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Academy of Art Fall/Winter 2015 Collections

This season, the Academy of Art University Fall/Winter 2015 runway show featured 15 student designers debuting their thesis collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This year the theme was all about “transformation,” said Simon Ungless, the Executive Director of the School of Fashion. “They used fabric manipulation and printing techniques to change the inherent qualities of textiles and surface qualities.” He described the student designers to have a deep focus on the body and wearability for one’s silhouette using advanced tailoring techniques. The basis of ‘transformation’ was clearly portrayed throughout all collections. The Fall/Winter 2015 season designs were presented in 10 collections, which included 8 womenswear, one mixed menswear and womenswear, and one menswear collection.

While all collections were extremely brilliant, I will discuss two collections below:

Paulina Susana Romero Valdez

Paulina received her M.F.A. in Fashion Design. Being born in Guadalajara, she drew inspiration from her roots incorporating baroque art and culture. Her collection included wool, tweed, silk, cotton, hand-dyed leather, and is heightened with vivacious, traditional Mexican embroidery across each piece of her exquisite collection.

Kevin C. Smith and Andrea Nyberg

I absolutely fell in love with their collaborative menswear collection. “Non-material substances” of nature inspired this luxury menswear line. As each model strutted down the elongated runway, you could view the various shades of blues, stripped patterns, and organic prints highlighting each formed silhouette. The assortment included bold raincoats, windbreakers, shirts, and pants perfectly layered incorporating a wearable and chic, but edgy look.

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***Thanks to Contributing Fashion Blogger, Ashley Rae Silberman of Dress 2B You for attending and covering the Academy of Art Fall/Winter 2015 Collections for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Michael DePaulo Fall/Winter 2015 Presentation

Michael DePaulo wanted to create something innovative for his Fall 2015 collection. His inspiration— the “Power Woman.” She is defined as assertive, refined, and in control. His collection titled “Black Tie,” is meant to translate that couture phrase and typical menswear statement look to his ‘power woman.’
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These one-of-a-kind looks mix blacks, whites, and reds with metallic fabrics and geometric prints creating such a chic and bold look. Elegant silhouettes drape down embellishing the stunning gowns. Each woman stood tall and statuesque, encompassing the idea behind the designs. Details were not missed as suspended beads adorned billowing sleeves and statement necklines covered edges making such an announcement in the hotel lobby of the Carlton Hotel on Madison.

Chic to Chic Accessories

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With such inspiring gowns, how could they not be complimented with glamorous jewels? Beth Miller, founder of Chic to Chic Accessories, created an assortment of limited edition pieces dripping in luxury pairing so well with Michael’s collection. Each model looked as though they stepped right off of the red carpet. The lights of the Carlton made each embellished piece sparkle and shine. Every piece is sure to be on your covet list.

***Thanks to Contributing Fashion Blogger, Ashley Rae Silberman of Dress 2B You for attending and covering the Michael DePaulo Fall/Winter 2015 Presentation for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

NOLCHA Fashion Week: Katty Xiomara Runway Show

The Fall/Winter 2015 Katty Xiomara collection featured loud, bright, pink eye shadow on each model from lash to brow, confirming the rock vibe set by the shows music choice and models attitude. There was a bit of everything in this collection, including pattern and texture mixing that fit perfectly with the vision of the designer; the collection boasted everything from tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, shoes, and accessories, with all looks being cohesive and chic. Fall and winter colors were evident throughout the entire collection.

Backstage with Indie Hair

Indie hair was a sponsor for the event and their products were used on all models. The motto—“youth.” Their products are geared towards the younger fashionistas representing each product with a hashtag (#). A brand representative expressed their vision of individualizing the hair industry. “No one goes to a salon to get the ‘Jennifer Aniston’ anymore. They go to get something different, to represent themselves.” These products are amazing as they are all customizable according to function. Each can be mixed with another to remix your distinct style. Based in Minneapolis, they are a brand to watch for!

There was also no shortage of celebrities in attendance including Christina Milian and Rapper Nelly’s daughter, Chanelle.

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***Thanks to Contributing Fashion Blogger, Ashley Rae Silberman of Dress 2B You for attending and covering the NOLCHA Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

NOLCHA Fashion Week: Ones To Watch Runway Show

For the past six years, NOLCHA Fashion Week: New York has been a platform for independent fashion designers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience of industry influences, press, stylists, and retailers. This year the innovative runway did not disappoint, being held at Pier 59 Studios at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Five emerging designers presented their Fall/Spring 2015-2016 lines during the first two runway shows at NOLCHA.

Charles and Ron

Charles and Ron is a contemporary high-end wearable lifestyle brand. The designers strive to incorporate a Mediterranean flair in all of their pieces, which you could grasp with their newest collection displayed on the runway. This collection included a plethora of floral prints on gorgeous loose satin fabrics. Each accessory exhibited a colored metallic complimenting each creation.

Haute Athletics

Designed for a hard workout or night out, Margarita Ventura created a fashion meets function collection this year on the runway. All prints and textures were incorporated within the looks from leggings, tanks, and bras. Brianne McLaughlin, Olympic Hockey player and Haute Athletics Spokesmodel, strutted her stuff during the show to promote the bold yet feminine looks. Haute Athletics traded in the standard models for athletes, which brought a strong message to the runway about the clothing and the company.

Mitsou Ly

Feminine, edgy, striking silhouettes, beautiful construction, vintage modern all describe Mitsou Ly’s collection perfectly. She portrayed a delicate look through flowing satin, sheer fabrics, and soft lace, but brought power with bold color blocking, angles, and plunging necklines displayed in her pieces.

Yvette Hass

 

Yvette Hass is all about those essential pieces to build your wardrobe around, creating new day-to-night looks with strong individualized pieces. She showcased nothing less with her Fall/Winter collection at NOLCHA. Each model was decorated with some intricate accessory including heavy black eye makeup from lid to brow, bird-cage hats, umbrellas, and raised patterned bags and clutches. Leather was a prominent theme portrayed in all the incredible pieces adorned by various textures, embellished collars, feathered accents, and cropped tops. I was lucky enough to meet and interview her after the show. She was so incredibly sweet and humbled.

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***Thanks to Contributing Fashion Blogger, Ashley Rae Silberman of Dress 2B You for attending and covering the NOLCHA Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.