May 30, 2015

Runway Recap: Arts of Fashion ‘Uniquely Untrendy’

A colorful range of student creativity came to the Bentley Reserve last week for The Arts of Fashion’s Uniquely Untrendy fashion show.  Hosted by the Art Institute of California, an international selection of student design talent presented looks as part of a competition for a host of scholarship and internship awards sponsored by the non-profit Arts of Fashion Foundation.

The impressive show delivered a broad range of young, creative talent. Read on for more on the standout pieces that turned our heads and the winners of this prestigious international annual student fashion competition:

This cream high-necked petal sleeved overcoat (pictured right) by Natalia Harsan (Romania University of Art & Design)

Cutout houndstooth tweed A-line caped jackets from Jin Young Kim (South Korea Hong-Ik University) -- reminding us of the late McQueen.

Tiered asymmetric pleated skirt (pictured left) by Cari Brezina (Philadelphia Moore College of Art & Design)

San Francisco Art Institute's Justin Jamison brought his menswear flavor with inspired draping that showed both a sense of edge and ease at the same time.

The following winners were announced for the AoF’s scholarship and internship awards:

Kathy Zampelis from the Melbourne School of Fashion - Australia: Manish Arora Award

Florina Ivascu from the University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca - Romania: Jean-Charles De Castelbajac Award

Ysmael Zipagan from the New York Fashion Institute of Technology - USA: Anne Valerie Hash Award

Juliana Orrego Trujillo from Collegiatura Colombian de Diseno Medellin - Colombia: Nice Collective Award

Lenka Markova from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen - Czech Republic: Jerome Dreyfuss Award

Eun-Jin Song from the Hong-Ik University - South Korea - AoF Paris summer MasterClass

Feng Chen Wang from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology - China: AoF Paris summer MasterClass

Photography courtesy Arts of Fashion Foundation

Super Seven: Academy of Art Spring 2011 Collections

First presented at New York Fashion Week, Spring 2011 collections from seven recent graduates of San Francisco-based Academy of Art University deliver fresh silhouettes from rising fashion talents. From Jungah Lee’s sophisticated, yet casual separates to opulently adorned pieces paired with lace from Maria Korovilas, this season’s collections not only display mastery of technique by seven designers at the beginning of their careers, but also add something new to the larger fashion conversation by showing that fashion can still push boundaries while remaining wearable.

Below, we feature one image from each collection, as well as an image from the print collaboration collection, also shown during Fashion Week:

Jungah Lee

Cara Chiappetta

Louie Llewellyn and Xiang Zhang

Collaborative print look

April Howard

Camilla Olson

Maria Korovilas

Photography courtesy of Randy Brooke for the Academy of Art University

Runway Recap: City College of San Francisco Fashion Show


After navigating the massive line (hint: always investigate a suspiciously long line, as you might find that there is a second, much shorter line closer to the door, as was the case last night) of people waiting to flood into the Wellness Center for the annual City College of San Francisco Fashion Show and arriving in seats flanking the long, raised runway, it was easy to feel the anticipation and excitement coming from the crowd. Bleacher seats on both sides were filled with guests, who were treated to a pre-show reception featuring student displays such as a millinery table and circus-themed refreshments.

The evening kicked off with a scholarship presentation honoring fourth-semester student Caroline Jacopy, who was awarded a four-year ride to the Academy of Art University. Once the show began, garments from the 29 participating fashion students paraded down a runway framed with circus-inspired red-and-white-striped curtains. Instead of showing the garments student by student, the show featured six themed segments combining work from multiple students. The millinery-driven opener dubbed Coco Before Chanel gave way to La Femme’s flirty dresses, while later segments were devoted to African-inspired patterns, metallics and black and white garments.

The breadth of imagination on display and diversity of designer vantage points was clear: these were not students cowed by trends, nor were they burdened by herd mentality aesthetics. There were versatile cocktail dresses, futuristic men’s jackets, daring one-piece bathing suits, an array of garments experimenting with shorts and sparkling, performance-ready gowns, just to name a few.

Among our favorite looks of the evening was Elisangela Davis’s black taffeta gown, pictured above, for its elegant silhouette and wearability.

Below, more images from the show:


The above dress is a piece by Academy of Art scholarship winner Caroline Jacopy


Harem pants and print bandeau top by Amanda Christine Ajisebutu


Dress and jacket by Ruby Goldberg


Dress accented with beads and hand-painted flowers by John Bana


From the Out of Africa segment


From the Coco Before Chanel opening segment

Photography: first two images by SF Indie Fashion. All other images courtesy of Christophe Tomatis.

Fall in Line: Marching (R)evolution Fashion Show


Tonight at 19:00, the doors will open on an event we’ll happily salute: Marching (R)evolution, a military-inspired fashion show featuring the work of local designers Carly Mikkelsen and Jasmin Jian.

With hair and make-up by stylists from The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology, electro funk band Elle Nino performing live and DJ TV Wonder on the decks, the free-to-attend evening organized and sponsored by City College of San Francisco fashion students puts the focus on men’s and women’s apparel born of a war zone aesthetic, but adapted for everyday wear.

There’s also a much simpler impetus for the Monday night fashion break. Says the event director Daphne Clarke, “We are pretty much throwing a party, because we love to party.”

And, in our book at least, that’s something worth fighting for.

Marching (R)evolution: doors open at 7 p.m., fashion show at 8 p.m. at Horatius, 350 Kansas St., SF, For reserved seats, email marchingrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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