It was a fashion show and a final exam. This Fashion Week, six students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco debuted their Fall 2011 collections on the famous New York runway.
By Brooke Sager.
Wrap Scarves and Knits
Not all runway looks are just for show—some of them actually are wearable. Designer Stephanie Gelot’s collection featured knitted pieces that are great for every day. A favorite comfy but stylish look was the jacquard skirt, knit sweater and lace scarf.
Speaking of scarves—the popular trend of leggings paired with an infinity scarf will definitely be back for Round Two this fall. A little bit of lace added a fashionable twist to this loungey look.
Leather, Wool…and Hoods?
Leather and wool are classics that keep you both warm and fashionable in the fall and winter seasons.
An unexpected and rather strange trend in this collection was hooded garments. The hood, student Holly Smith explained, was inspired by the movements a water diving bird. Artistic? Perhaps. But we still don’t foresee this monk-esque look catching wind on the streets of Manhattan.
Contrasting Layers and Textures
Layering was a big component of designer Minha Yoon’s collection. Her looks incorporated loosely draped pieces alongside something tight and tailored—a draped corset was followed by a pair of fitted pants with a bra top. These subtle contrasts in layers forming a sense of balance on the runway.
Pique dresses and twill jackets added a fun sense of texture. The designer also mixed sheer and opaque elements, creating looks that were simultaneously chic and sexy.
Pleats and Lace
Designer Jonathan David Baker’s collection featured six gorgeous pleated dresses. The pleat is trending this year because it is girly but still sophisticated. To spice up this often-preppy look, the designer accented his pieces with lace. Let’s be honest—there’s no better way to add a dash of sass to a pleated silk dress than by adding a lace top.
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