SF Students on National Stage

September 9th will be a very big day for some of San Francisco’s most talented young design students. It is then that MFA graduates of the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion will debut their collections on the runway at New York’s Bryant Park as part of New York Olympus Fashion Week.

This is the big time for American fashion. In attendance will be all the major fashion media from around the world, as well as store buyers and other industry bigwigs. It’s an impatient, critical, somewhat jaded group of people who have seen it all, so to really capture their interest these designers have got to wow them. Take a look at some of their work below… do you think they’re up to the challenge? We do.

First, a piece from Shanti Rose Markstrom’s hand-detailed collection, said to be inspired by the Commedia del’arte, Victorian circus performers and painters Watteau and Toulouse-Lautrec. Such a marvellous top.

Also displaying a remarkable attention to detail is the work of India native Avani Pratap Bhansali, whose inspiration is the intricacies of Persian art. Her designs will also be featured on the runway at the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport show this year in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A sporty, colorful approach to menswear is shown here by the team of designer Masamichi Matsushita and textile designer Susan Fort. Their work will also be shown at Macy’s Passport.

Colorful yet somewhat edgy is the work of menswear designer Pablo Fernandez, a native of Uruguay. In May, Pablo was awarded a highly coveted internship at Louis Vuitton in Paris, which starts in 2007. So if you see cartoon inspired knits on the Vuitton runway, you’ll know he has made his mark with Marc (Jacobs, that is.)

We are especially intrigued by the designs of Laurie Brown, whose dresses you see at the top of the page. Inspired by the paintings of Egon Schiele and the design philosophy of Balenciaga, her collaboration with textile designer Jun Young Ryu strikes us as something quite new. She has softened and feminised the strict Balenciaga style in a way we have not seen before. While her proportions may be difficult to pull off, she just might be on to something. We will all just have to wait and see…

  • Attendance Information: Graduate Fashion Show, September 9, 2006