NEW YORK, Feb 10, 2012 / — In 2005, the Academy of Art University broke new grounds when they brought their graduate collections to New York Fashion Week. With that move, AAU became the only educational institution where students show their collections alongside the American fashion design stars.

Seven years had passed and AAU graduates continue to wow the New York fashion crows with their imaginative collections. And this years crop of graduates – 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 – did their alma mater proud.

A very eclectic showing, the new graduates ran the gamut of angular silhouettes and geometric patterns (Wu Di) to clean and minimal shapes (Amy Bond). Xiang Zhang became downright philosophical with Platos theory of the golden rectangle while Deanna Pei-Ju Lo proposed soft luxurious fabrics.

Donghyuk Dan Kim was fascinated by the military uniform while Farida Khan was inspired by the idea of unconventional beauty.

Kate Y.K. Lee prefers rounded silhouettes and Jeanette Au was inspired by Sergei Diagliavs Ballet Russe. Chinese-born Jade Juanyu Liu on the other hand was inspired by French collage artist Damien Blottierre

[MARI DAVIS]

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