First of all, a special thanks to K. of Fab Over Forty for representin' I Heart Heels at the Academy of Art show at the Tents yesterday. I hear from K. it was a really fun and great show! It's always interesting to see what the students from the renowned San Francisco arts school put together for the season - they are always sooo talented and unique to each other.
Mine and K.'s favs? Check out Phillipian designer Richelle Valenzuela. K. says: "This skirt was one of my favorites in the whole show, and a favorite of the audience as well! It's a fun, wearable graphic print with a look that isn't severe in its graphic." Inspiration for the collection? The structure of the gem-cutting diagram and the facets of gems, rather than the actual glitter and glitz of real gems - as witnessed in the fabric print on this skirt.
Thailand-born Sawanya Jomthepmala nailed the origami-like details (from Krathong, small boats made out of banana leaves.) K.'s take? "Her collection reminded me of spending time at a cafe along a beach. Casual, short, structured clothes in bright colors that were either solids or colorblocked. The designs had a youthful, fun flair to them that were inspired by Thai Buddhist temples and the traditional glass mosaics."
And Amanda Cleary, who took her inspiration from packaging design, with graphic patterns used for all of the fabrics. The colors of sand, turquoise and coral radiated her collection, possibly influenced by her California upbringing. Think textured, yet very flowy.
So, so pretty!