SoMa was bursting with San Francisco fashion fans on Thursday night, when the Academy of Art Graduation Fashion Show drew hundreds of invited guests to the school’s Brannan Street space for a runway show and awards ceremony featuring graduating students’ debut collections and special guests such as the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, designer Patrick Ervell, Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, designer Walter Van Beirendonck and author Keanan Duffty, among others.
After shimmying through the VIP crowd gathered during the pre-show reception, we were pleased to settle into our seats and watch the show. This year’s collections stood out for their embrace of flat footwear (Oxfords and menswear-inspired variations dominated), innovative original prints and love affair with layering. Below, five looks we’d happily stare at again and again.
Ronnie Omar Nery’s knit dress impressed with its surprisingly wearable use of neon and a shape that was both daringly sculpted, yet also figure-flattering. Nery was the recipient of a prestigious Studio Bercot scholarship.
Amelia Statler’s lace-filled collection was inspired by women of the 1920’s and 1930’s and paired complex construction (note the diagonal piecework on the top above) with flowing layers.
Young Ae Koo’s dizzying geometric knitwear looked crisp when paired with white tops, dark-rimmed glasses and flat lace-up shoes.
Stephanie Hoffmann’s knits over leather-like leggings create a contrast that caught our eye. Next, we were drawn in by the sparkling beads sewn into her collection’s garments.
Eric Jonas Holbreich’s use of Camille Bucu’s original prints resulted in silhouettes that were loose, yet not without structure. Muted tones balanced the interplay of pattern, while a pop from the brightly-hued socks featured in the collection kept our eyes roving from head to toe.
Photography by Randy Brooke