The fashion world left New York for Milan and now Paris (not that it really ever leaves) but we got a peek at some shows when bloggers, designers, and models were running amok for NYFW. Sasha Henriques covers the art institute show below:
In a show that was sentimental and touching in the best way possible, Art Institute students’ collections brilliantly showcased their strong personal aesthetics rather than catering to the trends of the season.
The excitement was definitely palpable in the Main Tent at Lincoln Center. The theater, which held about 400 people, was packed with students, parents, and administrators alike, and was furnished with a sleek white runway that wrapped around a middle row of seats.
Twelve students and alumni from various Art Institutes around the country competed and were chosen to present their six-look collections—and the designers’ aesthetics couldn’t be more different. From evening gowns to sporty menswear, motorcycle chic to “multi-media assemblages,” according to final K-pop-ragdoll-inspired designer Zong Peng, the show was incredibly dynamic.
The beginning of the runway presentation was more than just inspiring—the first designer’s first look was worn by a model who has spent the last three years recovering from a debilitating disease that left her paralyzed. The model, accompanied by the use of a walker, attempted to traverse the entire runway. The struggle was tangible, and by the end of her journey the audience stood and applauded wildly. And with that touching moment, the show began.
Jamaree Eimmanassakul of Vancouver presented womenswear that was highly structured; she dabbled only in black, white, and gray, but her clothing managed to remain feminine and totally wearable, even with her play on the men’s tuxedo. Her last look, a studded “matador” suit, was a stunner.
Romina Vairo of Pittsburgh had a collection that was perfect for the recent weather—her knits looked warm and soft, and she played with fluid draping and soft silhouettes. She experimented beautifully with new materials and textures in unconventional ways, such as the holographic plastic she featured in her fourth and fifth looks. A particular favorite was her knitted gray cocoon-style dress—honestly the most comfortable-looking knit I’ve seen in a while.
The runway presentation kicked it up a notch with Alexa Dibiaso, an alum of the Houston school. Her collection brought some much-needed edge—deep blacks and a play on soft and hard with leather, chiffon, and crocheted accessories. Her looks were particularly daring and fresh.
Jesus Romero of San Francisco showed the audience some Golden Age glamour with his flowing, evening-gown-inspired looks. His strongest look included silky black high-waisted palazzo pants paired with a white satin blouse with billowing sleeves and a long train—the epitome of sophistication.
The strongest collection was presented by Daniela Ramirez of San Francisco. Not only was it en pointe trend-wise, with her sleek use of harem pants and geometric silhouettes, but her color palette—soft nude, oxblood, and black—was wearable and contemporary.
The closing collection, presented by Zong Peng, was one of the most visually strikingly I’ve ever seen. Drawing inspiration from K-pop, primary colors, and the freedoms of childhood, Peng’s three-dimensional pieces were incredibly creative and super strange. I can’t say any of them were wearable in the least, but they certainly ended the show with a yarn-filled bang.