Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Lineup Spring 2011 Review

Art Institute of California San Francisco Fashion Lineup Spring 2011 Review

I was looking forward for the Art Institute of California – San Francisco’s spring fashion show since early this year, and this year’s presentation of Art Institute of California Fashion Lineup really highlighted great talents and creative concepts. The fact that four of the six winners of the night were the ones doing the Independent Fashion Show back in April also really (somehow) made me very proud of them :) The fashion show production was as professional as ever (kudos to all of the production crew; job well done!) and the three judges this year were Bacca da Silva, Angela Medlin, and Joseph Domingo. I do agree completely with their winner picks; all six of them are fully noted here. As always, awesome photography by Christian Hadidjaja, and here are the collections of the night: Scene 1: Synthetic vs. Natural Collection by Autie Carlisle: I first saw Autie’s collection during the Constituent Parts Fashion Show, so seeing them here only refreshed my memory of how great these pieces were constructed. Plus, the  lighting actually helped me see the details more :) Autie Carlisle - SyntheticVsNatural, AIC-SF 2011May 18, 2012Photos: 9   Collection by Rachel Poulos: Similarly, I also first this collection during the Constituent Parts Fashion Show. But I still have mad love for that orange-red dress. Rachel, I want one! By the way, Rachel is the runner-up for Best Construction award of the night. She gets a PGM dress form (I hope she gets what she wants: dress form size 8). Rachel Poulos - SyntheticVsNatural, AIC-SF 2011May 18, 2012Photos: 10   Scene 2: Paratrooper’s Peril Collection by Cameron...
Constituent Parts Fashion Show, April 28, 2011 Review

Constituent Parts Fashion Show, April 28, 2011 Review

Phew! What a week! And it’s Friday again! Anyway, based on the WordPress stats, it’s very clear to me that a great deal of fafafoom readers want to see this post coming :) Well, I hope I don’t disappoint. 111 Minna Gallery is quite a cool place to have an intimate fashion show in, although I have to wonder why some of the female models walked too carefully. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s just their walking style or slippery floor. But it’s truly an eye-opener in a sense that when you do intimate settings like this, everything becomes so much closer to the audience and any flaws / greatness in the garments, the models’ attitude / walk, and all that jazz become that much more noticeable. Still, overall, this fashion show was a success and congratulations for all the designers and everybody involved in this production! And I would say something about being on time (the show started at 40 minutes late), but I’m quite a tardy person myself, so I guess we all have something to work on :) The show started rather slow, but it built up nicely until Autie Carlisle’s (shown above) collection. And of course, special thanks to Christian Hadidjaja for all the pictures. The show starts with Justin Jamison’s menswear collection. I first saw Justin’s designs last year, and I’m afraid I can’t say that this collection is stronger than the one he had. I’m not digging the whole drapey, serene, monk-ish garments on the first half, and I’m not particularly in love with the black deconstructed looks on the second...
Constituent Parts: Independent Fashion Show

Constituent Parts: Independent Fashion Show

Update: The Constituent Parts fashion show review is up! I’m very excited to be coming to Constituent Parts / Independent Fashion Show this Thursday, April 28, 2011. Four of Art Institute of California – San Francicso fashion designers are breaking out from the pack and holding their own show: Autie Carlisle, Cameron Stewart, Justin Jamison, and Rachel Poulos. When I reached out to the designers last week about their inspiration and goal for this event, Autie was really kind in representing all the designers by emailing me her response: “Our inspiration for putting on this show was that we all have had part in other organizations and their fashion shows. Which is great, and has been, and will probably continue to be, helpful to us as it is alot less work for us individually, however, we felt it was time for us to present our own work the way we think it should be. We are all appreciating the ability to be quintessentially us in the music we choose, the hair/makeup, the style of walking, the venue, etc and that way we feel we are presenting a “collection” vs. being involved in a school show or the like.  Our aim is to have press there, of course, as we are new to entering the fashion industry we hope there could even be some potential job seekers out there. However, it is important to note that none of us are going into production with our lines yet, so these are all one offs and not meant for retail or buyers per say. The other side to this publication, and this...
AIC San Francisco 2010 “United Streets of Fashion”

AIC San Francisco 2010 “United Streets of Fashion”

Last week on Saturday, June 19, 2010, I was very lucky happy to attend the Art Institute of California – San Francisco’s annual graduation fashion show “The United Streets of Fashion”. If last year I was very impressed with their Fashion Metamorphosis show, then this year I admire the students’ talent level more. The designs are exciting, unique, creative, and for the most part, well-constructed. Although the color palettes were not as colorful compared to last year’s (at least in my opinion), the students were successful in capturing the many faces of San Francisco fashion style. The reviews that followed after the show showed that these young designers have serious talents for us to happily anticipate their works in the future. Lorraine Sanders from 7×7.com shared standout pieces from the show, whereas Cynthia Anderson from stylewylde.com “warned” fashion professionals not to take these students lightly. If you attended the show and want to know about the songs the DJs picked, Nights in Shining Armour shared them all (she also picked the name for the 9 scenes that represented the show’s themes). I personally am really excited to see how San Francisco fashion styles develop in upcoming months; can’t wait to see the day when people consider San Francisco as a fashion capital. For me, it already happened =D   Here are all the garments featured on the show, enjoy! Pictures by: Christian Hadidjaja   Scene I : Electric Landlady Designs by Jordan Alexandra: I love the earth tones, and especially love the 2nd look’s jacket. Designs by Rachel Brooks: With the exception of the 2nd look’s shorts, I love this collection and their...

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