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Last week, San Francisco’s fashion elite gathered at The Academy of Art University’s Morgan auditorium to see future fashion moguls in their first runway show as graduates of the Academy’s menswear, womens wear, knitwear, and textiles programs.  I could go on ad nauseam about the show itself, but you can read more of that here.  Or here.  Or here.

bridgetmirandaPhotos: Philip Washington

For me, the show stopping collection was Bridget Miranda’s whimsical parade of embellished knit dresses.  Bridget, who won a coveted study abroad position for her work on this collection, reinterpreted luxury for the modern vintage-loving woman with her series of cocktail length dresses and coats.

The pieces were anything but flashy, and yet still more luxurious than the gaudiest of silk satin gowns.  Bridget’s use of hand appliquéd organza detailing added texture and acted as an ideal balance to the warm drape of her brushed mohair knits in subtle cocoa browns and mossy greens.  Overall, I really loved this collection for its particular brand of subtle luxury, which is perfect for the current fashion climate.

Following the completion of her graduate collection, Bridget will be studying the art of couture in the city of lights, but I think we can count seeing her on the catwalk again fairly soon.


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On Friday the 13th, the fashion world gathered at Bryant Park to see the Academy of Art University’s annual graduate collection (according to The Daily Cookie, Miss J was spotted in the front row).  The collection showcased the work of fashion and knitwear design graduates and the textile designers they collaborated with.  Despite being an amalgamation of five distinct collections, AAU’s MFA graduates seemed to agree on the theme of deconstructed volume, which I loved.  The collection also showed a surprisingly cohesive color palate, accentuated by the sepia-inspired makeup provided by MAC.

Qianya Martin, courtesty of Getty Images

Qianya Martin, courtesty of Getty Images

I particularly loved Fashion and Knitwear Design major Qianya Martin’s beach inspired collection.  The California native was inspired by the coastline of Bolinas, which was evident in her neutral color pallet and the flow of her designs.

Color: Martin maintained a neutral color pallet of whites, blacks, and shades of sandy browns, strongly defined by the incorporation of sheer knit panels.

Silhouette: The collection showed a contrast of geometric lines within curvilinear silhouettes.  She seemed particularly fond of shorter length dresses with yoked necklines and bell sleeves.

What I loved: Qianya’s collection was very cohesive — she really took her nature inspiration and ran with it, all the while keeping within in the realm of definite wearability.

What it lacked: I thought this was a great ready to wear collection.  I would wear every single piece on a daily basis.  Sometimes, though, the best part of a collection is the over-the-top impractical fantastical get up that no one in their right mind would ever actually wear.  I would love to have seen a piece or two like that, as well as more accent color, but maybe that’s something she’s holding out on until she gets her own full show…

Qianya Martins Knitwear Collection, courtesy of SF Gate

Qianya Martin's Knitwear Collection, courtesy of SF Gate

All in all, a pretty tame collection from the ex-burlesque dancing knitwear designer, but just my style.  You’ll find me rockin’ Qianya’s designs all over town when I’m a renowned fashion journalist (with a renowned bank account).  For now
I’ll just have to lust after them from the other side of the knitwear lab.

If you missed the show, you can check out the video here.

To see stills of the collection, or any other collection, check out the Mercedez Benz New York Fashion Week website.

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Last Tuesday, hudreds of students, teachers, and press gathered at the Academy of Art University’s Morgan Auditorium for a Glady’s Perint Palmer’s “Food for Thought for Fashion” symposium.  An established fashion illustrator whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, L’Officiel, and The New York Times, Perint Palmer is currently the Executive Director of AAU’s Fashion Department.  Looking radiant in an iridescent magenta swing coat by Ralph Rucci, Perint Palmer led a presentation of her new website, read an excerpt of her upcoming book, and discussed the success and expansion of AAU’s fashion department.

Gladys Perint Palmer

“Being a colorful exception,” says Perint Palmer, “is a good thing in fashion, where everyone wears black.”

Despite the country’s economic troubles, Perint Palmer expects to see a 25-30% increase in departmental enrollment for Fall 2009.  This increased enrollment will afford the school an opportunity to expand the summer fashion program, including a foray into sustainable fashion — currently a hot topic in the industry.

Gladys Perint Palmer @ Morgan Auditorium

Perint Palmer also discussed her experiences in the industry as a renowned fashion illustrator and writer, reading an excerpt from her new book, “You Are Not On The List”.  The book chronicles her adventures in the industry, shedding light on the mysterious inner sanctum of the European runway scene.  As always, the audience enjoyed Perint Palmer’s presentation, which ran more like a friendly conversation than an arduously long symposium.  “I’ve been told I’m witty, but I think I’m just honest,” said the veteran fashionista, whose new book fearlessly shares a number of colorful anecdotes about some of the industry’s top designers.

Steven La Fuenta @ Morgan Auditorium

Steven La Fuente shoes

Outside Morgan Auditorium, students showed off their good fashion sense in Fall neutrals and textured layers with an emphasis on accessories and sweet vintage footwear.  Design major Steven De La Fuente (above) rocked a trio of sand/gray neutrals with a pair of fabulous vintage lace up boots.

Derek Heins @ Morgan Auditorium

Fellow Fashion Journalism major, Derek Heinz, alsp appeared J.Crew chic in neutral suiting pieces with bold asymetrical pleated pants.

Bottom line: Gentlemen, hold on to your scarves and blazers, because the “hot professor” look isn’t going anywhere just yet.

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