The Academy of Art University fashion week runway show was a highlight of this season's (SS'2016) packed NYC schedule.
Notably design-wise-coinciding with fashion's gender dressing 'discussions' ---the students offered up magnificently tailored menswear inspirations-for women...and structured minimalist silhouettes for men-that expand upon the traditional ensembles...reminding us of groundbreaking Japanese and Antwerp designers...from the 1980s-1990s.
As always-the fabrics and hand-wrought details =mind blowing.
|Everyone gets the 411 on the runway walk...the design students listen up|
|r-Liz Li MFA Fashion Design, l-Bom Kim MFA Knitwear Design -crafted the most exquisite women's wear with hand painted flourishes- inspired by traditional Chinese paintings.|
|hand painted fabrics, embroidery, and custom knitwear designed by Kim -inspired by Chinese paintings+abstract art/ freehand brushwork=stunning-natural palette with contrasting black details|
|Liz Li + Bom Kim|
|Liz Li and Bom Kim-steam it out...gorgeous!|
|Wenhan Yuan MFA Fashion Design 'menswear for women' crafted very wearable separates out of suit fabrics, cotton+paper textured fabrics. Reminded us of Ann Demeulemeester|
|last minute fittings-show stylist was Marcell Rocha for Workgroup|
|Ruone Yan BFA Menswear Design -collection inspired by Cephalotus aka Venus Flytrap|
|Max Lu with Jingci Wang|
|r-Max Lu MFA Fashion Design with Jingci Wang MFA Fashion Design|
|sequined fabric is stunning...|
|Mehrzad Hemali MFA Fashion Design-was "blurring the lines of gender" and is a big admirer of fashion great Martin Margiela...collection made from cotton mostly-and silk charmeuse, duchess satin, and organza. LOVE!|
|menswear inspired-women's wear-custom closures-designed to looking like piercings|
|had back buckle-custom created-stiffly crisp-make wearer stand up straighter!|
|Livia Bianda BFA Menswear Design-inspired by uniforms+exaggerated football player silhouettes|
|cool zip front short sleeve jacket with attached backpack...|
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