New Talents from Academy of Art University Showcased at New York Fashion Week

On September 9, 2017 the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway showcase in New York at New York Fashion Week. For the 2017 show 10 recent graduates debuted five women’s wear and two menswear collections, including two collaborations between them. The audience was impressed with the vast diversity of the designers themselves. In front of a large audience of well-known designers and the whole world the new designers presented their versions of future fashion on the runways of New York.

Designers included:
Hailun Zhou whose outerwear, separates and dresses were inspired by pictures taking for a creative concepts class.
Eden Slezin whose collection was influenced by San Francisco and love for old-fashioned denim.

Eden used organic denim and recycled bicycle tires to show his support for sustainability in fashion.
Dina Marie Lam expressed her emotions of the passing of her auth through her collection, she used only the most soft and luxurious materials for her showcase which were used to bring to mind warmth and comfort.
Hand and machine embroidery were showcased in Carlos Rodriguez’s collection. He created knitwear made of wool blends to enrich the sense of warmth and comfort throughout his collection.
Saya Shen used oversized garments to showcase digital prints of nature scenes, inspired by snow of Hokkaido and the trees and ocean waves of San Francisco.
Joanna Jadalla who found inspiration in her ancestors, who were forced to flee Palestine, beautifully caught the beauty of her culture through lightweight wool, suiting fabrics, lambskin leather, cashmere knits and brocades.
Inspired by armor of samurai’s, nature and architecture, especially castles, Cana Klebanoff’s collection showcased wearable comfort through pride and strength.
Ryan Yu demonstrated the expression of light and the philosophy of how light leads to darkness through his construction of his garments which he believes to be the foundation of fashion.
Jelly Shan conveyed a sense of piece and joy she experienced in a recent trip to China in her runway collection. She explained her collection as “girly, edgy and fresh”.