It is been a week of pure FASHION in San Francisco, all in anticipation of the Academy of Art 2011 Graduate Fashion Show. The week had an agenda full of activities including symposiums, luncheons and judging, the exquisite list of Fashion personalities including: Fashion Critic of the New York Times, Cathy Horyn, President and Artistic Director of Sonia Rykiel, Nathalie Rykiel, Fashion Designer, Executive Producer of IMG Fashion, Christina Neault (the power behind NY fashion Week), Proprietor of Coeur d'enterprise, Laura du Pavillon, and Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouel among others joined Dr. Elisa Stephans, President of the University, Gladys Perin Palmer and local personalities to honor Horyn and Rykiel with a VIP luncheon-reception.
New York Times Fashion Critic
A cake to honor Cathy Horyn
Carolyne Zinko, Cathy Horyn, Edith Barker and Karen Tamblyn
Dr. Elisa Stephans and Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouel
And, on May 5, 2011 the tent at 601 Brannan Street opened its door to welcome guests of honor who arrived to review and celebrate the senior fashion students' portfolios.
Th surprise cameo of the night came with the last minute appearance of International Herald Tribune Fashion Editor Suzy Menkes who sat in the front row to watch 15 student designers as their models strutted on the runway.
Front Row From Right to Left
Cathy Horyn, Nathalie Rykiel,
The Fifth Issue of One Eighty Magazine
(Created by fashion journalist students)
It was a fascinating show of cutting edge designs, mixed textiles and well elaborated structures. Among my favorites were Peter Loc Tan Nguyen from Vietnam, a collection inspired by men's wear and tailoring. I also loved the fashion and textile design collaboration of Lauren Haut and Darrin George inspired by loss of innocence, 1950 and 1960 wallpaper and tailoring. The collaboration of Brittany Burggraff and Wendy Tam collection inspired by dark children's stories, vintage lingeries was one of my favorite over the top collections. And, finally, the designs of Drew Williams from San Francisco, a collection inspired by agarose gel electrophoresis....Fantastic creations!!
By Peter Loc Tan Nguyen
By Lauren Haut and Darrin George
By Drew Williams
By Brittany Burggraff and Wendy Tam
By Cynthia Tran and Kassie Moody
By Donna Dong Zhong
Front row (second from the left)
International Herald Tribune Fashion Editor Suzy Menkes
It was a true fabulous fashion presentation that welcomed and opened new doors in the fascinating, but extremely HARD fashion industry. Congratulation and good luck 2011 Class Senior Fashion Students of Academy of Art University!!