Peep The Best Looks From The Academy of Art's Fall '12 Show

Although there are a slew of designers with Bay Area roots showing during New York Fashion Week (Alexander Wang, Erin Fetherston, the Rodarte duo, Derek Lam, etc.), there's really only one current resident going directly from San Francisco to the tents and then coming back again, and that would be the Academy of Art University.
The only fashion school whose students show during the seven days of fashion frenzy, the AAU set up shop at Lincoln Center on Friday night, showcasing the work of student designers Wu Di, Amy Bond, Xiang Zhang, Deanna Pei-Ju Lo, Donghyuk Dan Kim, Farida Khan, Kate Y. K. Lee, Jeanette Au, and Jade Juanyu Liu.
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So, which of the fall '12 looks topped our list of faves? Take a click through after the jump and rest assured that our fine town is representing.
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Designer: Wu Di

Hails from: Shen Yang, in the Liao Ning province of China

Degree: M.F.A. in Fashion Design

Inspiration: The work of printmaker Aaron Coleman and his use of geometric shapes. The angular silhouettes and geometric patterns were created using cashmere knits and double-faced wool.

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Wu Di, Fall 2012

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Wu Di, Fall 2012

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Wu Di, Fall 2012

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Designer: Xiang Zhang

Hails from: Shanghai, China

Degree: M.F.A. in Knitwear Design

Inspiration: Plato’s philosophy that the highest form of beauty can be explained by principles of mathematics. Xiang used Plato’s theory of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the long edge to the short edge equals the golden ratio, to determine the proportions of designs, as well as the number of stitches and their orientation within the pattern. He used cashmere, mohair, and silk throughout the collection.

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Xiang Zhang, Fall 2012

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Xiang Zhang, Fall 2012

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Xiang Zhang, Fall 2012

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Designer: Farida Khan

Hails from: Pakistan and now lives in Doha, Qatar.

Degree: M.F.A. in Fashion Design through the Academy of Art University’s Online Fashion Program.

Inspiration: The idea of unconventional beauty. Khan constructed bold silhouettes using wool, cotton, coated denim, polyurethane, and punched leather.

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Farida Khan, Fall 2012

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Farida Khan, Fall 2012

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Designer: Donghyuk Dan Kim

Hails from: Incheon, South Korea

Degree: M.F.A. in Menswear Design

Inspiration: Vintage military uniforms and clothing from the American West. Donghyuk constructed his garments using wool, cotton, and leather in shades of olive green and dark brown.

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Donghyuk Dan Kim, Fall 2012

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Donghyuk Dan Kim, Fall 2012

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Donghyuk Dan Kim, Fall 2012

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Designer: Jeanette Au

Hails from: Born in Grand Rapids Michigan, grew up in New York City.

Degree: M.F.A. in Knitwear Design

Inspiration: Sergei Diagliav’s Ballet Russe and the paintings of Leon Bakst, both of which influenced the texture, patterns, and color palette of the collection. Au incorporated mohair, wool, synthetic yarns, and metallic threads into her knit fabrics.

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Jeanette Au, Fall 2012

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Jeanette Au, Fall 2012

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Jeanette Au, Fall 2012

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Designer: Jade Juanyu Liu

Hails from: Shanghai, China

Degree: M.F.A. in Fashion Design

Inspiration: The French collage artist Damien Blottière, known for a unique layering technique that creates shadows and empty space. Look for a variety of fabrics — including wool, jersey, and fur — layered to achieve the same effect.

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Jade Juanyu Liu, Fall 2012

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Jade Juanyu Liu, Fall 2012

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Jade Juanyu Liu, Fall 2012

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