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12 Art Institutes  Designers Took the Runway for New York Fashion Week
 
For twelve up-and-coming designers from The Art Institute of New York City, Fashion Week was a chance to showcase the talent, determination, and hard work they put into their Spring 2016 collections. Last evening, these promising designers-both current students and recent graduates-presented designs that represented their passion, vision, and motivation to succeed.

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Information on each of the collections:
Designer #1: Kiki Terrels (4th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- His collection, “Ironclad,” was influenced by medieval armor mixed with modern functionality complete with inserts of paisley, leather, and sheet metal.
Designer #2: Rujing Liu (Graduate: June 2015, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Her collection, “Dear Mother,” was organic in nature. Easy silhouettes in moody shades of vegetable dyed, textural fabrics that evoked a feeling of Asian simplicity were sent down the runway.
Designer #3: Nathaly Meristil (Graduate: December 2014, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Shapes and dimensions drove her collection, “The Infinite Climb.” Architectural elements softened by neoprene were draped, cut, tucked, & seamed to evoke feelings both organic & sculptural.
Designer #4: Matheus Rangel (4th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Druids & gypsies came together to create an easy collection titled, “Druidry,” that was part loungewear, part smart sportswear, & part explorations of androgyny for the modern man.
Designer #5: Monica Suemitsu (Graduate: March 2015, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Japanese inspired detailing came together with textural fabrics in oversized, silhouettes that gave just enough shape and interest to intrigue in this collection titled, “Onpa.”
Designer #6: Ebony Taylor (4th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Crisp Op-Art lines combined with draping fabrications gave this swim & après swim collection, “End Game,”an easy elegance that could effortlessly go from pool side to evening.
Designer #7: Nataliya Matkivska (7th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Her collection,”Line and Shapes,” took the definition of classics to a new level. Hand beading & flowing textiles combined to create a feeling that was part retro, part futuristic.
Designer #8: Yurie Lim (6th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- “Things I Don’t Show,” embodied his personality by fusing together clean and strong silhouettes with more sweet and delicate details. The menswear collection incorporate Japanese patchwork and colors he grew up wearing in the Philippines.
Designer #9: Deron Shields (5th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)-  “Concrete Rose,” created an expressive and experimental look that reinterpreted the classics while fusing together quality craftsmanship and whimsical silhouettes. Layers of tulle in a myriad of shades of white, gray and pink came together to create this fresh look at sportswear that was a perfect balance between day and evening.
Designer #10: Melissa D. Gonzalez (Graduate: December 2014, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)-  “Meladama,” was inspired by the surreal and psychedelic elements of the film “Fantastic Planet.” Clashing fabrics, all richly textured, created a mélange of silhouettes that leave observers unsure of season, decade, or even planet, but yet wanting more.
Designer #11: Eric Jernigan (6th Quarter Current Student, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Spirits emerging from volcanoes inspired this eveningwear collection that was entirely made of two colors – ash gray and neon pink. His pieces titled, “Beauteous Eruption,” were electrically elegant; a mixture of fantasy, control and edge.
Designer #12: Lavan Chxiedze (Graduate: June 2015, Fashion Design, AAS, The Art Institute of New York City)- Making his second appearance at New York Fashion Week, “Love Letters from Berlin,” was inspired by Berlin in the 1920s and 1940s, especially the history of hardship facing the gay population during that time. His collection pushed the boundaries of menswear and challenged the constructs of gender-appropriate clothing.

Hair by: Jorge Luis for Privé by Laurent D 
Nails by: FABY USA
Make-up by: MAKEUP BY DISCO, Sarah Digisco 
The Art Institute of New York City is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of New York City, 232 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018 © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved.

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