The self-proclaimed lighthearted, beautiful magazine with fashion stories to excite the imagination and inspire their readers delivers such with this story starring the incredible Jhanelle Castillo.
The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University chosen 12 student designers to debut their thesis collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Six collections were presented – five individual womenswear collections and one collaborative menswear collection.
I had the opportunity to go backstage and see a bit of the preparation before the actual show.
Abiah Hostvedt getting his hair done before the show
Dani Witt finds time to text while a group of stylist styles her hair
Karlis Adlers attentively focus on his phone while his hair stylists uses a special kind of blow dryer to dry his hair!
Gryphon O’Shea not only geta his hair done, at the same time a nice manicure
Stephanie Joy Field gets a touch of light makeup
Darwin Gray also gets a touch of light makeup
Lucas Cristino, needs no introduction
A look at Adonis, Dzhovani and Tommasso model racks
Darwin Gray’s look
Gryphon O’Shea’s look
Stephanie Joy Field’s looks
Juliette Fazekas’s looks
A glimpse of the models look board
Mia Jianxia Ji
Mia Jianxia Ji grew up in Shangrao in the Jiangxi province of China. Mia’s design skills have earned her recognition on many occasions; in 2010 she won an honorary award in an international design competition held by the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and Paris American Academy (PAA), and in 2008 she was a Second Degree scholarship winner in the Creative Sketch Competition held by her B.F.A. almamater, the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Mia’s collection, which she has named “SILHOUKNIT,” uses the texture of knitted fabrics to evoke the shapes and feelings of Ana Rajcevic’s art collection “Animal – The Other Side Of Evolution.”
Rich and stunning collection.
Wei Bai grew up in Chongqing, China. Having completed a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and Graphic and Web Design, Wei worked as a graphic designer before undertaking her graduate degree in fashion. Wei’s collection features tomboyish, tailored silhouettes that are evocative of the neo-Edwardian Teddy Boy style that became popular in 1950s England. Garments are constructed in one-piece, although many give the illusion that they are separates.
Lovely and prestigious.
Madison Detro was born and raised in Los Altos, California. Before pursuing her graduate degree in fashion, Madison earned her undergraduate degree in Architecture. During her fashion design internship at Yigal Azrouel she gained experience designing, styling and prepping the Fall 2014 collections. Madison’s Spring 2015 collection is fabricated mostly from lambskin leathers and calf suede, and explores geometries and imbalance as a catalyst for beauty. Intrigued by the oddities in Le Corbusier’s architectural work, Madison’s designs are reminiscent of the angles found in the architect’s famous chapel Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp.
Madison Detro accomplished displaying the tasteful elegance that most designers fail to display in their leather looks.
Asiyat Tsalikova, Max Lu, Liz Li, Jihyun Kim, Jingci Wang, Yin Yang and Yaqiong Zhou
A collaborative Spring 2015 menswear collection created by seven designers, Asiyat Tsalikova, Max Lu, Liz Li, Jihyun Kim, Jingci Wang, Yin Yang and Yaqiong Zhou.
Die Zhou hails from Wuhan, China. Die holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering in Gem and Material Technology and before beginning work on her M.F.A. Degree she acted as Executive Editor for Blue Sock Publishing Company in Taiwan. For her Spring 2015 collection, Die took her inspiration from nature, translating the lines and shapes associated with butterflies into the silhouettes of her garments. The collection is focused around a light, fresh pastel color story and is executed in cotton-blend twill.
A very beautiful collection, reminiscing on a mixture of looks seen in past Chanel and Dior collections.
Szu Chi Huang
Szu Chi Huang hails from Taiwan. Before attending Academy of Art University, she completed a B.A. in Costume Design. Her background in costumes led Szu to be inspired by traditional Japanese samurai armor. Szu’s collection translates her inspiration into modern fashion by using innovative construction techniques to achieve the three-dimensional feeling of armor that has been compiled from many small pieces. Szu used origami-folding techniques on leather and wove grosgrain ribbon in mesh fabric to mimic the woven texture of the samurai garments. The simple black and white color palette of her collection is a nod to traditional Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy.
Chic and sophisticated.
“Inspired by Glamboy Rock Legends”
Korean born designer Ji Oh, debuted seven concise looks inspired by the legends of rock and roll mixed with the attitude from the boys of the 90’s ‘Vouging’ balls for Spring 2015. – Ji Oh team
A very chic collection, all (looks) bold enough to classified as standouts. Androgyny at it’s best.
Make up Artist|Edward Cruz
Hair Stylists|Taichi and Kei Hirata
Cosmetics Sponsored by AJ Crimson Beauty
JACK SPADE’s Spring Collection explores interactions of color and its ability, through careful application, to lend sophistication and harmony. Minimalist painter Josef Albers understood that color is relationship: one to another, a pattern to its frame, the eye to the mind. Even simple blocks of it, placed with care, can create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Design Director Todd Magill was also inspired by the mix of Sport and Classic American sportswear. “I see a lot of guys on the streets mixing their sport gear with their work clothes. Ultimately, the collection is about ‘urban utility’ so you can look good in transitional moments, like when you are in between work and running to or from the gym and then out to meet friends.”
Bags are paired down and minimal with function and utility designed into the interior, while “Floral Camo” and “Chambray Floral” prints pack just the right amount of punch. Key fabrications include technical packable nylon, as seen in a trench and blazer that are lightweight enough to roll up and throw in your bag.
Artist Ian Hundley designed a special navy grid print for a capsule collection of bags and several apparel pieces inspired by aerial maps of the streets of New York.
“This is more modern, we’re moving forward. The last 10 years were about nostalgia and heritage,” said designer Todd Magill. – WWD
Visibly still the Classic Jack Spade look. Camouflage floral prints and oversize ponchos made the collection very modern and with the times. Famous for their apparels, the bags and “slim” briefcase didn’t disappoint. A very pleasing collection.
Timo Weiland Men’s Spring 2015 Collection is quite delightful.
The preppy young man look displayed on each look. Impeccable tailoring, classic buttondowns throughout most looks. Impressive blazers, jackets, sweaters and hoodies – all visibly functional. A very solid collection.
Creative Director|Timo Weiland
Design Director|Alan Eckstein
Head Designer|Donna Kang
Assistant Designer/Production Manager|Jessie Kritt
Casting|Edward Kim of The Edit Desk
Hair|Joseph DiMaggio for Davines
Sunglasses|Cutler and Gross