I attended the Academy of Art University Fashion Show today in the large Tent. I am constantly amazed at the talent of our “ones to watch“. The young designers included: Rina Nikolaeva Popska, Kara Sennett, Amanda Cleary, Richelle Valenzuela, Brittney Major, Jie Pan and Sawanya Jomthepmala. Each had their own distinct voice and flavor. The music or staging did not change between designers as we so often see at a multi-designer show and yet you knew immediately when a new designer’s works appeared on the runway. I liked Amanda’s take on colorblocking but my vote goes to Richelle. The techniques used with the flowy organza fabric to create ripples looked modern and ethereal. My favorite part was the end when each young graduate took their bow hand in hand with their model.