New names find the limelight at New York Fashion Week which allows talent to be discovered. The ninth of September 2017 the twenty first runway showcase for the Academy of Art Universities’ School of Fashion was held at Skylight Clarkson Square. There were two collections of menswear, and five collections of womenswear with two collaborations in the collections from ten recent MFA and BFA graduates. Designers’ backgrounds ranged from coastal Main to mainland China and places in between.
The audience which included CFDA’s Director of Education and Professional Development, Sara Kozlowshi and America’s Next Top Model’s Ms. J. Alexander was impressed by the range of craftmanship techniques, silhouettes and ideas. These fifteen minutes of runway time follow hours of last minute labor, internships, classes and workshops. The designers presented their ideas for fashion’s future to the entire world.
The photographs and observations that Hailun Zhou, from Qing Dao, China made on a journey for a class in creative concepts inspired her designs. The designs used PVC and viny for dresses which included materials that were fused together to make fabrics. Zhou was selected for the future graduate showcase during 2017.
Eden, Slezin’s design was influenced by the individuality that San Francisco celebrates, the vintage denim he appreciates and his loves and life. He is from the Bay Area. Cone Denim donated organic denim, Amour Vert provided extra fabrics and Sports Basement provided rubber bike tubes that had been recycled in efforts to support fashion with sustainability. Slezin was a CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad finalist.
Dina Marie Lam from Los Angeles, CA was inspired by the emotions that surrounded her aunt’s death. She wanted the collection to convey transition, she evoked warmth and comfort using luxurious, soft materials. She was inspired by those who desire form, function and the best fabric. Lam was Super Intern for BCBGMAXAZRIA.
Several other designers were noted for their remarkable choices and had previously received honors in the roles they had prior to fashion week.