The Executive Director of the School of Fashion, Simon Ungless spoke about the individual spirit of each piece and how unique that is considering they had been created collectively. The designers are also rather diverse. There are designers from China, Maine, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Chicago, and so on. Many of the designs were inspired by putting together a variety of different materials such as PVC, vinyl, scrap fabrics, organic denim, and even bike rubber.
Hailun Zhou was inspired by photography and the picture she had taken on a journey a few days back. She created outerwear, dresses, and separates, The materials she used were vinyl and PVS as well as other fabrics.
Another designer is Eden Slezin a student at Academy of Art University from the Bay Area. Slezin was influenced by his love for vintage denim as well as individuality which is one of the features of San Fransisco. Eden Slezin used organic denim which was a donation from Cone Denim. He also utilized recycled rubber bike ties donated from Sports Basement. Tha point was to illustrate that fashion can be sustainable too.
Dina Maria Lam was influenced by her life and the passing of her aunt. With her pieces, Lam wanted to convey transition and the feeling of change. She used soft materials which looked dense and luxurious. She also wished to evoke a sense of being surrounded by warmth and comfort. Designer Saya Shen, also from China, worked on bringing her photographs to life by transferring them on the clothing. She partnered up with Kornit Digital in order to achieve that. Saya Shen featured pieces with prints of landscapes such as snowy Hokkaido as well as the ocean and trees of San Francisco.
The designers who featured their pieces were highly appreciated by the guests including the famous Ms. J Aexander who was also present at the New York Fashion Week. The guests of the event anticipate seeing new designers next year as well, hopefully from the Academy of Art University.