When you think about the future of fashion, forget about your favorite designers setting the trends, look to the Art Institutes of New York students. As apart of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collection, a collective of 13 students showcased their wares on the runway. You could feel the excitement and electricity from everyone in their seats as the lights dimmed to start the show. Immediately from the moment the first model walked out, the photo pit and mouths dropped. An entire theater that was once chattering away, was now filled with utter silence besides heavy base infused music powering the models down the runway.
The showcase started with Cecil Dove’s Collection of bright colors and fun fixtures for womenswear that created beautiful works of art. This fun collection looked right out of Betsey Johnson’s closet and had the perfect ready-to-wear feel that Spring/Summer need.
Flavia Nunez and Charles Anthony created the perfect flowing collection with bold solids to match. The inspiration behind their collection was the likes of Marc Jacobs and Valentino Garavani; which the collection does have flare from.
Michael Tornato took a bold leap for Spring/Summer, he pushed all the limits and rules for his collection. He featured pieces that were avant-garde yet remained risqué.
Joshuan Aponte made his pieces look so bold yet effortless. Watching them move in action made you jealous of the models, his colours embodied what a spring and summer should feel like.
Yohanna Gursey’s detailing was perfect. She created pieces that seemed too delicate to even touch, let alone wear. They were beautiful of the eyes to watch but even better to get my hands on!
Kibonen Nfi embodied what African royalty would wear if there were empires that still existed. The prints and mixtures of colors were magical. It was as if characters from Alice In Wonderland were taken on a safari, the cute tea dress with African inspired prints were quite amazing and the menswear matched perfectly.
Lavan Chxeidze did not hold back his imagination: kilts for men and long trousers for women were his trademarks for his latest collection. I found his pieces very fresh to the scene and cannot wait until his line is available somewhere in stores.
Angelo Rosa is the quintessential Renaissance man. He focused on men and womenswear but mad sure that his pieces embodies his own personal style of being a tailored suit kind-of-a-man.
Nassim Shadmani embodies his rise of in New York through her fashion, influenced greatly by her Persian routes she added a classic twist for the modern female—like me, for pieces that are versatile for work yet chic for a party.
Jose Medina wanted his audience to be in awe and everyone was—using bundles of material to create layers and contours for all different types of people and occasions, it was a majestic sight.
Last but not least, the show closed out with Tony Van Thompson’s collection. His pieces were beyond the trends yet I know his pieces will be the standard of fashion come the year 2020. Which makes perfect sense, as these new kids in the fashion scene are creating the future of our clothing, now.
The Art Institutes of New York City Showcases Spring 2015 Collections
When you think about the future of fashion, forget about your favorite designers setting the trends, look to the Art Institutes of New York students.