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



Ruffian for Fall 2014 — “Rapture”


Ruffian presented their Fall 2014 collection at Lincoln Center/Pavilion. It’s entitled “Rapture” — an exploration of monastic opulence, tailored volume, & sober religious silhouettes, which have lavish sumptuousness.


Therese black double crepe dress with ivory silk crepe inserts, and also an ivory silk ruff collar


Black double crepe Knight dress w/ combo in hand embroidered Abalone sequin


Orlando dress in black double crepe w/ ivory silk crepe piping

The exploration of volume here was quite intriguing! The effect is done quite beautifully in sleeves, collars, and even looking to the fullness of the skirts. It’s a great way to take a traditional silhouette and add in a modern flare.


Wedgwood blue silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse & wedgwood blue Hanbok skirt w/ red silk double duchess satin trim


Ivory Schumacher silk Gosamer Axelle blouse & ivory Schumacher silk Gosamer Hanbok skirt

There are a lot of great aspects to this collection, one being the bright & bold pops of color. I love it all from the icy blues to the dramatic reds to the golden chartreuses.


Chartreuse Poppy Watteau dress w/ a blush silk double duchess satin siding



 Chartreuse silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse & a Pagan pant in a pixelated floral digital print crepe

Color is not all this collection offers, there are also some stunning prints. The picture right above is of a pixelated floral digital print that is used throughout the collection. But also, as pictured a few times below, there is a unicorn collage print, which I think is stunning — wearable art as I would call it!


Orlando dress in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin


Ruffian red crepe de chine Demi-bow blouse; Retourner jacket in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin; & a Ruffian red silk double duchess satin with red crepe de chine Hanbok skirt w/ outside binding


Black silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse; reform skirt in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin

So below are a couple of more images of the pixelated floral print, but what is also amazing about this print is the sequined effect it creates. It takes a classic black look and adds a spark, a shimmer to really make the looks pop!


Valmont blazer in black double crepe w/ pixelated print & crepe binding; & the Orlando gown in black double crepe w/ pixelated floral digital print crepe piping


Aragon dress in pixelated floral digital print silk crepe de chine & capelet in hand embroidered Abalone sequins

The collection is full of separates, which is always a great aspect for any brand; it creates versatility. There are blouses, skirts, & trousers. But also, there are some outerwear-type pieces — jackets, blazers, & coats. It definitely gives this “Rapture” collection that extra umpf!



Demi-bow blouse in ivory silk crepe de chine; Bishop bomber jacket in the unicorn collage silk digital print in duchess satin; & a Hanbok skirt in black silk satin organza


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