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Academy of Art University Fall 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week #NYFW

One of the shows that I never miss when I go to New York for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is the Academy of Art University show. Ever since I started going, Academy of Art University has always been on my fashion week schedule. Not only do I get to see fresh fashion but I see numerous collections in one show. Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. Part of the university’s commitment to their students is to help launch their careers and have their work seen by industry professionals. According to Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting these designers’ collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an incredible opportunity for each of them.” And I totally agree!

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From left to right: Frank Tsai, Jaci Hodges, Jasmine Gonzalez, Hong Ni, Mingyu Du, Earnest Huang, Nisha Hanna Btesh, Joseph Khawane, Andrea Nieto, Lori Solem, Flora Cervantes, Arijana Kajdi! and Elizabeth Castellon. Photo credit to David Dooley and Academy of Art University.

For the Fall 2014 season, 13 designers presented eight collections, four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students. In total, six womenswear and two menswear collections were presented at the Academy of Art University Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.

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I was seated on the fifth row. So it was hard to take decent shots from the side especially when the spotlight washes the models’ faces. I tried to take some earlier on the show before I switched to taking photos with my phone. Here are some of them.

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Won’t be sharing photos from my phone here anymore but you can check them out on my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Thankfully, Academy of Art University has sent us the low- and hi-res photos so I can share with you the complete look. Here they are.

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First Collection: Jaci Hodges, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Nisha Hanna Btesh, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a 1960s-inspired womenswear collection that was created with the use of Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting.

Second Collection: Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a menswear collection inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, “Beauty in Decay,” personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process.

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Third Collection: Arijana Kajdi!, M.F.A Fashion Design, blended elements of masculine design with feminine treatment, all the while paying homage to the women who have nurtured her, in particular her grandmother.

Fourth Collection: Flora Cervantes, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Lori Solem, M.F.A Fashion and Textile Design, on a Fall 2014 collection constructed from canvas, cotton, wool, and latex.

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Fifth Collection: Earnest Huang, MFA Fashion Design, collaborated with Hong Ni, M.F.A. Textile Design, on a Fall 2014 womenswear collection made of natural materials such as leather, wool, and cotton, as well man-made fabrics Phifertex and Viscose.

Sixth Collection: Elizabeth Castellon, M.F.A. Fashion Design, took inspiration from futuristic architecture, interiors, sculptures, and also incorporated themes from 1930s sportswear.

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Seventh Collection: Jasmine Gonzalez, M.F.A. Fashion and Knitwear Design, included hand-knitted pieces, hand-made yarns, and hand-dyed velvet, and was inspired by the idea of all cultures combining as one.

Eighth Collection: Mingyu Du, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Joseph Khawane, M.F.A. Textile Design, on a womenswear collection made of unique fabrics including army tent and parachute materials, wool blankets, and cotton canvas. They were inspired by the mod fashions of the 1960s as well as the attitude and freedom of the youth from that period.

And if you want more, here’s the complete show video so you can feel like you’re there with me too.

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Congratulations to the designers. I must say, this is probably my favorite AAU collection to date. I hope to see more of you in future New York Fashion Week shows to come. My favorites would be from Jaci Hodges and Nisha Hanna Btesh featuring the Japanese resistance felting technique. I also love Earnest Huang and Hong Ni’s bright reddish orange, black and white collection. The prints are to die for. And finally, I also like Jasmine Gonzalez’ purple and brown oversized sweaters and coats. Lots to love!

Of course, before the show began, I did some celebrity spotting too…

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J. Alexander, a.k.a. Miss J, reality TV personality (from America’s Next Top Model) and runway coach | Alex McCord, former The Real Housewives of New York City star

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Patrick McDonald, NY socialite, fashionista, “Dandy Project” | Scott Ewalt, artist and DJ | Michael Musto, journalist and actor (The A List New York TV series) | Lauren Ezersky, TV host show “Behind The Velvet Ropes”

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Eric West, actor (World War Z) | Tashiana Washington, actress (Gimme The Loot, Ice Age) | Bill Cunningham, NY’s most popular photographer

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Michael Musto | Deryck Todd, hat designer (Deryck Todd) | Jay Alexander | Rocco Leo Gaglioti, producer and host Fashion News Live

Many thanks again to Academy of Art University for inviting me to see your Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. To find out more about them, please visit their website at www.academyart.edu or www.fashionschooldaily.com.

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