Art Institute of NYC, Spring 2015 Student Show – What Wondrous Works!

The talented students of The Art Institute of NYC recently put on their Spring 2015 student show at MBFW, The Theatre at Lincoln Center. One of AI’s underlying missions is “Creativity for Life.” And with this amazing student presentation just put on, I’m positive these young designers will not be running out of creative design juices anytime soon! It’s great they are in an environment where their creative ideas can flourish.


There were 12 students who presented mini-capsule collections. Nearly 100 students lent a helping hand in making this show a reality. Let’s see what this bright dozen have in store for Spring 2015!

455079592.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000      NASSIM SHADMANI

Black silk charmeuse & lambskin draped slip dress


Mauve double-faced charmeuse and black lambskin column dress


Black double-faced satin silk draped dress

455078134.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000       ANGELO ROSA

Black lambskin studded tank dress with charcoal jersey & tulle skirt

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455078788.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000    FLAVIA NUNEZ

Designer also, Charles Anthony — Satin & faille triangle wrap dress



Off white & light aqua triangle dress


Off white & taupe tailored jacket with light aqua shorts

455078568.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000     YOHANNA GURSEY

Two-toned orange jacquard chiffon pleated bubble dress with jeweled mesh bodice

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gold jacquard and blush beaded clutch; Gold jacquard jacket with blush beaded mesh shell top & full length gold jacquard ball skirt

455078498.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000      JOSE MEDINA

Metallic silver lame pant suit


Metallic deep V-neck peplum top with hot shorts


Champagne satin dress with pleated organza sleeves

455078308.jpg_312_0_1655.28358209_3000   JOSHUAN APONTE

Iridescent embossed patent leather bodice (sheer cutouts), with an indigo sheer pleated skirt evening gown


Pale salmon and turquoise jersey hip-picket dess


Taupe charmeuse and canvas trapeze dress

455078210.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000     CECIL DOVE

Copper cropped jacket with black satin side pocket pants


Raw edge Petrol gauze & print crop top under olive zip front jacket & chartreuse satin lemon hot shorts


Gold sheer metallic top with stone satin & petrol gauze pants

455078768.jpg_326_0_1669.28358209_3000   KIBONEN NFI

Sequin trimmed printed crop top with contrast-hem full skirt in matching print


Black printed bow neck crop top with matching high-slit full-length skirt


Asymmetrical orange, mix printed tufted top with matching printed pant

455078384.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000    NAREESA SHORTER

Lime green crop top with light lemon yellow asymmetrical circle skirt


Blue crochet duster over “Much Love” tee with lemon origami skirt


White jersey knit tube top with Jodhpur style pants & blue knit suspenders

455079244.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000   TORY VAN THOMPSON

Black double knit jersey tee with black wool canvas crop pant with gray pleated overlay

455078602.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000  MICHAEL TORNATO

White Canvas belted kimono with grey window pane joggers


White vinyl insert sweatshirt over long white zip front shirt with white cropped canvas trousers

455078460.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000        LAVAN CHXEIDZE


Perforated black poplin and print dress


Shredded tank with long linen striped shirt over polka dot boxer with side kilt

Additional runway presentation details –







  • AI President – Jennifer Ramey
  • Dean of Academic Affairs – Dave Moughalian
  • Chair of Fashion Design – Amanda Lovell
  • Financial Services – Daniel Lorenzo & Roz Palmer
  • Nails – Jacqueline Saulsbery for INM Nails


  • Jurors – Victoria Nulman, Jacqueline Mallon, & Gita Omri
  • Models — Q Management, MSA Models, Adam Models, Major, & Identities
  • Shoes – Delman, Nina, Clarks, & Birkenstocks



Fashion Week Journeys — Innovative Presentations & a 1st-Time Showing

It’s a great day for fashion week when you get to experience innovative and dynamic showings. And yes, even being a part of a talented designer’s 1st presentation for NYFW. Let’s start by looking at a seasoned presenter first, Son Jung Wan.

454777090.jpg_325_0_1668.28358209_3000            SON JUNG WAN

In her latest collection for Spring/Summer 2015, Son Jung Wan presented at Lincoln Center, during MBFW. Her runway presentation was a creation of perfect harmony, reminiscent of the Yin and Yang found in nature. The collection was filled with rich, vivid colors inspired by nature and it’s natural elements. Models were adorned in shades of blue, green, and berry, accented only with an occasional gilded line or patch of sheer fabric for embellishment. There were a few looks in off-white and creams, made of chiffon & soft linen. There was also some very much needed pops of pizazz, seen in sequins & total iridescence.

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The collection was entitled “Dualism”, demonstrating contrasting elements to create balance. Son Jung Wan paid such close attention to the details of these varying looks — a jewel-encrusted back zipper or lines of gold fabric cutting thru sheer mesh. Thus, looks were very dynamic from all angles!


Special guests in attendance — Dan Murphy, model Brian Shimansky, actress Kelly Rutherford, Kate & Alex Lundqvist, Kelly & Thadeus Ann Bensimon, Michelle Falk, and model Garrett Neff.



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Amir Taghi unleashed a world of chiffon and satin for his S/S 2015 collection during NYFW, runway presentation held at Helen Mills Event Space. The collection had a very cool look, chic, and easygoing, all by making use of light pastels, lilacs, baby blues and ivory. The clothing itself was simple yet sophisticated, minimalism at it’s best!

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“I was trying to portray someone who is really fierce and not afraid to show who they are,” Taghi said in an interview for Washington Square News. Taghi found inspiration in strong female figures such as Bianca Jagger. “[Jagger] was not afraid to wear tuxedos,” Taghi said. “She was very very confident in what she wore and didn’t care about what people thought.”

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This was Taghi’s first showing during NY fashion week and this was a job well done! There was a lot of versatility in this collection, so many varying silhouettes and styles to offer — separates, cocktail dresses, and more formal pieces. This was a show from head to toe, the looks to the accessories (cool shades) to sleek hair (slicked back high ponytails), & to clean, fresh make-up beauty looks.

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Alon+Livne+Presentation+Mercedes+Benz+Fashion+gSXzbX78mxel    ALON LIVNE

Alon Livné captivated the audience at The Hudson Hotel during MBFW with his well-defined edge for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As the show began, Ariana & the Rose took the stage with live pulsing music that matched the energy Livné constructed in his architecturally and aquatically inspired collection. And it was clear, his traditional aesthetic of being sculptural was still present and very clear in intent.


Optic colors in black and white leather were quite featured in this presentation. Also seen were sizzling sequins, spiraling shapes, and significant cutouts. There was a great deal of silhouettes present — in floor-length gowns, cocktail dresses, and jumpsuits.



Katya Leonovich chose to be quite innovative for her S/S 2015 collection with the use of 3D printing. Her designs came down the runway with an architectural structure yet subtle ease, courtesy only of this new-age fabric. The only way to describe this collection is classics in a futuristic world!


A vast majority of the pieces seemed to be as if optical illusions were coming down the runway. The line’s summer nature came thru very clear in grey metallics, chic & sexy. The allure & appeal was all futuristic, but never turning into tastelessness.