Once again, Academy of Art 2013 Graduation Fashion Show packed serious heat of emerging talents last Thursday, May 9 at The Palace of Fine Arts Theater. When I first found out about the venue, I was half-hoping the runway would be outdoor. Wouldn’t that be gorgeous? But then I returned from my fantasy thinking when I realized just how complicated it would be to set up an outdoor show :) That being said, this year’s production is the largest the university has ever made. Still clutching to its grip as the “ground zero” of SF Bay Area fashion talent generator, Academy of Art’s newest graduates showed their teeth in diverse range of fabrics and outfits. Compared to last year’s, I saw more varieties (more menswear!) and personal favorites overall.
This year, the Academy of Art University Honorary Doctorates title are awarded to Maz Azria and Lubov Azria from BCBG Max Azria Group (pictured right). H.R.H. Pricess Reema Bandar Al-Saud’s Saudi Project also returned this year; the stunning results were featured as the show opener.
Thank you my husband Chris for all the wonderful pictures. Perhaps it’s worth almost being kicked off by the burly security people. Please click on the picture once and wait a moment in order to bring up the selected designer’s complete looks presented during the Academy of Art 2013 Graduation Fashion Show. Without further ado, these are the collections presented on Academy of Art 2013 Graduation Fashion Show.
The winter blizzard cannot stop the Academy of Art talents from showing on the runway last month. The Academy of Art Fall 2013 at NYFW presentation is modern, chic, and sophisticated (as well as a bit wild, which is a good thing). The students’ work once again proves that there is no excuse to underestimate their capabilities compared to their professional peers just because they are ”student” designers.
Thank you Academy of Art for sharing the video; the collections shown for New York Fashion Week can be viewed on the video below:
After watching A Man’s Story screening at Academy of Art University on Friday, November 2, 2012, there is no doubt in my mind that Ozwald Boateng is a very accomplished British menswear designer armed with impeccable sense of style, masterful classic tailoring technique, and relentless drive to get him from one point of his life to the next. On top of it, he has a very charming and witty personality, intelligence, and confidence that radiates to people around him.
However, his life is not without serious challenges; from his failed first marriage (which the documentary dabbed just barely at the beginning), Autumn/Winter 1999 fashion show disaster coupled with overnight robbery of the whole collection, and gradual turmoil with his second marriage to Russian model Gyunel that ended in 2009. Through it all, A Man’s Story plowed through various chapters in 12 years of Boateng’s life, from 1998 to 2010. You get a glimpse of his rises and falls: his “rebuild” in the early 2000s, his directorial debut for a short film shown at his Milan fashion show in 2004, his Creative Director at Givenchy years in 2004 – 2007, the African Union show at Accra, Ghana in 2007, interview with Giorgio Armani in 2009, as well as the glitz and glamour of outfitting Hollywood’s A-list celebrities such as Will Smith, Forest Whitaker, and Jamie Foxx. Unfortunately for this documentary, that’s what they remain: just glimpses.
The Academy of Art 2012 Graduation Fashion Show & Awards Ceremony was a lively event. Hosted at The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth Street, the pre-show atmosphere was very lively and fresh, not unlike this new venue of Academy of Art University (AAU). It’s easy to know which of the honored guests of Sarah Burton, H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, and Philip Treacy the audience was looking forward the most, and for great reasons. Two of the student designers would win an internship with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (yes, I know!). By the night’s end, we learnt that the two student designers chosen were Maria Romero and Zhangchi Wang (more on their collections below).
But I’m getting ahead of the story. The fashion show showcased great talents (as always expected from Academy of Art students), and the quality of their work was just stunning. With a student fashion show at this caliber, sometimes I forgot that these designers were “just” students. Gosh, I can’t wait seeing their work fully featured as professional designers. Kudos to Dr. Elisa Stephens (President of Academy of Art University), Gladys Perint Palmer (Executive Director of the School of Fashion), and Simon Ungless (Director of the School of Fashion), and the rest of the school’s staff for forging the students and produced such high standard of quality year after year. Marvelously done.
Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show back in 2007, I was immediately in love with the amazing pool of talents this school gathers. After a long hiatus, I finally was able to come to this year’s May 7 Open House fashion show that was previously showcased two nights before.
When I first came to It is no secret that student fashion shows coming from Academy of Art University (AAU) is always highly anticipated and I’m happy that despite the super windy day (that scared some of the visitors that the huge tent we’re in was going to be blown away), the talents in this school is as high as ever.
Last week, I was fortunate to be around the San Francisco area and got news about this fabulous open house that Academy of Art hosted on April 28. I decided to go there with my photographer boyfriend, and I LOVED it. The open house was complete with free valet parking, free lunch and Starbucks coffee, and a chance to meet Daniel Vosovic from Project Runway 2. Of course, the campus itself was fabulous. Exhibitions from each major were shown continuosly, and people could get reviews of their portfolios of fashion, photography, illustration, among others.
Moreover, there was a fashion show that showcased the works of Academy of Art’s students majoring in fashion. Let me tell you, it was so crowded that spaces between the runway platform and the seats had to be filled; people kept pouring in so that the scheduled 3 pm show finally started around 3:20 pm. So in this post, I would like to share what I saw that day. Since there were 20 collections, I will show only several of my favorite pieces from each collection**. What’s more amazing is that these students created everything from scratch, from garment to jewelry. And they did not know how to sketch or draw at the beginning either. It’s truly amazing what 4 years can make you. Wow.