On Saturday night the San Francisco Design center hosted United Streets of Fashion, the impressively professional runway show featuring the work of student designers from the Art Institute. The light and bright venue which was filled with local dignitaries and a few attention seekers, created the perfect back drop for the collections, which were as creative as they were well-constructed.
As with a few of the other student shows we have seen this season, The Art Institute designers threw down the gauntlet to local professionals as the quality, creativity and diversity of their work seemed to scream You better up your game people if you want to compete with the next generation! This call appeared to be heard by one local designer whom sat in the audience surrounded by an entourage of model wannabes completely clad in her current collection. Perhaps taking notes?
The 20+ designers who participated in the event each had a very distinctive point of view, and their collections ran the gamut between urban casual, bridal, menswear, and costume design.
With such a high caliber of young talent, it's difficult to pick an absolute favorite. However, the creativity, attention to detail, and sheer uniqueness of Cameron Stewart's menswear collection (pictured below) made it very memorable, as was the spectacular ballet costume created by Danielle Tilford (pictured right).
Immediately following the Art Institute runway show the audience was treated to a second presentation sponsored by the Museum of Performance and Design. For this collection student designers competed to have their work included in the current exhibition, Somethings Happening Here, SF Bay Area Rock n'Roll 1963-1973.
Directly after the second show it was announced the Dallas Coulter had won the competition for her hippie chic ensemble that was as luxurious as it was derivative of the era with its mix of textures and late 60's silhouette. (pictured left)
Dallas' work was exceptional, however our favorite look of the Rock N Roll show was Annie Kuang's rocker on the red carpet gown, which may not have been truly 60s'-esque in execution, but was certainly a fun look. (pictured right)
At the very end of the evening The Art Institute announced it's own set of winners, which included Cameron Stewart for best construction, Leanne Liu for best creativity and Justyna Fiuk for over all best collection.
As the show closed and the appreciative audience filed out of the design center and headed to the after party at Slide, it was clear that those in attendance had been given a sneak-peak at future fashion heavy weights, and that San Francisco does in fact have the talent pool needed to become a city internationally renown for it's design industry.
For more photos from the Art Institute United Streets of Fashion Runway show and the Museum of Performance and Design Rock n Roll runway visit the Style Wylde Galleries.