Monday, September 19, 2016

NYFW Highlights SS'17 The Art Institutes

The runway shows by undergraduate and graduate students-always push the boundaries of what is possible for fashion---

Skylight at Moynihan Station, The Arc

For nine emerging designers - both current students and recent graduates - from The Art Institutes system of schools, last evening was the perfect opportunity to showcase each of their talents, determination, and creativity.  

This season’s theme was “Destinations.” The designers were challenged to take us on an inspirational journey of discovery and the collections that resulted walked the runway of The Art Institutes Spring 2017 show...


Designer #1: Adrian Escoto (Graduate, AAS Fashion Design program, The Art Institute of New York City) - Denim patchwork sportswear that is equal part street and uptown and is quintessentially New York through and through.

Designer #2: Bianca Zidik (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2016, The Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago) – Looks straight from Carnaby Street in London circa 1960 with a funky nod to Mr. Austin Powers himself… Groovy, baby!

Designer #3: Melody Hernandez (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2016, The Art Institute of Vancouver)- Modern sportswear that is both easy and wearable, but elevated by unexpected mixes of fabrics, prints, & design details.

Designer #4: Julissa Arrington  (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2015, The Art Institute of Dallas)- An avant-garde collection inspired by a journey of self-discovery through an unraveled mind.

Designer #5: Devon Pezzano (Graduate, BS Fashion Design program, 2016, The Art Institute of Philadelphia) - Deceptively heavy silhouettes juxtaposed against light airy fabrics meant to evoke the concept of levitation.

Designer #6: Mimmy Begazo (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2016, Miami International University of Art & Design) - A collection that explores the future and the technology used to help block radiation from our bodies.

Designer #7: René Mejia (Fashion Design AAS student, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale) - Eduardo Degas and his magnificent ballerina paintings inspired this collection of evening wear that is edgy and androgynous yet soft and feminine.

Designer #8: Esther Ashiru (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2016, The Art Institute of Vancouver)- A castle in Dublin, Ireland inspired this collection of opulent evening wear that evokes feelings of couture.

Designer #9: Maria D’Ocon (Fashion Design BFA Student, Miami International University of Art & Design)The cultural richness & diversity of Spanish art inspired this elegant bridal collection.

Hair by: Jorge Luis for Privé by Laurent D
Nails by: Omary Gonell for Jessica Cosmetics 
Make-up by: Makeup by Disco for GLAMSQUAD

Music by: Jay xero