-made of sophisticated fabrics that will never -even in a diluted fashion---find ways onto the racks of H&M…IMO. Expect to pay dearly.
|as mentioned below-black laser cut jacket, black oversize mesh tank, dot print button down shirt, wine turtleneck, black printed trousers-combat boots/baseball cap. Runway pictures Randy Brooke/WireImage|
|these textiles designs-show why Nieto won a prestigious scholarship from YMA Scholarship Fund|
|Andrea Nieto-collaborated with Frank Tsai M.F.A. in fashion design|
|Andrea Nieto+Frank Tsai Beauty in Decay menswear collection|
|dot print button down-laser cut leather close-up|
|Hong Ni-M.F.A. in Textile Design|
|embroidered mesh jacket- above and looks pictured below-took months to embroider-a collaboration with Earnest Huang M.F.A. Fashion Design. Design came first…fyi|
|Earnest Haung+ Hong Ni|
|we would have a smile this wide too if we made this glorious oversized hand knit cable sweater-by Jasmine Gonzales-M.F.A. Fashion and Knitwear Design-a rare double major. This knit was dyed in a bathtub.|
|Nisha Hanna Btesh-B.F.A. Textile Design|
|Wool skirt-in a sunny yellow, printed shirt+sweatshirt….on the runway-|
|Jaci Hodges M.F.A. Fashion Design|
|Patchwork wool coat-opened the show….|
|Arijana Kajdi´c M.F.A. Fashion Design-was inspired by her grandmother ---flowing asymmetrical wool coat, hand dyed-in a bathtub conjured up this beautiful tone-a grayish lavender soon to be a Pantone color of the year at some point IMO.|
|on the runway-military inspired shapes---a collaboration with Mingy Du. Loved it----|
|camo print is amazing---and could wear this in weather tough conditions. Could have been from a designer name under label giant Adidas|
|Mingyu Du M.F.A. Fashion Design-ironed a lot---|
|Joseph Khawane+Mingyu Du|
|on the right-Elizabeth Castellon M.F.A. Fashion Design…hometown fav-Bronx native graduated from the incredibly talented stuffed High School of Fashion Industries, with Jasmine Gonzales on left...|
|Makeup artists---can draw!|
|missed interviewing the two designers in the middle-Flora Cervantes M.F.A. Fashion Design+Lori Solem M.F.A. Fashion and Textile Designs…a few of this duo's efforts-below…|