Students and Graduates from The Art Institutes to Debut Fall/Winter 2016 Collections During New York Fashion Week

13 Up-And-Coming Fashion Designers To Experience Career-Defining Moments On New York City Runway

New York Fashion Week is an event attended by the fashion elite, celebrities, and designers working to prove that their hard work and dedication can make an impact in the fashion industry. For 13 designers from The Art Institutes system of schools, Fashion Week is a chance to showcase the talent, determination, and creativity they’ve transformed into their Fall/Winter 2016 collections.

Stephanie Castanon sketch

Stephanie Castanon sketch

These designers—both current students and recent graduates—understand that fashion is more than buzz-worthy garments. It’s a process that involves inspiration, sketching, fabric selection, garment construction, and endless revisions before a creation can be shown. They’ve overcome challenges and pushed their creative limits. Along the way, they’ve proven that they have what it takes to design and present a collection on one of fashion’s most prestigious runways. This marks the seventh season that The Art Institutes has partnered with New York Fashion Week to provide a career-starting platform for its budding designers. These promising designers will debut their Fall/Winter 2016 collections on Tuesday, February 16, at 8:30 pm, at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station.

Alejandra Isunsa sketch

Alejandra Isunsa sketch

Since their selection, the 13 finalists have stretched their personal boundaries and worked closely with faculty mentors to finalize their collections. The designers were born as far away as Iran, Vietnam, and Haiti. Yet each shares a common bond—a love of fashion and the determination to pull together a collection within a demanding timeframe. The designers are current students and graduates of Art Institutes locations in Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, and Vancouver.

Bahareh Memarian sketch

Bahareh Memarian sketch

We are excited to once again showcase our students’ and graduates’ work at New York Fashion Week. This is a true career building experience for them, in which their passion, skills, and creativity can shine through in front of an international audience,” said Tim Moscato, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institutes.

Get a front row view of the show during the live stream runway event, 8:30 p.m. on February 16. Visit https://www.artinstitutes.edu to watch online alongside viewers from across the globe. Additional information about the designers’ backgrounds and the inspiration for their collections is featured on The Art Institutes’ blog, https://www.artinstitutes.edu/blog. (Follow The Art Institutes On Facebook TwitterTumblrInstagram, and YouTube.)

New York Fashion Week to Feature Phone Charging Stations by ChargeItSpot

With increasing data speeds and phone usage outpacing almost every mobile devices’ power supply, consumers are increasingly faced with the inconvenience and anxiety of dying phone batteries, often at the most inconvenient times. In response to this growing power consumption, ChargeItSpot, LLC. developed a charging station that enables consumers to recharge mobile devices for free at retail locations near them.

Following the immense popularity of their phone charging stations last July at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, ChargeItSpot has been tapped again to help attendees of the 2015 New York Fashion Week stay charged for the big event. The phone charging kiosks will once again be sponsored by Fashion GPS, the fashion industry’s go-to source for samples, invitations and schedules since 2006. ChargeItSpot cell phone charging stations provide a dependable charge for your phone no matter when or where your battery runs low.

ChargeItSpot Logo

ChargeItSpot Logo

The four phone charging stations will be present during the entire duration of New York Fashion Week (September 10-17, 2015) and will be located both in the lobby area and backstage at the Skylight at Moynihan Station in the historic James A. Farley Post Office on West 33rd Street in Manhattan.

As an added bonus, two additional charging stations sponsored by Bloomingdale’s will be set up at their outdoor pop-up lounge entitled “The Vanity Bar” located directly outside of Moynihan Station from September 10-14. The kiosks are complimentary, completely secure and compatible with Android, iPhone (iOS) and BlackBerry.ChargeItSpot

Designed by Brooklyn-based SONIC Design, the kiosks are centrally monitored and controlled with an interactive touch screen that allows customers to open and lock one of the 8 charging bays compatible with 95% of all mobile phones. Multi-colored LED lights changing from green to blue indicate that a bay is in use. Upon first use, users will be prompted to download a mobile app which in the future will alert them to nearby ChargeItSpots when their phone batteries run low. This application will also enable retail partners to offer local deals and advertise to nearby consumers with low phone batteries and gain insight from data on cross-store shopping behavior. The device is a plug-and-play, self-service kiosk. With a footprint of roughly one square foot, it only requires an electrical outlet to be up and running. Sixteen minutes of charging replenishes 20% of the battery, or 96 minutes of talk time.

Fashion GPS has their pulse on the latest fashion technology and we’re thrilled that they’ve asked us to power up this year’s Fashion Week in New York,” says ChargeItSpot Founder/CEO Doug Baldasare. “With so many people taking pictures and videos of the fashion shows all day, it would be a complete nightmare if their phone battery died! Our charging kiosks will ensure that bloggers, press and other attendees can safely power up in between shows.

The charging stations, dubbed “the single best innovation of NYFW: Men” by The New York Times Style editor Stuart Emmrich, helped over 1,500 Fashion Week attendees recharge their phones during the course of the 4-day event last July. “Our team had a blast at Men’s Fashion Week,” says Jeffrey Bergeland, Director of Client Success at ChargeItSpot. “We can’t wait to hit the tents again this week!”

Fashion GPS’s Product Marketing Manager Lauren Kaiser echoes the excitement: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with ChargeItSpot for NYFW and provide the fashion industry with an infusion of technology during the shows.
ChargeItSpot is a Philadelphia-based phone charging provider for retail stores, restaurants, hospitals, casinos and other public venues. Since launching three years ago out of the
Wharton Business School Incubator, the startup has successfully partnered with 15+ national brands – including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman – across 11 states. For more information about ChargeItSpot, visit ChargeItSpot.com or visit the ChargeItSpot Blog. For a full list of charging station locations, download the ChargeItSpot app.

First Look: BETSEY JOHNSON Spring/Summer 2016

A Betsey Johnson fashion show at New York Fashion Week is always a celebration filled with a flood of design ideas somehow comes together in the end. She’s an industry treasure and a legend. For Spring/Summer 2016, Johnson will showcase The Curious Case of Betsey Button during New York Fashion Week on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station. This season commemorates Betsey’s colorful 50 years in the fashion industry. A celebration of her amazing career and then some, Betsey Button is the ultimate Betsey Johnson big bang. I can hardly wait.

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)