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Mission: Class Act To Walk New York Fashion Week Runway

Mission: Class Act To Walk New York Fashion Week Runway

February 20121421Views

Kate Y.K. Lee Fall 2012 Collection

New York — This week kicks off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Between Feb. 9-16, some of the most coveted collections will grace the catwalk, from Ralph Lauren and Monique Lhuillier to Narciso Rodriguez and Carolina Herrera. Some of the most avant garde looks however will be presented by emerging designers on the scene including graduate students from the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco, who will showcase their collections on Friday, Feb. 10th.

The presenters include Jeanette AuAmy BondWu DiFarida KhanDonghyuk Dan KimKate Y.K. LeeJade Juanyu LiuDeanna Pei-Ju Lo, and Xiang Zhang.

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Since 2005, AAU grad students have featured fashion-forward collections; knitwear, silk, and leather included. The students selected are amongst the most talented in the MFA Fashion Design graduate program. The program is helmed by Executive Director Gladys Perint Palmer, famed journalist and illustrator dubbed "One of 500 people of influence in fashion since 1860" in "The Fashion Book"  and Director Simon Ungless, who's fashion career includes working with Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Versace.

Part of our commitment to the designers is to help launch their careers and have their collections seen by as many industry professionals as possible. ~ Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University

AAU is the only University whose students present their collections during the prestigious fashion event. For Fall 2012, eight women's wear collections and one men's wear collection made the cut, including two students who received their degrees from the online fashion program.

Chicly Yours,
The Chic Spy

(Photo credits courtesy of Academy of Art University/Bob Toy)
The Chic Spy

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