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The Art Institute of New York City to Light up the Runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

art institute new york city logoAmid storied fashion houses, famed couturiers and industry elite, The Art Institute of New York City’s next crop of young designers will bring their fashions to the fashion industry’s largest stage – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Taking their skills from the classroom to the runway, six students and four recent graduates will present their Spring 2014 capsule collections on Thursday, September 5, at 6 pm at The Stage at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Each season Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City captures the world’s attention as more than 250 designers showcase their collections and unveil the upcoming season’s trends at star-studded presentations and runway shows under the famed Lincoln Center tents.

This incredible opportunity will give these ten talented students and alumni of The Art Institute of New York City the chance to present their looks to an international audience and get a glimpse at what it takes to market themselves and their designs to potential clients and buyers.

Their collections will include both women’s and men’s sportswear and eveningwear, showing the culmination of techniques learned in the classroom and brought to life by the range, vision and creativity of the young designers.

“At The Art Institute of New York City, our fashion program emphasizes innovation and creativity in fashion design while providing students the technical knowledge needed to enter the fashion industry,” said Amanda Lovell, Academic Department Chair of Fashion at The Art Institute of New York City. “We balance developing their creative vision, building technical skills such as patternmaking and draping, and business skills like marketing, client relations and business practices.”

For more information about the students and graduates showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, follow #AiNYC, #MBFW, #NYFW and visit aifashionweek.com/mbfw2013. An interactive feature story about the designers and the show is here: http://new.artinstitutes.edu/featured-stories/mercedes-benz-fashion-week.

“It is so gratifying to watch our students come into their own as designers and artists,” said Lovell. “The knowledge and confidence that our students will gain from showing their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be invaluable as they transition from novices to professionals in the fashion industry.”

For more information on The Art Institutes system of schools: www.artinstitutes.edu, and on The Art Institute of New York City: www.artinstitutes.edu/new-york-city

Paris Men’s: DIOR SS14

DIOR HOMME SS14

DIOR HOMME SS14

NEW YORK, NY  July  26, 2013/FR/

 

“Minimal baroque” was Dior Homme’s creative director Kris Van Assche’s starting point for the spring/summer 2014 collection. While staying faithful to his minimalist eye, it was a show comprised of opposites; formal wear set against sports casual that did not look out place among the other European collections of the season.

Van Assche set out to shake up the foundations of menswear and traditional formality by exploring how a wearer chooses to express themselves through their wardrobe. The result? A mix and match collection filled with variables. There were long sleeves, short sleeves, and no sleeves, matched with stovepipe pants or shorts. Luxurious, lightweight leather was layered over wool, nylon, knits, and more interestingly, neoprene sweaters and satin t-shirts. The suits were boxy and the cuts clean, and when the jackets were paired with shorts the whole outfit channeled a tuxedo at the beach look – a style Van Assche has been talking about for a while now.

It may have been a spring collection but the color palette was distinctly fall, with deep wine colored burgundies, teals, and petrol blues making up much of the sublime tonal range. The contrasts continued with metallic patchwork stitched onto jackets and shorts, inspired by the artist John Chamberlain best known for his Miami-esque Art Deco motifs. These geometric shapes were then repeated again and again when reflected in the mirrored maze stage set that the models wound their way through.

“I really started this season with a lot of contrasts and contradictions that I wanted to make worK,” Van Assche explained. In doing so, the Belgian designer has bent the rules of traditional tailoring and created a collection that successfully marries casual ease with boardroom chic.

 

DIOR HOMME SS14

DIOR HOMME SS14

Paris Couture: Chanel A/W14

CHANEL COUTURE A/W14

CHANEL COUTURE A/W14

NEW YORK, NY  July 25, 2013/FR/

 

The Grand Palais was transformed into an ancient ruin for Chanel’s haute couture show. As opera music resounded through the seemingly derelict theater, hesitant editors hovered over their dusty chairs, surrounded by broken windows and rubble. Then the ragged curtains opened, and a silver futuristic city from the Far East was revealed.

Old world meets the new was the running theme of the show, and for this season Karl Lagerfeld paired the fashion house’s historic couture craftsmanship and dressmaking skills with modern textiling, bringing old technology into the 21st century. The necklines and silhouettes were, at times, of another century, with dresses, tunics, and jackets worn together in a monochromatic palette, broken up by hints of blue, beige, and pink.

Tightly woven tweeds that upon closer look were embroidered with ribbons, wools, sequins, and chiffon were the toast of the collection. They came in the form of slim jackets and short skirts, layered over longer underskirts and thigh-high suede boots. Texture was a strong element throughout, and among the tweeds were tiny glittering squares and patterns stitched on to sleeves and mini-skirts.

For a couture collection, the full-length gowns were sparse – not that it mattered. The eveningwear came in light, crumpled silks, set against gauze and shimmering panels of tiles, that looked to a more modern way of approaching couture. With low block heels and slouchy belts adding a fresher feel, it’s clear Lagerfeld never misses a beat.

 

CHANEL COUTURE A/W14

CHANEL COUTURE A/W14

Kenzo Resort 2014

Kenzo Resort 2014

Kenzo Resort 2014

NEW  YORK, NY  July 22,  2013/FR/

 

Sometimes we all have a longing for a little California sunshine and Kenzo hits that sweet spot with itsResort 2014 collection. Made up of beachy stripes, palm tree prints, and bubblegum pinks, the brand’s latest offering welcomes you to the West coast.

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon take you back to their home state with a collection that exudes nostalgia, while still taking risks. Volume dominates silhouettes with wide jackets, cropped shirts, and ruffled off the shoulder tops. These more structured pieces are accentuated with vibrant scuba fabric, recalling summer leisure. For the more classic Californian, Kenzo presents cool, painterly garments in light cotton.

Finally, chunky accessories and clunky sandals of nubuck and neoprene are perfect for shopping on Rodeo drive with a striking pool blue, orange or green bag in tow.

Prada SS14: A Dark Paradise

Prada SS14

Prada SS14

NEW YORK, NY  July 2,  2013/FR/

 

Miuccia Prada has taken a trip back in time to 1950s Hawaii for her men’s spring/summer 2014 show in Milan this year. “Menacing Paradise” was the term used by Prada to describe the stage set, and as the models traversed the runway against a tropical backdrop, the foreboding sounds of helicopters roared through the venue. Prada is no stranger to putting on a cinematic show, and this time the feel was very Apocalypse Now.

A departure from last season’s luxurious purity, the brand has brought back prints on wool sweaters, silk shirts and retro travel cases that evoke exotic clichés of a bygone era – think From Here to Eternity and the darkened paradise of Pearl Harbor, or a Rat Pack-era Palm Springs.

The color palette, predominantly made up of navy, brown and burgundy, is considered and affecting, with mango yellows and sharp teals injecting an additional zing. Silky blouson jackets adorned with graphic pin-up girls are another highlight, not to mention the fluidity of the silk shorts.

The tropical prints are repeatedly paired with pinstripe suits and double breasted jackets left open, giving way to a heady romanticism – all the more so due to additional female models clad in Miu Miu esque silk dresses and excerpts from the Risky Business and Body Heat soundtracks playing throughout.

For spring 2014 the Prada man has added a Honolulu Aloha to the season, moving between themes of vintage travel, war, romance and the oppressive heat of the tropics. What’s best about this latest offering is that the clothes can be viewed as individual pieces, rather than whole looks, allowing you to mix and match.

 

Prada SS14

Prada SS14

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