Fashion Week: Fashion students step out, Tory Burch travels to the countryside
From new talent who not only learned design in school but also on the job, to a fashion star who was taught by names like Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez and Vera Wang, Fashion Week has it all. Samantha Liebman filed the following report on collections from the recent graduates of Academy of Art University and Tory Burch.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- For a 10th season, Academy of Art University showed off the work of its most talented recent graduates.
"But we don't really think of them as students, graduate students. They're young designers,” said Simon Ungless, director of the School of Fashion. “We're helping them launch their careers into the industry."
The seven designers who had collects featured recently earned Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the San Francisco-based school. Though each collection had a moody feel, with mostly dark, solid colors, they were different in fabrics, cuts, textures and techniques.
"And I wanted to think what's next, how are we going to be making clothes like in another century, so I kind of found this new technology that binds seams, so all my seams are bonded; heat-bonded,” explained designer Aura Taylor.
And although they may be new to Fashion Week, many aren't completely new to the industry. Some of the designers have some real-world experience that's helped them prepare for this day.
"So I worked at Coach before and kind of got an understanding of the industry and how it works as a business,” said designer Holly Smith. “And I also learned a lot about leather there, so you'll see some leather in my collection."
And while Tory Burch is an established designer, she says she continues to use her previous experience in her own work.
"Whether it was at Ralph Lauren learning about branding or Narciso, learning about construction and shape, I feel like every single job that I've had has really helped me with this collection,” said Burch.
In her latest collection, Burch takes us to the English countryside.
"You're going to see a lot of mixing of plaids and tweeds and sequins and wool, deconstructed silhouettes and wide palazzo pants,” she said.
Also featured are richly colored velvets and silky dresses and blouses.
"There's always something for every woman,” said Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey of Burch’s collection. “And I think what's going to be the must-buy are the bow-neck blouses."
And with shoes and bags to match, Tory Burch's collection has women covered from head to toe.