Pakistan born Farida Khan hones in on the avant garde with fresh and unusual designs working with of all fabrics--vinyl. Her black/white geometric vinyl top and matching vinyl skirt as well as her black laminated cotton dress with clear/black geometric vinyl dress (see photo at left) are pure genius.
Interestingly, Donghyuk Dan Kim, is amazingly on par with the most recent Men's Wear collection of Designer Extraordinaire Tommy Hilfiger. The M.F.A. Men's Wear Design Graduate of the Academy of Art indicated that he looked into vintage military uniforms and clothing from the American West for his inspiration. A standout from his eight looks includes a olive wool shirt, tobacco oilcloth cotton raincoat (w/fur trim), olive twill short and maroon wool plaid/leather pant (see photo below).
We were smitten with electrifying metallics from Jeanette Au, an MFA candidate in knitwear from the Academy of Art University, was inspired by Sergei Diagliav's Ballet Russe and the paintings of Leon Bakst in terms of texture, pattern ands color palette. Au's pieces could easily be treasures from Saks or some hipster upscale boutique and the soft easy cashmere pieces of Xiang Zhang who makes ivory a delight for Fall/Winter.
Standouts from other designers include: --a Copper mohair/metallic sweater
and skirt; a Ruby mohair/ metallic dress and coat; a White cotton shirt, taupe silk pleated vest, taupe cashmere wool skirt, and a white cotton shirt, Taupe silk/dark taupe silk/mohair wool dress w/ Taupe cashmere wool coat.
For the sixth season, the show was streamed live via www.academyart.edu/fashionshow/
*photos courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America