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SF Fashion Week

This year's San Francisco Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show gave the world of style something to really think about.  Flawlessly produced by Director of Graduate Fashion Simon Ungless, the event will no doubt be talked about for years.  A watershed for the AAU, the show left little doubt in anyone's mind who attended, be it masters such as James Galanos and Ralph Rucci, famed fashion editors like Suzy Menkes or the honorees themselves, Carla Sozzani and Azzedine Alaïa, that each and every student deserved serious consideration.  The AAU spotlighted renowned Milanese retailer Sozzani and designer super nova Alaïa for their careers, and in turn, the honorees selected their favorite student designers for internships in Milan (Sozzani) and Paris (Alaïa).

Jeehyun Shim, a devotee to the early Sixties style of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis, was selected by Alaïa, and Jamie Mihlrad and Kia Faulkenberry-Lewis were chosen by Sozzani.  Mihlrad already has interned with Marc Jacobs, and textile designer Faulkenberry-Lewis is inspired by the Thirties, Art Deco and Art Nouveau.  Their collection was feminine and ethereal, while Jeehyun Shim produced beautiful knitwear.

Neiman Marcus will as they have for many years, exhibit students' work in their San Francisco store windows.  This year, Amy Fink, Jeehyun Shim, Staci Snider and Tomoko Hatayama-Khassa have been selected for this honor, while Macy's has invited AAU designers to take part in the annual Passport Show, one of San Francisco's biggest fashion events.  Fashionlines congratulates Ungless, Fashion Director Gladys Perint Palmer, AAU President Dr. Elisa Stephens, all the AAU organziers and of course the students themeselves for a magnificent achievement.


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