Melissa Kheng, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Singapore. Her thesis menswear collection is inspired by the unabashed masculinity of the Japanese subculture Bosozoku, and utilitarian elements of traditional fishermen. Both concepts are similar in being part of a group that gave life meaning and solidarity with others. Waxed cotton coats and jackets, oversized pocket pants, layered panels, and laser cut graphic pieces are combined with classic street wear shapes.
The collection: (1) Laser cut vest with white pants, (2) Contrast trimmed coat with cotton pants, (3) Contrast trimmed jacket, top and white cotton pants, (4) White jersey tee with contrast laser cut details white pants (5) Contrast jacket with oversized pockets and cotton pants (6) Contrast jacket with laser cut sleeves, cotton pants and top.
This is the 20th Showing of the Academy of Art at New York Fashion Week. This season, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University selected thirteen 13 students to debut their Spring 2017 collections
“Since our first runway presentation at New York Fashion Week in September 2005, the show has grown in size and in the caliber of those in attendance such as retail executives, designers, recruiters, as well as the national and international media,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “We have always been committed to help launch the careers of our students, and are honored to have a platform of this magnitude to present their work.”
“This season each of designers holds a unique and thoughtful vision,” said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Their collections honor the essence of our industry and carry a conscientious connection to textile design, three-dimensional design, tailoring and construction techniques, they honor the essence of our industry. It has been a pleasure for all of us in the School of Fashion to guide them while preserving their individuality and integrity.”
Photos courtesy of Academy of Art University