Summary: The fourth year featured in Bryant Park, twelve graduates of the Academy of Art University showcased their exciting collections ranging from womenswear, jewelry, textiles, knitwear and menswear. Sherise Eways created simple yet constructive dresses and pantsuits to accompany the fantastic metallic brooches and headpieces from jewelry designer Melissa Christensen. Jee Hyoung Jang stood out with her quilted jacket and dress while Juhee Chung took my breath away with her stunning metallic and knit construction. Soo Jung Sung partnered with textile designer Ivanka Georgiev to turn plain paper into appliqued dresses and trench coats. Strategic draping and pleating stood out to be strengths in Marie Potesta’s line. BoKyung Cha took the poncho and bag dress to the height of femininity and shapeliness. And who would have thought that a line inspired be dreadlocks could make such an impression? With the exception of one "Chewbacca" dress, the leather and fringe combinations by Felice Morganti with scarves by Daniel Emir Armosilla were the best conclusion to this "outside-of-the-box" performance. And let’s not forget menswear. Shady N. R. Elias’ stunning construction and use of fabrics for his coats and button-down shirts make me think I’ll be seeing more of him in the coming years. And Young Jun Ryu–although the Looney Tunes references were a bit on the eyebrow-raising side–displayed very good techniques with his jackets and use of faux fur and denim. After the safe and simple designs I have been seeing lately, these students offered a breath of fresh air to the fashion realm with their daring styles and creative expressions.
Color Palette: neutrals being the dominant force with black, grey, white and beige; there were also hints of pink, eggplant, deep greens, and red
Textures & Details: mohair & rayon, metallic yarn, braided trimming, paper coating, pleating, wool pants, leather & faux-fur coats and vests, eel skin, wool cropped jackets, leather, twill, cashmere
Key Looks: dreadlocked capes, honey-combed dresses, appliqued dresses, organza tops, geometric shrugs, wool pants & twill shirts with leather jackets or vests, metallic yarn under grey sleeveless dress, pleated blouses, wool gabardine petal dress, quilted dresses
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