13 Art Institutes designers showcased their collections during New York Fashion Week 2016, that was held last week at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, The Arc in New York City.
Among the designers were current students and recent graduates, they presented 12 collections (11 individual ones and one design duo). The show also featured Artist Lily Qian, who sketched one look from each designer’s collection as the models walked down the runway, resulting in a one of a kind mural representing each participating designer.
The participating designers were very diverse, came from different backgrounds and from as far as Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, New York, Portland, Houston and Vancouver. They were:
Designer #1: German Madrigal (Apparel Design BFA student, The Art Institute of Portland) – His “Equilibrium” collection was sleekly influenced through experimentation with the minimalistic side. Boldly defined lines with fine tailoring created a minimalistic androgyny.
Designer #2: Zenia Da Sousa (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2015, Miami International University of Art & Design)- Her men’s and women’s collection “The Real Life” was heavy on details yet decidedly clean in aesthetic. It showed fashion and architecture walking side by side combining urban edge as seen in industrial design.
Designer #3: Kimberly Richardson (Graduate, AAS Fashion Design program, 2015, The Art Institute of New York City) – Corrosion melded into candescence ignited this collection, “Spontaneous Combustion.” Using suede, denim, linens, and leathers, this collection was a contemporary take on the Japanese Shibori dyeing technique.
Designer #4: Sebastian Cubides (Fashion Design BFA student, Miami International University of Art & Design) – A midsummer night’s dream with industrial nymphs came together to create this men’s and women’s modern collection titled, “Nemophilist.” It featured elongated silhouettes with inventive detailing that embodied a European sportswear vibe.
Designer #5: Stephanie Castanon (Graduate, BFA Fashion Design program, 2015, Miami International University of Art & Design)- “Beneath The Surface” featured iridescents that were set off against black shapes in thisstrongly feminine collection with gothic undertones.
Designer #6: Christopher Leveille & Djoone’s Altenor (Fashion Design AAS students, The Art Institute of New York City)- Their collection “Urban Nomad” was comprised of men’s layered street wear that appeared pumped up to near couture proportions in leathers, denim, fleece, and jersey.
Designer #7: Nhi Nguyen (Graduate BFA Fashion Design program, 2015, The Art Institute of Houston)- Mixing metallic fabrics with geometric shapes, this collection made a futuristic “Statement” with a classic, defined retro style. It sustained feminine sophistication with a modern but youthful twist using layers of fabrications and handwork that look at once dressy yet approachable.
Designer #8: Tatiana Cochagne (Fashion Design BS student, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale)- Forever “Eterna,” this Elizabethan infused collection, used elaborate fabrics that danced decadently in a fashion conscious era. It held court using geometric lines with a baroque flair and non-conventional fabrications.
Designer #9: Bahareh Memarian (Graduate Fashion Design diploma program, 2015, The Art Institute of Vancouver)- Reminiscent of a sultry and luxe past where the silver screen stars smoldered in meticulous fashion, her “Externa” collection evoked 100% cruelty free glamour in ornate detail.
Designer #10: Lavan Chxeidze (Graduate AAS Fashion Design program, 2015, The Art Institute of New York City)- Uber feminine menswear or masculine womenswear? A question everyone asks after viewing this collection. This avant-garde collection inspired by the 1932 film Shanghai Express captured the diverse flow of fabrics, challenging the boundaries of menswear.
Designer #11: Alejandra Insuna (Fashion Design BA student, The Art Institute of Phoenix)- Her collection “Silent Epic; A Winter Shade Of Pale” expressed a futuristic journey integrating stark white sculptural dresses, classic cuts, and retro looks.
Designer #12: David Marquise Seward (Graduate AS Fashion Design program, 2015, The Art Institute of Philadelphia)- His collection “Inuit Culture” was inspired by his passion for the beauty of the bizarre found in architecture. The garments that closed out the show seemed in tune with his vision of tidy symmetry mingled with vibrant prints and textures.
The collections were very interesting and inspirational indeed, these students are super talented. What do you guys think? Which one is your favorite?. Check out the slideshow to see pictures of the show.
For more information about the Art Institutes, as well as their classes and programs, visit their website at www.artinstitutes.edu.