NYFW the Shows: The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections

As we’ve stated numerous times, we’re always on the lookout for the future of fashion. The next generation of fashion designers whose designs captivate you into wanting to know everything about them. We were introduced to several of these talented designers at the NYFW showing of the The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections. Nine womenswear designers from various Art Institutes locations showcased their collections during fashion week. These nine student designers included Adrian Escoto, Bianca Zidik, Melody Hernandez, Julissa Arrington, Devon Pezzano, Mimmy Begazo, Rene Mejia, Esther Ashiru, and Maria D’Ocon. Let’s get to know their stunning looks from The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections show.

Adrian Escoto


A student at the NYC At Institute, the fashion capital native showcased a collection based on the rugged past of the NYC streets fused with the modern chicness of the future. The six look assortment exudes a unique, edgy, and playful “devil may care” vibe. Denim patchwork in combinations of blues, blue, gray, and whites, etc gave eye-catching detail to this casual chic collection.

Bianca Zidik


The fun and colorful past and fashion legend Betsey Johnson inspired this fashion-forward collection from Chicago fashion student Bianca Zidik. Her bold and pink-heavy collection are based upon her fashion philosophies: fun, funky, and free spirited, and we adore it. We love her used of using circles as patchwork and of course her bold choice of colors.

Melody Hernandez


Oil is not the only hidden treasure in Texas. Dallas student Melody Hernandez premiered a stunningly chic collection that would make any fashion-loving socialite swoon. Her collection featured innovation textile juxtaposition and we love how she utilized sporty materials and made them into a collection of sophisticated silhouettes.

Julissa Arrington


We love the slightly off-white collection from San Francisco student Julissa Arrington. Many of the pieces took us back to 1996 when singing group TLC rocked innovative all-white looks for the Grammys. We love the elongated suspenders and various strap details, hardware details, and the combination of linen, silk, and gauze. Julissa’s collection is drawn upon a time, a place and unconventional beauty. Each piece was contrived with an unbridled imagination evolving into a dramatic story and unfolding into a detailed minimalistic silhouette.

Devon Pezzano


Philly native Devon Pezzano wowed us with her use of the striking color of red, and bubble shapes. her collection had a wonderful fluidity to it, a great feat for the mostly neoprene collection….mesh neoprene to be precise. Our favorite was the Red neoprene 3/4 sleeve dress with pockets. Such an impactful silhouette and definitely an attention getter.

Mimmy Begazo


Miami student designer Mimmy Begazo’s collection, named “Destination Beyond” is as avant-garde as it is plausible. Inspired by the thought of having to block harmful waves from our electronic devices from entering our bodies, Mimmy has created this collection of innovative fashions we may very well be wearing  one day. The looks offer a contrasting use of cowhide hair foiled in silver (an ode to natural primitive body shielding) combined with the advancement of fabrics and technology we have today. Innovative but easy to wear, “Destination beyond” is meant to showcase how fashion can adapt and merge with our needs for the future.

Rene Mejia


The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale student Rene Mejia presented a collection featuring a continuous flow of elegance, clean lines, classic elements and silhouettes, and sophistication and grace that represent beauty and his extreme dedication of his artistic eye. The white and gray collection of gowns (and one swoon worthy pantsuit) in satin and tulle celebrated simple refinement.

Esther Ashiru


Taking our breath away was the bewitching collection from The Art Institute of Vancouver student, Esther Ashiru. Years of experimenting with styles, fabrics, colors and textures, topped with a skillful eye helped create the stunning “Paris Bound” collection seen above. In this collection (our absolute favorite), Esther gifts us with an accolade of enchanting looks sashaying down the runway in fine cascading fabrics with detailed lace and silk organza that create an ensemble of illustrious couture gowns with a glamorous red carpet appeal.

Maria D’Ocon


Last, but certainly not least is the collection from other Miami student, Maria D’Ocon. No doubt heavily influenced by her time at Barcelona bridal house Pronovias, her “Destination” collection was inspired by the architectural influence of Spain’s cosmopolitan cities along with the beauty of the rugged Spanish countryside, all of which were sewn together using refined couture techniques. We expect modern and fashion-forward brides-to-be will be flocking to Maria very soon.

These are the collections from The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections? What do you think of these wonderful womenswear designers? Are there any favorite looks or designers you’d like to see more from? Share your thoughts about The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections in the comments.




The Art Institutes Fall/Winter 2015 Student Collections

The Art Institues Fall/Winter 2015 Student Collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week opened with quite the powerful message. Megan Silcott, an 18 year-old living with a rare neurological disorder that has caused her to be paralyzed below the neck, opened the show by walking the entire length of the Theatre ‘s very long runway with the assistance of only a walker as a model of designer Nina Perdomo’s collection. Twelve designers from The Art Institutes showed their Fall 2015 collections. Along with Nina Perdomo, collections were presented by Grace Ahn (menswear), Jamaree Eiammanassakul, Romina Vairo, Alexa Dibiasio, Sebastian Cubides, Jesus Romero, Parker Trumble, Chutian Zhog, Daniela Ramirez, Yalary Fuentes, and Zong Peng.

Nina Perdomo

One of our favorite collections, Nina Perdomo’s Paradigm Collection is for the woman who is confident, and likes a wardrobe of edgy silhouettes, textures, colors, and prints.

Jamaree Eiammanassakul

Inspired by modern Thai architecture, this collection boasts simple geometric shapes, slim silhouettes, classic styling, and angled lines.

Romina Vairo

Romina Vairo’s androgynous, Frozen Bone Collection was inspired by the late 1800’s french film actress, Sandra Bernhardt, who played both male and female roles. The collection featured oversized shapes with soft structural tailoring, and fluid lines.

Alexa Dibiasio

This collection boasts fierce style and edgy beauty. With this edgy feminine collection, Designer, Alexa Dibiasio, believes every woman deserves not only to be beautiful, but interestingly beautiful by letting her style speak for itself.

Sebastian Cubides

Although Sebastian Cubides designs both men’s and women’s fashion, we’re concentrating on the womenswear. For this collection, he experimented with shapes and silhouettes and the result is this stunning collection that boasts non-traditional and non-conforming looks.

Jesus Romero

Another favorite is this sultry collection by Jesus Romero. Inspired by the glamorous Marlene Dietrich and the spirit of the 1930’s, the black and white collection celebrates the highlighted the designer’s passion of three dimensional design development.

Parker Trumble

Offering both men’s and women’s fashion, Parker Trumble takes us to the future with a mix of organic, and industrial geometric feel, but yo us, some looks had an old world aesthetic which really appealed to us.

Chutian Zhog

There’s more to love than the intricate cutouts in Chutian Zhog’s collection, which he used to represent the hard and soft strokes of Chinese Calligraphy (his interpretation of the revered Chinese art of writing), the contrasting fabrics, spray painted suede and punched leather.

Daniela Ramirez

With a design inspiration that features bold, yet minimal silhouettes, and influences from her architect father, her Mexican roots, and the cultural diversity of San Francisco Bay, the modern collection could really be what we could be wearing in the future.

Yalary Fuentes

Born to a family of artists, Yalary Fuentes’s collection is inspired by the architectural works of Zaha Hadid, who is known for the curves of her elongated structures (we’re huge fans of her footwear collaborations). Her pieces feature a “rounded” look, which perfectly captures her inspiration.