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Academy of Art University Strikes a Pose on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Once again, 10 lucky (and extremely talented) student designers will show off their collections at next week's Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. If, like us, you'll be stuck in San Francisco, you'll have the chance to view the show in real time via a live webcast. Here, a quick rundown of what to expect, with info on when to tune in.

Shanshan Bai and Winbo Shiau: Inspired by natural curling lines of floral panels and the twisting of sculpted surfaces. Her clothes use a blend of silk gazar, wool, and linen yarn.

Ryan Morar and Melissa Avalos: Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg, Sonic Youth, and Beat Happening albums. Pieces of garments were deconstructed to create new shapes and silhouettes.

Art Students Showcase Their Work At Spring Shows Citywide

Yasuyoshi Sakamoto

It's that time of year again—the flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, and art students across the city are showing off their best work. Check out this year's batch of up-and-coming artists and designers at this series of shows put on by the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University. Gallerists and museum curators will no doubt be out scouting this talent, so now's your chance to say you saw them here first.

Academy of Art University Students Take On NY Fashion Week

San Francisco’s Academy of Art University houses one of the nation’s top fashion schools. In fact, a few of the talented graduates get the amazing opportunity to showcase their collections to industry insiders at New York Fashion Week — how’s that for skills? Let’s review some of the highlights from the AAU’s fashion show held Friday at the prestigious Lincoln Center in NYC.

This Week in Fashion: Fashion's Night Out, Thursday 9/8

Next Thursday, Fashion's Night Out will sweep the globe once more - and hit SF harder than ever - with their third annual after-hours shop-a-thon. Over 40 stores across the city will hold special evening hours full of celebrity apperances, new fall collections, steep discounts, and much more. Here are our top picks for FNO SF.

This Week in Fashion: The Top 5 Events at SF Fashion Week 2011

SF Fashion Week is upon us... Here's what you don't want to miss:

1. Fashion/Tech Workshops at the Apple Store (1 Stockton St.), Monday August 8-Wednesday August 10, 5pm-7pm, Free.

As part of this year's Bay Area tech-meets-fashion theme, numerous tech and fashion industry speakers will hold small workshops at the Union Square Apple Store. The workshops will touch on everything from how maximize your Mac for fashion, to the ins-and-outs of starting a shoe company. 

Emerging Talent: Stand Outs from the Academy of Art University's Spring 2011 Fashion Show

The annual Academy of Art University Spring Show is consistently one of the most well produced fashion shows in SF. This year, the show featured 16 mini-collections from 23 talented students, graduating with BFA Fashion Design degrees in Accessory, Knitwear, Men's Wear, Technical, Textile and Women's Wear.

The students unveiled their work last week at the AAU Tent in SoMa. We went, we saw, and we picked favorites. Above are, in our opinion, the best technically designed, and overall most complete looks from the show. 


7 Spring Fashion Shows You Don't Want to Miss

NYC may have fashion week, but we in SF have fashion month. Each Spring, from mid-April to mid-May, a range of annual fashion shows present SF's best emerging talent. From $10,000 student collections, to recycled independent clothing, designers across the city have been sketching, patterning, draping, cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and refitting like mad - and it all comes down to these seven shows: 

1. San Francisco State University's Runway 2011: EnchantmentThursday April 21, 7pm at the San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street), $15-$25.

Academy of Art University Atelier Showcases Local Talent, New & Old

The up-and-coming artists of the Academy of Art University now have a sophisticated space to showcase their talent to the world, alongside established San Francisco tastemakers, in the Academy of Art University Atelier in SoMa.

In a hybrid retail-gallery at 79 New Montgomery Street, the clothing, home decor, visual artworks and even computer games made by current students and alumni will live here, and if you wander in and see something you fancy, you'll be giving a talented artist exposure and helping benefit the University's Student Scholarship Fund.

When Giving 2 And Taking 1 Is A Good Thing

Despite our hoarding nature, we always get really excited about the idea of spring cleaning. The only problem is, well, we like our stuff and lack motivation.

Enter Give Two Take One, the Academy of Art's first annual clothing swap and drive.

Get a Front Row Seat at the Academy's NYFW Show

As Ms. Klum has drilled into our well-coiffed heads season after season, 'In fashion, one day you're in and the next you're out.' Well, six recent Academy of Art grads have made the cut without having to turn garbage into couture (at least to our knowledge) and will be showing alongside the likes of Philip Lim, Diane Von Furstenberg and Project Runway's own Michael Kors at New York Fashion Week this Saturday.

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