Intriguing Designs Through The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University

New intriguing designers are commonly known to make a huge impact during New York Fashion Week. New talents get a chance to make an impression on the fashion world and you better believe “A” games are definitely in full effect. The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University showcased its 21st runway on September 9, 2017 and boy was it amazing! Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts graduates debuted several mind-blowing collections of both womenswear and menswear that absolutely captivated.

Showcased was a diverse look of styles that totally impressed the audience and the oohs and the ahhs were definitely evident. The event was also streamed live for the world to see, a definite opportunity for recent graduates to boost their chances at possibly joining the world of the bigger players of fashion. These designers are definitely great at what they do and will definitely inspire other designers to create and jump start many to pursue their passions with an extreme sense of motivation, dedication and consistency, to say the least.

Below are the designers who participated in the School of Fashion’s 21st runway showcase:

1) Eden Slezin – San Francisco, California – Masters of Fine Arts Fashion Designs – appreciates vintage denim – used organic denim, fabrics from Amour Vert and recycled rubber to create runway fashion – was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase

2) Hailun Zhou – Qing Dao, China – Masters of Fine Arts Fashion Design – inspired by photos and observations of a particular journey taken during a creative concept class – used vinyl, PVC, and fabric created through a fusion process to create runway fashion – was selected for the CFDA Fashion Graduate Showcase.

3) Carlos Rodriguez – Born in Mexico City, Mexico, but raised in Clarksburg, California – Bachelors of Fine Arts Fashion Designs – used traditional hand and machine embroidery techniques to create runway fashion – was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Digital Showcase.

4) Joanna Jadallah – Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Orange County, California – Masters of Fine Arts Menswear Design – inspired by the strengths of her Palestinian family – uses lightweight wool, lambskin leather, cashmere knits, suiting fabrics and brocades to create runway fashion.

5) Ryan Yu – Shenyanh, Liaoning, China – Masters of Fine Arts Fashion Design – inspired by light itself and how it contrasts darkness – used patent leather, wool and jersey to create runway fashion.

6) Cana Klebanoff – born in Queens, Ny and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey – Bachelors of Fine Arts Knitwear Design – inspired by Japanese samurai armor and beautiful castles – awarded the San Francisco-Paris Sister City Scholarship Exchange to study in Paris, France’s Studio Bercot.

7) Saya Shen – Beijing, China Masters of Fine Arts Fashion Design – inspired by photographed landscapes, especially of the snow forms of Hokkaido – transferred her own photographs to fabric to create runway fashion.

8) Jelly Shan – Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Masters of Fine Arts Fashion Design – inspired by the peace and joy experienced during a trip to northwestern China – manipulated colors to create runway fashion.

9) Dina Marie Lam – Los Angeles, Ca – Masters Fine Arts Fashion Design, from Los Angeles, CA – inspired by her late aunt – used soft and luxurious materials to create runway fashion – was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.

Stay tuned for next year’s runway event. It too will be a blast of talented designers!

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Desiree Perez has Helped Roc Nation to become a Major Music Industry Influencer

Desiree Perez

When it comes to the music business certain people behind the scenes have a tendency to influence the direction of the industry. Executives, CEOs, producers and presidents are some of the individuals that have the ability to make an impact on the people around them. Every year Billboard releases its Billboard Power 100. This is an important list that explains who helped to shape the music industry as a whole, within a given year. In 2019 leading figures from Roc Nation were included in this ranking.

Roc Nation is an entertainment company. It was established in 2008 by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. He no longer runs his company but has competent and knowledgeable people at the helm. His CEO is known as Jay Brown and his COO is Roc Nation. Jay-Z has been around since the late 90s and having his own entertainment company has helped him to establish well known artists from this generation.

Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez has been with Roc Nation since its beginning. She is instrumental in the daily operations of the organization. She is noted for her blend of business talent and knowledge and her street smarts. Jay Z hired Desiree Perez because she was a trusted individual who could actually manage his multi-million dollar organization.

Desiree Perez influence on Roc Nation artists such as Rihanna, Jayden Smith and Big Sean is undeniable. She has helped to steer these artists in the right direction. She has also helped to broker deals and establish industry practices that has impacted the music business as a whole.

Africa’s Richest Woman Isabel dos Santos

Born on 20th April 1973, Isabel dos Santos is the chairperson at the Unitel, Angola’s leading mobile operator, and the richest woman in Africa. She is the eldest child of José Eduardo dos Santos, who is a former president of Angola.

Isabel dos Santos believes in talent and invests in empowering the next generation of leaders. Her priority is in developing Africa and especially her country, Angola. She thinks empowering women economically is vital in enabling their rights and in the end transforming the society. In 2013, her net-worth according to Forbes was over $ 2 billion. In November 2015, she appeared in the BBC top 100 most influential women in the world.

Isabel dos Santos at the European Parliament

Isabel dos Santos recently spoke at the European Parliament concerning the evolving skill in Africa and the significance of diversifying the economy through technological development and growth of areas such as Finance and Farming.

She mentioned that for Africa to stay competitive, people have to get an education on the use of technology. Isabel dos Santos was speaking at the section dedicated to “Africa and Evolving Technology”. In the Africa Summit 2019 purposed to improving the cooperation and relationship between African Nations and the European Union. According to Isabel dos Santos, the digital revolution will follow the mobile revolution in Africa. Most sales and transactions will be through e-commerce, and more Africans will own bank accounts thanks to digital banking.

Isabel is a billionaire businesswoman who mentioned that the safe, comfortable, and affordable transport in African cities was still a significant challenge due to the high population growth and megacities. Technology and urban planning are necessary for building cities that have quality public transports, reduce costs of living, and manage environmental resources more efficiently.

Isabel dos Santos pointed out the need to use agricultural technology to make Africa competitive in agriculture. For Africa to develop technologically, the continent has to be appealing to retain young talent. This can be done through the steadiness and continuity of the lawful background in attracting investments and job creation.

Quality education, innovation, and technology will help the continent grow and close the gap between Africa and the rest of the world.

Santos´ video available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqUiIt557ZshsWhJPABVFyw