The Art Institutes catwalk show report A/W 2015 for NYFW
With campuses all over North America, the Art Institutes are home to artists and designers of all kinds from every corner of the world. This collection was destined for variety as these promising designers got a chance to fill the Theatre at Lincoln Center with their designs.
The show began with Nina Perdomo, a student at the Art Institute of New York City. A model by the name of Megan Silcott who was told she may never walk again, opened the show and Perdomo’s collection demonstrating that anything is possible and that Perdomo’s collection was created for the confident woman.
She focused on edgy silhouettes with a variety of colors and textures. She used burgundy, greys various and hues of greens. One piece from her collection included an olive green turtle-neck jumper paired with a navy patterned blocked jacket.
Grace Ahn from the Art Institute of Dallas displayed her menswear collection. Ahn opted for the classic black and white, often opting to add mustard yellow to keep the looks both stylish and masculine. Ahn perfected what she was going for in all of her pieces but especially her final piece which consisted of a black and gold track jacket and black jacquard trousers.
The following designer was Jamaree Eimmanassakul from the Art Institute of Vancouver. Most of her inspiration for this collection came from modern Thai architecture. Eimmanassakul pieces may look simple, but they were full of intricate details. One model wore a cream silk blouse paired with a cropped black jacket and navy pleated trousers.
Coming from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Romina Vairo found her inspiration for her collection in the French film actress Sarah Bernhardt. Structured tailoring and delicate drapes were present in Vairo’s collection. One model wore a giant, grey gauge, oversized-knit, hooded sweater-dress, paired with navy pants.
Hailing from Houston, Alexa Dibiasio described her collection as fierce meeting femininity. Dibiasio styled models in ruffles and chiffon complemented with cropped jackets and vests. One model wore a black pleated baby doll dress along with a black mohair hand-macramé vest.
Sebastian Cubides is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Miami International University of Art and Design. Cubides believes in the importance of being fearless as a designer because that is the best way to express any ideas. Models strolled down the runway in black silk combined with asymmetric cuts.
Jesus Romero from the Art Institute of California developed his collection by asking himself what actress Marlene Dietrich would have worn. One piece from his collection included a white chiffon pleated dressed accompanied by an elegant bustier bodysuit.
Another student from Miami International Parker Trumble tells futuristic stories with his collection. His final model wore a silver, metal-wired cast bustier with a silver origami ball skirt.
Chutian Zhong, from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, used Chinese calligraphy for his inspiration, along with silk, organza, spray-painted suede and punched leather. One model wore a cream and navy leather dress over a chiffon pleated cream skirt.
From the Art Institute of San Francisco, Daniela Ramirez used geometric lines, minimalist architecture and abstract sculptures for her inspiration. All models wore nude tops with a mesh feature, worn with a Merlot-colored drop-crotch pants and coat.
Yalary Fuentes of the Art Institute of NYC found her inspiration in the architectural works of Zaha Hadid. One model for Fuentes wore a pique cocoon coat in contrasting black and white.
Zong Peng, from the Art Institute of Vancouver, wanted to celebrate the freedom that is creativity. He styled models in bright colored yarns and panels in different cuts, patterns and shapes.
These promising designers rocked the theater at Lincoln Center and received a standing ovation at the end of the show as they walked down the runway with their models.
Photos: Dominique Pettway
For further information on the Art Institute’s A/W15 collection visit here.