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I have travelled to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for the first time on a work assignment, specifically, in my capacity as an intern for Fashion School Daily. While in The City, I found myself completely immersed in the behind-the-scenes of NYFW culture.
Here are some of the Front Row raves and reactions directly from the Skylight at Moynihan Station on West 33rdStreet in Manhattan, where the Academy of Art University School of Fashion Graduate Fashion Show took place on September 10th, 2016
On the left, Yulia Kachalova and right, Victoria Simakova are Western European Duo Bloggers & Vloggers. Image Source: Hermin Jaramillo
“I was at the [Academy] show two years ago and it was incredible. I had access to backstage and interviewed popular faces, so I was really looking forward to seeing what was in store for this year’s designers. In the past, they’ve had styles that I would immediately want to wear off of the runway.” – Yulia Kachalova.
From left is fashion show attendee Hannah Harry with friends. Image Source: Hermin Jaramillo
“I’m excited to see who the “next great designer” is going to be!” – Hannah Harry.
First time attendee the fashion show is Fashion Merchandising Student, Avie Lou. Image Source: Faye Harri
“I don’t really have any expectations, but hey, it’s New York so anything can happen on the catwalk.” – Avie Lou.
Featured in the middle is Academy of Art University’s annual show attendee Donald Aversa with friends. Image Source: Getty Images
“I think this show is going to be one of the coolest of the week! I’m super excited because I love fashion,” said Donald Aversa. “I love seeing what kids can create. I don’t know how to design clothes and I find it amazing that they can do that. It’s the coolest thing to sit down and create something the world is going to wear one day.” - - Donald Aversa
Pictured is Jack Mackenroth, a model and a fashion designer who competed in the fourth season of Project Runway. Image Source: Danielle Rueda
“Generally, this is my favorite show of the year because [the designers] don’t necessarily care about sales, production and merchandising; they get to make art and share their vision. It’s totally art!” – Jack Mackenroth.
“I always feel that the Academy is like the Central Saint Martins of America. I love the show! I think it’s always so cool and really fun, and it’s not direct to retail, so I feel like designers can be more experimental. Every year I’m inspired by something here and it ends up being one of my favorite shows of the week!” – Derek Warburton
From the left is Actress Klavdia Ramnareine, the middle is Sonya Molodetskaya, the Haute Living Fashion Editor and San Francisco Socialite, on the left is her friend Farah Makras. Image Source: Getty Images
“I’ve been coming to the show, both in San Francisco and New York for the last ten years. And I support fully the artists, students and designers of San Francisco. I’m expecting the best, because there is always the best talent here!” – Sonya Molodetskaya.
Pictured is Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, also known as Miss Universe 2015. Image Source: Danielle Rueda
“There will be so many great looks to see on the runway tonight, that I know. It will be hard to determine my favorites. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the pieces that I know I would wear.” -Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
On the right is Christian Gonzalez and friend. Image Source: Hermin Jaramillo
“Our friend’s name is Ben Ellis, who is from Alaska, where his background is captured in the elements of his designs, even including the wild animals on his clothes. He works very hard at what he does! It’s been a really long road for him to get to where he is now. We’re just so happy to see that all of his art- he’s a painter, a singer, he does so many things— all of his art has come together into the medium of fashion and it’s fantastic to see the end result.” – Christian Gonzalez. (left)
Instagram was abuzz with excitement and amazing positive reactions to the show as well, below are some of the sentiment I was able to capture:
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.