Collection illustrations by BFA Fashion Design student Stephanie Hoffmann

BY IAN  MACKINTOSH
The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California will debut the collections from graduating students of the Accessory, Knitwear, Men’s Wear, Technical, Textile, and Women’s Wear Design areas of study at the San Francisco Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 6, 2010.

Each year, the School of Fashion honors industry leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of fashion and creates opportunities for the honored guests to interact with the students with discussions, classroom visits and an exhibition of student work and portfolios. From these settings, guests are able to select interns from all areas of study including Fashion Design for Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear, and Children’s Wear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Costume Design; Fashion Illustration; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising.

Before the fashion show, Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University will present an Honorary Doctorate to Suzy Menkes, OBE, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and fashion editor of International Herald Tribune.

Academy of Art University President’s Awards for Excellence will be presented to:
·      Julie Chaiken, Bay Area designer and founder of Chaiken Clothing
·      Keanan Duffty, designer and author of ‘Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style’
·      Patrik Ervell, winner of the 2007 Ecco Domani Award for best men’s wear designer
·      Ian Hannula and Joe Haller, Bay Area designers and founders of Nice Collective
·      Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, innovative retailers and founders of Opening Ceremony
·      Elisa Palomino, women’s wear designer and VP of Design at Diane von Fürstenberg
·      Walter Van Beirendonck, men’s wear designer and one of ‘The Antwerp Six’
·      Dirk Van Saene, artist, designer and one of ‘The Antwerp Six’

Honored guests will announce internships at the end of the show. Other internships and awards to be announced include Abercrombie & Fitch, BCBG, SURTEX® designext Student Competition, and the Sister City Scholarship Exchange to study abroad in Paris at Studio Berçot and L’Ecole de la Chambre S

 
 
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By Duane Wells

Since launching in 2001, the Robert Graham brand has combined high style, sublime tailoring and whimsical design in a manner beguiling fashion watchers around the globe.  But then again, such was to be expected from the label’s designer Robert Stock, who partnered with Ralph Lauren in the mid-1960’s and ultimately launched the wildly successful Chaps collections which almost single-handedly caused a fashion revolution.

In keeping with the spirit in which Stock’s signature Robert Graham collection was created, the designer whose playful, uber-patterned shirts with their colorful and contrasting reveals at the collar, cuffs and hemlines have been worn by every one from rapper 50 cent and Gilles Marini to Jorge Posada and Cherry Jones, has created a new line of shirts, themed to specific MLB teams.  Take note, sports fans because Included in the RG MLB designer shirt line are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, St Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins.

For each team, there are 3 different shirts styles:  The oxford shirt, which retails for $198; the oxford with an embroidered baseball player on the back, retailing for $248, and the Limited Edition All Star which also retails for $248.

Robert Graham is carried in more than 1,500 outlets globally including Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Frank Stella, Fred Segal, Mark Shale, Lee Newman, Lauretta’s and Harry Rosen.

The RG MLB shirts will also be available at MLB.com, luxury boxes at stadiums nationwide, as well as on the new, soon to debut MLB Network.

In other RG news, rock n’ roll fans will be over the moon to know that Graham has also designed  exclusive limited edition Elvis Presley shirts for Lansky at The Peabody .  There are only 50 each of the  ‘Elvis’ shirt  and the  ‘Presley’ shirt—both of which retail for $298 and  are only available at Lansky’s retail store in Memphis or through the company‘s  website www.Lanskybros.com.

For more information on the latest Robert Graham collection, visit www.RobertGraham.us.