Curvy Magazine had the pleasure of attending New York Fashion Week for the 2011 Fall Shows at Lincoln Center. One that stood out the most was the Academy of Art University (AAU) Student Fashion Show. It is truly amazing to be a student and show your collection during New York Fashion Week and what made this show even more special is that it is the 10th Anniversary show for AAU at New York Fashion Week.  These seven graduate students traveled from all over the country to showcase their talent under the tents.

We got an insider’s look at all of the excitement and organized chaos that happened during the  fashion show. There were beautiful models, gorgeous clothes and busy assistants everywhere. The titillating energy of the moment was electrifying but when the show began, an eerie silence washed over the room. Everyone stood in awe and became enraptured in the beauty and construction of each garment. Each designer had a very distinct and impressive inspiration:

  • Holly Smith – inspired by a water diving bird, this designer used jersey, leather and lambskin to form an army of powerful female spies
  • Minha Yoon – a play on light and shadows heightened the drama of this all black collection; the silk, chiffon and twill helped create a drapey elegance
  • Stephanie Gelot – the nomadic tribes of North africa have never been more stylish! Her knitwear line of leggings, sweaters and coats was very hobo chic
  • Hurst Change-Wei Lin – his architectural garments were very Robin Hood-esque; the use of wool and chainmail reminded me of the medieval era
  • Dejchat Sriyoopum – in another (almost) all black collection, he created timeless silk and taffeta seperates with a hint of asian influence
  • Jonathan David Baker – his use of winter white really brightened up the runway in this tough-girl-goes-pretty collection made of silk organza and lace
  • Aura Taylor – this wool and leather collection was perfectly tailored without the use of any sewing techniques and used lines to enhance the female body shape

The styling of the lines was impeccabble and really influenced the cohesiveness of each collection. Overall the theme of the night was black, which is not unusual for  a Fall show but I was glad to see some hints of color. Based on this show, the trends for the upcoming Fall season will be leather, structured cuts and subdued prints. These designers had an amazing oppoortunity and displayed an extremely high level of talent. The other NYFW designers should definitely watch out!

While this was a straight size show, I did bump into a plus designer backstage. Her name is Gail Rayford-Ambeau and she just started the graduate program at AAU. She made her first garment at age 8 and infuses art into her garments with the curvy woman in mind. It was nice to see another curvy girl backstage, and based on the garment she was wearing from her collection, Gail has a lot to offer so be on the lookout for her. Curvy girls are everywhere!

You can watch the full show here: Academy of Art Fashion Show