The Academy of the Arts’ Spring 2015 collection was full of designers who show incredible promise. They all brought unique skills and fresh perspectives to the table to celebrate the artistry of fashion.
Mia Jianxia Ji is a fashion designer who specializes in intricate knitwear design. Her mini collection of beige ensembles strayed from monotone because her use of different textures, volumes, and hues made it feel vibrant. I am most impressed with Jianxia Ji’s ability to give knitted clothes such architectural shape; it is a skill only a true expert could master.
Wei Bai’s presentation for Spring 2015 featured strong tailoring and a monochrome color palette; both are very chic and fresh. I loved Bai’s play on feminine and masculine. Her body hugging silhouettes and voluminous skirts perfectly balanced button-ups and loose jackets. Wei Bai had a very minimalist approach for spring, and her modern take is a must have for the season.
Academy of Art designer, Madison Detro drew inspiration from the Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp chapel in France. Her fluid silhouettes mimicked that of the 1954 architectural masterpiece. I loved how Detro experimented with trans-seasonal dressing; using burgundy leather and suede felt new for spring when worked into dynamic shapes.
The menswear collection was a great collaboration between seven designers: Asiyat Tsalikova, Jihyun Kim, Jingci Wang, Liz Li, Max Lu, Yaqiong Zhou and Yin Yang. They focused on mis-matched prints and pastel hues for a vintage feel. I love the quirkiness of old-school florals reworked into cool bomber jackets and edgy t’s.
Die Zhou created a sugary mini collection inspired by the beauty of the butterfly. Light and feminine tweed was anchored by slouchy pieces and edgy proportions. Each ensemble felt like an innovative take on an old favorite. Just looking at these pastel confections make me smile.
Szu Chi Huang’s mini collection was a tribute to the rich heritage of her Asian routes. Huang modernized traditional Japanese samurai armor in a clean palette of black and white that mimics Japanese ink paintings. Her innovative construction techniques and varying prints prove that black and white is anything, but ordinary.
It was surreal to see emerging designers finally fulfilling their lifelong dream of showing at NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I felt so filled with joy to see each designer walk the runway in tears. I was honored to be apart of the most amazing opportunity of their lives. Mia Jianxia Ji, Wei Bai, Madison Detro, Asiyat Tsalikova, Jihyun Kim, Jingci Wang, Liz Li, Max Lu, Yaqiong Zhou, Yin Yang, Die Zhou, and Szu Chi Huang; The Chic Peak applauds and salutes you.
View from the runway, audience, looks from the show, personal shoppers from “Buying for Billionaires,” Lincoln Center