The always-hotly-anticipated Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show drew a packed house of fashion notables, media, alums and local fashion industry players to the school’s SoMa tent last Thursday evening for a showing of work from 22 graduating students that mixed unexpected materials and with striking prints and experimental techniques.
Standouts from the evening includes Margaret Yoah’s rubbery, Rosseau-inspired separates in jungle-themed hues, sparkling and sumptuous knits by fashion and knitwear design student Maggie Mo Luo, Drew Williams’ gel-covered knits and the mysterious, moody dyed ensembles by Lisa Relth.
Along with the evening’s main event, a runway show featuring 16 collections, chairs filled with VIP guests such as New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, designers Yigal Azrouel, Nathalie Rykiel of Sonia Rykiel and Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown kept many eyeballs in the crowd firmly trained on the front row. That the iconic Suzy Menkes made a last-minute, surprise appearance only added to the evening’s drama and air of celebration. After the show clipped by in a snappy 45 minutes, students received coveted awards and internship positions with establishments such as L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, which selected Drew Williams and Lisa Relth, as well labels such as Sonia Rykiel, which tapped Maggie Mo Luo for its internship program.
Below, we’ve pulled top looks from the show ranging from the wearable to conceptual and everywhere in between.
Photography courtesy Randy Brooke for Academy of Art University